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