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Month: October 2009

Twitterature & Fluxus

Twitterature & Fluxus

Twitter + Literature = Twitterature Twitter is a social networking web application in which members post brief notes to each other in a manner similar to Facebook “status updates”. Each post is limited to a maximum of 140 characters, including spaces, punctuation, and “hash tags” (more on these later). IMHO (“In My Humble Opinion” – get used to cute acronyms if u r tweeting on Twitter) the vast majority of Twitter posts or “tweets” are not really worth reading by…

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A Book About Death: The Afterlife Begins

A Book About Death: The Afterlife Begins

September 10, 2009 marked the opening of an installation of staggering scope at The Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in New York City. An American artist residing in Paris, Matthew Rose, invited hundreds of artists from around the globe to participate in the creation of an unbound book on the theme of “death”. Appropriately enough, the exhibition and associated book, were titled, A Book About Death. Each participant was asked to submit an edition of 500 postcards, which were to be…

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Another Chapter in The Fluxus Mystery

Another Chapter in The Fluxus Mystery

In this chapter we learn that Fluxus is actually dead. We will also learn that Fluxus is alive and well and living in… everywhere. I don’t think many Living Fluxus artists really believe that they (we) are part of a magical posthumous George Maciunas Fluxus Group. From what I have heard and read, George was fond of including and excluding people in “his” Fluxus as he saw fit… so who knows what he would have done with us? Maybe he…

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WANTED: Dead or … well dead anyway!

WANTED: Dead or … well dead anyway!

There are a lot of people with very strong incentives to keep Fluxus dead. Dead Fluxus serves the financial interests of a group of collectors and museums. Art Historians like their movements to have beginning dates and end dates, it makes those litle time-bar graphs so much more appealing. And a small group of people who were close personally to George Maciunas worry endlessly that his legacy will somehow be diluted if Fluxus didn’t die with him. When George Maciunas…

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Dead or Alive (still confused?)

Dead or Alive (still confused?)

I suspect that there will always be some confusion about the “life-status” of Fluxus. That is because there are really two parts to it. During Maciunas‘ lifetime the two parts were completely intertwined. After his death, I think that part of Fluxus died with him…but a vital and important part continued on without him. That continuing part is not … Read moresome sort of “new” fluxus, or “neo-Fluxus”. It IS Fluxus. It may be Post-Maciunas Fluxus, but it is still…

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Artists Die – Ideas Don’t

Artists Die – Ideas Don’t

Fluxus is alive and well. Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. Fluxus is also dead. How can Fluxus be alive and well, and dead, at the same time? Well, that goes to the essence of this blog post. Artists die. Ideas don't. People die, "movements" end, but ideas are not constrained by the limitations of the single human lifespan. Fluxus has always been more than an art movement. In fact it has been argued that Fluxus was never…

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