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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Invoking Rationality to Explain Happenings. Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing Mar 29, Added to PP index Total downloads 60of 2, Recent jappenings 6 months 3of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

On the other hand, leaving taste and preference aside and relying solely on chance operations, a completely unforeseen schedule of events could result, not merely in the preparation but in the actual performance; or a simultaneously performed single moment; or none at all. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 26 1: I think that it is a mark of mutual respect that all persons involved in a Happening be willing and committed participants who have a clear idea what they are to do.

Saka – – Theory, Culture and Society 23 If a horse is part of a work, whatever a horse does gives the “form” to what he does in the Happening: Jerrod marked it happenkngs to-read Dec 10, Dann marked it as to-read Feb 13, The results on paper were interesting enough, but in action as far as any action was capable of being derived from the complicated scores the effect was static and mechanical. Most of the time the response of such an audience is halfhearted or even reluctant, and sometimes the reaction is vicious and therefore destructive to the work though Aassemblage suspect that in numerous instances of violent reaction to such treatment it was caused by the latent sadism in the action, which they quite rightly resented.

Find it on Scholar. Most of the time he seems to like it. Certainly they are aware envionments the philosophic allusions to Zen Buddhism, assembage the subtle wit and childlike simplicity of the activities indicated. Artistic attachments are still so many window dressings, unconsciously held onto to legitimize an art that otherwise might go unrecognized. Ream – – Educational Philosophy and Theory 37 4: A regimen unrelated to their natural qualities seemed to have been superimposed upon them.


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

But an endless activity could also be decided upon, which would apparently transcend palpable time – such as the slow decomposition of a mountain of sandstone In the case of those Happenings with more detailed instructions or more expanded action, the artist must be present at every moment, directing and participating, for the tradition is too young for the complete stranger to know what to do with such plans if he got them.

Because the Happenings are occupied with relatively new at least new for art subject matter and materials, the stylistic conventions used by the other arts, or by such philosophical disciplines as logic, are best left alone. Time, which follows closely on space considerations, should be variable and discontinuous. Aesthetics categorize this paper. George Brecht has been interested in such possibilities for some time now.

When innovations are taking place it often becomes necessary for those involved to treat their tasks with considerable severity. Superficially this has been true for the Happenings all along.

Feeling this, why shouldn’t an artist program a Environkents over the course of several days, months, or years, slipping it in and out of the performers’ daily lives.

A single performance space tends toward the static and, more significantly, resembles conventional theatre practice.

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A score might be written, so general in its instructions that it could be adapted to basic types of terrain such as oceans, woods, cities, farms; and to basic kinds of performers such as teenagers, old people, children, matrons, and so on.

Genevieve Michaels rated it it was amazing Sep 19, It may be that some subjects, because of our familiarity with and wide use of them, allow for more alternatives of transformation and grouping than other subjects. This sort of freedom to accept all kinds of subject matter will probably be possible in the Happenings of the future, but I think not for now.

But so far they have been distributed to friends, who perform them at their discretion and without ceremony. But while this was possible in music, particularly electronic music, whose rudiments enviironments relatively nonassociative.


The preceding discussion of composition has been a summary of all the rules-of-thumb raised respecting Happenings, rather than being merely technical.

We generally mean by “formal” art the fugues of Bach, the sonnets of Shakespeare, Cubist paintings an assemblaye that is primarily manipulative. Corey R rated it really liked it Oct 22, This is simply accomplished by writing out the scenario or score for all and discussing it thoroughly with them beforehand.

The weaving of these elements into groupings, regroupings; the losing and finding of themes, subthemes, and counterthemes. I believe, was only a rationalization of the wish to hold onto theatrical customs. Ksucudc added it Jan 10, The adage that “form follows function” is still useful advice. First along several points on a heavily trafficked avenue; then in several rooms and floors of an apartment house where some assembblage the activities are out of touch with each other; then on more than one evironments then in different but proximate cities; finally all around the globe.

Emily marked it as to-read Apr 24, 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.

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

Assemblage, Environments & Happenings

The one big difference is that while knowledge of. On the other, it permits the parts to exist more on their own. 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. David Johnson rated it really liked it Jul 30, Such materials and their associations and meanings, as I have pointed out, generate the relationships and the movements of the Wnvironments, instead of the reverse.