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Vostell, Wolf & Dick Higgins, Fantastic Architecture, New York, Something Else Press, 1969, first English edition, 8vo (8"x 6"), HB, oatmeal cloth boards w/ black embossed spine titles, Fine / Near Fine. Unclipped. Tiny chips at upper corners.

Unpaginated. Translated from the 1969 German edition by Joachim Neugroschel, originally titled "Pop-Architektur". Profuse b/w illustration with photographs, collage, and drawings. Some vellum overlays. Contributions by Joseph Beuys, Erich Buchholz, Pol Bury, John Cage, Jan Dibbets, Buckminster Fuller, Richard Hamilton, Raoul Hausmann, Michael Heizer, Hans Hollein, Franz Mon, Claes Oldenburg, Dennis Oppenheimer, Gerhard Rhum, Diter Rot, Carolee Schneemann, Kurt Schwitters, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, Lawrence Weiner, Stephen Wewerka, Ben Vautier, et al. Book design by Wolf Vostell, dust jacket design by Richard Hamilton.

Vostell establishes the Fluxus tone of avant-garde aspirations and theories about contemporary architecture [c.late Sixties], in his introduction:

"This documentation of ideas and concepts of a new polymorphous reality is offered as evidence of the new methods and processes that were introduced by Fluxus, Happening, and Pop. A demand for new patterns of behaviour - new unconsumed environments.
The accent in all the works in this book lies in change. ie expansion of physical surroundings, sensibilities, media, through disturbance of the familiar.
Action is architecture!
Everything is architecture!
A new life. Ruhm's Wien built of the letters in the German name for Vienna - Hollein's aircraft carrier as a city for 30,000 inhabitants - Oldenburg's alteration of the Thames - my super highway as a cathedral environment - are all utopias containing more breadth and visualisation of present-day thought than the repressive architecture of bureaucracy and luxury that imposes restrictions on people. Everything is forbidden.
Don't Touch!
No spitting! No Smoking!
No thinking!
No living!
Our projects - our environments are meant to free men - only the realisation of utopias will make man happy and release him from his frustrations! Use your imagination! Join in... share the power! Share property!"

Uncommon in such nice condition.    [Book ID # 2070]


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