Conference on Total Art

Performance type: 
Conférence
Description: 

Ben gives a conférence on “Everything and Nothing.” It is there that he will defend his manifesto on the Nouveau, written and copied just before.

At a conference dubbed “Everything and nothing,” Ben had, to give tribute to Manzone, put one of his turds in a small transparent box, with one split side so that all could smell that it was indeed a real turd...The box goes into the audience and returns...empty. “It was happening!

That day, Arman, already famous, challenges Ben to sell his shirt, which should yield a large profit if the artist is as important as he claims to be. Ben takes off his shirt and puts it up for auction…going up to ± 20 francs. And it’s Arman who wins it; he takes out his checkbook. Ben, initially furious because his shirt had cost him more than that à Prisu, thinks fast, takes the check and exclaims, “I have an Arman: a check signed by Arman!” Arman corrects him, “I just signed it with my name: Armand Fernandes…”

Creator: 
Ben
Arman
Performer: 
Ben
Arman
Bibliographical sources: 
témoignage d'Arman in catalogue A propos de Nice 1977, p.15
Producer: 
Ben
Jacques Lepage
Occurence: 
Places: 
Starting date: 
11 12 1960
Topology: 
Background: 
Le Club des jeunes, fondé par Paul Mari d’Antoine, animé par JL, réunissait tous les samedis au Ballon d’Alsace, rue Gioffredo, à peu près tous ceux qui essayaient de faire remuer cette ville endormie, sans université, sans théâtre, sans musée. Odette Lepage
Adress: 
rue Gioffredo
Nice
France