Henry Flynt on Communism

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Date/Time: 14/04/2009 12:00 am

Tuesday 14th April 7pm
Henry Flynt on Communism: what could it be and how to get
After two previous talks about the financial crisis this
time Henry Flynt will focus on communism.
142 Fulton st. Manhattan, New York 10038
There is no ring so please be punctual at 7pm downstairs


About Henry Flynt
Henry Flynt was born in 1940 in Greensboro, NC. He is a
philosopher, musician, anti-art activist and exhibited
Flynt’s work devolves from what he calls “cognitive
nihilism,” first announced in the 1960 and 1961 drafts of
Philosophy Proper. (The 1961 draft was published with other
early work in his book Blueprint for a Higher Civilization,
Milan, 1975.) He refined these dispensations in the “Is
there language?” trap, published as “Primary Study” in
1964. In 1961, Flynt coined the term concept art. Concept
art’s first appearance in a book was in An Anthology,
release date 1963. In 1962, Flynt began to campaign for an
anti-art position. He demonstrated against cultural
institutions in New York in 1963 with Tony Conrad and Jack
Smith, and against Stockhausen twice in 1964. He wanted art
to be superseded by “veramusement” and “brend,” neologisms
meaning approximately pure recreation.
>From about 1980, Flynt has given a great deal of time to two
endeavors which did not achieve the notoriety of the early
actions—”meta-technology” and “personhood theory.” In 1987,
he revived concept art for tactical reasons; he spent seven
years in the art world. After that, Flynt began to publish
recorded but unreleased musical compositions; over a dozen
CDs have appeared as of 2007. Because of his friendship and
collaboration with George Maciunas, Flynt sometimes gets
linked to Fluxus by unsympathetic reviewers.

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