Audio-Jackets / Benôit Maubrey + Hans Peter Kuhn

Hans Peter Kuhn & Benoît Maubrey, Audio-Jackets, 1986



public performance

Seven ordinary people walked through busy parts of town dressed in ordinary, but identical, denim pants and jackets and white painters' caps.

Nonchalant, they moved in a group or alone, waiting for buses, reading newspapers, window shopping. In their wake was laughter. Bees buzzing. Telephones ringing. Loud hammering. Unintelligible words in another language. Commotion. Coming from them, in unison, broadcast from circular speakers hidden under their jackets, attached to concealed tape players.
Artist Statement
"The American premiere of the Audio-Jackets happened in Pittsburgh in August of 1986. The way the guards and the policemen reacted was like we were spreading sounds like dog shit on the sidewalks. But the bums on Market Square said 'Amen to that.'" -Benôit Maubrey & Hans Peter Kuhn
August 15 - 16, 1986
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