Fluxus: Fluxus Spotlight: Knowles/Ikeda

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  • Ryoji IKEDA : 100 cymbals (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from David C. Bohnett)
  • Alison KNOWLES : Proposition #2: Make a Salad


  • Alison Knowles director and performer
  • Joshua Selman performer
  • Ryoji Ikeda director
  • Alexandre Babel percussionist
  • LA Percussion Quartet
  • Additional artists to be announced

About This Performance

Alison Knowles first performed Proposition #2: Make a Salad in 1962 at a Fluxus concert at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Declared “New Music” by Cage and termed “Intermedia” by Dick Higgins, Knowles’ event score proposes the following: “Make a salad.” When Knowles performs it, she does precisely that, prepping and tossing a massive salad on a contemporary concert and serving it to everyone attending. Alison Knowles has since performed Proposition #2 at the Tate Modern, London; New York’s elevated High Line park; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); and at the 798 Arts District in Beijing, among other venues that have hosted the piece due to its radical appeal. Proposition #2: Make a Salad will be performed again by Alison Knowles at Walt Disney Concert Hall on February 15, 2019, on a program that also features the world premiere of 100 cymbals by Ryoji Ikeda, featuring the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet and Alexandre Babel, and commissioned by the LA Phil.

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Photo: Alison Knowles, Proposition #2: Make a Salad. 1962, Performed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, October 1962

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