A Look into the blue tide
Part 2
Diter Roth


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The Blue Tide is a vast, multi-part work that developed out of a diary Roth kept while teaching in the United States between 1964 and 1966 (which Edition Hansjörg Mayer had published in a full-color edition earlier in 1967). This publication consists of excerpts from the continuation of that work—all translated by Roth himself “from color + german into blackandwhite + english”—as well as sketches, diagrams, poetry, and assorted writing.

Contemporary Art, Theory / History / Criticism
Originally published by Something Else Press between 1965 and 1967, the Great Bear Pamphlet series was envisioned by founding editor Dick Higgins as a “poor man’s keys to the new art,” or a means of exposing the most vital work of the time to a mass-market audience, and vice versa. The series made uncompromisingly radical work maximally accessible, with slim, chapbook-like publications of a mostly uniform, pared down design. Taken together, the pamphlets constitute a firsthand survey of the sixties avant-garde (Higgins, Barbara Moore, and Emmett Williams all had a hand in the editorial process) that is both sweeping and utterly unique, transmitting a still-vibrant signal of expanded possibility in art, music, and poetry. Presented here in a facsimile edition, the Great Bears epitomize the utopian vision of Higgins and Something Else.
16 pages
Paperback, 12.7x20.3 cm
Primary Information, 1st edition 2007