15 Facts About Dick Higgins


Dick Higgins was an American artist, composer, art theorist, poet, publisher, printmaker, and a co-founder of the Fluxus international artistic movement.


Dick Higgins coined the word intermedia to describe his artistic activities, defining it in a 1965 essay by the same name, published in the first number of the Something Else Newsletter.


Dick Higgins was the son of Carter Chapin Higgins and Katherine Huntington Bigelow.


Dick Higgins was born in Cambridge, England in 1938 into a rather rich family, due to his father owning Worcester Pressed Steel in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Dick Higgins grew up with a brother and sister, Mark and Lisa.


Dick Higgins trained under many influential artists of this time, such as John Cage and Henry Cowell.


Dick Higgins earned a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia, and participated in John Cage's monumental music composition course at the New School.


Dick Higgins's twin sister, Jessica, is a New York based intermedia artist closely associated with seminal curator Lance Fung.


Dick Higgins died of a heart attack while staying at a private home in Quebec City.


Dick Higgins heard the John Cage Twenty-five-year Retrospective Concert in May 1958, and began studying with him that summer.


Dick Higgins founded Something Else Press in 1963, which published many important texts including Gertrude Stein, Bern Porter, Marshall McLuhan, Cage, Merce Cunningham, Cage's teacher Henry Cowell, as well as his contemporaries such as artists Allan Kaprow, Al Hansen, Claes Oldenburg, and Ray Johnson as well as leading Fluxus members La Monte Young, George Brecht, Wolf Vostell, Daniel Spoerri, Emmett Williams, Eric Andersen, Ken Friedman, Ben Patterson, and others.


Dick Higgins was an early and ardent proponent and user of computers as a tool for art making, dating back to the mid-1960s, when Alison Knowles and he created the first computer-generated literary texts.


Dick Higgins created metadrama poems that were minimal emotional statements or narratives.


Dick Higgins wrote and edited forty-seven books, including George Herbert's Pattern Poems: In Their Tradition and On the Composition of Signs and Images, his edition of a Giordano Bruno text, which he annotated.


Dick Higgins saw Bruno's essay on the art of memory as an early text on intermedia.