MARCEL DUCHAMP'S NEXT WORK.
MARCEL DUCHAMP'S NEXT WORK.

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MARCEL DUCHAMP'S NEXT WORK.

Original booklet produced by COUM to accompany the première of "Marcel Duchamp's Next Work" at the 4th International Festival of Electronic Music and Mixed Media, Zwarte Zaal, Ghent, 22nd-24th January (1974). Large 4to. Six mimeographed sheets, rectos only, staplebound into illustrated card cover. Faint rusting to staples, o/w Fine.

Contents include a 3pp. text by "genesis p-orridge and cosey p-orridge"; a childlike drawing by Genesis P-Orridge outlining his ideas for the staging of the work; and a visual text by the Belgian composer and audio artist, Moniek Darge, involving an arrangement of "coum colour".

The piece was a return to COUM's musical roots and resulted from a collaboration with Paul Woodrow, co-founder with Clive Robertson of the Canadian artists' collective, W.O.R.K.S. (We Ourselves Roughly Know Something). It "consisted of twelve replicas of Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel (1913)…arranged in a circle. They were played by volunteers as if they were musical instruments, whilst P-Orridge or Woodrow 'conducted' using a score of coloured slides and written instructions" (Ford 4.5).

The front cover of the booklet shows a contemporary photograph of Duchamp's readymade; the back prints an arrangement of images and text, including the title of Gavin Bryars' composition, "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet", which, as Cosey remembers in her autobiography, was played on a loop during the installation of the show.

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