Provo


Provo was a Dutch counterculture movement in the mid-1960s that focused on provoking violent responses from authorities using non-violent bait. It was preceded by the nozem movement and followed by the hippie movement. Provo was founded, on 25 May 1965, by Robert Jasper Grootveld, an anti-smoking activist, and the anarchists Roel van Duijn and Rob Stolk. The term was used for the movement as a whole and for individual members. Provo was officially disbanded on 13 May 1967. The Provos are thought to have evolved out of the artist Robert Jasper Grootveld‘s anti-smoking happenings in June 1964. The following year other groups appeared as a fusion of small groups of youths sympathetic with the pacifist ban-the-bomb movement. Roel van Duijn is thought to have been the group’s theorist, influenced by anarchism, Dadaism, Herbert Marcuse and the Marquis de Sade. The Provos borrowed their name from Wouter Buikhuisen, who in doctoral dissertation in 1965, talked about ‘young trouble-makers’ as ‘provos’, a word derived from the Dutch word provoceren meaning to provoke. … In Provo #12, the magazine was described as: ‘a monthly sheet for anarchists, provos, beatniks, pleiners, scissors-grinders, jailbirds, simple simon stylites, magicians, pacifists, potato-chip chaps, charlatans, philosophers, germ-carriers, grand masters of the queen’s horse, happeners, vegetarians, syndicalists, santy clauses, kindergarten teachers, agitators, pyromaniacs, assistant assistants, scratchers and syphilitics, secret police, and other riff-raff. Provo has something against capitalism, communism, fascism, bureaucracy, militarism, professionalism, dogmatism, and authoritarianism. Provo has to choose between desperation, resistance and submissive extinction. Provo calls for resistance wherever possible. Provo realises that it will lose in the end, but it cannot pass up the chance to make at least one more heartfelt attempt to provoke society. Provo regards anarchy as the inspirational source of resistance. Provo wants to revive anarchy and teach it to the young. Provo is an image.‘ …”
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PROVO, 1965-1967
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