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House of Dust: Women in Flux(us)

ARTHI 624 001, 2 weeks, 3 credit hours

Intermedia by definition falls in-between established mediums (including the “media”). From this exterior-yet-pendant position, it has the critical potential of what the philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari dubbed the “minor.” The term intermedia was identified and theorized in 1965 by the Fluxus artist Dick Higgins to identify a current in experimental creative practices. In a gesture of historical recursion, we will examine projects and proposals by seven different contemporaries of that theorizing who adopted intermedia strategies in the late 1960s, six of whom are still practicing artists. We will be asking what they have done, how, why, and to what ends. All are women, some are friends, each has wisdom to share.

Judith Rodenbeck is an art historian and critic specializing in art and intermedia of the 1950s and 1960s; current research examines the multi-media work of key women artists in the 1960s and 1970s. Her book, Radical Prototypes: Allan Kaprow and the Invention of Happenings, was published by MIT Press in 2011. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media & Cultural Studies at the University of California in Riverside.