[NetBehaviour] Allan Kaprow: FLUIDS, 1967/2005
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
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.
HAUSER & WIRTH ZURICH
CH - 8005 Zurich
Phone +41 (0)44 446 80 50
June 4 - July 23, 2005
HAUSER & WIRTH LONDON
the pink empire
June 2 - July 23, 2005
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