Statement Object: Dream

May 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Scott Burton, 1969


I. Conception

A. Agent instructs self to produce unconscious fantasy about self at specific (future) time and place.*

B. Agent sleeps.

II. Execution

A. At specified time and place agend reproduces conditions conceived in I.

B. Agent repeats I if:

1. Original conditions are inexecutable.

2. No conditions have been conceived.

*As an example, the agent, Scott Burton; the time, October 25, 1969, at noon; the place, East 65th Street, New York City, in front of #41.

[noted down during the 1969 show at PS1 this past summer]


John Perrault tells this story:

“Sleep as an art subject is rare, but Dean MacGregor may win the prize. As part of an ongoing series of sleepovers, on October 27, 2005 — as recently reported on Artnet — MacGregor slept all night in the Guggenheim Museum. Photo evidence of the Guggenheim nap and snoozes at other sites can be seen on his

Yes, Scott Burton did it first. Well, sort of. At a dinner party last month, Art in America‘s Betsy Baker asked me, vis a vis MacGregor, when Scott (a mutual friend) had done his sleeping piece.

As part of the opening night reception of Street Works at the Architectural League of New York in 1969, Burton, clad in pajamas, slept on a coton a staircase landing. Where’s the proof? Back then we did not think of photographing every single art work we made, every single thought. How do you photograph a thought?

That was to come later.

Since we had had a falling out over something or another — probably his capitulation to what I thought of asobject-mongering — I never got a chance to ask Burton if he had indeed dreamed that evening, surrounded by strangers trudging up and down the elegant stairs of that Upper East Side mansion.”

[more here]

[description of the Scott Burton Papers at MoMA]

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