Fluxus and Judaism

Fluxus and Judaism

OK… Let me begin by stating that I don’t think that Fluxus has anything whatsoever to do directly with Judaism. But… As someone who was born Jewish, became Israeli, and believes in no religion at all; and yet still identifies himself as “Jewish”, I can see some interesting parallels between Fluxus and Judaism. While for most people living in Western-style liberal democracies Judaism is defined simply as just a religion, for most Jews (and for most anti-Semites) Judaism is a…

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Something Else from Cecil Touchon

Something Else from Cecil Touchon

Over the course of the past few weeks a lively discussion about Fluxus has been taking place on Facebook. Recently, Cecil Touchon posted this interesting commentary to that discussion: Fluxus as a group, by keeping it open and alive is a new strategy that previous art groups have not been able to pull off in the past but – due to most of us understanding how all that works, we are circumventing that burial. All of this discussion is really…

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What the Fluxus?

What the Fluxus?

Information about an upcoming Fluxhibition in St. Loiuis, courtesy of Keith Buchholz: What the Fluxus? By Paul Friswold Riverfront Times Wednesday, May 26 2010 Some people will tell you that Fluxus died in 1978 with George Maciunas, but how can Fluxus die? The Fluxus approach to art is not any one thing; by nature, Fluxus art is intermedia, combining sound, object, image, text, audience and time into a single experience that allows for both happenstance and accident. That’s a way…

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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 Needs a New Name… NOT!

Fluxus Needs a New Name… NOT!

Recently in response to an earlier post on the Fluxus Blog it was suggested that belonging to a “50 year old art movement” was absurd. My friend. colleague, and respected Ray Johnson authority, Mark Bloch, had this to say, …I am not sure why anyone would want to embrace a 50 year old art movement when there is so much exciting here and now. A friend of mine likened it recently to one of the Fluxus people or someone of…

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Photography and Fluxus: Brad Brace

Photography and Fluxus: Brad Brace

I mentioned Brad Brace in my previous post about Photography and Fluxus. Below is a quote directly from Brad (from his Facebook page) in which Brad talks about his latest photo-pased project. dISCREET pROFILES (the Oregon collection): Thousands of enlarged and enhanced photographs, mostly low-res cellphone, web-cam, and low-end digital camera self-portraits, culled from dating/social websites — as you might expect, there is some explicit content (more than is permitted here unfortunately: you really shoul…d see them all, but take…

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Cecil Touchon and Fluxus

Cecil Touchon and Fluxus

Recently, my friend and fellow Fluxus practitioner, Cecil Touchon, sent me a copy of an email that he had sent to a mutual colleague. I have excerpted a really nice explanation about how contemporary Fluxus fits in with historical Fluxus. I have addressed this issue from a similar, but different perspective, but I think that Cecil’s piece adds an interesting and complementary viewpoint. Fluxus from the beginning was intended as an activity for amateurs. And I say that with all…

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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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Visual Poetry Mail Art

Visual Poetry Mail Art

Received from C. Mehrl Bennett: CALL for MAIL ART THEME: VISUAL POETRY DEADLINE: August 1st, 2010  Mail Art received will be exhibited at SKYLAB in downtown Columbus OH USA during August 2010 during the Avant Writing Symposium at The Ohio State University (symposium is being organized by my spouse, John M Bennett- curator of the Avant Writing Collection-part of OSU library’s Rare Books & MSS Library).  As a tribute to John, who will retire from OSU sometime around the end…

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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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