Konzert Joseph Beuys: Coyote III / Nam June Paik: Piano Duett (1984) – Nam June Paik / Joseph Beuys

Nam June Paik

Joseph Beuys

A duet between the two artists filmed at Sogetsu Hall in Tokyo in June 1984, this performance features Nam June Paik improvising on piano while Joseph Beuys conducts a vocal performance that varies from animalistic grunting to sophisticated sound poetry. The only onstage decoration is a blackboard on which abstract chalk marks are written that resemble Morse code; Beuys adds to these markings with textual writing as the concert progresses.
(John Kannenberg)