[NetBehaviour] Allan Kaprow: FLUIDS, 1967/2005

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Jun 8 14:01:58 CEST 2005

*Allan Kaprow: FLUIDS, 1967/2005*

International workshop of the Applied Arts Universities at Art Unlimited 
June 13, 2005, from 2 pm

To mark the opening of Art Unlimited in Basle, Allan Kaprow's Happpening 
FLUIDS will be reinvented for the first time since 1967 by an 
international workshop, in co-operation with the Department of Art and 
Design at Basle's University of Applied Sciences and the University Basle.

'Father of Happenings' Allan Kaprow was born in 1927. Nearly 40 years 
later, the art form he created continues to provoke questions about 
time, community and collective structures. His Happening FLUIDS involved 
constructing enclosures with ice blocks at various locations in Pasadena 
and Los Angeles. Kaprow recruited participants using billboards that 
displayed the FLUIDS score: "During three days, about twenty rectangular 
enclosures of ice blocks (measuring about 30 feet long, 10 wide and 8 
high) are built throughout the city. Their walls are unbroken. They are 
left to melt".

Groups of young people made his work a reality. They stacked blocks of 
ice, delivered by the Union Ice Company, into rectangular structures. 
Over the ensuing days, the ice structures melted. Photographs, film, the 
billboard score, the artist's notes and drawings, letters and press 
clippings document the ephemeral event.

Now FLUIDS will occur for the second time. Ice structures will be built 
at three different sites across Basle, including Art Basel's 
headquarters building and the roof of the adjacent parking structure. 
Co-operating in the Happening are the Department of Art and Design at 
Basle University of Applied Science (Creative Art - Media Art 
Department), the art history seminars of Basle University, Basle and 
Lucerne University Departments of Art and Design, the Federal Institute 
of Technology in Zurich and the University of Weimar and Vienna. At the 
artist's request, students will spend two days in a workshop, devising 
strategies to realize the work. They will determine such particulars as 
how to co-ordinate delivery of the ice blocks, secure the necessary 
equipment and design of the structures. Thus they will create a 
Basle-specific, contemporary variant of the Happening, this time without 
the artist's direct involvement.

For further information, please contact Laura Bechter at Hauser & Wirth 
in Zurich.

Another project by Hauser & Wirth Zurich London, appearing at Art 
Unlimited will be Martin Creed's set piece Work No. 372, Piano. For 
further information, please contact Nicole Keller at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich.

Limmatstrasse 270
CH - 8005 Zurich
Phone +41 (0)44 446 80 50

upcoming exhibition:
June 4 - July 23, 2005

upcoming exhibition:
the pink empire
June 2 - July 23, 2005
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