Pollock, as I see him, left us at the point where we must become preoccupied with and even dazzled by the space and objects of our everyday life, either our bodies, clothes, rooms , or, if need be, the vastness of Forty-second Street. Not satisfied with the suggestion through paint of our other senses, we shall utilize the specific substances of sight, sound, movements, people, odors, touch. Objects of every sort are materials for the new art: paint, chairs, food, electric and neon lights, smoke, water, old socks, a dog, movies, a thousand other things that will be discovered by the present generation of artists. Not only will these bold creators show us, as if for the first time, the world we have always had about us but ignored, but they will disclose entirely unheard-of happenings and events, found in garbage cans, police files, hotel lobbies; seen in store windows and on the streets; and sensed in dreams and horrible accidents. An odor of crushed strawberries, a letter from a friend, or a billboard selling Drano; three taps on the front door, a scratch, a sigh, or a voice lecturing endlessly, a blinding staccato flash, a bowler hatall will become materials for this new concrete art.
Young artists of today need no longer to say, “I am a painter” or “a poet” or “a dancer”. They are simply “artists”. All of life will be open to them. They will discover out of ordinary things the meaning of ordinariness. They will not try to make them extraordinary but will only state their real meaning. But out of nothing they will devise the extraordinary and then maybe nothingness as well. People will be delighted or horrified, critics will be confused or amused, but these, I am certain, will be the alchemies of the 1960s.

This website is the product of the work done during the Tecniche Extramediali course at the Frosinone School of Fine Arts for the academic year 2016/2017 and it is inspired by a double anniversary: the 60th anniversary of Jackson Pollock’s death and the 10th of Allan Kaprow’s. In 1958, honouring the recently departed painter, Allan Kaprow wrote an article named The Legacy of Jackson Pollock, destined to remain in the history of art as the text that theorises not only art as it happens, but as an open space for the multiplicity of human actions as well. The text on which the website is founded on is the final part of Kaprow’s essay. From this excerpt we picked more than 50 words that are a trigger for reflection and creativity, not only for the students of the course, but for other colleagues who have kindly sent materials which, by clicking on the words, make the sentences “explode” in various directions of content, producing a hypertext whose definition is still in progress.

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Tecniche Extramediali course of the School of Fine Arts of Frosinone, academic year 2016/2017

Students
Jiaxin Chen, Asia Dib, Laura Di Manno, Giovanna Fiacco, Giuseppe Vinella
Professor
Pasquale Polidori

Conceived and styled by
Pasquale Polidori
Website designed and realised by
Gabriele Cippitelli and Iacopo Spaziani
“Sounding joints” matching the sentences by
Michele Sganga
Materials by
artisti§innocenti, Elisa Allegretti, Luigi Battisti, Valeriana Berchicci, Patrizia Bonanzinga, Silvia Bordini, Diletta Borromeo, Carlo Caloro, Primarosa Cesarini Sforza, Jiaxin Brina Chen, claudioadami, Mila Dau, Daniela De Berardinis, Iginio De Luca, Cuono De Prosperis, Mary Desmond, Asia Dib, Laura Di Manno, Girolamo Marri, Cristina Elias, Gabriella Fasanino, Giovanna Fiacco, Mauro Folci, Francesca Gallo, Jan Bernard Gijsman, Marinella Grasso, Frank Hornung, Paola Iannarilli, Francesco Impellizzeri, Michele Imperio, Ginevra Lilli, Luana Lunetta, Rita Mandolini, Stefan Nestoroski, Antonio Pace, Chiara Passa, Paola Passarani, Beatrice Peria, Ugo Piccioni, Fabio Pistillo, Pasquale Polidori, Maria Grazia Pontorno, Francesco Proia, Irene Ranzato, Valerio Ricci Montani, Massimo Ruiu, Rossella Russo, Marco Santarelli, Federica Santoro, Giuseppe Sarra, Luigi Severi, Studio++, Annamaria Tanzi, Naoya Takahara, Antonello Tolve, Chiara Trivelli, Alberto Vannetti, Daniele Villa, Giuseppe Vinella, Alberto Zanazzo, Rosaria Zirri.