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Beyond the Happening: Performance art and the politics of communication

Catherine Spencer


Beyond the Happening uncovers the heterogeneous, uniquely interdisciplinary performance-based works that emerged in the aftermath of the early Happenings. Although by the mid-1960s Happenings were widely declared outmoded or even ‘dead’, this book shows how multiple practitioners continued to work with the form during the late 1960s and 1970s, pushing it into complex studies of interpersonal communication that drew on, but also contested, contemporary sociology and psychology. Focusing on Allan Kaprow, Marta Minujín, Carolee Schneemann and Lea Lublin, it charts how they revised and retooled th ... More

Keywords: performance, Happenings, sociology, psychology, communication, cybernetics, feminism, participation, internationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526144454
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526144461


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Spencer, author
University of St Andrews