Item #30166 LETTERS FOR IRIS NUMBERS FOR SILENCE. Jackson Mac Low, George Maciunas.


[New York]: [Fluxus Editions], 1961. 51 cards, each approximately 2 1/2 x 1 1/2”, offset printed on rectos only, with the exception of a single card which is printed on both recto and verso. With text sheet, 4 9/16 x 8 11/16”, printing the instruction for the performance of the work on recto and instructions for performing the work “THANKS II” on verso. Though unstated, the text sheet appears to be designed by George Maciunas. Housed in a manila envelope, with “Mac Low” written on it in pencil

A score for group performance, in which the letters are sonologically intonated in any language, with the integers on the same cards represent periods of silence. This framework allows the work to unfold under the influence of chance, interpretation, and improvisation across languages. One of the earliest and most beautiful scores of the Fluxus movement.

The cards were originally issued as party of the Fluxyearbox 1, the book edition, and the instruction card was issued as part of the Fluxyearbox 1 box and book editions, with the instruction sheet and the envelope with perforated holes in the book edition. It seems likely that some copies were distributed separately, and this example is not hole-punched.

One of the rarest Fluxus scores. OCLC locates only a single holding of the score either separately or as part of the rare Fluxyearbox.

Cards and instruction sheet fine. Envelope very good with some rubbing and short tears.

Reference: Hendricks, "Fluxus Codex”, NY: 1988. p.399. Item #30166

Price: $1,250.00

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