Questions were important to James Lee Byars (1932–97). In the late 1960s he created The World Question Center, a fictional, semi-autonomous organisation, under which he collected queries from scientists and thinkers in relation to their respective fields. For Byars, a question represented the perfect form: a space of possibility and openness, and an invitation for the viewer to enter his lifelong search for perfection. As he explained:
A question does many things. It creates interest. I think it automatically has benevolence and humility in it. It suggests that one is pursuing perfection, in itself not being well defined.