Wolf Vostell (1932-1998)

1. Fluxus Concert (1990)

LE CRI: Quartett; Säge; Stossen; Rauschen; Schreien; Blasen; Saugen; Reiben
LE CRI: Quartet; saw; poking; noise, yelling, blowing; sucking; rubbing

... 60 Minuten
2 string quartets
4 loggers
20 TVs
5 sopranos
30 choir singers
30 vacuum cleaners
a car accident
400 spectators
10 scores
""Equipment Music" (Satie), in which all the furniture will be dismantled
a sculpture / Happening
an Environment / Collage
The concert hall (Pleyel) on the seabed (Rimbaud extreme)

De/Collage LP [Fluxus] Multhipla, Italy, 1980 (CD reissued in November 2011 by Tochnit Aleph, Berlin)

Various Tracks

1. Wolf Vostell, "Elektronischer de-coll.age. Happening raum," 1968 (3:00)

(from Fluxus Anthology)

2. Galerie Ecart presents Mary Harding, John Armleder, and Philippe Deleglise in Wolf Vostell's Regen

Broadcast on KPFK, Close Radio, October 6, 1977, 9 min. 21 sec.
A recording of the artists talking while performing under out- door showers in Vostell's Regen.

Wolf Vostell b 1932 in Leverkusen (D), d 1998 Berlin (D); 1950–53 trained as a photo-lithographer; 1954 studied free painting at and experimental typogarphy at the Werkkunstschule Wuppertal; 1955–56 studied at the École National Supérieur des Beaux-Arts, Paris (F); 1957 studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; 1958 first happenings; early 1960s, co-founder of the Fluxus movement and produced intermedia actions and installations; 1963 first films and extension of the Dé-collage actions into the electronic sphere. Since the early 1960s, Vostell uses a variety of media and materials in his happenings, actions, and installations without being a media artist in the strict sense. His relation to media is above all a political concern. His concept of Dé-collage differs from ‹collage› in that it stresses the aggressive, destructive aspect of found structures and visuals. From 1963 on, he uses television sets in his intermedia art, and publishes seven numbers of the magazine »Dé-coll/age – Bulletin aktueller Ideen« (a bulletin of current ideas) from 1962 to 1967, an important forum for Intermedia art in that time.

Wolf Vostell in UbuWeb Film & Video
Wolf Vostell in Art by Telephone in UbuWeb Sound