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Author: Allan Revich

Allan Revich is a Toronto artist and writer. His work has appeared in numerous publications, in international exhibitions, and on many websites. He is active in the international Fluxus community. He currently writes poetry, creates visual poems, and works with photography. His work includes Web-based art, mixed media art, and mail art. His books, Headline Haiku 2006, Headline Haiku 2007, and Fluxus Vision are available internationally on Amazon.com and its affiliates, as his most recent collection of poems, "Flux You!".
Fluxus for The Ears

Fluxus for The Ears

In a previous post I talked about Visual Poetry as being "poetry for the eyes". Fluxus, being Intermedia, is all about the spaces in which different media intersect, so audio art, sound art, and noise recording, can be described as "art for the ears". In the late 20th century many artists trained in traditional visual theory and technique began to expand their artistic practice into the aural sphere. The most common audible art is familiar to most people in the…

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Fluxus in a Nutshell

Fluxus in a Nutshell

Albert Einstein once said, "if you can't explain it simply, you probably don't understand it well enough". Somebody else once told me that whatever it is that you need to describe, you should be able to describe on an elevator ride. So, what is the simple, "elevator description" of Fluxus? Hmmm… Fluxus is an attitude. It is not a movement or a style. Fluxus is intermedia. Fluxus creators like to to see what happens when different media intersect. Fluxus creators…

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A Bit About Visual Poetry

A Bit About Visual Poetry

Poetry has historically been associated with the physical sense of hearing. It has been thought of as an auditory art, unlike painting or drawing which have always been thought of as visual arts. Poetic texts were therefore seen as signs representing sounds, thus a poems rhythm was very important, and until recently most Western poems also tended to rhyme. In the 2oth century artists, writers, and poets for the first time took notice that while poems might have been meant…

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Fluxus Semiotics

Fluxus Semiotics

The creation of any work of art is a semiotic exercise. The study of semiotics is concerned with the use of signs and signifiers, primarily as they are used in language and linguistics, but also in other forms of communication including visual art. Historically, artists have been concerned with how best to represent the way people in the artists' culture experience reality. Artists throughout history have struggled with the problem of representation. They developed rendering techniques like perspective drawing and…

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Crispin Webb

Crispin Webb

Back in April of 2005 I wrote an article about one my young Fluxus colleagues, Crispin Webb. Crispin died suddenly in his sleep on November 23, 2006, a few days before his 29th birthday. Crispin was very active in the contemporary Fluxus community, and had already had several exhibitions of his work before his premature death. He was just finishing up his MFA degree from Bard College in New York and Ohio State University. Crispin was always very adventurous in…

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Alison Knowles discusses Nam June Paik and John Cage

Alison Knowles discusses Nam June Paik and John Cage

Allison Knowles recently sent me this summary of her presentation for a panel discussion about John Cage and Nam June Paik: Zone: Chelsea Center for the ArtsPanel Discussion: CAGE NAM JUNE Notes about Cage and Paik;Alison Knowles I cannot imagine more unlike artists to compare which is what makes it so interesting.Paik the western man and John the Eastern man. They were well positioned to try and understand each other. Each producing so much for the cultural pot of the…

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Fluxus Featured on Treemo.com

Fluxus Featured on Treemo.com

Featured Audio [[image:sm.jpg:Featured Audio:left:1]] Fluxoidal One from allanr uploaded: Oct 3, 18:15 | comments: 2 | views: 366 | favorites: 0 | duration: 3:05 min Fluxus, according to Wikipedia, is “an international network of artists, composers and designers noted for blending different artistic media and disciplines." Here on Treemo, some Fluxus artists, including allanr, wastedpapiers and miulew, are sharing some audio that is certain to provoke and make you think about your sense of art.

All Art is Political

All Art is Political

Regular readers of the Fluxus Blog and others familiar with my writing will recognize that I have often stated that "all art is political". In fact, I have frequently made use of that simple statement in my artwork. In today's edition of The Globe and Mail (a Toronto daily newpaper) here is an interesting editorial article in the "Comments" section by author Noah Richler. In his article Mr. Richler makes the argument that the novel is an inherently political form…

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Fluxus Bucks

Fluxus Bucks

For many years the artist known as Dr Fluxbuxenstein and/or Ex Post Facto of Garland, Texas has been making, sending, modifying and exchanging Fluxus Bucks with like-minded souls around the world. Below is an example one of the Doctor's Fluxus Bucks that was modified in transit, and then further changed by me. [[image:a-fluxus-buck.jpg:A Fluxus Buck by Allan Revich:center:2]] More Fluxus Bucks are on view at; http://jjsblog1.blogspot.com/ and at http://www.flickr.com/photos/juliej/

Fluxus Artists Today

Fluxus Artists Today

So, where is Fluxus at the beginning of the 21st century? Well, it’s not dead. Fluxus and the Fluxus attitude are alive and well and living in a town near you. Yes really. Even George Maciuanas, who many people in the “Fluxus is dead” camp associate with Fluxus, had this to say, [Fluxus is] a way of doing things, very informal, sort of like a joke group. You know if you ask people like George Brecht, ‘Are you Fluxus?’ then…

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Fluxus Is: A Top Ten List

Fluxus Is: A Top Ten List

Fluxus is a mini-encyclopedia of aesthetic alternatives Fluxus is everywhere at once Fluxus is not between “this” and “that” Fluxus is healthy Anti-Art Fluxus is a weed that will not go away Fluxus is a “sui generis” cultural form Fluxus is a late night radio broadcast of three to five stations at once Fluxus is a One Man Show that got out of hand Fluxus is like a chicken bone the world art dog cannot cough up Fluxus is a…

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