ASSEMBLAGES, ENVIRONMENTS. AND HAPPENINGS no one can. (A) The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as. Assemblage, Environments & Happenings has 13 ratings and 2 reviews. tENTATIVELY, said: If you love HAPPENINGS (I do) & have an interest in Assemblage. Assemblage, environments and happenings Allan KAPROW. Medium: artist’s book: photo-offset lithograph, pages, hessian covered baords, stitched.

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Keith Dorwick – – Kairos: Such materials and their associations and meanings, as I have pointed out, generate the relationships happenihgs the movements of the Happening, instead of the reverse. New ones will be noticed by the observant artist, whether he professes to like this or not. Saeedeh Asadipour marked it as to-read Feb 02, At those moments of relative quiet the observer would hardly be a passive member of an audience; he would be closer to the role of a Greek chorus, without its specific meaning necessarily, but with its required place in the overall scheme.

Then, on a human plane, to assemble people unprepared for an event and say that they are “participating” if apples are thrown at them or they xnd herded about is to ask very little of the whole notion of participation.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Added to PP index Total downloads 60of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 3of 2, How can I increase my downloads? History of Western Philosophy. The Happening is conceived as an art. At no time is it known if actions will be performed at all of the three environments, since the choice is left to the performers, nor what the number and kind of actions will be at the environments chosen.

Jerrod marked it as to-read Dec 10, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And the last shred of theatrical convention disappears. The impact of the imagery, the “what,” is not as important as the intricacy and subtlety of the moves the imagery is put through. Movements call up movements in response, whether on a canvas or in a Happening.


Allan Kaprow, Excerpts from “Assemblages, Environments & Happenings () – Belgium is Happening

But still later, John Cage could permit a C major triad to exist next to the sound of a buzz saw, because by then the triad was thought of differently – not as a musical necessity but as a sound as interesting as any other sound. These are not theatre-goers and their attention is only temporarily caught in the course of their normal affairs. Such persons are authentic parts of the environment. First along several points on a heavily trafficked avenue; then in several rooms and floors of an apartment house where some of the activities are out of touch with each other; then on more than one street; then in different but proximate.

Happenings and Other Acts.

Problems of materials and content enter into the question at every stage and so I should like to re-emphasize the importance of a pervasive process which is manifestly organic and not divided into categories. Ching-In marked it as to-read Sep 07, Aside from environmejts fact zssemblage repetition is boring to a generation brought up on ideas of spontaneity and originality, to repeat a Happening at this time is to accede to a far more serious matter: I think that some time must elapse.

These cues also may be responded to in any one of a number of alternative ways in each instance, so environemnts again the combinations are quite varied.

If it conforms to the clock used in the Happening, as above, that is legitimate, but if it does not because a clock is not needed, that is equally legitimate.

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The worst difficulty to arise out of these procedures, however, was that as they became more exacting, performance became nearly impossible. But none of these planned ties are absolutely required, for preknowledge of the Happening’s cluster of events by all participants will allow each one to make his own connections. Lists with This Book. But since people are creatures of habit, performers always tended to fall into set patterns and stick to these no matter what leeway was given them in the original plan.

Ksucudc added it Jan 10, Dann marked it as to-read Feb 13, And I did not want to lose all the advantages these provided by deliberately choosing more neutral events about which I shall say more shortly.


Trivia About Assemblage, Envir A regimen unrelated to their natural qualities seemed to have been superimposed upon them. Corey R rated it really liked it Oct 22, A group of men all in white doing calisthenics, a ticking metronome, a sheet of paper being moved variously across the floor are obviously easily formalized.

Andd and Frugal Heuristics: Aug 02, Amalie marked it as to-read.

It would take a number of years to work them out by trial and error, for there is sometimes, though not always, a great gap between theory and production.

Time retarded as space extended. When innovations are taking place it often becomes necessary for those involved to treat their tasks with considerable severity.

Certainly they are aware of happenungs.

Assemblage, Environments & Happenings

The Impressionist mode, for instance, would blur it beyond recognition – and at that point the real subjects become light, optical sensation, and paint, and not the microscope. Yet it also came spilling into the slowly spreading vastness of the talkers’ space, invading the transformed room, partly shattering it, sliding shockingly in and about its envelope, nearly displacing it.

Jennifer Way – – Journal for Cultural Research 7 1: Beyond a small group of initiates, there are few who could appreciate the moral dignity of such scores and fewer still who could derive pleasure from going ahead and doing them without self-consciousness.

Otherwise, a sort of artistic schizophrenia can result if any subject matter and material is subjected to any interesting formal technique.

Whether due to chance, or to the lifespan of the materials especially the perishable onesor to the changeableness of the events, it is highly unlikely that a Happening of the type I am outlining could ever be repeated.