Thursday, December 13, 2018

Dick Higgins | Invocation of Canyons and Boulders

Dick Higgins
Invocation of Canyons and Boulders
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1965
12 x 10 x 2.6 cm.
Edition size unknown

A plastic box featuring a short film loop, of a close-up of a mouth. Dedicated to Stan Brakhage, Higgins' film was featured in several Fluxus newspapers and price lists, and several different packagings of the work exist, though none contain a label by George Maciunas designed specifically for the work. One features the Higgins name monogram as the cover graphic and another an image of a film director that Maciunas would often repurpose. The cover image for the above copy, from the Silverman collection at MoMA, features stills from the film.

"Higgins' movie is a five-foot loop showing a closeup of a man (Higgins himself) chewing some imaginary object... started at 8 p. m. and at 1 a. m., when I left, it was still running. Invocation is Higgins' Satie movie. A single image motive repeating innumerably. Together with Andy Warhol's packing boxes at the Stable Gallery, Invocation is the purest attempt to clear art from any or all historical, esthetic, thematic, ornamental claptrap to regain the lost-eye consciousness.

Invocation is a Tibetan prayer wheel, a hypnotic device to free your mind."
– Jonas Mekas

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