People talk about happening. They say that art is headed towards that direction, that happening is assimilating the arts. I don't believe in collectivism of art nor in having only one direction in anything. I think it is nice to return to having many different arts, including happening, just as having many flowers. In fact, we could have more arts "smell", "weight", "taste", "cry", "anger", etc. People might say that we never experience things separately, they are always in fusion, and that is why "the happening", which is a fusion of all sensory perceptions. Yes I agree, but if that is so, it is all the more reason and challenge to create a sensory experience isolated from other sensory experiences, which is something rare in daily life. Art is not merely a duplication of life. To assimilate art in life, is different from art duplicating life.

~Yoko Ono

The Connection

 

Once we were fish

moving freely in the sea.

Our bodies were soft and swift

and we had no belongings.

 

Now that we crawled out of the sea

we are dry and full of cravings.

We wander city to city

carrying the memory of the sea

(but it isn't just a memory).

 

Listen very carefully and you will hear

the sea in your body.

You know, our blood is seawater

and we are all seacarriers.

 

~Yoko Ono, from 'Seven Little Stories'