ACTIONS

'Material Actions' 1962 - 1966

1962

Together with Adolf Frohner and Hermann Nitsch

Die Blutorgel [The Blood Organ], June 1-4, 1962

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographers: Adolf Frohner, Harry Weber

1963

Together with Hermann Nitsch

Fest des psychophysischen Naturalismus [Festival of Psycho-Physical Naturalism], June 28, 1963

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographers: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Georg Mikes

 

Material Action no. 1: Versumpfung eines weiblichen Körpers – Versumpfung einer Venus [Enmiring of a Female Body – Enmiring of a Venus], September 1963

Muehl’s apartment, Obere Augartenstraße 14a/20, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

 

Material Action no. 2: Versumpfung einer Venus 2 [Enmiring of a Venus 2], October/November 1963

Muehl’s apartment, Obere Augartenstraße 14a/20, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Material Action no. 1, Versumpfung eines weiblichen Körpers 1963, Photo: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Archive Sammlung Friedrichshof
Material Action no. 1, Versumpfung eines weiblichen Körpers 1963, Photo: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Archive Sammlung Friedrichshof

1964

Material Action no. 3: Klarsichtpackung – Versumpfung einer Truhe – Panierung eines weiblichen Gesäßes – Wälzen im Schlamm [Cling Film Wrapping – Enmiring in a Chest – Breadcrumbing a Female Bottom – Rolling in Mud], February 26, 1964

Muehl’s apartment, Obere Augartenstraße 14a/20, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Siegfried Klein (Khasaq), Alfred Haberler

Film: Peter Jurkowitsch

 

Gesäßpanierung [Breadcrumbing a Bottom], spring 1964

Muehl’s apartment, Obere Augartenstraße 14a/20, 1020 Vienna

Film: Ingomar Lorenz

 

Material Action no. 4: Kreuzigung eines männlichen Körpers [Crucifixion of a Male Body], March 3, 1964

Muehl’s apartment, Obere Augartenstraße 14a/20, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Siegfried Klein (Khasaq), Peter Jurkowitsch

 

Material Action no. 5: Verschnürung eines weiblichen Körpers [Trussing of a Female Body], April 10, 1964

Muehl’s apartment, Obere Augartenstraße 14a/20, 1020 Vienna

Photographers: Franz Hubmann, Peter Jurkowitsch

 

Material Action no. 6: Destruktion eines weiblichen Körpers [Destruction of a Female Body], April 14, 1964

Chattanooga, Graben 29a, 1010 Vienna

Photographers: Siegfried Klein (Khasaq), Harald Nap

Film: Teddy Podgorski

 

Material Action no. 7: Nabelschnur – Darstellung einer Geburt [Umbilical Cord – Portrayal of a Birth], May 16, 1964

Muehl’s apartment, Obere Augartenstraße 14a/20, 1020 Vienna

Photographers: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Siegfried Klein (Khasaq)

Film: Ernst Schmidt jr.

 

Material Action no. 8: Stilleben – Aktion mit einem weiblichen Kopf und einem Schweinekopf [Still Life – Action with a Female Head and a Pig‘s Head], June 1964

Muehl’s apartment, Obere Augartenstraße 14a/20, 1020 Vienna

Photographers: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Siegfried Klein (Khasaq)

 

Material Action no. 9: Stilleben – Aktion mit einem weiblichen, einem männlichen und einem Rinderkopf [Still Life – Action with a Female, a Male and a Cow’s Head]

Haro Lauhus‘ studio, Hütterstraße 104, Düsseldorf

Photographers: Kari Bauer, Manfred Leve

 

Material Action no. 10: Stilleben – Aktion mit einem weiblichen, einem männlichen und einem Pferdekopf [Still Life – Action with a Female, a Male and a Horse’s Head], July 2, 1964

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Siegfried Klein (Khasaq)

 

Material Action no. 11: Mama und Papa (Otto und Soraya) [Mama and Papa, (Otto and Soraya)], August 4, 1964

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographers: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Siegfried Klein (Khasaq)

Film: Kurt Kren

 

Material Action no. 12: Leda mit dem Schwan [Leda with the Swan], August 20, 1964

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographers: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Siegfried Klein (Khasaq)

Film: Kurt Kren

 

Material Action no. 13: Luftballonkonzert [Balloon Concert], October 9, 1964

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

 

Material Action no. 14: Cosinus Alpha, before November 17, 1964

Muehl’s apartment, Obere Augartenstraße 14a/20, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Siegfried Klein (Khasaq)

Film: Kurt Kren

 

Penisstillleben [Penis Still Life], before November 17, 1964

Muehl’s apartment, Obere Augartenstraße 14a/20, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Kurt Kren

 

Material Action no. 15: Oh Tannenbaum [Oh Christmas Tree], December 19, 1964

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Marc Adrian

Film: Kurt Kren

Material Action no. 11, Mama & Papa, 1964, Photo: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Archive Sammlung Friedrichshof
Material Action no. 11, Mama & Papa, 1964, Photo: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Archive Sammlung Friedrichshof

1965

Material Action no. 16: Silberarsch [Silver Ass], January/February 1965

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Ernst Schmidt jr.

 

Aktion mit totem Hasen [Action with a Dead Dare], February 1965

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Ernst Schmidt jr.

 

Penisaktion [Penis Action], February 1965

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

 

Material Action no. 17: Bimmel Bammel [Ding Dong], March 6 and 13, 1965

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Ernst Schmidt jr.

 

Material Action no. 18: Rumpsti Pumsti [Crash Bang], May 8, 1965

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Ernst Schmidt jr.

 

Material Action no. 19: Bodybuilding, May 21, 1965

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographers: Marc Adrian, Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Ernst Schmidt jr. together with Peter C. Fluger

 

Material Action no. 20: Turnstunde in Nahrungsmitteln, [Gym Lesson in Foodstuffs], June 24, 1965

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Ingomar Lorenz

 

Material Action no. 21: Penisaktion [Penis Action], summer 1965

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

 

Material Action No. 22: Gehirnoperation, [Brain Operation], September 3, 1965

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Films: Günter Brus, Ernst Schmidt jr.

 

Material Action no. 23: Astronaut, 1965

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Günter Brus and Ingomar Lorenz

 

Material Action no. 24: Kopf, [Head], December 1965

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Ingomar Lorenz

1966

Material Action no. 25: Das Ohr – Waschschüssel – Hinrichtung [The Ear – Wash Basin – Execution], January 1966

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Ingomar Lorenz

 

Material Action No. 26: Nahrungsmitteltest [Food Test], February/March 1966

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Oswald Wiener

 

Material Action No. 27: St. Anna, March 1966

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Peter Weibel

Material Action no. 25, Waschschüssel, 1966, Photo: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Edition Hein, Archive Sammlung Friedrichshof
Material Action no. 25, Waschschüssel, 1966, Photo: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Edition Hein, Archive Sammlung Friedrichshof

'Total Aktion' And 'Destruction in the Art Symposium' in London

1966

Together with Günter Brus

1. Totalaktion. Ornament ist ein Verbrechen [1st Total Action. Ornament is a Crime], June 2, 1966

Villa Heller, Elßlergasse 9, 1130 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

 

Together with Günter Brus

2. Totalaktion (für vernünftige geisteskranke nicht ohne Bedeutung), [2nd Total Action (Not Irrelevant for the Sensible Mentally Ill)], June 24, 1966

Galerie Josef Dvorak, Lagergasse 2, 1030 Vienna

Photographer: Gerhard Kunze

Film: Peter Weibel

 

Together with Günter Brus,

Vietnam Party,  July 4, 1966

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographers: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Gerhard Kunze

Film: Peter Weibel

 

Material Action no. 28: Stilleben mit Finger [Stil Life with Finger], September 2, 1966

During a press conference for the Destruction in the Art Symposium

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

 

Translation – Action for Two Voices, September 10, 1966

At the Destruction in the Art Symposium

Africa Center, 38 King Street, London WC2

Photographers: press, Hanns Sohm

 

Together with Günter Brus

Breath Exercises, September 12, 1966

At the Destruction in the Art Symposium

Conway Hallj, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1

Photographers: press, Hanns Sohm

 

Together with Günter Brus

Ten Rounds for Cassius Clay, September 13, 1966

At the Destruction of the Art Symposium

St. Bride Institute, 14 Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4

Photographers: press, Hanns Sohm

Film: Peter Weibel

 

Together with Günter Brus, Al Hansen, Hermann Nitsch and Peter Weibel

Simultaneous Happening, September 15, 1966

At the Destruction in the Art Symposium

Africa Center, 38 King Street, London WC2

Photographers: press, Hanns Sohm

 

Günter Brus (untitled), Otto Muehl (Hausfrauen Achtung [Attention Housewives], Hermann Nitsch (22nd Action), Drei Lehrstücke direkter Kunst [Three Didactic Plays on Direct Art], September 27, 1966

Press conference after the Vienna Actionists return from the Destruction in the Art Symposium

Oswald Wiener’s apartment, Judengasse 7/17, 1010 Vienna

 

Actions Concert for Al Hansen, October 29, 1966

Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Grünangergasse 1/2, 1010 Vienna

Photographers: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Josef Tandl

 

Material Action no. 29: Funebre [Funerary], November/December 1966

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Peter Weibel 


'Direct Art Group' and 'Art and Revolution'

1967

Grimuid, spring 1967

Location unknown

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Helmut Kronberger

 

Psychomotorische Geräuschaktion [Psycho-Motoric, Noise Action], (Schwechater recht hat er, Passacaglia in b, Gossip, gorriloid, Fingersalat, Häuptelsalat, The Vienna Direct Art Group), spring 1967

Anestis Logothetis’ studio, Ludiwg-Koeßler-Platz 4/14, (Hanuschhof), 1030 Vienna

Film: Peter C. Fluger

 

Zock-Exercises (1. Das Ohr [The Ear]/ 2. La Dolorosa / 3. Kardinal [Cardinal]/ 4. Michelangelo), March 1967

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Film: Helmut Kronberger

 

Otto Muehl (Omo Super), Oswald Wiener (Garth mit extra Fleischkraft) [Garth with extra Meat Strength], Peter Weibel (Ford Mustang 70)

Zock Exercises, April 1967

Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Grünangergasse 1/2, 1010 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Helmut Kronberger

 

Together with Oswald Wiener

Zock-Fest, April 21, 1967

Grünes Tor (then club rooms of the Catholic Student’s Association Vienna KÖStV), Lerchenfelderstraße 14, 1070 Vienna

Film: Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF

 

Wehrertüchtigung [Military Training], June 23, 1967

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Peter C. Fluger

 

UNO-Diskussion [UN Discussion], (Action for Austrian television, not broadcast), June1967

Muehl’s studio Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna

Photographer unknown

Film: Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF (lost)

 

Together with Günter Brus

Direct Art Festival, November 9, 1967

Trade Union Center, Treitlstraße 3, 1040 Vienna

Photographer: Otto Breicha, Hans Klinger, Kurt Martinek

Films: Helmut Kronberger,  Günter Orban and Helmut Pold and Reinhard Pyrker

 

Together with Günter Brus and Rudolf Schwarzkogler

Mit Schwung ins Neue Jahr, [Starting the New Year with a Bang], December31, 1967

Brus’ apartment, Adalbert-Stifter-Straße 31/20/40, 1200 Vienna

Film: Jörg Dobrovich (Spermint) (?)

Wehrertüchtigung, 1967, Photo: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Edition Hein, Archive Sammlung Friedrichshof
Wehrertüchtigung, 1967, Photo: Ludwig Hoffenreich, Edition Hein, Archive Sammlung Friedrichshof

1968

Amore, Aktion mit einem Masochisten [Amore, Action with a Masochist], spring 1968

Brus’ apartment, Adalbert-Stifter-Straße 31/20/40, 1200 Vienna

Film: Jörg Dobrovich (Spermint) (?)

 

Together with Günter Brus

Fountain, spring 1968

Brus’ apartment, Adalbert-Stifter-Straße 31/20/40, 1200 Vienna

Filmmaker unknown

 

Together with Günter Brus and Rudolf Schwarzkogler

Satisfaction, Günter Brus bittet um Ruhe [Günter Brus Asks for Silence], Alles Gute zum Muttertag wünscht Ihr Otto Muehl [All the Best for Mother’s Day Wishes Your Otto Muehl], spring 1968

Brus’ apartment, Adalbert-Stifter-Straße 31/20/40, 1200 Vienna

Filmmaker unknown

 

Together with Günter Brus, Peter Weibel and Oswald Wiener

Kunst und Revolution [Art and Revolution], June 7, 1968

University of Vienna, auditorium 1, Neues Institutsgebäude [new institute building], Universitätstraße 7, 1010 Vienna

Photographer: Siegfried Klein (Khasaq), press

Films: By Ernst Schmidt jr., Reinhard Pyrker

 

Libi, fall 1968

Muehl’s apartment, Praterstraße 32/2/12, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: unknown

Film: Jörg Dobrovich

 

Die Blumen des Bösen [The Flowers of Evil], December 1968

Muehl’s apartment, Praterstraße 32/2/12, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Hans-Christof Stenzel and Rosemarie Stenzel-Quast   

 

Action for WDR (West German Broadcasting), December 16, 1968

Muehl’s apartment, Praterstraße 32/2/12, 1020 Vienna

Film: Gerhard Zacharias, WDR Cologne

Otto Muehl, Günter Brus, Peter Weibel and Oswald WienerKunst  und Revolution, 1968
Otto Muehl, Günter Brus, Peter Weibel and Oswald WienerKunst und Revolution, 1968

1969

Together with Franz Kaltenbäck, Kurt Kren, Otmar Bauer, Peter Weibel, VALIE EXPORT, Hans Scheugl, Ernst Schmidt jr.

Film Action Text, February 14, 1969

Hermann Bookshop, Stubenring 20, 1010 Vienna

 

Apollo 10, Pissaktion [Piss Action], 1969

Hamburger Filmschau

Photographers: K. Greiser, Egon Teske

Filmmaker unknown

 

Apollo 11, Vaginaaktion [Vagina Action], spring 1969

Muehl’s apartment, Praterstraße 32/2/12, 1020 Vienna

Photographer unknown

Film: Hans Scheugl and Jörg Dobrovich (Spermint)

 

Aktion im Freudenauer Wasser – Geschlechtsverkehr unter Wasser [Action in Freudenau Water – Sexual Intercourse Action under Water], summer 1969

Freudenauer Wasser, Lobau Vienna

Film: Kurt Kren and Ernst Schmidt jr.

 

Aktion im Freudenauer Wasser – Masochistische Reiteraktion im Schlamm [Action in Freudenau Water – Masochistic Jockey Action in Mud], summer 1969

Freudenauer Wasser, Lobau Vienna

Film: Kurt Kren and Ernst Schmidt jr.

 

Penis- und Vaginaaktion [Penis and Vagina Action], summer 1969

Muehl’s apartment, Praterstraße 32/2/12, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Kurt Kren

 

Der Tod der Sharon Tate [The Death of Sharon Tate], October 9,1969

Galleria Milano, Via della Spiga 46, Milan

Photographer: Ugo Mulas

 

Der Tod der Sharon Tate [The Death of Sharon Tate], October 15,1969

Workshop, Breite Straße 159, Cologne

Film: Hermann Jauk

 

Scheißkerl [Shithead], October 19, 1969

Galerie e. V., Kleine Bockenheimerstrasse, Frankfurt am Main

Film: Hermann Jauk

 

Oh Tannenbaum [Oh Christmas Tree], December 16,1969

Braunschweig University of Art, Broitzemer Straße 230, 3300 Braunschweig

Photographer: Steve Gebhardt

Film: Hans Peter Kochenrath (Stille Nacht [Silent Night])


the 'Happening & Fluxus' exhibition in Cologne, LAte Actions

1970

Mano-Test, beginning of 1970

Apartment-sharing community Franzensbrücke/Praterstern, 1020 Vienna

Photographer unknown

Film: Hermann Jauk and Otto Muehl

 

Morschl, beginning of 1970

Muehl’s apartment, Praterstraße 32/2/12, 1020 Vienna

Photographer unknown

Film: Otmar Bauer

 

Psychotik-Party, early 1970

Neusiedler See, Burgenland and Muehl’s apartment, Praterstraße 32/2/12, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: Lisl Ponger

Filmmaker unknown

 

Der geile Wotan [Horny Wotan], summer 1970

Private apartment in Munich and forest at the Isar River

Photographer unknown

Film: Kurt Kren

 

Oh Sensibility, summer 1970

Muehl’s apartment, Praterstraße 32/2/12, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Hermann Jauk

 

Oh Sensibility II, August 19 and 20, 1970

Adam Seide’s gallery/apartment, Röderbergweg 64, Frankfurt am Main

Films: Peter Schönherr, Hans-Peter Kochenrath

 

Action for the record Psycho Motorik, two evenings in August 1970

On the occasion of the 1st German sex fair intima 70, August 20-24, 1970 in Offenbach

Galerie Margot Ostheimer, Thüringerstraße 27/6, Frankfurt am Main

 

IOS Investmentfond, October 1970

Apartment-sharing community Franzensbrücke/Praterstern, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Film: Hermann Jauk (Investmentfond oder Erich kommt [Erich is coming])

 

Together with Peter Weibel

Manirieren, fall 1970

Filmmaker unknown

 

Pratersippe [Prater Clan], 1970

Muehl’s apartment, Praterstraße 32/2/12, 1020 Vienna

Photographer unknown

Film: Jörg Siegert

 

Manopsychotisches Balett 1 [Mano-Psychotic Ballet 1], November 8, 1970

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (exhibition Happening & Fluxus)

Photographers: Thomas Hesterberg, Hanns Sohm, Balthasar Burkhard

Film: Jörg Siegert

 

Manopsychotisches Balett 2 [Mano-Psychotic Ballet 2], November 8, 1970

Underground parking garage at the Kölnischer Kunstverein (exhibition Happening & Fluxus)

Photographers: Thomas Hesterberg, Hanns Sohm

Film: Jörg Siegert

 

Oh Sensibility, November 26, 1970

At the Wet Dream Festival, Nederlandse Filmmakers Coop, Amsterdam

Photographers: G. Vetten, Thomas Hesterberg

Filmmaker unknown

 

Advent, Advent, December 11, 1970

Pädagogische Hochschule Bremen

Photographer: J. Mönch

Film: Jörg Siegert

 

Weihnachten 70 [Christmas 1970], December 17, 1970

Aktionsgalerie Bern (Rudolf Jäggli), Uferweg 42, Bern and at waterworks in Bern

Photographers: Werner Schulz, Winkler

Film: Peter Schönherr

Manopsychotisches Balett 1, 1970, Happening & Fluxus, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Photo: Balthasar Burkhard, Archive Sammlung Friedrichshof
Manopsychotisches Balett 1, 1970, Happening & Fluxus, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Photo: Balthasar Burkhard, Archive Sammlung Friedrichshof

1971

SS und Judenstern [SS and Yellow Sar], early 1971

Muehl’s apartment, Praterstraße 32/2/12, 1020 Vienna

Photographer: Lisl Ponger

Film: Günter Orban

 

Action, February 27, 1971

Private house, Lüttich

Photographer: Thomas Hesterberg

Film: Tajiri Shinkichi

 

Action at the International Underground Festival, March 26, 1971

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1

 

Action, May 14, 1971

Rental studio for photography and film, Zurich

Film: Dieter Meier

 

Action with Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden, June 1, 1971

Sinkkasten, Frankfurt am Main

 

Zwei Lieder zur Gitarre [Two Songs for a Guitar], June 4, 1971

Event at the Undependent Film Center performed on Stage at the Rottmann Kino, Rottmannstraße 15, Munich

Film: Werner Schulz (Musikfilm [Music film])

1973

Action and lecture, April 3, 1973

Ohio State University, Columbus

Photographer: Werner Schulz

Film: Karlheinz Hein