Russian roulette Grand Festival, Solo for death

Creator: 
Serge III
Performer: 
Serge III
Theoretical background: 
In early 1964, Ben, with others and myself, made two Fluxus concerts in Nice and then we both went to Paris for the Festival de Libre expression organized by Jean-Jacques Lebel. A Fluxus concert in which I played Russian roulette with a real gun and a real bullet.
Two friends, Robert Bozzi and Una Lintkus wanted to prevent me from doing so and I had to tell them that the gun was not loaded. Hence the running rumour pretending the gun was not loaded. It was, and Robert Filliou, who became one of my dearest friends has always attested the fact, since he saw me right after my performance.
Occurence: 
Places: 
Starting date: 
04 01 1988
Topology: 
Background: 
during the École de Nice : Serge III exhibition, which has beenheld in several places in Nice.
Producer: 
Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Adress: 
6 rue de la terrasse
Nice
France
Objets: 

balle tirée et perdue par Hélène Jourdan- Gassin, insérée dans plexiglass

Technique description référence: 
balle tirée et perdue par Hélène Jourdan- Gassin, insérée dans plexiglass
Serge III | trace de la performance "Grand festival de roulette russe, Solo pour la mort", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Documents: 

certificat de participation original signé par Serge III, format A4

Type: 
Imprimé
Technique description référence: 
certificat de participation original signé par Serge III, format A4
JOURDA
Serge III | trace de la performance "Grand festival de roulette russe, Solo pour la mort", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | trace de la performance "Grand festival de roulette russe, Solo pour la mort", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | courtesy Denis Martinel
Description: 
Referring to his famous work for Solo pour la mort (Solo for death), performed in Paris, in1964, during the Festival de Libre expression (Festival of Free Expression) in which he proceeded to a real Russian roulette, Serge III offers a less dangerous version by inviting the audience to fire a shot at a target. There is only one bullet in the gun. Each participant receives a certificate.
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Grand festival de roulette russe, Solo pour la mort", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Grand festival de roulette russe, Solo pour la mort", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Grand festival de roulette russe, Solo pour la mort", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Grand festival de roulette russe, Solo pour la mort", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Grand festival de roulette russe, Solo pour la mort", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © Béatrice Heyligers
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Grand festival de roulette russe, Solo pour la mort", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © Béatrice Heyligers
Photographie de l'action de 1964 lors du Festival de la Libre Expression à Paris.
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Grand festival de roulette russe, Solo pour la mort", 1988 | Photographie de l'action de 1964 lors du Festival de la Libre Expression à Paris. | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Alain Amiel