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Critical Mass: Happenings, Fluxus, Performance, Intermedia, and Rutgers University, 1958-1972 Paperback – May 19, 2003

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press; 1ST edition (May 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813533031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813533032
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,002,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Critical Mass brings long overdue attention to Fluxus adventures and Happening scenes in exotic New Jersey. Innovators like Allen Kaprow, Robert Watts, and Geoffrey Hendricks addressed the art-in-life conundrum at the heart of their own work with a revolutionary approach to pedagogy at Rutgers University, developing events like the controversial Flux-Mass as student projects. This invaluable addition to avant-garde history recollects and reexamines both the teaching of the inexplicable and the lives of the irrepressible.ö ù
(C. Carr Village Voice)

This volume of new texts and historical documents has stopped struggling against the Fluxus ethos. Critical Mass instead presents multiple ways to allow readers of today to access a Fluxus attitude. This attitude had certain nodes, localities, and periods of extreme activity, but this book does not encourage nostalgia for the Fluxus fun we missed; Critical Mass, rather, prompts us to make Fluxus a part of our way of life today.
(Bill Arning MIT List Visual Arts Center)

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