Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins
Publisher: Siglio, ISBN: 9781938221200, Format: 184 x 235mm, 336pp
There are few art-world figures as influential–and as little known–as "polyartist", poet, scholar, theorist, composer and performer Dick Higgins. He gave the term "intermedia" new dimension to recognise the dissolution of boundaries between traditional modes of art-making and the open field for new forms that cannot be compartmentalised.
This compendium of essays, theoretical writings and prose dives deep into the ever-influential ideas that Higgins explored in theory and practice.
As co-founder of Fluxus, his own contributions to intermedia are many – as a participant and instigator of happenings, as writer and composer straddling traditional and vanguard forms, among others– but it was Something Else Press (1963-74) that redefined how "the book" could inhabit that energised, in-between space.
Something Else Press was as much a critical statement and radical experiment as it was a collection of books by some of the most luminary artists and writers of the 20th century: Gertrude Stein, John Cage, Ray Johnson, Dieter Roth, Bern Porter, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Emmett Williams, Robert Filliou, and George Brecht, among many others. Along with his Great Bear Pamphlet series and the Something Else newsletter, Higgins exploited and subverted conventional book production and marketing strategies to get unconventional and avant-garde works into the hands of new and often unsuspecting readers.