CHARLES EPPLEY is an art and music historian from Stony Brook University, where he researched interdisciplinary histories of sound in modern and contemporary art. His writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, Rhizome and Hyperallergic. His work can also be found in academic journals such as Leonardo Music Journal, Parallax, and Public Art Dialogue. He has taught courses in Art History, Music, and Media Studies at Pratt Institute, Fordham University, The New School, and Stony Brook University. Charles is the Curator and Managing Editor of Avant.org.
I initially encountered the enigmatic artworks of Philippe Parreno (b. 1964) as a first-year graduate student of contemporary art history at Stony Brook University.
The history of time-based art, and particularly performance, is plagued by unverified and missing information, often relying on memory-faded oral descriptions and scant documentation.