Al Hansen (New York, US, 1927 – Cologne, DE, 1995)
Al Hansen was a member of Fluxus movement, close to George Maciunas, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono and John Cage. Hansen studied at the New School for Social Research in New York City along with fellow students, Dick Higgins, George Brecht, and Allan Kaprow amongst others. Hansen was perhaps best known for his performance pieces, his participation in happenings, and for his collages in which he often used cigarette butts and candy bar wrappers as raw materials. In 1966 he attended the Destruction in Art Symposium in London, organized by Gustav Metzger where he befriended many of the Viennese Actionism artists. In the 1980s Hansen moved to Cologne, Germany where he established the Ultimate Akademie. Inspired by the Final Academy of Genesis P-Orridge, it became a meeting point for local and international performers of the time-based arts.