Dick Higgins

Leben und Arbeit/biography

Dick Higgins was born as Richard Carter Higgins in 1938 in Cambridge, England. From 1958 to 1959 he studied – like many other Fluxus artists – in John Cage’s composition class at the New School for Social Research in New York. In 1960 he married artist Alison Knowles, they were both among the very first Fluxus artists. They participated in the legendary Fluxus concert in Wiesbaden in 1962. In 1963 he founded the Something Else Press, which George Maciunas regarded as competition and therefore excluded Higgins from Fluxus. In 1966 he performed in Prague, together with Alison Knowles, Ben Vautier, Milan Knizak and others. Higgins was interested in visual poetry and engaged himself in Mail Art in the 1970s. from 1981 to 1982 he had a fellowship of the DAAD in West Berlin. In the 1980s he exhibited various times at the private Galarie Akumulatory 2 in Poznań. The composer, poet and painter, who coined the term “Intermedia”, died in 1998 in Quebec, Canada.


Dick Higgins wurde am 1938 als Richard Carter Higgins in Cambridge in England geboren. Von 1958 bis 59 studierte er – wie viele Fluxus-Künstler – in der Komponistenklasse von John Cage an der New School for Social Research in New York. 1960 heiratete er die Künstlerin Alison Knowles, beide waren Fluxuskünstler der ersten Stunde. 1962 nahmen sie am legendären Fluxus-Konzert in Wiesbaden teil. 1963 gründete Higgins die Something Else Press, was George Maciunas als Konkurrenz ansah und weswegen er ihn von Fluxus auschloß. 1966 trat er gemeinsam mit Alison Knowles, Ben Vautier und Milan Knizak u.a. in Prag auf. Higgins interessierte sich für Visuelle Poesie und engagierte sich in den 1970er Jahren in der internationalen Mail Art-Szene. Von 1981 bis 82 war er Stipendiat des DAAD in West-Berlin. In den 1980er Jahren stellte er mehrmals in der privaten Galarie Akumulatory 2 in Poznań aus. 1998 ist der Komponist, Dichter und Maler, der den Begriff Intermedia prägte, in Quebec, Kanada, gestorben.

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Author: Mail Artists' Index

Mail Artists' Index Biographies, works and links concerning important Mail Artists. – Biografien, Arbeiten und Links bedeutender Mail Art Künstler. Mail Art | Mail Artists | Postkunst

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