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SPASM - ART IN THE FALLOUT SHELTER (1959): Art should be temporary. No substance beyond the rubbish of a bomb blast and beauty parlor. It must be hideous like a body crushed in aluminium. This inhuman condition must be seen from any makeshift morgue where human flesh consuming helicopters are now stored. ... [  more]

HONESTY ABOUT SEX IS THE KEY TO HEAVEN (1960): Can you express in detail what happened when you last made love with another person?  To be able to do this means you are in touch with yourself and is an index of how well you are fulfilling your potential as a human being. ... [  more]

I LIKE TALL GREEN (1960): The reason I like tall girls was the cool distance between their faces. In heat their toes are cool, or their larynx is glacial and they are superb in green polaroid, off the shoulder greens, silk vest green, vegetable absinthe green, daylight and tangerine greens, avocado greens, emeralds and trident greens, evanescent and broadcloth greens, white sardine greens, hillocks and buttocks green but all beneath, ... [  more]

VULGAR SHOW BROCHURE (1960): This one statement by the MARCH GROUP among a thousand countless uncalled for unfounded statements that it makes on subjects like art it knows nothing about. — MOTION SICKNESS. — Art has ended. The world and being collapsed. Who are you? In this void, invisibility is seminal. Drink emptiness. Drink brinks. Swill on fathoms. Who are we? ... [  more]

DOOM SHOW STATEMENT (1961): The time has come when outrage overwhelms the petty fears of habit and complacency. The stupid and humiliating powers-that-are have forced themselves (and everyone else) into a culdesac which makes the nazi crematoriums relatively innocuous. These leaders, stubborn in their stupidity and contempt, refuse to relinquish their powers and admit their criminal behavior, for consecrated criminal behavior has become a way of life, right down to the brutalization of children at home and in school, and in the denial of sexual freedom to those mature enough to cope with it ... [  more]

INVOLVEMENT SHOW STATEMENT (1961): Involvement hits below the belt. And at the private parts above, too. It deals a lethal blow to the ideology of dog eat dog. There is no escape here. Even your deodorants will sweat. No ivory tower of dribbling design or cocktail color. You will never be the same , nor will you want to be after viewing this show which is galvanizing art into a modern crisis. ... [  more]

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE TRUTH - A PROPHECY: 1966): IF EVERYONE WERE TRUTHFUL ALL OF THE TIME, THEN THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR DRUGS: MAN WOULD ALWAYS BE HIGH ON CONSCIENCE! THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR THE SUPERNATURAL: MAN WOULD BE THE SUPERNATURAL! MAN WOULD NOT HAVE TO LOOK FRUITLESSLY FOR REASONS TO JUSTIFY HIS EXISTENCE: EXISTENCE WOULD BE JUSTIFYING ... [  more]

FROM HIS PAPER “ASTROPSYCHOLOGIST” (1967): Self-taught master of self-attainment and honesty: destroyer of wishful thinking and delusions in self and others: Can recall and express trains of thought however difficult from inception to end and ACTS UPON HIS CONVICTIONS with total fidelity: ... [  more]

ABOVE ALL-BE TRUTHFUL TO OTHERS (1971): We are a commune dedicated to the ideal of being absolutely truthful with one another. Absolute truthfulness has never been tried before upon this planet and is the sole solution to the problem of man's misery. We define love as communication with the goal of mutual gratification. And absolute truthfulness is necessary for accurate communication of one another's needs. ... [  more]

LYING (1971): What kind of activity is most pervasive upon this planet? The killing of man by man is the most pervasive activity upon this planet! And man's lying to man was the beginning and the reason behind man's killing of man. Lying made men out of man, creating solitary pinpoints of protoplasm devoid of love and light. Lying is the insanity that justifies keeping people in the dark about themselves. ... [  more]

GOD IS AN INFINITY TRUTHFUL TO OTHERS (1973): The universe was created by the most positive thinking possible. Hence, the more positive our thinking, the more closely does it resemble the thinking of our creator. The most positive thought possible is that man was created in order to achieve an infinity of pleasure. The next most positive thought is that any other goal man chooses will lead to an infinity of pain. ... [  more]

DID YOU KNOW ... (1971): Did you know that every soul is in love with every other soul? It's just that we're out of touch with it. The understanding that is most difficult to implement but most central to our quest is that of helping those we love to love others. If the one we love loves someone, we must learn to love that person, too, and insist that this consideration is returned so that no one feels abandoned or left out. ... [  more]

LETTER TO MAURICE BÈJART (1979): Remember, Béjart, when I said I was Gurdjieff if he were alive today? Of course, you did not believe me. But what did Gurdjieff want to achieve? He wanted to help people to become totally aware of themselves—to understand perfectly clearly why they did or did not do something. In other words, to be totally aware of their motivation in each moment. ... [  more]

THE PIER AT DUSK (1979): At the waterfront, the sun melts the wind into memories. They lay in a puddle, rippling. I try to find one image, but the sky and tide engulf. Incoherently they mummur, “I know not who I am,” or “I do not care," and oddly enough, "Do not despair!”. ... [  more]

ON PLEASURE AND PAIN: Our capacity for pleasure is infinite, but our capacity for pain is finite. We're so set up as to experience only as much pain as will make us compassionate. What makes people become philosophical is a lot of pleasure and a lot of pain. If all you know is pleasure, you have no reason to reflect on your experience. If all you know is pain, you become despairing and hateful - a criminal whose only hope is to extract pleasure from the pain of others. ... [  more]

STOP LYING (1982) | A Selection from the Writings and Statements of Stanley Fisher | Edited and published, 1982, by the Middle of Silence, a commune dedicated to the goal of total truthfulness, founded by Stanley Fisher | The Middle of Silence Gallery | 65 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014 ... [  more]

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