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Felt: Fluxus, Joseph Beuys, and the Dalai Lama
Felt provides a nonlinear look at the engagement of the postwar avant-garde with Eastern spirituality, a context in which the German artist Joseph Beuys appears as an uneasy shaman. Centered on a highly publicized yet famously inconclusive 1982 meeting between Beuys and the Dalai Lama, arranged by the Dutch artist Louwrien Wijers, Chris Thompson explores the interconnectio ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 9th 2011 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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Relevant, extensively researched book. The structure needs work, as a number of points are re-iterated unnecessarily and even block quotations are used multiple times throughout different chapters. Given the tile, I would have liked to see more about the Dalai Lama's practices. Buddhism was addressed but only through the hazy lens of contemporary alternative art practices. This book was informative but not (entirely) in the ways that its title and description imply.
Chris Thompson is the Artistic Director of St Martins: The Victorian Centre for Youth Arts. A writer and director of many plays for young performers and young audiences, he has also written two feature films and is a regular reviewer of youth literature for Viewpoint magazine and youth theatre for Lowdown magazine. Chris was a member of the Writers' Jury for the 1993 Australian Film Institute Awar ...moreMore about Chris Thompson...