George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, Wolf Vostell, Ben Patterson and Emmett Williams in Philip Corners Piano Activities Fluxus Festspiele Neuester Musik, Wiesbaden 1962 Foto: Hartmut Rekort, Archiv Sohm. Courtesy of Museum Wiesbaden

Alison Knowles video interview on "Notations"

Sense Sound / Sound Sense
Fluxus Music, Scores & Records in the Luigi Bonotto Collection

curated by Patrizio Peterlini e Walter Rovere
with the collaboration of Giorgio Maffei

A project by
Fondazione Bonotto
Fondazione Musica per Roma

The exhibition offers an initial consideration of scores and musical notation in relation to Fluxus and ZAJ.
Recognized as the most influential artistic movements of the 20th century and the forerunner of entire artistic trends that followed (from conceptual to performance to video-art), they assigned enormous importance to musical production.

Fluxus and ZAJ presented all their own public events as “concerts”. These actions systematically demolished all accepted notions of form and content in music, aiming at the by now obsolete listening conventions and cultural values of classical music.

The term Intermedia (coined by D. Higgins in 1964) defines the assault on separate categories of art and the distance between “musical action” and “action”.

In 1969, John Cage, in collaboration with Fluxus artist Alison Knowles, published “Notations”, a comprehensive anthology of the innovations brought by international experimental music to the functions and methods of notation. This book is the starting point for the project Sense Sound / Sound Sense.