Jean Tinguely – Homage to New York

Jean Tinguely - Homage to New YorkJean Tinguely - Homage to New York
Jean Tinguely - Homage to New YorkJean Tinguely - Homage to New York
Jean Tinguely - Homage to New YorkJean Tinguely - Homage to New York
Jean Tinguely - Homage to New YorkJean Tinguely - Homage to New York

This artist book was conceived by sculptor Jean Tinguely as a suitcase containing texts written by Pontus Hultén, an original “Meta-matic” machine drawing and a 7” record.

On side A, the disc features a report on the 1960 Homage to New York performance, a self-destructing, large size sculpture Tinguely created for MoMA’s Sculpture Garden, conceived in collaboration with Billy Klüver and Robert Rauschenberg. After a short introduction by Swedish Pontus Hultén, director of Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris from 1974 to 1981, the report proper starts with radio host Tony Schwartz (my own guess) interviewing the artist and witnesses of the performance, with interspersed excerpts from Schwartz’s own recording of the event. A detailed account of the performance was written by Michael Landy (PDF).

The B-side features Japanese avantgarde composer Toshi Ishiyanagi‘s own interpretation of Tinguely’s sound sculptures, in a kind of sound collage-cum-reportage based on recordings made during a Tinguely exhibition in Mirami Gallery, Tokyo, in 1963, plus documentary recordings made during a Nouveaux Réalistes event in Milano, Italy, in 1970 (including sound poet François Dufrêne talking non-sense Italian on megaphone), as well as various processed sounds. This soundwork isn’t included in the Obscure Tape Music Of Japan Vol.5 CD from Omega Point‘s Archive Series, published 2008, which features another of Ishiyanagi’s work on Tinguely titled Homage à Tinguely.

[Thanks to Giuseppe for this recording. Pictures from various internet sources]

01 Jean Tinguely Homage to New York (8:27)
02 Toshi Ishiyanagi Tinguely Sound (excerpt) (8:45)

Total time 17:12
7” single+book in suitcase issued by Pierre Horay éditeur, France, 1974

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10 Responses to “Jean Tinguely – Homage to New York”


  1. 1 rainier February 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

    thank’s a lot, fantastic

  2. 2 continuo February 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    You’re welcome, my friend.

  3. 3 John Roach February 14, 2012 at 5:17 am

    yes indeed, the announcer is Tony Schwartz.
    Love the way he says “Mr. Tingwahly.”
    If you google Tony Schwartz and Tinguely, you can find a nice PDF typewritten MOMA press release from an evening of recordings presented by Schwartz that includes Homage to New York.

  4. 4 Twinkle II February 14, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Outstanding! Thanks to you and Giuseppe.

  5. 5 Twinkle II February 14, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Sent me back to Bascule VII

  6. 6 continuo February 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

    @ John: I couldn’t find the PDF you mentioned and would be interested if you could send me a link.
    @ Twinkle II: stay tuned. More Tinguely to come later this week.

  7. 8 continuo February 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you very much. Very interesting.

  8. 9 Twinkle II February 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Good news. I will try to stay tuned – but it would be so much easier if you had a twitter feed. :-(


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