Viennese actionism: total art and the social unconscious

Tatjana Seserko-Ostrogonac

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

Abstract

In a decade spanning from 1960 to 1971 four Viennese artists Otto Muehl, Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler executed a prolific number of live actions that caused tremendous public antipathy, authority intervention, imprisonment and scandal. Their art had strong overtones of taboo breaking, ritualised dramaturgy and an array of transgressive performative experiments that aspired to self-liberation from the conventional confines imposed by their society. It was conceived as a brutal reaction against the dominant ideology of Catholicism, right wing social conservatism, bourgeois convention and generally against the sublimated social climate that dominated Austria in the postwar period. This thesis will scrutinise the history of misconceptions associated with Actionism, and focus its analysis of the art around the intentions of the artists and their sense of engaging with avant-garde art at the time.
LanguageEnglish
QualificationMasters
StateUnpublished - 2010

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Art
Artist
Viennese Actionism
Authority
Avant-garde Art
Austria
Conventional
Taboo
Liberation
Experiment
Conservatism
Catholicism
Actionism
Ideology
Climate
Otto Muehl
Misconceptions
Post-war Period
Rudolf Schwarzkogler
Hermann Nitsch

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Viennese actionism: total art and the social unconscious. / Seserko-Ostrogonac, Tatjana.

2010.

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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