Koen Brams will offer an inside in the historical performance that inspired this day. The World Question Center was a live broadcast (realized by Jef Cornelis) of a performance initiated by the American artist James Lee Byars which took place in a studio of the Belgian public broadcasting corporation in Brussels in 1969. During this performance more than twenty personalities – artists (like Joseph Beuys, John Cage and Marcel Broodthaers), scientists and media figures – were given the opportunity to ask what they considered the most relevant question. Questions were posed, no answers given. In his lecture, Brams will elaborate on this exceptional experiment.

Koen Brams (1964, BE) studied psychology at the University of Leuven (BE). He is the former director of the Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, NL), and former editor of the Dutch-language journal of, De Witte Raaf. He was the initiator and editor of The Encyclopedia of Fictional Artists (Amsterdam, Nijgh & van Ditmar; Frankfurt, Eichhorn Verlag, 2002; Zürich, JRP Ringier, 2010). Together with Dirk Pültau he conducts a research project about Belgian art since 1945, of which the project about Belgian television maker Jef Cornelis forms an integral part (more info). Recent publications: The clandestine in the work of Jef Cornelis (together with Dirk Pültau), Argos/De Witte Raaf/Jan van Eyck Academie/Marcelum Boxtareos, 2010; Matt Mullican: Im Gespräch/Conversations (together with Dirk Pültau), DuMont, Köln, 2011.

James Lee Byars

James Lee Byars (1932-1997)