|DAY 18||UNEXPECTED ART FORMS|
FROM THE ROUTINE TO THE SURREAL
To witness Wolf Vostell’s exhibit, spectators are led through an expanse of forest, following a meandering path in and out of the trees. They emerge into a clearing to find a swimming pool and tennis courts. Performers are hurling smoke bombs back and forth; some wear gas masks. Further down the path, the observers see an assemblage of television sets lying in beds.
This is a “happening.”
During the Fluxus movement of the 1950s, artists such as Vostell began to create participatory scenes for observers to experience. In the above-mentioned 1964 happening, entitled ...