Yoko   Ono's   own   life   can   be   characterised   by   YES.   Since   1952,   YES   is   a motivation   for   her   art   and   life.   In   1966,   Ono   created   the   work   “Ceiling Painting   (YES   painting)”:   the   word   YES   written   in   tiny   letters   on   a   paper that   was   hung   on   the   ceiling   of   Indica   Gallery   in   London,   UK.   It   was   almost impossible   to   read   the   word   standing   on   the   floor. A   magnifying   glass   and   a ladder   were   part   of   the   installation   and   visitors   –   one   of   them   being   Ono's later   husband   John   Lennon   –   were   invited   to   climb   the   ladder   and   look through the magnifying glass to read: YES. The   Action   YES   is   part   of   the   international   art   project   gráphō.   gráphō centralises   the   question   of   Writing   and   Being.   It   is   concerned   with   art,   that practices   or   works   with   Writing,   Language   and   Communication.   It   aims   to
present    artists’    perspectives    as    well    as    to    discuss    questions    of    art, language    and    cultural    philosophy.    By    means    of    events    with    artists, philosophers   and   linguists   et.al.,   the   theme   gráphō   will   be   presented   as   a work in progress. Comparable   with   her   YES   of   1966,   on   the   cards   that   have   given   away during   the Action   on   December   13-14,   2017,   Yoko   Ono   has   written   YES   in tiny   letters.   More   than   five   decades   have   passed   since   she   first   shared YES. Although   the   world   has   changed   during   this   time,   in   an   interview   with the   initiator   of   gráphō,   artist   Karlyn   De   Jongh, Yoko   Ono   says   that   she   does not   think   the   meaning   of   YES   has   changed   since   then.   Imagining   YES today, Yoko Ono can describe its meaning with one single word: Future.
On   December   13   and   14,   2017,   the Action   YES   by   Yoko   Ono   took   place   in Berlin,   Germany.   The Action   YES   aims   to   remind   ourselves   about   having   a positive attitude towards life – our own as well as the lives of others. For   the Action,   cards   with   the   word   YES   written   by   Yoko   Ono   were   handed out    to    people    at    various    locations    in    Berlin.    Landmark    locations    were chosen   for   the   Action,   such   as   Brandenburger   Tor,   the   Kaiser-Wilhelm- Gedächtniskirche,   Berlin   Main   Railway   Station   and   Potsdamer   Platz,   where
many     people     come     together     and     which     have     social     or     historical significance. There,   YES-cards   were   shared   with   anyone,   regardless   age,   cultural   or religious   background,   social   position   or   the   colour   of   their   skin.   Those people   accepting   YES,   were   photographed   holding   Yoko   Ono's   YES   in their   hands.   They   could   keep   her   YES   as   a   memory   for   their   life   and   they have been asked, what YES means to them.
say YES write YES share YES with others
Photos by Jörg Schaller
Yoko   Ono's   own   life   can   be   characterised   by   YES.   Since   1952,   YES   is   a motivation   for   her   art   and   life.   In   1966,   Ono   created   the   work   “Ceiling Painting   (YES   painting)”:   the   word   YES   written   in   tiny   letters   on   a   paper that   was   hung   on   the   ceiling   of   Indica   Gallery   in   London,   UK.   It   was   almost impossible   to   read   the   word   standing   on   the   floor. A   magnifying   glass   and   a ladder   were   part   of   the   installation   and   visitors   –   one   of   them   being   Ono's later   husband   John   Lennon   –   were   invited   to   climb   the   ladder   and   look through the magnifying glass to read: YES. The   Action   YES   is   part   of   the   international   art   project   gráphō.   gráphō centralises   the   question   of   Writing   and   Being.   It   is   concerned   with   art,   that practices   or   works   with   Writing,   Language   and   Communication.   It   aims   to present    artists’    perspectives    as    well    as    to    discuss    questions    of    art,
language    and    cultural    philosophy.    By    means    of    events    with    artists, philosophers   and   linguists   et.al.,   the   theme   gráphō   will   be   presented   as   a work in progress. Comparable   with   her   YES   of   1966,   on   the   cards   that   have   given   away during   the Action   on   December   13-14,   2017,   Yoko   Ono   has   written   YES   in tiny   letters.   More   than   five   decades   have   passed   since   she   first   shared YES. Although   the   world   has   changed   during   this   time,   in   an   interview   with the   initiator   of   gráphō,   artist   Karlyn   De   Jongh, Yoko   Ono   says   that   she   does not   think   the   meaning   of   YES   has   changed   since   then.   Imagining   YES today, Yoko Ono can describe its meaning with one single word: Future.
On   December   13   -   14,   2017,   the   Action   YES   by   Yoko   Ono   took   place   in Berlin,   Germany.   The   Action   YES   aims   to   remind   ourselves   about   having   a positive attitude towards life – any life: our own as well as the lives of others. For   the   Action,   cards   with   the   word   YES   written   by   Yoko   Ono   were   handed out   to   people   at   various   locations   in   Berlin.   Landmark   locations   were   chosen for   the   Action,   such   as   Brandenburger   Tor,   Berlin   Main   Railway   Station,   the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche,   and   Potsdamer   Platz,   where   many   people come together and which have social or historical significance.
There,    YES-cards    were    shared    with    anyone,    regardless    age,    cultural    or religious   background,   social   position   or   the   colour   of   their   skin.   Those   people accepting   YES,   were   photographed   holding   Yoko   Ono's   YES   in   their   hands. They   could   keep   her   YES   as   a   memory   for   their   life   and   they   have   been asked, what YES means to them.
say YES write YES share YES with others
On   December   13   -   14,   2017,   the Action   YES   by   Yoko   Ono   took   place   in   Berlin, Germany.   The   Action   YES   aims   to   remind   ourselves   about   having   a   positive attitude towards life – any life: our own as well as the lives of others. For   the Action,   cards   with   the   word   YES   written   by   Yoko   Ono   were   handed   out to   people   at   various   locations   in   Berlin.   Landmark   locations   were   chosen   for the   Action,    such    as    Brandenburger    Tor,    Berlin    Main    Railway    Station,    the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche,   and   Potsdamer   Platz,   where   many   people come together and which have social or historical significance. There,    YES-cards    were    shared    with    anyone,    regardless    age,    cultural    or religious   background,   social   position   or   the   colour   of   their   skin.   Those   people accepting   YES,   were   photographed   holding   Yoko   Ono's   YES   in   their   hands. They   could   keep   her   YES   as   a   memory   for   their   life   and   they   have   been asked, what YES means to them.
say YES write YES share YES with others
Yoko   Ono's   own   life   can   be   characterised   by   YES.   Since   1952,   YES   is   a motivation   for   her   art   and   life.   In   1966,   Ono   created   the   work   “Ceiling   Painting (YES   painting)”:   the   word   YES   written   in   tiny   letters   on   a   paper   that   was   hung on   the   ceiling   of   Indica   Gallery   in   London,   UK.   It   was   almost   impossible   to   read the   word   standing   on   the   floor.   A   magnifying   glass   and   a   ladder   were   part   of the   installation   and   visitors   –   one   of   them   being   Ono's   later   husband   John Lennon   –   were   invited   to   climb   the   ladder   and   look   through   the   magnifying glass to read: YES. The    Action    YES    is    part    of    the    international    art    project    gráphō.    gráphō centralises   the   question   of   Writing   and   Being.   It   is   concerned   with   art,   that practices   or   works   with   Writing,   Language   and   Communication.   It   aims   to present   artists’   perspectives   as   well   as   to   discuss   questions   of   art,   language and   cultural   philosophy.   By   means   of   events   with   artists,   philosophers   and linguists et.al., the theme gráphō will be presented as a work in progress. Comparable   with   her   YES   of   1966,   on   the   cards   that   have   given   away   during the Action   on   December   13-14,   2017, Yoko   Ono   has   written YES   in   tiny   letters. More   than   five   decades   have   passed   since   she   first   shared   YES. Although   the world   has   changed   during   this   time,   in   an   interview   with   the   initiator   of   gráphō, artist   Karlyn   De   Jongh,   Yoko   Ono   says   that   she   does   not   think   the   meaning   of YES   has   changed   since   then.   Imagining YES   today, Yoko   Ono   can   describe   its meaning with one single word: Future.
Photos by Jörg Schaller