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Fluxus and Flippancy

Fluxus and Flippancy

Over the past few days I’ve been reading some comments that were critical of the “flippancy” observed in discussions about Fluxus and on sites like Facebook and online communities like the Fluxlist. Some of this criticism has even come from Fluxus and avant-garde old-timers. I find this criticism to be, how can I say this politely… precious. Humor and “flippancy” are as much a part of Fluxus as Fluxkits and Event Scores. It is absurd to even use the term…

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Fluxus and Photography

Fluxus and Photography

It sometimes seems to me that photography has been the forgotten child of Fluxus over the years. I suppose it is not hard to understand why… there has not been a lot of photographic work that has been identified as being explicitly “Fluxus”. Unlike video, which lemds itself so readily to Fluxus interpretations, the lines between Intermedia and multimedia are ill-defined and lurry at best, static photographs find their place most often as either “documentation” or “fine art”. However, there…

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Fluxus in the Spring: NYC 2010

Fluxus in the Spring: NYC 2010

Fluxfest in New York! While (not yet) “officially” a Fluxfest, the weekend beginning on Thursday, April 15, 2010 is shaping up to be another exciting Festival of Fluxus in New York City. Here, courtesy of my favorite Fluxus impresario, Keith Buchholz is the itinerary so far. Be there… or be somewhere else! Thursday, April 15th – Gaglione opening at Stendhal / Dada machine Fluxus performance: Performers are: Picasso Gaglione, Darlene Dormel, Joshua Rutherford, Jessica Feinstein, Keith Buchholz, Reed Altemus, Melissa…

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Cecil Touchon, Interviewed by Matthew Rose

Cecil Touchon, Interviewed by Matthew Rose

The following is a brief excerpt from an excellent interview of the collage artist, Cecil Touchon, by Paris-based artist and curator, Matthew Rose. The full text of the interview can be read online at http://cecil.touchon.com/interview-matthewrose.html Matthew Rose: Collage has a long and rich history in Modern Art, beginning formally with Picasso’s and Braque’s experimental canvases in the early 20th century, cutting newspapers and wall papers and adding them to their canvases.  The effects were to inject a sense of found…

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Walker Art Center: Fluxus Definition

Walker Art Center: Fluxus Definition

From the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis, Minnesota: Definition of Fluxus: Fluxus is not: a movement, a moment in history, an organization. Fluxus is: an idea, a kind of work, a tendency, a way of life, a changing set of people who do Fluxworks.–Dick Higgins Fluxus is a loosely affiliated international network of visual artists, new-music composers, writers, and performers who have been active since the early 1960s. Beginning with a series of festivals featuring concerts of new experimental music…

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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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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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Fluxfest Waves the Fluxist Flag

Fluxfest Waves the Fluxist Flag

Fluxfest at Pierogi's The Boiler(on Sept. 11, with not a mention of 9/11) …had the genuine Fluxus offhandedness and the historically correct disregard for ceremony or performance-niceties such as a printed program. The latter would have allowed the patient audience — outnumbered by the performers, as is also traditionally Fluxian — to ascertain authorship, date of creation, and performer. Thus, 13 or so friendly Fluxians from here and abroad, most of whom had not met before, presented an hour-and-a-half of…

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Copy Art

Copy Art

Copy Art has been closely associated with Fluxus over the years. While it is not inherently or definitively Fluxus (what is, really?), Copy Art is certainly consistent with the Fluxus ethos, and has been created by many artists who have been associated with Fluxus. One of those artists is my friend Reed Altemus, who wrote this short piece in 2003: What Is Copy Art?by Reed Altemus, 2003 Of all the myriad individual ways of describing and defining photocopier art, there…

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