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Décoll/age. bulletin aktueller ideen: a manual for navigating the interstitial spaces between surviving and living

Kanta, A; (2016) Décoll/age. bulletin aktueller ideen: a manual for navigating the interstitial spaces between surviving and living. Object Magazine (18) pp. 45-68. Green open access

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Abstract

This article focuses on the first issue of décoll/age, a Fluxus-affiliated magazine edited by West German artist Wolf Vostell. Paying particular attention to the title – and conceptual guiding principle – of the magazine, I examine how the first issue traces the correspondence between décollage, as an emancipatory act of participation in the public sphere, and the intermediary, ‘do-it-yourself’ aesthetics of Fluxus. I argue that décoll/age 1 is emphatically geared to the ‘unskilled’ reader, and consolidates the idea of the deliberately deskilled artist devoted to the democratization or even ‘collectivisation’ of cultural production. Drawing upon the content of the magazine, I examine the ways in which Fluxus artists in décoll/age developed methods of performative identification with their readers through strategies of deskilling and argue that the issue acts as though a ‘manual’ for the absurd choreography of Cold War life.

Type: Article
Title: Décoll/age. bulletin aktueller ideen: a manual for navigating the interstitial spaces between surviving and living
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: Wolf Vostell, Fluxus, décollage, Fluxus magazines, deskilling, do-it-yourself, Cold War
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1528630
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