An non-elitist form of conceptual art;
a synthesis of science, religion and magic.
|A New Approach to Conceptual Art
THOUGHTS OF A LIVING WORK OF ART
Obviously all art is conceptual in one sense or another, so what is distinctive about the conceptual art movement which began in the early twentieth century?
|Provenance of The Living Work of Art
PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF CONCEPTUAL ART
A summary of progress from 1972 up to the present time, by the Wizard of New Zealand (formerly Ian Brackenbury Channell).
|The Census and The Living Work of Art
Modern art today, even conceptual art, has ceased confronting traditional authorities. As a fictional character, The Wizard clashes with the secular state authorities over the NZ Census in 1976, 1981 and 1996. This new form of conceptual art proves more powerful and more popular than governments.
|Re-enchanting The World
The proposed exhibition and imagination experiment is an attempt by ‘The Living Work of Art’, the Wizard of New Zealand, to “re-enchant the world” through combining and synthesizing science, religion, magic and art in a coordinated virtual reality event on the internet.
“Perhaps the most extreme example of the deliberate melding of the artist and the work is to be found in New Zealand….. The Wizard has established the personage he has invented to the point where his original identity is now completely effaced…. The most interesting aspect of the Wizard is the use to which he puts this carefully constructed identity. The actions of his invented personage are a sharp satire on established ideas of normality.” from ARTODAY by E.Lucie-Smith (Phaidon 1995)