A happening is a performance, event or situation meant to be considered art, usually as performance art. Happenings take place anywhere, and are often multi-disciplinary, with a nonlinear narrative and the active participation of the audience. Key elements of happenings are planned, but artists sometimes retain room for improvisation. This new media art aspect to happenings eliminates the boundary between the artwork and its viewer. Henceforth, the interactions between the audience and the artwork makes the audience, in a sense, part of the art.
In the later sixties, perhaps due to the depiction in films of hippie culture, the term was used much less specifically to mean any gathering of interest, from a pool hall meetup or a jamming of a few young people to a beer blast or fancy formal party.
Famous quotes containing the word happening:
“You think youre the only guy that ever got a kick in the teeth? Well youre not. Its happening every day and its gonna keep right on happenin till this things over. And you, you can sit here and feel sorry for yourself, or you can come on out with me and see how nice people are when theyre alive.”
—Dalton Trumbo (19051976)
“In the nineteenth century ... explanations of who and what women were focused primarily on reproductive eventsmarriage, children, the empty nest, menopause. You could explain what was happening in a womans life, it was believed, if you knew where she was in this reproductive cycle.”
—Grace Baruch (20th century)
“It seems, just now,
To be happening so very fast;
Despite all the land left free
For the first time I feel somehow
That it isnt going to last....”
—Philip Larkin (19221986)