DIAS - London - 1966
Following the example of the "Destruction in Art Symposium" in 1966, activated by the artist Gustav Metzger in London, the artists John Hendricks and Ralph Ortiz organized the "Destruction in Art Symposium USA" in march 1968, in the Judson Gallery in New York.
Beside of the Hermann Nitsch's 27th action, Nam June Paik's piece "One for violin" (solo)" was performed by Charlotte Moorman. This performance consists to smash a violin on a table, but an incident happened as a visitor try to protect the violin by lying on the table, and so Charlotte Moorman smashed the instrument on the arms and the head of the visitor who suffered slight injury.
On April 4th, as reacting to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the black civil rights champion and Nobel Peace price winner, the symposium was cut short.
about Charlotte Moorman, lot of her works on UbuWeb
& this video biography
for french language readers:
A signaler l'excellente "Brève histoire des destructions musicales" par Matthieu Saladin
publiée en plusieurs épisodes dans le magazine Revue et Corrigée
de mars 2013 - N°95 jusqu'à décembre 2015 - N°106.