To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first performance of Yves Kleins Monotone Symphony and Anthropometries of the Blue Period in March, 1960, Quadratura and GV Art
present a new performance utilising the latest in interactive video projection and sound design technology.
In March 1960, at the Galerie Internationale d'Art Contemporain, Paris, Yves Klein presented his Monotone Symphony and Anthropometries of the Blue Period. It was the first conceptual piece to be shown at the gallery by their new artist.
Mr Klein conducted a ten-piece orchestra in his personal composition the Monotone Symphony, a work he had written in 1949. This symphony consisted of a single tone. As the orchestra played his composition, three beautiful naked models rolled themselves in blue paint and then pressed their bodies onto giant pieces of paper to create paintings. Kleins idea was to distance the artist from the creation of the work, for the models to directly create the images.
On March the 1st, 2010, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this major event in contemporary art, dynamic video artists, Quadratura and GV Art present a new performance utilising the latest technology.
On this occasion a single musician using a laptop computer will play the Monotone Symphony and by using light, rather than paint, Quadratura will re-create The Anthropometries of the Blue Period images. With the use of their state of art projector and technology systems, the recreation will not only homage Yves Klein but also attempt a new exciting interpretation of Kleins work.
With projected light aimed at a plain white wall, the performers will stand still in front of the surface as their silhouettes are slowly filled in with colour. When the performers move the colours will merge into one another to create a changing and evolving image. By using light, rather than paint, Quadratura continues Yves Kleins idea of physically distancing the artist from the artistic process.