Lighting Piece, 1955
Light a match and watch till it goes out.
The idea of Lighting Piece evolved between 1952 and 1957, while Ono was living in Scarsdale, New York, with her parents. Her early musical training in Japan had made her so sensitive to surrounding sounds that she was often compelled to stay in a dark room with her ears covered by sanitary pads tied in place with a piece of gauze. To cope with such isolation, Ono invented a ritual of lighting a match and watching it burn, repeating it until she became calm. Although this action was primarily visual, it also had something of an auditory effect on her: The sounds in her mind disappeared as the flame went out