Conceptual Scripts

For many years now, I’ve tried to establish the presence of a genre, probably unrecognized before, of Conceptual Scripts. If Conceptual Art consists of statements meant to induce heightened esthetic experience, so Conceptual Scripts are meant to suggest performance experience. Among the precursors are L. Moholy-Nagy’s script for a film that was never realized, “Dynamik der Großstadt,” which appeared in his book Painting Photography Film (1924), and the literary ballets that I collected a decade ago for Conceptual Dance, an anthology that still hasn’t appeared.
   Within this general genre, I’ve tried to distinguish my own ballets from my opera librettos and my scenarios for silent films from those containing sound, though admitting that some of my scripts classified under one rubric might finally belong under another.