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Zock. Aspekte einer Totalrevolution

Muehl, Otto & Oswald Wiener. Omo Super & Garth +) mit extra fleischkraft

Vienna. (Published by the Artists). 1967
The very scarce true first edition of the ZOCK manifesto.

From the edition limited to 100 copies, numbered in green ink to the foot of the title and with matching number in pencil to front wrapper (each inscribed in the same hand).

This true first edition of the ZOCK manifesto produced by Otto Muehl and Oswald Wiener pre-dates all other known editions although MUMOK lists the first edition as that published in 1968, together with later editions of 1970 and 1971.

'ZOCK was the title of a radical anarchist program announced in early 1967 by Otto Muehl and the writer Oswald Wiener. It was intended to take art as socio-political agitation much further than had hitherto been the case with the Actionists. The short life of this inflammatory initiative was manifested in two public actions in April 1967, the Zock Exercises and the Zock-Fest. This rare first edition pre-dates the two Zock actions in April; it is dated 9th March 1967. The names of the two authors are disguised as the pseudonyms 'Omo Super' (Muehl) and 'Garth mit extra Fleischkraft' (Wiener).

We can trace no examples of this manifesto in institutions or on the market.

[see Vienna Actionism: Art and Upheaval in 1960s Vienna, pp. 174-176, for later editions].
[5 bifolia: 10 leaves]. Narrow 8vo. (298 x 107 mm). Title and justification to first leaf verso, mimeograph typewritten text with foliation at head, final leaf signed 'OMO SUPER' and dated 'wien, 9.3.67'; text composed on five leaves recto only, each then folded to form ten leaves with printed text recto or verso only. Original orange wrappers, stapled as issued, with rubber stamp title 'ZOCK' to front cover, pink paper endpapers.