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Destruction in Art Symposium

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The Destruction in Art Symposium (DIAS) was a gathering of a diverse group of international artists, poets, and scientists to London, from 9–11 September 1966. Included in this number were representatives of the counter-cultural underground who were there to speak on the theme of destruction in art.


The Honorary Committee, led by Gustav Metzger, attracted the attention of both the international media and international art community to the symposium.


The symposium was held at the Africa Centre in Covent Garden, London.


A DIAS press release claimed:


Throughout September, Happenings took place in venues all over London.

The laws of England

John Latham constructed three large "Skoob Towers" out of books, which they called "The laws of England", and set fire to them outside of the British Museum.

Honorary Committee

  • Mario Amaya
  • Roy Ascott
  • Enrico Baj
  • Bob Cobbing
  • Ivor Davies (artist)
  • James Haynes (known as Jim Haynes)
  • Sylvester Houédard
  • Barry Miles
  • Frank Popper
  • John J. Sharkey
  • Wolf Vostell
  • Gustav Metzger (Honorary Secretary)
  • Participants

    The following artists were involved in DIAS:

  • Gustav Metzger
  • Al Hansen
  • Ralph Ortiz
  • Wolf Vostell
  • John Latham
  • Robin Page
  • Yoko Ono
  • Günter Brus
  • Otto Mühl
  • Hermann Nitsch
  • Peter Weibel
  • Juan Hidalgo
  • Henri Chopin
  • The following artitsts are said to have participated in DIAS in absentia:

  • Ivor Davies
  • Pro Diaz
  • Fred Hunter
  • Barbara Steveni
  • Jasia Reichardt
  • Werner Schreib
  • John Sharkey
  • Biff Stevens
  • Garry A. Jones
  • Photographers:

  • Tom Picton
  • John Prosser
  • Hanns Sohm (collector)
  • References

    Destruction in Art Symposium Wikipedia

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