Auto-Destructive Art: Metzger at AA (2015)

In February 1965, six years after publishing his manifesto Auto-Destructive Art, the German-born artist and political activist Gustav Metzger delivered a lecture at the Architectural Association, which was subsequently transcribed and published by a group of AA students. Released on the 50th anniversary of his visit to the AA, this re-edition – produced in close collaboration with the artist, and with a preface by Andrew Wilson, curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art and Archives, Tate – aims to reignite Metzger’s urgent and timeless call to confront society’s obsession with destruction and the detrimental effects of technology on human life.