Assault on Culture: Utopian Currents from Lettrisme to Class War

By Stewart Home

" a lot of the data is taken from vague assets and the booklet is vital analyzing for someone drawn to the topic. It demystifies the political and creative practices of competitors to the dominant tradition and serves as a simple reference for a box mostly undocumented in English. it's also engagingly sincere, unpretentious, wondering and speedy in its impact" Artists Newsletter.

"Reflecting the uncategorisable element of paintings that hurls itself into visionary politics, the publication will have interaction political scientists, functionality artists and activists" Art and Text.

Contents:

Preface.
Introduction.
1. Cobra.
2. The Lettriste Movement.
3. The Lettriste foreign (1952-57).
4. the varsity Of Pataphysics, Nuclear paintings and the overseas flow for an Imaginist Bauhaus.
5. From the "First global Congress of Liberated Artists" to the basis of the Situationist International.
6. The Situationist overseas in its heroic section (1957-62).
7. at the theoretical poverty of the Specto-Situationists and the valid prestige of the second one International.
8. The decline and fall of the Specto-Situationist critique.
9. The origins of Fluxus and the flow in its 'heroic' period.
10. the increase of the depoliticized Fluxus aesthetic.
11. Gustav Metzger and Auto-Destructive Art.
12. Dutch Provos, Kommune 1, Motherfuckers, Yippies and White Panthers.
13. Mail Art.
14. past Mail Art.
15. Punk.
16. Neoism.
17. classification War.
Conclusion.
Afterword.
Selected Bibliography.

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Fluxus is the simplest recognized and most common instance of this development. From the freeing weather created by way of the fluxworkers' attack at the dominant tradition, mail artwork used to be in a position to advance. certainly, the mail artwork community counts many fluxus participants between its earliest individuals. even though Ray Johnson (born 1927), thought of via many because the founder of mail paintings, by no means joined fluxus, his paintings is aesthetically just about that of the fluxus workforce. certainly, Johnson frequently exchanged paintings and ideas with the guiding lighting of the fluxus flow. many of the correspondence he despatched Dick Higgins was once finally released as a booklet, "The Paper Snake" (1965), by way of Higgins's whatever Else Press. Johnson's paintings is composed essentially of letters, usually with the addition of doodles, drawings and rubber stamped messages. The paintings is light-weight and funny; instead of being offered as a commodity it is often mailed to pals and friends. even supposing a lot of Johnson's paintings is given away, this hasn't avoided it achieving a marketplace price. The overdue Andy Warhol used to be quoted as announcing he could pay ten money for something by way of Johnson (presumably which means his letters, considering Johnson can also be recognized within the instantly artwork international as a reasonably winning pop artist). within the early sixties Johnson followed the identify "The ny Correspondence tuition" (NYCS) as an umbrella time period for his mailings. He'd already spent a few years build up an inventory of individuals with whom he may possibly alternate letters and different oddities. This community, with Johnson at its centre, was once the NYCS. The identify used to be a parody of different extra formal agencies. In 1973, the recent York instances obtained a 'dead letter' from Johnson, which killed off the NYCS. even if there has been an 'instant rebirth and metamorphosis' because the Buddha college. Johnson was once now not the single aesthetic touch fluxus had with the mail method, the fluxworkers themselves used the postal procedure for classy reasons. the truth that the circulate was once unfold among North the USA, Japan and Europe, pressured its participants to exploit the mail to replace rankings and concepts. yet fluxus became necessity into virtue and have been quickly churning out rubber stamps and artist's stamp sheets with which to decorate their letters and envelopes. The artist's stamp sheets have been gummed and perforated like traditional postal stamps, yet their use used to be completely ornamental. They could not be utilized in position of any authentic postal factor. person Fluxists additionally dreamed up equipment of subverting the postal method and extending the involvement of postal staff of their mailings. the simplest identified instance of this is often the Ben Vautier postcard "The Postman's selection" (1965). This used to be revealed identically on either side with strains governed out for various addresses and house for a stamp. It used to be left to probability and the postal specialists to determine which of the 2 attainable addresses it may be dropped at. in the course of the sixties the variety of cultural staff changing principles and small oddities in the course of the publish - and to a lesser quantity the quantity developing works that took their that means from being mailed - elevated.

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