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An Anthology of Chance Operations

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An Anthology of Chance Operations (An Anthology) was an Artist's book publication from the early 1960s of experimental neodada art and music composition that used John Cage inspired indeterminacy. It was edited by La Monte Young and DIY co-published in 1963 by Young and Jackson Mac Low in New York City. Its full title is: An Anthology of chance operations concept art anti-art indeterminacy improvisation meaningless work natural disasters plans of action stories diagrams Music poetry essays dance constructions mathematics compositions.


  • Legacy 1
  • Participants 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The project became the manifestation of the original impetus for establishing Fluxus.

In autumn 1960 the editor of the magazine Beatitude magazine approached Young and Mac Low after a reading and asked them if they would guest-edit an issue of the East Coast edition of his magazine, Beatitude East. Given free rein to include whoever and whatever he wanted, Young collected a large body of new and experimental music, anti art, poetry, essays and performance scores from America, Europe and Japan. The magazine, however, folded after only one issue, and the materials that Young had collected were never published until An Anthology of Chance Operations.

In June 1961

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External links

  1. ^ Fluxus Reader by Ken Friedman
  2. ^ An Anthology of Chance Operations



The art dealer Heiner Friedrich issued a second edition in 1970.[2]

publication, its development and production was a central event in the formation of Fluxus. It was the first collaborative publication project between people who were to become part of Fluxus: Young (editor and co-publisher), Mac Low (co-publisher) and Maciunas (designer). Fluxus that An Anthology is not strictly a [1]

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