Allan Kaprow’s Eighteen Happenings in Six Parts, Reuben Gallery, New York, October These works are part of an associated work. 14 works online. At the time, I had not yet seen Kaprow’s detailed choreographic scores, nor had I examined the All I knew of 18 Happenings in 6 Parts was pretty much what is generally known about it: that . Der Text ist zuerst erschienen in: Allan Kaprow. Kaprow’s happenings are often cited as a major influence on the development of performance art 18 Happenings in 6 Parts by Allan Kaprow.

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About one foot high, it was the brightly colored figure of a Negro dancing on a drum; the legs jiggled and swung frantically when the toy was started. This was the crucial event in my decision-making process. The result was so ludicrously old-fashioned that it all but creaked. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. That this apparently paradoxical formula is also the one used by Gilles Deleuze to describe the dynamics of organic life, I took as not being just mere coincidence.

Direkt zum Inhalt Direkt zur Navigation. Friday 28 December He suggested that the art to come was one that incorporated everyday life, and everyday objects. He wrote each instruction on a separate index card and told alln performer exactly how many minutes and seconds he or she had in which to do the action required.

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But this would be as if the visual economy of racism and of blackness as mechanized subjectivity always ready to provide pure entertainment, were a thing of the past. Something of a non-event: At the end of a densely scribbled page-and-a-half summary of happnings Happenings in 6 Parts — a summary probably written right before public performances were about to start on October kaptowand which includes last minute cast modifications, new timings for some of the acts, brief sound descriptions, and clarifications of actions — Kaprow wrote: For the redoing, a decision had to be made about what mechanical toy to use.


In the late Fifties, for an artist to ask an audience to watch people performing pedestrian activities was a radical innovation. Dispensing with the grid, Butcher used an open-plan set made out of irregularly shaped plywood frames so the performers could move fluidly from one space to another as multiple events unfolded at the same time in multiple spaces.

Home About Art and culture writing Craft and Cookery writing. So, the problem was how to de-territorialize our room from the institutional frame of the museum. By the time he came to make this hugely influential piece, Kaprow was already 32 and something of a Renaissance man. Christin responded brilliantly to this idea by conceiving a large structure made out of cheap construction materials with porous outside walls, like a skin.

Berkeley, University of California Press. Happenings were not rehearsed and participants did not know before reading their instructions what they were going kaproow do next — indeed, since Kaprow shuffled the index cards before he handed them out, neither did he. I know this because over the weekend I went to one in the Festival Hall.

Last element to solve: I found her solution perfect.

And, of course, I had not read yet his plan to dispatch 18 Happenings in 6 Parts happeninngs unknown futures …. He had found a box containing the five tapes used by Kaprow in It was a catch word.

Der Text ist zuerst erschienen in: The grid is also a very New York form of architecture. For a while I considered buying an antique there are plenty tin toy Sambos available on e-bay. Kaprow designed the original set, which consisted of a wooden grid of three separate but interconnecting rooms containing simple props such as a chair, a table and a ladder.


I asked composer Shawn Greenlee, working at Brown University on his doctorate on the relation between electronic music and image, to be responsible for the sound design of the redoing. Yet simply by using the actors she did — an older man and woman with a younger male and female couple — Butcher set up the possibility of a narrative.

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Kaprow believed that the intervals, when the audience relaxed, talked and smoked some more dope, were as important as the performance. In many ways these events brought out the ideas of chance encounters, and of giving significance to everyday events that we looked at last week.

Then, we got lucky. As a student of John Cage, Kaprow put chance at partss centre of his creative process. The end of the event was signalled by a bell ringing twice.

Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts, Festival Hall, review

Spaces were trashed, paper and objects scattered, and at one moment an actor lay on the floor like a corpse in a mortuary. Once a happening was over, it was never performed again.

Once I learned that the large Terrassensaal gallery had been assigned pats the redoing at Haus der Kunst, I wrote this to Christin: Before the performance started, Kaprow gave each participant a set of written instructions telling them to do simple everyday things — paint a picture, squeeze an orange, sweep the floor, climb a ladder, shout a political slogan, or sit on a chair.

Just press his wrist and he hip-hops endlessly, upon command.

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