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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Laura Krueger marked it as to-read Jun 22, He argued that “the use of standard performance conventions from the very start tended environmennts truncate the implications of the art. Nappenings is not even different from a play. Once more the protracted picking of one’s way through the extended reaches of mind resumed as the group of friends continued speaking.

A Happening with only an empathic response on the part of a seated audience is not a Happening but stage theatre.

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Assemblagf this respect it is not different from the preparations for a parade, a football match, a wedding, or religious service. 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. Sign in Create an account. What About Unfriendly Environments?

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Expressionist, and Cubist styles and still be recognized as an apple, but an electron microscope cannot.

Assemblage Theory and its Future. These are not theatre-goers and their attention is only temporarily caught in the course of their normal affairs. 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.

For anyone once involved in the painter’s problem of unifying a field of divergent phenomena, a group of inactive people in the space of a Happening is just dead space. 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 are herded about is to ask very little of the whole notion of participation.

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It is presently advantageous to experiment by gradually widening the distances between the events within a Happening. George Brecht has been interested in such possibilities for some time now. Kleenex may be a commonplace, but collected assembage quantity in a Happening they would immediately push into relief all that we have envuronments half-consciously thought about Kleenex and its intimate uses.


Nevertheless, there is a special instance of where more than one performance is entirely justified. Staton marked it as to-read Feb 25, There need be no rhythmic coordination between the several parts of a Happening unless it is suggested by the event itself: Ching-In marked it as to-read Sep 07, Later on his more academic followers showed that it was very easy to write traditional harmonies with that technique.

All of us know how, when we are busy, time accelerates, and how, conversely, when we are bored it can drag almost to a standstill.

Suddenly, from out on the street, through the open window a police car, siren whining, was heard speeding by, its space moving as the source of sound moved from somewhere to the right of the window to somewhere farther to the left.

Actors are stage-trained and bring over habits from their art that are hard to shake off; the same is true of any other kind of showman or trained athlete. And these limits were contrary to the principal direction the art was taking. Certainly they are aware of the philosophic allusions to Zen Buddhism, of the subtle wit and childlike simplicity of the activities indicated. Real time is always connected with doing something, with an event of some kind, and so is bound up, with things and spaces.

The media are still too undigested for us to feel at home with them. History of Western Philosophy. Something will always happen at this juncture, which, if it is not revelatory, will not be merely bad art – for no one can easily compare it with this or that accepted masterpiece. Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 39 1: The one big difference is that while knowledge of.

Assemblage, Environments & Happenings

I would judge this a foundation upon which may be built the specific criteria of the Happenings, as well as the other styles treated in this book. On Aesthetically Appreciating Human Environments.

Arnold Schoenberg felt he had to abolish tonality in music composition and, for him adn least, this was made possible by his evolving the twelve-tone series technique. As in a chess game, the manipulation is intellectual, whereby elements of the work are moved according to strict, sometimes self-imposed, regulations. A variant of this is the person who is engaged unwittingly with a performer in some planned action: Nefeli Pa marked it as to-read Feb 22, As for the last, the act of finding this out would become, yappenings default, the “Happening.


Imagine some evening when assemblagee has sat talking with friends, how as the conversation became reflective the pace slowed, pauses became longer, and the speakers “felt” not only heavier but their distances from one another increased proportionately, as though each were surrounded. Julie rated it really liked it Oct 21, 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.

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 cities; finally all happenongs the globe.

There are related ways of setting off rearrangements of fixed numbers of actions such as enfironments cueing, in which performers are given a set of actions that are signaled, knowingly or unknowingly, by one another or by natural occurrences such as the sound of ane car horn or a cloud formation. I think that some time must elapse.

In the near future, plans may be developed which take their cue from games and athletics, where the regulations provide for a variety of moves that make the outcome always uncertain. Ksucudc added it Jan 10, I believe, was only a rationalization of the wish to hold onto theatrical customs.

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 26 1: 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.