James Lee Byars 1932-1997
The World Question Center (1969)
Jef Cornelis, James Lee Byars: The World Question Center, 1969, single channel video, b/w, sound, 01:02:06.
In 1969, the American artist James Lee Byars developed a performance piece entitled The World Question Center. The original idea, which was not brought to fruition, entailed gathering one hundred brilliant minds including thinkers, scientists and artists together in a room, locking them behind closed doors and inviting them to ask each other questions they had been asking themselves. The final version of this project, produced for Belgian Radio and Television, is a performance piece in which Byars contacts all of them by telephone.