PRINT May 1976

Non-Theatrical Performance


Traditional theater: an empty room except for those who’ve come to watch. The lights dim. End of performance. Audience leaves.

WEST BERLIN, 1973. WOLF VOSTELL arranged a Happening called Berlin Fever. It involved close to a hundred participants. Driving from various parts of the city, they converged on a vast empty area near the wall dividing its western and eastern sectors. Above the wall in a tower were armed border guards.At another edge of the field were small gardens of flowers and vegetables tended by local residents. The field itself had been cleared of the ruins of buildings bombed in the last war. It was a warm, sunny September weekend. The plan given to the participants read:

A) Come with your car to Osdorfer Street in Berlin Lichterfeld (dead end), last stretch of the street on the right side.

B) Take up a position with your car in rows of ten each, as thickly as possible, with

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