George Brecht

George Brecht (1926–2008), an American citizen who originally trained as a chemist, is one of the Fluxus movement protagonists of the 1960s. Brecht’s starting point was the fine arts. He was inspired through contact with John Cage at the end of the 1950s to also include music in his artistic endeavours. His works are directed against the traditional working concept that Brecht also sees as fulfilled in avant-garde compositions. He himself counters with a concept that turns everyday noises and sounds taken from the surroundings into objects of aesthetic perception. In doing so, Brecht subjects the rituals of the art and music industry to a fundamental critique.