Dick Higgins – Fluxus Art

I will be analyzing Dick Higgins’s work Danger Music No. 12. Higgins, along with his partner, Fluxist artist Alison Knowles, created this event score. It reads “Write a thousand symphonies.”  Many of these Danger Music pieces were actually dangerous, often too dangerous to perform at times. Here are some other examples of danger music according to wikipedia, […]

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Creative Constraints

I find the main difference between Surrealists and Oulipians to be the control of their respective experimentation processes. In the Oulipo movement, there is usually a known structure, but a mathematic (such as the N+7 Method) or concrete constraint is placed on a structured framework. Constraints often help writers or filmmakers who have writer’s block. Surrealists […]

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Exercises in Style

Base story: A man is on his last day of work at a coffee shop after working there for years. He takes the order of a usual working customer, Jay Gadsby, who was in a rush to get to work. Jay does not know it yet, but he is about to be let go from […]

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Metafiction and A Winter’s Night

Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler require true participation of the reader. The reader’s response is crucial, the author’s voice is lost. The reader is the focus and the writer is not. The reader becomes a part of the fiction as a character. Calvino (or the author) does control the novel, and he focuses on the […]

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Madness and The Margins

The girl in Dark Spring is only 12. Her father is away and she does not get along with her step mother, who is there physically, but not emotionally. The maid, who the girl bonds with, is let go by the step mother due to jealousy. Her life situation is less than ideal. Neglected, the […]

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Nadja and the Quest

Andre Breton’s Nadja takes place over a 10 day span. The first 1/3 of the novel is a manifesto style. The second 1/3 is about the narrator’s obsession with Nadja. The last 1/3 is again back to that Manifesto style of writing. It is interesting that Breton, the father of Surrealism, authored a work where […]

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