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Sense Sound Sound Sense – Fluxus Music, Scores & Records

"Luigi Bonotto dedicated himself to keeping the work of the artists of Fluxus and Experimental Poetry alive, and to preserving, cataloguing, and promoting their poetry, music, and work, which was strongly influenced by John Cage and the key concept of his theoretical framework, indeterminacy. Published on the occasion of an exhibition curated by Patrizio Peterlini and Walter Rovere, with the collaboration of Giorgio Maffei, this catalogue delves deeply into this aspect of the Fluxus network. Rife with illustrations, the materials of the collection, as well as the movement and its history, are analysed in scholarly essays by Anna Cestelli Guidi, Alison Knowles, and the curators."

Truly necessary catalogue accompanying an extensive exhibition dedicated to art works and musical scores and their relationship with Fluxus, an interdisciplinary movement of international artists, poets, composers and designers who experimented with fusing art and music in the 1960s and 1970s. The catalogue, published on the occasion of an exhibition curated by Patrizio Peterlini and Walter Rovere, delves deeply into this aspect of the Fluxus network. Rife with illustrations, the materials of the collection, as well as the movement and its history, are analysed in scholarly essays by Anna Cestelli Guidi, Alison Knowles, and the curators.

The question of the notation of the new performative methodology and the new music certainly does not only involve Fluxus, Zaj and all the experimentation that arose as a result of John Cage‘s teaching. In fact, it began much earlier and spread, accompanied by various diatribes, through much of the last century. However, Fluxus had the distinctive feature of giving primary importance to musical production, presenting all its public events in a “concert” format - These were concerts, however, that systematically demolished every accepted notion of form and content in music, targeting outdated listening conventions and cultural values of the classical tradition, as well as the “scientific” and intellectualised pretensions of the more advanced European contemporary classical experiences. More precisely, the movement challenged preconceived notions about the nature and boundaries of art, and its artificial division into distinct categories: not surprisingly, the term Intermedia was coined to define the unique fusions of poetry, conceptual art, music, theatre, sculpture and performance presented by numerous Fluxus “events”.

Expanded and revised edition, published on the occasion of the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition 2019-2020

"Keeping the rebellious nature of its wicked subject intact, Sense Sound Sound Sense nevertheless provides an impeccably researched, crystal-clear narrative of Fluxus's true revolutionary spirit." The Wire