KAPROW ESSAYS ON THE BLURRING OF ART AND LIFE PDF

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These "Happenings" represent what we now call New Media Art. It is participatory and interactive , with the goal of tearing down the wall a. One such work, titled Eighteen Happenings in Six Parts, involved an audience moving together to experience elements such as a band playing toy instruments, a woman squeezing an orange, and painters painting. He gained significant attention in September for his Words performance at the Smolin Gallery.

However, the ritualistic nature of his happenings is nowhere better illustrated than in Eat , which took place in a cave with irregular floors criss-crossed with puddles and streams. Girls offered red and white wine to each visitor. Apples and bunches of bananas dangled from the ceiling and a girl fried banana fritters on a hotplate. In a small cave, entered only by climbing a ladder, a performer cut, salted and distributed boiled potatoes.

In a log hut, bread and jam were served. Bread was stuffed between the logs. The visitors could eat and drink at random for an hour. There was no dialogue other than that used in the interaction of the visitors with the performers. In his own words, "And the work itself, the action, the kind of participation, was as remote from anything artistic as the site was. Using five video cameras and monitors, he recorded people riding the ski lift and again as they watched themselves riding the ski lift on the monitors.

Through Happenings, the separation between life, art, artist, and audience becomes blurred. The "Happening" allows the artist to experiment with body motion, recorded sounds, written and spoken texts, and even smells.

One of his earliest "Happenings" was the "Happenings in the New York Scene," written in as the form was developing. Kaprow calls them unconventional theater pieces, even if they are rejected by "devotees" of theater because of their visual arts origins.

These "Happenings" use disposable elements like cardboard or cans making it cheaper on Kaprow to be able to change up his art piece every time. The minute those elements break down, he can get more disposable materials together and produce another improvisational master piece.

He points out that their presentations in lofts, stores, and basements widens the concept of theater by destroying the barrier between audience and play and "demonstrating the organic connection between art and its environment. Sitting down here and there. Pix left on the spot. Going on".

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KAPROW ESSAYS ON THE BLURRING OF ART AND LIFE PDF

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These "Happenings" represent what we now call New Media Art. It is participatory and interactive , with the goal of tearing down the wall a. One such work, titled Eighteen Happenings in Six Parts, involved an audience moving together to experience elements such as a band playing toy instruments, a woman squeezing an orange, and painters painting. He gained significant attention in September for his Words performance at the Smolin Gallery. However, the ritualistic nature of his happenings is nowhere better illustrated than in Eat , which took place in a cave with irregular floors criss-crossed with puddles and streams. Girls offered red and white wine to each visitor.

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Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life. Everybody is crowded into a downtown loft, milling about, like at an opening. There are lots of big cartons sitting all over the place. One by one they start to move, sliding and careening drunkenly in every direction, lunging into one another, accompanied by loud breathing sounds over four loudspeakers. A hundred iron barrels and gallon wine jugs hanging on ropes swing back and forth, crashing like church bells, spewing glass all over. Suddenly, mushy shapes pop up from the floor and painters slash at curtains dripping with action. A wall of trees tied with colored rags advances on the crowd, scattering everybody, forcing them to leave.

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