Jim Burton

Performer Isolation Event

June 13, 1972 112 Greene Street/Workshop
Installation view from "Jim Burton: Performer Isolation Event," 1972
Installation view from "Jim Burton: Performer Isolation Event," 1972
Installation view from Jim Burton's "Performer Isolation Event," 1972
Installation view from Jim Burton's "Performer Isolation Event," 1972
Installation view from Jim Burton's "Performer Isolation Event," 1972
Installation view from Jim Burton's "Performer Isolation Event," 1972

Participating Artist

 

Jim Burton, Larry Nelson, Roger Nelson, Alan Finkel

Organized by Jim Burton

Exhibition Description

“Performer Isolation Event” required four performers to remain in isolation by lying down in coffin-sized boxes for twelve hours. The event began at 9:00AM and ended at 9:00PM. Each box was equipped with a microphone fed to a public address system in the gallery. Each performer wore earplugs and blindfolds to minimize his contact with the environment. During the period of isolation, the performers were instructed to improvise vocal variations on the five vowels, in order. Each vowel was allotted two hours and the final two-hour period was for free improvisation. The performers could only estimate the two-hour divisions; thus, the vowel variations often overlapped.

Exhibition Press Release

Press release from "Jim Burton: Performer Isolation Event," 1972
Press release from "Jim Burton: Performer Isolation Event," 1972
Installation view from "Jim Burton: Performer Isolation Event," 1972
Installation view from Jim Burton's "Performer Isolation Event," 1972
Installation view from Jim Burton's "Performer Isolation Event," 1972
Installation view from "Jim Burton: Performer Isolation Event," 1972
Installation view from Jim Burton's "Performer Isolation Event," 1972
Installation view from Jim Burton's "Performer Isolation Event," 1972