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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 like to mix things up. They use found & everyday objects, sounds, images, and texts to create new combinations of objects, sounds, images, and texts.
  • Fluxus should be simple. The art is small, the texts are short, and the performances are brief.
  • Fluxus should be fun. If it isn't fun, it isn't Fluxus.

Yes, I know that there's more to it than that (but really not that much). But I think that the five points above do a pretty good job of describing "Fluxus in a Nutshell". I could probably even get through them on an elevator ride. In fact, I think I'm going to print them out and keep them in my wallet for the next time somebody asks me about it!

And there is more HERE if you want it.

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About 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 and its affiliates, as his most recent collection of poems, "Flux You!".

2 thoughts on “Fluxus in a Nutshell

  1. akante

    hello, i just arrive here looking for information about Yoko Ono. I'm suprised to see that fluxus is still live, i'm studing Arts at Valencia and i choose fluxus to do a work about it. well..sorry for my english, kisses

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