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 Arts
Panel Discussion: CAGE NAM JUNE
Notes about Cage and Paik;
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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.
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.
Composition based on text samples from "Al Hansen on Fluxus", pgs. 81-84, Beck & Al Hansen: Playing with Matches, Smart Art Press 1998
More "Top Ten Lists" are on the Digital Salon Fluxus Art Page at DigitalSalon.com
There is no special reason that an artist today should feel entitled to apply the fluxus label to their work or to themselves. But there is no special reason that artists working today need to refrain from using the Fluxus label either. Like all labels, the Fluxus label can potentially supply information and disinformation simultaneously.
What Does Fluxus Look Like at the Dawn of the 21st Century?
Before this question can be addressed, it must first be acknowledged that from the very beginnings of the Fluxus "movement" there has never been a universally accepted definition of Fluxus. There has even been reluctance to call Fluxus a movement at all, hence the quotation marks in the previous sentence. However, if one accepts the view of Fluxus expressed by Dick and Hannah Higgins, Ken Friedman, and Owen Smith, it is possible to agree on a range of work, activities, and world views that constitute Fluxus. So starting from there... what does Fluxus look like today?
[[image:flux-pills_copy1.jpg:Fluxus Pills: Good for Nothing, Allan Revich:center:0]]
Sometimes one needs to sit back, relax a bit - and just chill out. Virtual Fluxus Pills are good for nothing, and that should be good enough to do the trick. So help yourself. Take a pill. Sit back and chill.
A dialogue with Owen Smith:
I agree that the view that you put forward is the most sensible and practical approach to the question. It also seems to correspond closely to views expressed by Dick Higgins and Ken Friedman who have addressed the question in the past. I think that it also corresponds to the views of most of us on the Fluxlist who respect (greatly) the work and ideas of the first Fluxus artists, while continuing to produce new Fluxus and/or Fluxus inspired work.