Missed Encounters   Analysis Groove   Degeneration   Heliocentric Committee 
 PÜLSÅR SRH7Ø9Ø   The Delirious Rock   Rocktastic Revolution   Robert F. Williams 
 Lucifer Sam Division   Trade Union   Bloc concret   
 Fat Funky Person   The Echoing Green   Hair Pie Resistance   

General information on Missed Encounters

Missed Encounters is a project by The Buggers that brings together revolutionaries, visionaries, artists, and musicians who - for various reasons - missed each other in reality. These fictitious encounters get shape in soundtracks, pamphlets, and a website.

The project explores the revolutionary thought and art of the twentieth-century avant-garde and counterculture.
The counterculture (a term invented by the American historian Theodore Roszak but used here in a broader sense) was an incoherent mixture of ideologies, movements, visions, beliefs, and experiments in the 1960s and 70s that had various historical roots. Generally speaking the counterculture - a typically Western phenomenon - had its political roots in Marxism, anarchism, and liberation, emancipation and anti-war movements. Artistically and musically the counterculture had its origins in the 20th-century avant-garde, Afro-American music, and non-Western music.
What united the various exponents of the counterculture were the rejection of Western capitalist technocracies, a longing for other worlds, and the readiness to experiment. The counterculture and the avant-garde were radical, at times revolutionary, movements against and away from official Western culture by groups as varied as intellectuals, artists, workers, ethnic and sexual minorities, students, women, and "freaks" (a collective name for all sorts of individuals who didn't fit in the Western societies of those days).

Towards the end of the sixties the counterculture posed a serious threat to Western power structures but it never managed to achieve its goals. It brought about positive changes in Western societies but it failed to undo the governing systems themselves. Partly this was due to conflicting interests, undermining the unity and strength of the counterculture, partly to the failure of Marxism as a revolutionary theory, and partly to the effective capitalist strategy of commercialising exponents of the counterculture (music, magazines, life styles, etc.), thereby absorbing and annihilating their moral and artistic force.
In response to those historical developments we attempt to reposition revolutionary art and thought. Our method is loosely grafted on psychoanalysis, which - in our view - has remained an effective method of analysis and a sound base for subversive thought and art since the days of early surrealism.

Missed Encounters is an inventory of missed opportunities in the avant-garde and counterculture, of lapses in revolutionary thought and art. We don't pretend to have created a complete survey of such missed opportunities. We realise that Missed Encounters contains only a handful of the possible fictitious collaborations. Our selection was determined by limitations of personal taste and availability of material; of course, many other fictitious collaborations are conceivable and some of those will be brought about in the future, as Missed Encounters is an open, ongoing project.

We would like to thank Cary Loren for generously having provided some of the material used in the soundtracks, and Anneke Auer for her excellent work on the website.

The Buggers, May 2005


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 Missed Encounters   Analysis Groove   Degeneration   Heliocentric Committee 
 PÜLSÅR SRH7Ø9Ø   The Delirious Rock   Rocktastic Revolution   Robert F. Williams 
 Lucifer Sam Division   Trade Union   Bloc concret   
 Fat Funky Person   The Echoing Green   Hair Pie Resistance