Happenings and Other Acts

Edited by Mariellen R. Sandford

A collection of seminal essays, interviews and texts by and about artists who started the performance movements of the ‘60s and ‘70s. This book includes a complete reprint of The Drama Review’s “Happenings” issue from 1965, excerpts from Allan Kaprow’s essay “Assemblages, Environments and Happenings,” selections from Carolee Schneemann’s book More Than Meat Joy and the first overview of European Happenings written in English by Gunter Berghaus. Invaluable as a complete description and analysis of the Happenings and the Fluxus movement; a great resource book for artists, teachers and anyone interested in the history of performance art. Artists include: Carolee Schneeman, John Cage, La Monte Young, Yvonne Rainier, Claes Oldenburg, Anna Halprin, Joseph Beuys, the Viennese Aktionists, Zero Group and many others. MDH

Publisher: Routledge
Paperback: 397 pages

The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism

Nick Land

“An accomplished sociologist, philosopher, literary theorist and fiction writer, who referred to himself as ‘saint, perhaps a madman,’ Georges Bataille made a habit of exploding the categories which we use to impose order upon the business of everyday life. This strange, yet lucidly written book is not so much an interpretation of Bataille’s work but rather a no-holds-barred attempt to pursue Bataille’s ideas to their conclusions. The result is an analysis of Bataille through the application of his style of thought and ideas rather than through conventional argument.”

Publisher: Routledge
Paperback: 272 pages