In the 1960s a new category of artistic production emerged: the so called "event score", invented by Fluxus artists such as Yoko Ono, George Brecht and Benjamin Patterson. These little paper cards were not only scores for Fluxus performances but complex works which melt together the visual arts, music, poetry and theatre. These cheaply made cards refuse being precious artworks on one hand, but on the other they are not just a note on a piece of paper: Artists precisely composed their appearance and their content and created a multilayered piece of art which is not necessarily linked to a live performance. The presentation will give a survey of different kinds of event scores, will show some of their roots and will think about their role in art history after 1960.
Dr. Kerstin Skrobanek studied Art History, Applied Theatre Sciences, Archeology and the Classics in Giessen, Marburg and Thessaloniki. After a master thesis about Eva Hesse she again concentrated on the 1960s and 70s with her doctoral thesis about Mary Bauermeister and she received her PhD from Prof. Dr. Regine Prange at Goethe-University Frankfurt in 2010. Since then she worked as a museum curator at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen and succeeded her interest in art of the 60s and 70s with shows about Mary Bauermeister or a recently finished research project about the phenomenon of the Multiple. During the past years she published many books and articles e.g. about Yoko Ono (Schirn Kunsthalle), prints of the 1960s and 70s (Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig) or contemporary French art (Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe).
Kerstin Skrobanek lives and works as an independent curator and publisher in Mannheim.