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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Erinkate added it Feb 04, Formal art must be made of a substance that is at once stable and general in meanings. The common function of these alternatives is to release an artist from conventional notions of a detached, closed arrangement of time-space. This is the score or scenario which is designed to make every performance significantly different from the previous one. Most of the time he seems to like it.

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 anc legitimate. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy jstor. Mason jar gaskets, hangman’s nooses – one could go on almost indefinitely. These cues also may be responded to in any one of a number of alternative ways in each instance, so here again the combinations are quite varied.

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. The one big difference is that while knowledge of. And as in those cases where sirens are only sounded at crowded street corners to warn pedestrians, the police car and its noise at once ceased and the capsule of time and space it had become vanished as abruptly as it made itself felt.

Sign in Create an account. Such materials and their associations and meanings, as I have pointed out, generate the relationships and the movements of the Happening, instead of the reverse. Therefore, in making a Happening, it is better to approach composition without borrowed form theories, and instead to let environmentw form emerge from what the materials can do.

Assemblage, Environments & Happenings

Lists with This Book. There are related ways of setting off rearrangements of fixed numbers of actions such as by cueing, in which performers are given a set of actions that are signaled, knowingly environmenrs unknowingly, by one another or by natural occurrences such as the sound of a car horn or a cloud formation.


A single performance space tends toward the static and, more significantly, resembles conventional theatre practice. Natasha added it Mar 13, Suppose, for example, that three assemboage and five actions are selected, partly by taste and partly by chance methods. Superficially this has been true for the Happenings all along.

Envjronments marriage to the small auromobile followed. But so far they have been distributed to friends, who perform them at their discretion and without ceremony.

Meiver marked it as to-read Sep 08, Emily marked it as to-read Apr 24, 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. I believe, was only a rationalization of the wish to hold onto theatrical customs. 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.

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Even greater flexibility can be gotten by moving the locale itself. As we mentioned before in connection with another of Brecht’s pieces, this implication is the most radical potential in all of the work discussed in this book. The Aesthetics of Human Environments.

Assemblage, Environments & Happenings by Allan Kaprow

A formalist cannot easily use the horrifying records of Nazi torture chambers, but he can use a simple statement like “the sky is blue. Rather, composition is understood as an operation dependent upon the materials including people and nature and phenomenally indistinct from them. There is nothing esoteric in such a proposition, and it may have the distinct advantage of bringing into focus those things one ordinarily does every day without paying attention – like brushing one’s teeth.

Genevieve Michaels rated it it was amazing Sep 19, Both normal tendencies to observe and act would now be engaged in a responsible way. The reciprocity between the man-made and the ready-made will be at its maximum potential this way. On the other, it permits the parts to exist more on their own.


Dana Miranda marked it as to-read Jul 25, Another Happening would take place up and down the elevators of five tall buildings in midtown Chicago. Marianna Vardanyan added it Nov 18, These are not theatre-goers and their attention is only temporarily caught in the course of their normal affairs.

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

Assemblge one big difference is that while knowledge of the scheme is necessary, professional talent is not; the situations in a Happening are lifelike or, if they are unusual, are so rudimentary that professionalism is actually uncalled for. Dann marked it as to-read Feb 13, happeningz Feeling this, why shouldn’t an artist program a Happening over the course of several days, months, or years, slipping it in and out of the performers’ daily lives.

A variant of this is the person who is engaged unwittingly with a performer in some planned action: 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 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.

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A picture, a piece of music, a poem, a drama, each confined within its respective frame, fixed number of measures, stanzas, and stages, however great they may be in their own right, simply will not allow for breaking the barrier between art and life. 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.

After a few years, in any case, “audience response” proves to be so predictably pure cliche that anyone serious about the problem should not tolerate it, any more than the painter should continue the use of dripped paint as a stamp of modernity when it has been adopted by every lampshade and Formica manufacturer in the country.