ASPEN Periodical, #8: The Fluxus Issue - 1970


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Aspen no. 8

by Various

The eighth issue of the Art, Science and Information Magazine, Aspen is one of the most interesting among previous and past publications. Gathered in a folder are 14 sections (with one missing), each being an intriguing and strikingly original sample of the work of the leading contemporary artists and cultural figures. Including a flexidisc with pieces by Jackson MacLow and La Monte Young, as well works by scientists and a dancer, Aspen no. 8 is a trove of avant-garde works of the twentieth century. Section 4 is a score by Philip Glass. A list of the participating artists is included on verso of folder. 14 sections, with one missing. 11.25 x 11.25 inches. (Dimensions of folder)

ASPEN--"The Multimedia Magazine in a Box"--was the first ever three-dimensional magazine, published 1965 to 1971. This issue was designed by George Maciunas and edited by Dan Graham. It is known as "The Fluxus Issue" although many unrelated artists participated. Items in this issue include...


  • Folder. Printed with editorial note, table of contents, and brief biographies of contributing artists. Cover painting by Jo Baer. Encloses sections 2 through 14.
  • In Place of a Lecture. Three Musics for Two Voices. Text by Eleanor Antin and David Antin.
  • Hot / Cold Book. Book of terms describing similar and opposite physical properties, and hierarchies among them. By Terry Atkinson and Michael Baldwin.
  • 1 + 1 for One Player and Amplified Table-Top. A musical score by Philip Glass.
  • Phonograph recording. Jackson LacLow / La Monte Young. Side A: Young Turtle Assymetries by Jackson MacLow, chance-generated poems for five simultaneous readers, explained in item 10. Side B: Drift Study 31 1 69 by La Monte Young, explained in item 7.
  • Lead Shot, a description of a sculptural project by Richard Serra. Reverse: Pendulum Music, by Steve Reich, a description of an audio study.
  • Notes on Continuous Periodic Composite Sound Waveform Environment Realizations. Notes on oscillating drones, by La Monte Young. Phonograph recording at item 5.
  • Three Distributions. "People Plan,"schematic drawings; "Lecture on moving," text; and, on the reverse side, "Selection of Slides from 'North East Passing'," photos. By Yvonne Rainer.
  • Art & Vision: Mach Bands. Essay on physiological rules of perception, by Jo Baer.
  • Introduction to the Young Turtle Assymetries. Description of chance-generated poems for simultaneous performance, by Jackson MacLow, with text on five detachable cards. Phonograph recording at item 5.
  • Ecologic Projects. Including "Cancelled Crop," by Dennis Oppenheim. Reverse: "Los Angeles Project," by Robert Morris; "Forest Project" and "Notes on Ecologic Projects" by Dennis Oppenheim. Descriptions of several large-scale environmental works.
  • Strata a Geophotographic Fiction. Text by Robert Smithson.
  • [(missing) Parking Lot. Cover title: Detail of Surface. From Thirtyfour Parking Lots (1967) by Edward Ruscha.]

Section 13 missing! All articles gathered in intricate folder. Booklets, music scores, scientific documents, flexi-disc included.

Published by: Roaring Fork Press, Inc., New York.

Loose articles are overall in VERY GOOD+ to NEAR FINE condition with VERY GOOD folder cover.

  • Articles are in overall very good+ condition showing minor wear.
  • Each article is carefully preserved and maintained in great overall condition.
  • Interior shows mild age-toning yet articles are clean and free from stains, foxing or tears.
  • Edges of articles show occasional slight edgewear from rubbing, as well as scarce creasing to corners.
  • Missing section 13: Ruscha Parking Lot.
  • Fold-out documents are in well-preserved condition with minimal rubbing and creasing.
  • One fold-out document (section 12) exhibits a 3.25" closed tear to fold. (See photos)
  • Folder is in very good condition with mild to moderate overall toning and scarce staining. 
  • Interior of folder with list of artists and bios is mildly toned with scarce staining and shadows. (See photos)
  • Edges, corners and pockets of folder exhibit moderate wear from aging, with border creases and rubbing, some closed tears mostly to spine ends, and overall toning.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20171004

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Year Printed: 1970
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Topic: Journal
Binding: Loose Pages Articles
Region: North America
Author: Dan Graham designed by George Maciunas
Subject: Art & Photography
Original/Facsimile: Original
Language: English
Publisher: Roaring Fork Press Inc.
Place of Publication: New York
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
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