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An art event, often staged or pre-scripted, that requires active participation from an audience to come to full fruition.
Fluxus art involved the viewer, relying on the element of chance to shape the ultimate outcome of the piece. The use of chance was also employed by Dada, Marcel Duchamp, and other performance art of the time, such as Happenings.
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When someone goes to the gym and spends 90% of the time on their phones scrolling through social media
Looks like its thumb day again for Jimmy with his usual routing... 3 sets of 5 snapchat selfies and 10 sets of scrolling through facebook until exhaustion
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when black people are close. It is a very dangerous situation when african americans come close.
Stay away from the happening. The happening is near. Stephen, Gio, and Mike run away from the happening.
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In reference to the M. Knight Shyamalan film, The Happening. The word, "happening" is used sarcastically in context. If something is "happening" it sucks, is boring, is stupid or is a flat out waste of your time.
Wow, this party is really happening right now.

Now, that's happening.
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A hippie word originating in 1960’s American counterculture which essentially just means a mass gathering of β€˜heads with music or some theme of cultural importance or some sort, such as, but not limited to, a peaceful protest or demonstration. 'Happenings' blurred the rigid lines between music concerts/festivals and the rest of the world, helping incorporate psychedelic rock/jazz and funk elements into everyday life. Previously, music had mostly been listened to on records or enjoyed by a select few in a stadium or amphitheatre. Happenings allowed music to be heard in parks, city streets, and rooftops, allowing the soundwaves to reach more ears than before, allowing for a subconscious shift to take place in local area residents, giving cities like San Francisco the renown they have today as a city of music and arts, and more!

A happening represented the forefront, or the evolution of consciousness. If you were dropped out, turned on, and tuned in, you were part of it... even if you didn't even know it.
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