Zen for Walking, 12th Annual Avant-Garde Festival of New York, Floyd Bennett Field, New York
In 1961, Nam June Paik walked around the streets of Cologne, Germany, dragging a violin behind him. The performance is called Zen for Walking and alternately Violin with String (Dragging Violin in the Street). Paik repeated the performance many times up to 1975, when Peter Moore photographed him dragging a violin around Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field Park as part of the 12th Annual New York Avant-Garde Festival. Paik has said of these performances that dragging an instrument on the streets made them produce beautiful sounds.
black & white photograph on baryta paper
Nam June Paik (artist and performer)