Robert Rauschenberg, Open Score, 1996

9 Evenings: Robert Rauschenberg, Open Score, 1966. - 
Photo by Peter Moore © Barbara Moore/Licensed by VAGA, NY.
Robert Rauschenberg, Open Score, 1966.

Performance presented as part of 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, The 69th Regiment Armory, New York, N.Y., United States, October 14-23, 1966.

The first part of the piece was a tennis game between Frank Stella and Mimi Kanarek. A small FM transmitter was placed in the handle of the tennis racquets and a contact microphone attached to the rim of the racquet. Each time a ball was hit a loud BONG rang out through the Armory and one of the lights went out. The game continued until the Armory became dark.

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