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Fantastic Architecture

Edited by Wolf Vostell, Dick Higgins.

Featured spread is reproduced from <I>Fantastic Architecture</I>.Compiled by Fluxus artists Wolf Vostell and Dick Higgins, and first published by Higgins' legendary Something Else Press in 1970, Fantastic Architecture anticipated the critiques launched by a new generation of visionary architects in the 1970s. In his introduction, Higgins argued that "architects … have only just begun to escape from the drawing board mentality," and articulated the need for "creating space, which may or may not be functional, but which is at least relevant to the sensory environment in which we live. The economics of building has led to an aridity in our experience which is not consistent with the richness of our time." Against this, Higgins and Vostell advocate the approach of polymath artists such as Kurt Schwitters, Raoul Hausmann, Erich Buchholz, John Cage and Buckminster Fuller. From their contemporaries and friends, artists such as Carolee Schneemann, Ben Vautier, Richard Hamilton, Douglas Huebler, Lawrence Weiner, Dennis Oppenheim, Jan Dibbets, Jean Tinguely, Robert Filliou, Daniel Spoerri, Geoff and Bici Hendricks, Philip Corner, Joseph Beuys, Ay-o, Claes Oldenburg and others also made contributions, which range from the visionary to the absurd to the political, from the epistolary to the outright manifesto. Joseph Beuys submitted a recommendation to raise the height of the Berlin Wall; Claes Oldenburg's proposals included a colossal replacement for the Washington Obelisk and a monument for war heroes. Vostell and Higgins considered it the artist's responsibility to research and revolutionize structures in space, recognizing that artists could reconceive buildings without the bureaucracy of government and urban planning. The missives and artworks made for this book show how much visionary architecture was intertwined with all facets of culture and critique. Fantastic Architecture is a prime example of a 1960s Fluxus artist's book and of imaginative cross-media thinking.

Featured spread is reproduced from Fantastic Architecture.

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Tiffany Lambert

Architecture gets a little imaginative breathing room with the soon-to-be republished Fantastic Architecture. An exact facsimile of the original book, this 194-page work of visual and textual architectural provications was compiled by two artists, Wolf Vostell and Dick Higgins.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/24/2015

Fantastic Architecture

Fantastic Architecture: Lawrence Weiner, An Object Tossed from One Country to Another

Lawrence Weiner's contribution to Fantastic Architecture, Primary Information's wonderful new facsimile reprint (complete with mylar inserts) of the 1970 Fluxus classic, is just one of dozens of visionary proposals for a radical new way of looking at and thinking about the designed environment—outside the bureaucracy of government and urban planning to say the least. Other contributions are by Kurt Schwitters, Raoul Hausmann, Erich Buchholz, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Carolee Schneemann, Ben Vautier, Richard Hamilton, Douglas Huebler, Dennis Oppenheim, Jan Dibbets, Jean Tinguely, Robert Filliou, Daniel Spoerri, Geoff and Bici Hendricks, Philip Corner, Joseph Beuys, Ay-o, Claes Oldenburg and editors Dick Higgins and Wolf Vostell. continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/23/2015

Fantastic Architecture

Fantastic Architecture: Carolee Schneemann Parts of a Body House

In 1968, Dick Higgins closed his Introduction to the first edition of the now-seminal Fluxus architecture critique, Fantastic Architecture (now available in a facsimile edition from Primary Information), "Naturally, there are very few practicing architects included. But there are works which take unorthodox approaches to the design of environment and space in ways which the architect must learn to use if the profession is not to disappear altogether in favor of a new beginning with utterly primitive artisanship and non-architecture. Some works here are process architecture. Some raise the question of durable versus temporary space. Some deal with the problem of consistency—which most recent architecture assumes is valuable in a work. Others deal with the expansion of the possibilites, plain and simple, into additional areas of technology and function. Some are fantasies, raising questions in the mind of the reader which hopefully will lead to new approaches towards design away from the drawing board. And perhaps these last are the most important body of work in this book, whose purpose is to answer nothing but to raise the most provocative questions." Featured image is reproduced from Carolee Schneemann's Parts of a Body House. continue to blog


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