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Hans Breder, Mass in A-Minor for Suitcases, 2000. Performance view, Sankt Petri Kirche, Dortmund, Germany.

Hans Breder

Hans Breder, Mass in A-Minor for Suitcases, 2000. Performance view, Sankt Petri Kirche, Dortmund, Germany.

IN OCTOBER 1967, five years after Artforum published its first issue, I sat next to Marcel Duchamp (quite by accident) while Jean Tinguely presented his Rotozaza No. 2 as part of the Second World Congress on Communication in a Changing World at NYU. I had just created the first graduate program for the study of intermedia, at the University of Iowa. I remember being hyperaware of being in the room with Duchamp and Tinguely, two artists who embodied concepts that I wanted to imbue with new meaning.

My program conceived of intermedia not as an interdisciplinary fusing of different fields into one, but as a constant collision of concepts and disciplines. It was performance-oriented, and video was an inherent aspect. Although initially used in a documentary mode, video almost immediately became an integral aspect of many student performances and was soon used as a medium in its own

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