The Power Institute is very excited to announce alumna Meredith Morse’s new book, Soft Is Fast: Simone Forti in the 1960s and After.



US artist Simone Forti combined the concepts of John Cage, experimental composer who revised sound, score and theatre, with the unique movements of Anna Halprin, dance pioneer of improvisation and anatomical exploration. In a departure from minimalist spectatorship, Forti translated Cage for Halprin’s ‘charged spaces and imagined, interpenetrative understanding of other bodies’, a precursor to participatory art.

Soft Is Fast takes a new stance on Forti’s work, based on art historical analysis, dance history, cultural studies, and American social thought. Morse contributes to the history of minimalism and conceptual practice, locating Forti’s interdisciplinary work firmly in the social.



Meredith Morse is Assistant Professor of Humanities (Art History) at Yale-NUS College, Singapore. She completed her PhD in art history at the Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture, University of Sydney. Her fields of interest include modernities and modernisms, 20th century US art, and visual art’s connections to performance and time-based arts. Her research has focused on US visual art and dance of the late 1950s to 1970s, and the relation of visual and movement culture to larger social histories. She is currently working on a reconsideration of 1970s performance art, and a history of abstract painting in the US during the late 1960s to the 1980s.



Soft Is Fast: Simone Forti in the 1960s and After is published by MIT Press and is available for purchase online here.