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Wolf Vostell Biography

Wolf Vostell (German, 1932-1998), is best known for his contributions to video art and co-founding the Fluxus movement in the early 1960s. Additionally, he was a leading proponent of Happenings and De-coll/age in Germany, ‘Décollage’ in German meaning to ‘untie, loose the glued, seperate’. An expansion of collage, décollage was about doing the opposite of cutting things out and bringing them together on a collage, but about tearing parts of images off. This became intertwined with another of Vostell’s interests, Happenings, performances and events first explored by artists in the 1950s that later paved the way for performance art.

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