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Happenings by Michael Kirby
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it was amazing
bookshelves: art

One of the most inspiring bks of all-time for me. Happenings are visions of life lead according to the imagination. One might say that any performance, eg, is that, but I think Happenings went much further than most performances in their transformations of ordinary 'reality'. Happenings were less dependent on creating a suspension of disbelief than they were on simply (or complexly) reorganizing the matter(s) at hand into WHATEVER.

How can I 'do justice' to this bk?! If there's a way to add scans to these reviews I don't know it. If there's a way to make this computer screen reach out & tickle you I don't know it. Nothing less wd suffice. Oldenberg, eg, is pretty well-known as a pop artist, but how many people realize that when he was asked to do a Happening at a museum that he only used trash from around the site? That typifies the spirit here.

All these people took life & blew it up BIG & had FUN w/ it & let people LIVE. Living is precarious. Sometimes it's more than just working w/o a net, sometimes it's even working w/o the tightrope itself, it's walking across the void living on the faith that a tightrope isn't needed to levitate.

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Finished Reading
March 21, 2008 – Shelved
March 21, 2008 – Shelved as: art

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