Gustav Metzger's career has spanned sixty years of art and political activism.
He pioneered Auto-Destructive art and famously held an 'art strike' between 1977-1980.
He was also involved in the radical Fluxus movement.
Recreation of First Public Demonstration of Auto-Destructive Art, 1960, remade 2004
Manifesto Auto-Destructive Art 
urban sculptures 
"...this sculpture consists of five walls or screens, each about 30 feet in height and 40 feet long and 2 feet deep. They are arranged about 25 feet apart and staggered in plan. I envisage these in a central area..."
Gustav Metzger, "Liquid Crystal Environment" (1965-88). Installation view.
Five slide projectors, liquid crystals, glass slides, mechanical control, dimensions variable.
Liquid Crystal Environment, 1965, remade 2005
Flailing Trees moves into position.
Flailing Trees - Gustav Metzger
The moving of Flailing Trees
Flailing Trees reaches the Whitworth
"Gustav Metzger: 100,000 Newspapers" part 1 of 3
"Gustav Metzger: 100,000 Newspapers" part 2 of 3
"Gustav Metzger: 100,000 Newspapers" part 3 of 3
TateShots Issue 15 - Gustav Metzger
Forum for Holocaust Studies: Gustav Metzger Interview with Alison Jones (1998)
Does Modern Art Give You A Headache?
Disinformation "National Grid" installation 1
Disinformation "National Grid" installation 2
Gustav Metzger - Wikipedia
Around the same time, he was lecturing at Ealing Art College, where one of his students was rock musician Pete Townshend
, who later cited Metzger's concepts
as an influence for his famous guitar-smashing during performances of The Who. He has also influenced the self-eating computer virus works by the digital artist Joseph Nechvatal
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