Sixty years after the famous 'Lecture on Nothing' by the American composer John Cage, the Schools of Arts decided to examine the Fluxus movement. During the annual research days, the relevance of that movement for today's art practices was also investigated. There was an exhibition with original Fluxus prints, a soundscape of dripping clouds, performances of Yoko Ono's pieces and the performance of VENSTERS, a work by Belgian electronics pioneer Lucien Goethals.
Nevertheless, the highlight of ARTICULATE was HPSCHD, a five-hour marathon of sound and image. The iconic piece was written by John Cage in 1969 and for the ambitious recreation on October 23, the Academy was reshaped into a psychedelic concert hall. Eleven visual artists and seven harpsichord players spent a whole evening interacting with each other and with the experimental work, creating their own universe.
The immersive happening brought hundreds of people who could look over the shoulders of the harpsichordists, lay down on one of the many pillows or benches or make a tour through the Long Hall. "It's one of those evenings that you only experience once in a lifetime," one participant said.
For those who couldn't attend, or want to relive the concert: watch the HPSCHD aftermovie made by Visual Assault here