American by adoption, Dick Higgins was
born in 1938 in England.
Poet, composer, performer, writer, he is active in the art field
since 1957. He studies with John Cage and Henry Cowell and, after
he participates to the elaboration of the first happenings in
1958 , he co-founds Fluxus in1961.
In 1963, he founds the Something Else
Press editions and realize a considerable amount of publications
about the artists of this time period and he introduces by the
mean of an essay in 1965 the famous concept of Intermedia that
he put up with mixed media.
He produces in 1966 the first exhibition of Concrete Poetry in
the USA and gives performances, lectures, concerts and divers
teachings in Europe and in the US.
His visual work have been showed in many personal and collective
exhibitions in the entire world. His texts are published in many
reviews and he also produces a quantity of disks, films and videos.
Indefatigable experimentator, he will
have try the most varied means of expression. His studies about
the different forms of visual poetry will be prized with success,
thanks to his book "Pattern Poetry" (1987).
His last theorical intervention was a
year ago, in Quebec, at the Art Action symposium , where during
the night of the 25th to the 26th of October 1998, he will be
taken away by an heart attack.