Wolf Vostell (Leverkusen, DE,1932 – Berlin, DE, 1998)
Wolf Vostell was a German painter and sculptor, considered one of the early adopters of video art, installation art and a pioneer of happenings and Fluxus. Techniques such as blurring and Dé-coll/age are characteristic of his work, as is embedding objects in concrete and the use of television sets. Vostell’s philosophy was built around the idea that destruction is all around us and it runs through all of the 20th century. His first happening, Theater is in the Street, took place in Paris in 1958, and incorporated auto parts and a television monitor. It marked the beginning of his dedication to the Fluxus movement, which he co-founded in the early 1960s. In 1962, he participated in the Festum Fluxorum together with Nam June Paik, George Maciunas and continued to be close to the movement later on.