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Thursday, July 1_9, 1973

Poof:Absurdity becomes art

Green Men, copulating extra-
terrestial.balloons, and a 40 foot
litter-bug sticker with a man-
nekin impaled on the end are
just a few of the "spectacles"
expected at the Art Fair this
These events are put together
by Spectacle, an organization
whose purpose is "interesting
people in becoming creatively
and spontaneously involved, and
as enjoyably as possibly," ac-
cording to artist William Bosco.
THEY DO THIS by taking the
absurd and making it into an art.
"We choose the absurdity by de-
ciding what is out of the norm
for others and using it," said
Bosco. "But what is out of the
norm for others is not neces-
sarily out of the norm for us."
Bosco, whose full name is Wil-
liam Anthony John Bosco Car-
rol, first became involved in the
absurd when he was in grade-
school, and it became his entire
lifestyle. "I wanted to establish
a creative way to deal with life;
I wanted to create a complete
aura of craziness."
Explaining the spectacles as an
experience in emotion, he said
that the audience should incor-
porate them into their lifestyles,
to be utilized into their total
HE RELATED some of Spec-
tacles experiences with the pub-

lic. "I've known people to walk
by with their eyes averted. They
just pretend that it doesn't exist.
One guy even accused us of
working for Nixon, as his 'nutty
staff' or something.
The S p e c t a c l e organizadion
eventually wants to start a cul-
tural revolution. Bosco believes
that the American society is too
technically involved, and that a
creative involvement is going to
have to be woven into our cdl-
ture, or else "we will go down
like the death of Rome."
He described his organization's
part in the Art Fair as a carnival
of fun, a Spectacle expose to
lead the cultural revolution. The
events start July 18 at 11.00
a.m. with a barrage of Green
Men who will formally welcome
the crowds of people. At 10:00
p.m. The Spectacle, an extra-
terrestial space module will land
on the grounds at the corner of
South Forest and South Univer-
sity, depositing assorted Green
Men, a gorilla and a few "Brain-
iacs." At the appropriatemoment
they will all disappear in a puff
of smoke.
ON THURSDAY, the Green
Men will be out in Hordes, min-
gling with the earthlings, pass-
ing out information about the
"Spectacle Planet." There will
also be a plaque presented to
the fair with buckets of colorfil
mush to be used on the accon-
panying white canvas at the art-
ists creative discretion. "We're
just going to wait and see what
happens," said Bosco.
In the afternoon Spectale's so-
lution to the ecology problem will
be voiced in the form of a gar-
gantuan 40 foot human litter-bug
sticker made from garbage cans.
Friday, the Green Men will re-
turn with stamps to certify every-
one on the grounds. The crowds
will be able to witness "rubberoid
reproduction" as two huge bal-
loons copulate in the street.
When they reach success a fl'rak
of little green balloons will erupt.
SATURDAY WILL start with a
bombardment of 2000 multi-sized,
multi-colored balloons on the on-
lookers. And just in time for
lunch an army of spacemen will
wander through the crowds dis-
tributing hunks of fresh water-
melon, creating a sloppy but de-
licious spectacle.
The Spectacle Crew will broad-
cast their congratulations to the
Art Fair at 10:00 p.m. Saturday
night, and then they will blast
off to new planets, and new
spectacles of excitement until
next year, where hopefully, they
will return with their spectacular
regalia of spectacles.

Martians in Ann Arbor?
Many green Martians from Spectacle are expected to touch down at the art fair this week. This
creature is one of the advance scouts checking out the area prior to the mass invasion.
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Aderisng contribute
for the puhlic good.

ACTION is a growcg ovoment of vi i e r out to help people
help themselves I's the Peace Corps and VISTA, helping people
overseas and right down the street Please don't crawl under a rock
8OO.42-858O h 9.

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