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English version. Size: 6,5x8,5 inch. Format: paperback. Musician and musicologist Jean-Yves Bosseur explores the growing relationship between the plastic arts and music in the world of contemporary art. This trend is shown in its aesthetic and historical context through interviews with Iannis Xenakis, Francis Miroglio, Takis, John Cage, Milan Knizak, Wolf Vostell, Max Neuhas, Nam June Paik and Stan Douglas. Art production of the last few decades has given rise to an increasing number of ambiguous or paradoxical situations. Scores and instruments are no longer considered from the viewpoint of the function they perform; today, they are seen as objects in their own right and may give rise to the most unpredictable and sudden developments. Such forms of expression as 'happenings', 'performances', 'actions', 'events' or 'installation-works' transcend the traditional divisions between the arts of time, space and movement. This leads us to question the very status of the work of art, whatever its origin, be it musical or visual.'
Jean-Yves Bosseur (born 1947, Paris) is a music composer and musicologist. He studied composition at the Rheinische Musikschule in Cologne (Germany) with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Henri Pousseur, and graduated with a PhD in Philosophy of Art at University of Paris I. Director of Research at C.N.R.S and Professor of musical Composition at the CNR of Bordeaux, he received awards from Fondation Royaumont (France) and Gaudeamus Foundation (Netherlands).