History & Theories of Intermedia
03.02.17 Historical Developments, Part III: Cage, Happenings & Fluxus
Zen-vaudeville by David Doris
The Aesthetics of John Cage by Richard Kostelanetz
Avant-gardism and the Fluxus Project by Owen Smith
Anti-art as the End of Cultural History by Michel Oren
Reflections on Happenings by Darko Suvins
How to Make a Happening by Allan Kaprow
Duchamp’s criticisms of cage becomes an acceptance
Many students studied with Cage, they picked up on his openness and permissiveness
Not so much Duchamp’s critique but a broadening of aesthetic
Duchamp – What is the relationship between life and art why have we culturally separated them. What’s the difference?
Cage – we have culturally come to this problematic point where we think that there are things that we call art that have more significance and value than things that we don’t call art
Chance, aleatoric processes – processes that remove some decision making from the user, altering the flow of decision making to allow us to interrupt our potential blinders so that we reflect nature and its manner of operations
Rejection of hierarchies, questioning the artwork
Me – makes me think of Amanda’s work… but I thought Owen was saying “chant” not “chance” I feel dumb… however…. The idea of exploring the use of chants and ritual is interesting….
Weird plastic music thing… Fontana Mix 1958 LOOK UP LATER
A change of world view and an attitude
George Maciunas: To justify the artists professional, parasitic and elite status in society, …Art is made to be rare…
Anyone can do art and anything can be art
Comes out of cage in terms of breaking down the barriers between artist and artwork and broad engagement coming out of Neo Dada and post —- period and the world of materials is sort of broadly open in work
Materials – human participants, etc.
Artists becomes the person constructing experiences or environments
Destruction and Art symposium, relationship between destruction and creative processes