Joseph Beuys - Infiltration-Homogen for Grand Piano, 1966
Infiltration-Homogen for Grand Piano is one of my favorite artworks. Beuys covered a Bechstein piano entirely with felt and two crosses of red material. This work was installed at Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris in 1966. Here is Beuys’ statement taken from Transformer, a documentary film directed by John Halpern in 1979:
"The sound of the piano trapped inside the felt skin. In the normal sense a piano is an instrument used to produce sound. When not in use it is in silent, but still has a sound potential. Here, no sound is possible and the piano is condemned to silence.
The relationship to the human position is marked by the two red crosses signifying emergency, the danger that threatens if we stay silent and fail to make the next evolutionary step.
Such an object is intended as a stimulus for discussion, and in no way it is it to be taken as an aesthetic product.”