NOWs: The Performance Agency at Archivio Conz
Supportico Lopez presents The Performance Agency
Lise-Meitner-Str. 39, 10589 Berlin
S + U Jungfernheide
Friday, 2 February 2018, 7pm
Activated and inspired by the performance anarchist Robert Delford Brown.
A colleague of artists like Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and Nam June Paik, Robert Delford Brown was a central figure in the anarchic New York art scene of the early 1960s, a participant in — and instigator of — events-as-art known as “happenings.” He saw the potential for aesthetic pronouncement in virtually everything. His métier was willful preposterousness, and his work contained both anger and insouciance.
He was inventing a creation myth, he said later, and indeed, his appearance in “Originale” led him to create his own religion, The First National Church of the Exquisite Panic, Inc. The church was jokey, but not a joke. It had a deity, called Who, to answer the mysterious questions of the universe. (What does the future hold? Who knows.) It had a philosophy, known as Pharblongence, an Anglicized skewing of the Yiddish word farblonjet, meaning “confused.” Robert Delford Brown died in the US in 2009.