The Uncertainty of Experience: On George Brecht's Event Scores

Gascia Ouzounian

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George Brecht, an artist best known for his associations with Fluxus, is considered to have made significant contributions to emerging traditions of conceptual art and experimental music in the early 1960s. His Event scores, brief verbal scores that comprised lists of terms or open-ended instructions, provided a signature model for indeterminate composition and were ‘used extensively by virtually every Fluxus artist’. This article revisits Brecht’s early writings and research to argue that, while Event scores were adopted within Fluxus performance, they were intended as much more than performance devices. Specifically, Brecht conceived of his works as ‘structures of experience’ that, by revealing the underlying connections between chanced forms, could enable a kind of enlightenment rooted within an experience of a ‘unified reality’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-211
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Visual Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Communication


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