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Spatial Poems by Shiomi Mieko

Starting in 1965, Shiomi Mieko conducted a series of nine events that she called Spatial Poems. Each one began with an invitation to a large number of friends and colleagues to respond to a simple instruction, which often took the form of an intimate action poem that anyone could perform. The responses she received in the mail would then constitute the work. In 1975, Shiomi published a booklet documenting the nine Spatial Poems and including a collection of responses to each of these works. The accumulated responses give a glimpse of the wide network of artists who were connected through Fluxus activities, from those engaged in the eclectic arts and letters scene in New York City’s downtown to artists located in Tokyo, Łódź, Montevideo, and New Delhi. In this feature, you’ll find entries from Shiomi’s 1975 booklet selected by post Editors. These entries reflect the nature and range of the responses to the Spatial Poems and the geographic dispersal of their authors. In several instances, Shiomi published maps that charted the locations of the respondents—a fitting visualization for a project that she considered a global event. You’ll find a few of these maps in the images below.

You will also find other Spatial Poem materials from MoMA’s Library and Archives and the Museum collection. These materials document the various published iterations of this project between 1965 and 1975. Some have been in the Museum’s library for several decades; others were recently added to the Archives and the Museum collection as part of the Silverman Fluxus Collection.

Another aspect of the project is inspired by Shiomi’s dedication of the 1975 publication “to the people of 30th century.” The inscription conveys the spirit of an open invitation. In this spirit, post has invited the artist David Horvitz to conduct his own project, which directly references strategies used by Shiomi and pays homage to her way of working. Horvitz’s project will have a home here on post in the coming weeks. In addition, former MoMA colleague Gretchen Wagner, who is now curator at the Pulitzer Foundation, will contribute an essay that further elaborates on the work on Shiomi’s Spatial Poem that she presented at MoMA in her exhibition Thing/Thought: Fluxus Editions (2011–2012).

Please send us your own responses to Mieko Shiomi’s Spatial Poems. You can add text, images, and videos by clicking on “Discuss.”

Last updated on January 16, 2014

David Senior

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Spatial Poems by Shiomi Mieko

Starting in 1965, Shiomi Mieko conducted a series of nine events that she called Spatial Poems. Each one began with an invitation to a large number of friends and colleagues to respond to a simple instruction, which often took the form of an intimate action poem that anyone could perform. The responses she received in the mail would then constitute the work. In 1975, Shiomi published a booklet documenting the nine Spatial Poems and including a collection of responses to each of these works. The accumulated responses give a glimpse of the wide network of artists who were connected through Fluxus activities, from those engaged in the eclectic arts and letters scene in New York City’s downtown to artists located in Tokyo, Łódź, Montevideo, and New Delhi. In this feature, you’ll find entries from Shiomi’s 1975 booklet selected by post Editors. These entries reflect the nature and range of the responses to the Spatial Poems and the geographic dispersal of their authors. In several instances, Shiomi published maps that charted the locations of the respondents—a fitting visualization for...

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Starting in 1965, Shiomi Mieko conducted a series of nine events that she called Spatial Poems. Each one began with an invitation to a large number of friends and colleagues to respond to a simple instruction, which often took the form of an intimate action poem that anyone could perform. The responses she received in the mail would then constitute the work. In 1975, Shiomi published a booklet documenting the nine Spatial Poems and including a collection of responses to each of these works. The accumulated responses give a glimpse of the wide network of artists who were connected through Fluxus activities, from those engaged in the eclectic arts and letters scene in New York City’s downtown to artists located in Tokyo, Łódź, Montevideo, and New Delhi. In this feature, you’ll find entries from Shiomi’s 1975 booklet selected by post Editors. These entries reflect the nature and range of the responses to the Spatial Poems and the geographic dispersal of their authors. In several instances, Shiomi published maps that charted the locations of the respondents—a fitting visualization for a project that she considered a global event. You’ll find a few of these maps in the images below.

You will also find other Spatial Poem materials from MoMA’s Library and Archives and the Museum collection. These materials document the various published iterations of this project between 1965 and 1975. Some have been in the Museum’s library for several decades; others were recently added to the Archives and the Museum collection as part of the Silverman Fluxus Collection.

Another aspect of the project is inspired by Shiomi’s dedication of the 1975 publication “to the people of 30th century.” The inscription conveys the spirit of an open invitation. In this spirit, post has invited the artist David Horvitz to conduct his own project, which directly references strategies used by Shiomi and pays homage to her way of working. Horvitz’s project will have a home here on post in the coming weeks. In addition, former MoMA colleague Gretchen Wagner, who is now curator at the Pulitzer Foundation, will contribute an essay that further elaborates on the work on Shiomi’s Spatial Poem that she presented at MoMA in her exhibition Thing/Thought: Fluxus Editions (2011–2012).

Please send us your own responses to Mieko Shiomi’s Spatial Poems. You can add text, images, and videos by clicking on “Discuss.”

Last updated on January 16, 2014

David Senior

     

Spatial Poems at MoMA

Spatial poem no. 1   word event 1990 2008 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 1 (Word Event)

Fluxus Editions, announced 1965. Assembled by George Maciunas. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 1 word event 2722 2008 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 1 (Word Event)

Fluxus Editions, announced 1965. Assembled by George Maciunas. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 1 (blank board) fc3982 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 1 (blank board)

Fluxus Editions, announced 1965. Assembled by George Maciunas. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archive
Sp 1 envelope fc1272 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 1 word event

The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 2 direction event 2726 2008 x1 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 2 (Direction Event)

Fluxus Editions, announced 1966. Designed and Produced by George Maciunas. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 3 falling event 2727 2008 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 3 (Falling Event)

Fluxus Editions, announced 1966. Designed and Assembled by George Maciunas. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 3 falling event (box) fc2804 vw2 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 3 (calendar pages housed in a wooden box)

Fluxus Editions, announced 1966. Designed and Assembled by George Maciunas. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 3 instructions by maciunas 2519 2008 cccr (01)

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 3

The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 4 shadow event fc1028 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 4 (Shadow Event)

Fluxus Editions, announced 1968. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp thumb

Spatial Poems at The Museum of Modern Art Library

© 2010 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Spatial poem no. 2 invitation

Spatial Poem No. 2

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 2 duplicated by cavan mccarthy

Spatial Poem No. 2

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem 4   invitation letter

Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 4

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem explanation sent with spatial poem 4

Explanation about Spatial Poems sent with invitation for Spatial Poem No. 4

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 4 instructions

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 4

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 4 with shadow sheet

Spatial Poem No. 4 with enclosed "shadow" transparency

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 4 shadow transparency

"Shadow" transparency

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 5 instructions

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 5

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 6 instructions

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 6

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 7 instructions

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 7

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 8 instructions

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 8

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 9 instructions

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 9

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   2

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender [sic]

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   1

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   4

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   5

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   6

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   3

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   7

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Book  shiomispatialcover

Spatial Poem

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Book participants and instructions

Spatial Poem

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Book sp instructions

Spatial Poem

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Book pp 2   3

Spatial Poem

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Book pp 54   55

Spatial Poem

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Book pp 70   71

Spatial Poem

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 1 paul thek nyc

Spatial Poem No. 1 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 1 maciunas

Spatial Poem No. 1 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 1 tomas schmidt

Spatial Poem No. 1 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 1

Spatial Poem No. 1 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 2 hamilton

Spatial Poem No. 2 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 2 herberta masarykowa

Spatial Poem No. 2 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 2 ian hamilton finlay

Spatial Poem No. 2 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 2 donald richie

Spatial Poem No. 2 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3 allen ginsberg

Spatial Poem No. 3 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3 dieter rot

Spatial Poem No. 3 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3 halprin

Spatial Poem No. 3 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3 paul sharitz

Spatial Poem No. 3 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3 vytautas landsbergis

Spatial Poem No. 3 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 4 beke l%c3%a1szl%c3%b3

Spatial Poem No. 4 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 4 ji%c5%99%c3%ad valoch

Spatial Poem No. 4 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 4 takiguchi shuzo

Spatial Poem No. 4 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 4 janos urban

Spatial Poem No. 4 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 5 kosugi takehisa

Spatial Poem No. 5 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 5 kubota shigeko

Spatial Poem No. 5 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 5 lazlo

Spatial Poem No. 5 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 5 maciunas

Spatial Poem No. 5 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 5 ray johnson

Spatial Poem No. 5 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 5 vytautas landsbergis

Spatial Poem No. 5 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 6 alison knowles

Spatial Poem No. 6 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 6 beke l%c3%a1szl%c3%b3

Spatial Poem No. 6 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 6 crozier

Spatial Poem No. 6 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 6 geoff hendricks

Spatial Poem No. 6 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 7 endre t%c3%b2t

Spatial Poem No. 7 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 7 john baldessari

Spatial Poem No. 7 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 7 padin

Spatial Poem No. 7 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 7 yuji takahashi

Spatial Poem No. 7 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 8 george brecht

Spatial Poem No. 8 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 8 jean brown

Spatial Poem No. 8 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 8 padin

Spatial Poem No. 8 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 8 geoff hendricks

Spatial Poem No. 8 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 8 saito

Spatial Poem No. 8 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 9 brion gysin

Spatial Poem No. 9 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 9 jaroslaw kozlowski

Spatial Poem No. 9 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 9 john baldessari

Spatial Poem No. 9 Report

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Ma1702 1 cropped

Page 1 of a two-page letter from George Maciunas to Shiomi Mieko

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, V.A.1.35. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York
Ma1910 (02) cropped

Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 1: Word Event

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
Ma1909 (02) cropped

Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 2: Direction Event

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
Ma1911 (02) cropped

Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 3: Falling Event

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
Ma1912 1 (02)

Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 4: Shadow Event

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
Ma1912 2 (02) cropped

Enclosure with invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 4: Shadow Event

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
Ma1913 (02) cropped

Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 5: Open Event

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
Ma1914 (02) cropped

Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 6: Orbit Event

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
Ma1915 (02) cropped

Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 7: Sound Event

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
Ma1916 (02) cropped

Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 8: Wind Event

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
Ma1917 (02) cropped

Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 9: Disappearing Event

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
Ma1921 (02) cropped

Submissions to Spatial Poem No. 3: Falling Event" (1965) and Spatial Poem No. 5: Open Event (1972) by Shiomi Mieko

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.428. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
Ma1920 (02) cropped

Submission to Spatial Poem No. 4: Shadow Event by Shiomi Mieko

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.428. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
Ma1919 (02)

Untitled (working material for possible contribution to Spatial Poem No. 4 by Shiomi Mieko)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.754. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Arthur Køpcke
Ma1918 (02) cropped

Tone Yasunao and Shiomi Mieko

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1172. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Tone Yasunao and Shiomi Mieko
Spatial poem no. 1   word event 1990 2008 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 1 (Word Event)

Ink and pencil on board with sixty-nine offset cards mounted on pins and typewriting on paper with cardboard box, overall: 11 15/16 x 18 x 7/8" (30.3 x 45.7 x 2.2 cm).

Fluxus Editions, announced 1965. Assembled by George Maciunas. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 1 word event 2722 2008 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 1 (Word Event)

Traced map on board with sixty-nine cards mounted on pins and typewriting on paper with cardboard box, overall (board): 11 15/16 x 18 1/8 x 1/2" (30.3 x 46 x 1.3 cm).

Fluxus Editions, announced 1965. Assembled by George Maciunas. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 1 (blank board) fc3982 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 1 (blank board)

Fluxus Editions, announced 1965. Assembled by George Maciunas. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archive
Sp 1 envelope fc1272 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 1 word event

6 x 5 13/16" (15.3 x 14.7 cm).

The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 2 direction event 2726 2008 x1 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 2 (Direction Event)

Offset, sheet: 14 1/2 x 32 1/2" (36.8 x 82.6 cm).

Fluxus Editions, announced 1966. Designed and Produced by George Maciunas. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 3 falling event 2727 2008 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 3 (Falling Event)

Offset sheets mounted to leather with four metal bolts, overall: 6 7/8 x 5 1/16 x 1 3/16" (17.5 x 12.8 x 3 cm).

Fluxus Editions, announced 1966. Designed and Assembled by George Maciunas. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 3 falling event (box) fc2804 vw2 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 3 (calendar pages housed in a wooden box)

Fluxus Editions, announced 1966. Designed and Assembled by George Maciunas. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 3 instructions by maciunas 2519 2008 cccr (01)

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 3

Sheet: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2" (8.9 x 14 cm).

The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift
Sp 4 shadow event fc1028 cccr (01)

Spatial Poem No. 4 (Shadow Event)

Plastic box containing offset card and microfilm with plastic viewer, 2 x 2 9/16 x 2 9/16" (5.1 x 6.5 x 6.5 cm).

Fluxus Editions, announced 1968. The Museum of Modern Art. The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift

Spatial Poems at The Museum of Modern Art Library

© 2010 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Spatial poem no. 2 invitation

Spatial Poem No. 2

One sheet, 25 x 18 cm. Partial mimeo reprint prepared by Cavan McCarthy for further circulation.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 2 duplicated by cavan mccarthy

Spatial Poem No. 2

Partial mimeo reprint prepared by Cavan McCarthy for further circulation.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem 4   invitation letter

Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 4

Part of a set of invitation letters for Spatial Poems 4-9. Printed on tan, green, red, and yellow papers. Issued in an envelope. 1 of 7 folded sheets, 19 x 19 cm.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem explanation sent with spatial poem 4

Explanation about Spatial Poems sent with invitation for Spatial Poem No. 4

Part of a set of invitation letters for Spatial Poems 4-9. Printed on tan, green, red, and yellow papers. Issued in an envelope. 1 of 7 folded sheets, 19 x 19 cm.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 4 instructions

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 4

Part of a set of invitation letters for Spatial Poems 4-9. Printed on tan, green, red, and yellow papers. Issued in an envelope. 1 of 7 folded sheets, 19 x 19 cm.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 4 with shadow sheet

Spatial Poem No. 4 with enclosed "shadow" transparency

Part of a set of invitation letters for Spatial Poems 4-9. Printed on tan, green, red, and yellow papers. Issued in an envelope. 1 of 7 folded sheets, 19 x 19 cm.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 4 shadow transparency

"Shadow" transparency

Part of a set of invitation letters for Spatial Poems 4-9. Printed on tan, green, red, and yellow papers. Issued in an envelope. 1 of 7 folded sheets, 19 x 19 cm.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 5 instructions

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 5

Part of a set of invitation letters for Spatial Poems 4-9. Printed on tan, green, red, and yellow papers. Issued in an envelope. 1 of 7 folded sheets, 19 x 19 cm.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 6 instructions

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 6

Part of a set of invitation letters for Spatial Poems 4-9. Printed on tan, green, red, and yellow papers. Issued in an envelope. 1 of 7 folded sheets, 19 x 19 cm.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 7 instructions

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 7

Part of a set of invitation letters for Spatial Poems 4-9. Printed on tan, green, red, and yellow papers. Issued in an envelope. 1 of 7 folded sheets, 19 x 19 cm.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 8 instructions

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 8

Part of a set of invitation letters for Spatial Poems 4-9. Printed on tan, green, red, and yellow papers. Issued in an envelope. 1 of 7 folded sheets, 19 x 19 cm.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Spatial poem no. 9 instructions

Instructions for Spatial Poem No. 9

Part of a set of invitation letters for Spatial Poems 4-9. Printed on tan, green, red, and yellow papers. Issued in an envelope. 1 of 7 folded sheets, 19 x 19 cm.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   2

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender [sic]

Selection from calendar, 39.9 x 13.3 cm. Loose-leaf day calendar documenting "falling" actions by artists from June 24–October 16, 1966. The calendar is bolted to a piece of leather at its midway point. The nuts can be unscrewed so that the pages of the calendar fall freely from one set of bolts, then are picked up and placed on another set of bolts inserted at the top.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   1

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender

Selection from calendar, 39.9 x 13.3 cm. Loose-leaf day calendar documenting "falling" actions by artists from June 24–October 16, 1966. The calendar is bolted to a piece of leather at its midway point. The nuts can be unscrewed so that the pages of the calendar fall freely from one set of bolts, then are picked up and placed on another set of bolts inserted at the top.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   4

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender

Selection from calendar, 39.9 x 13.3 cm. Loose-leaf day calendar documenting "falling" actions by artists from June 24–October 16, 1966. The calendar is bolted to a piece of leather at its midway point. The nuts can be unscrewed so that the pages of the calendar fall freely from one set of bolts, then are picked up and placed on another set of bolts inserted at the top.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   5

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender

Selection from calendar, 39.9 x 13.3 cm. Loose-leaf day calendar documenting "falling" actions by artists from June 24–October 16, 1966. The calendar is bolted to a piece of leather at its midway point. The nuts can be unscrewed so that the pages of the calendar fall freely from one set of bolts, then are picked up and placed on another set of bolts inserted at the top.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   6

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender

Selection from calendar, 39.9 x 13.3 cm. Loose-leaf day calendar documenting "falling" actions by artists from June 24–October 16, 1966. The calendar is bolted to a piece of leather at its midway point. The nuts can be unscrewed so that the pages of the calendar fall freely from one set of bolts, then are picked up and placed on another set of bolts inserted at the top.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   3

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender

Selection from calendar, 39.9 x 13.3 cm. Loose-leaf day calendar documenting "falling" actions by artists from June 24–October 16, 1966. The calendar is bolted to a piece of leather at its midway point. The nuts can be unscrewed so that the pages of the calendar fall freely from one set of bolts, then are picked up and placed on another set of bolts inserted at the top.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Sp 3   7

Spatial Poem No. 3: A Fluxcalender

Selection from calendar, 39.9 x 13.3 cm. Loose-leaf day calendar documenting "falling" actions by artists from June 24–October 16, 1966. The calendar is bolted to a piece of leather at its midway point. The nuts can be unscrewed so that the pages of the calendar fall freely from one set of bolts, then are picked up and placed on another set of bolts inserted at the top.

MoMA: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Book  shiomispatialcover

Spatial Poem

Front cover of illustrated book: 21 x 27 cm.

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Book participants and instructions

Spatial Poem

Participants and instructions.

MoMA c.2-4: Silverman Fluxus Collection Reference Library
Book sp instructions

Spatial Poem

Instructions for Spatial Poems 1–9.

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Book pp 2   3

Spatial Poem

Pages 2–3. (Spatial Poem No. 1 – Word Event).

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Spatial Poem

Pages 54–55. (Spatial Poem No. 7 – Sound Event).

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Spatial Poem

Pages 70–71. Dedication.

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Sp 1 paul thek nyc

Spatial Poem No. 1 Report

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Sp 1 maciunas

Spatial Poem No. 1 Report

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Sp 1 tomas schmidt

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Sp 1

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Sp 2 hamilton

Spatial Poem No. 2 Report

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Sp 2 herberta masarykowa

Spatial Poem No. 2 Report

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Sp 2 ian hamilton finlay

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Sp 2 donald richie

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Sp 3 allen ginsberg

Spatial Poem No. 3 Report

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Sp 3 dieter rot

Spatial Poem No. 3 Report

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Sp 3 halprin

Spatial Poem No. 3 Report

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Sp 3 paul sharitz

Spatial Poem No. 3 Report

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Sp 3 vytautas landsbergis

Spatial Poem No. 3 Report

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Sp 4 beke l%c3%a1szl%c3%b3

Spatial Poem No. 4 Report

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Sp 4 ji%c5%99%c3%ad valoch

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Sp 4 takiguchi shuzo

Spatial Poem No. 4 Report

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Sp 4 janos urban

Spatial Poem No. 4 Report

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Sp 5 kosugi takehisa

Spatial Poem No. 5 Report

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Sp 5 kubota shigeko

Spatial Poem No. 5 Report

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Sp 4 beke l%c3%a1szl%c3%b3

Spatial Poem No. 5 Report

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Sp 5 maciunas

Spatial Poem No. 5 Report

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Sp 5 ray johnson

Spatial Poem No. 5 Report

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Sp 5 vytautas landsbergis

Spatial Poem No. 5 Report

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Sp 6 alison knowles

Spatial Poem No. 6 Report

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Sp 6 beke l%c3%a1szl%c3%b3

Spatial Poem No. 6 Report

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Sp 6 crozier

Spatial Poem No. 6 Report

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Sp 6 geoff hendricks

Spatial Poem No. 6 Report

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Sp 7 endre t%c3%b2t

Spatial Poem No. 7 Report

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Sp 7 john baldessari

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Sp 7 padin

Spatial Poem No. 7 Report

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Sp 7 yuji takahashi

Spatial Poem No. 7 Report

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Sp 8 george brecht

Spatial Poem No. 8 Report

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Sp 8 jean brown

Spatial Poem No. 8 Report

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Sp 8 padin

Spatial Poem No. 8 Report

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Sp 8 geoff hendricks

Spatial Poem No. 8 Report

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Sp 8 saito

Spatial Poem No. 8 Report

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Sp 9 brion gysin

Spatial Poem No. 9 Report

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Sp 9 jaroslaw kozlowski

Spatial Poem No. 9 Report

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Sp 9 john baldessari

Spatial Poem No. 9 Report

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Page 1 of a two-page letter from George Maciunas to Shiomi Mieko

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Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 1: Word Event

Offset, printed in black. 9 1/2 x 7 1/16" (24.1 x 17.9 cm)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
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Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 2: Direction Event

Offset, printed in black. 9 1/2 x 7 1/16" (24.1 x 17.9 cm)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
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Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 3: Falling Event

Offset, printed in black. 5 7/8 x 9 1/4" (14.3 x 23.5 cm)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
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Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 4: Shadow Event

Offset. 7 3/8 x 7 3/16" (18.7 x 18.2 cm)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
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Enclosure with invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 4: Shadow Event

Plastic, offset. 3 7/8 x 7" (9.8 x 17.7cm)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
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Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 5: Open Event

Offset, printed in black. 6 5/8 x 7 3/8" (16.8 x 18.7 cm)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
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Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 6: Orbit Event

Offset, printed in black. 7 1/16 x 7 1/4" (17.9 x 18.4 cm)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
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Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 7: Sound Event

Offset, printed in black. 9 3/8 x 7" (23.8 x 17.7 cm)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
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Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 8: Wind Event

Offset, printed in black. 7 1/8 x 6 7/8" (18.1 x 17.5 cm)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
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Invitation letter for Spatial Poem No. 9: Disappearing Event

Offset, printed in black. 6 13/16 x 7 1/8" (17.3 x 18.1 cm)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1118. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
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Submissions to Spatial Poem No. 3: Falling Event" (1965) and Spatial Poem No. 5: Open Event (1972) by Shiomi Mieko

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.428. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
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Submission to Spatial Poem No. 4: Shadow Event by Shiomi Mieko

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.428. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Shiomi Mieko
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Untitled (working material for possible contribution to Spatial Poem No. 4 by Shiomi Mieko)

Photostat. 8 1/4 x 11 5/8" (20.9 x 29.5 cm)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.754. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Arthur Køpcke
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Tone Yasunao and Shiomi Mieko

Black and white negative. 4 15/16 x 3 15/16" (12.5 x 10 cm)

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives, I.1172. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York © 2014 Tone Yasunao and Shiomi Mieko

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Dear post.Team, I've been trying to find out how large the circulation of the printed Spatial Poem edition had been. I can't find any hint. Do you have an answer and if, can you tell me what your source has been? Thanks in advance

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