London: s.p. (Collins), n.d. (1970)
27 x 20.5cm, 1pp original xerox sheet. The sheet has a text:
“This is to certify that James Collins is a complete stranger to me and that he approached me:” and with the fields “Place/Time/Date” completed by the subject of the work.
The text continues “and that I agree to participate in an art work where I understand will consist of a promised physical action from four complete strangers independent of each other.
The following are my own choices:” The fields “(a) Description of action:/(b) Length of time:/ (c) Time of day (d) Location:/ (e) Date:” which were filled in by the subject of the work.
The text continues: “I will keep a copy of this form and promise to carry out the specifications above. Signed:”
The sheet has been filled in with the responses “Clap hands/2 minutes/Afternoon/Kensington/June 29th 70” by the subject and signed “Ben Shank”.
Collins has mounted the xerox onto card for exhibition using two strips of adhesive tape.
Essentially this is a vintage conceptual art works by Collins who in the 70s was interested in the dynamics of strangers meeting new people (including the artist). Such works are mentioned in Lucy Lippard’s Dematerialisation of the Art Object and this is a rare find purchased directly from a friend of Collins who was given the works as a gift in the artist’s last days.
VG + condition but are tipped onto the card using tape at the top and bottom.