Laurie Simmons Comment for Collab Fest 17 & 18

Collab Fest 17, organized and documented by Jim Leftwich, occurred on April 8, 2009. On the Flickr page for Collab Fest 17 there is a really good quote from Laurie Simmons taken from her project at ART : 21. I really like her comment because it explains so concisely the way that artists see the world around them, and are inspired by it.

Laurie Simmons: “I think that artists are always doing research on their own behalf and for their work. For some artists it’s reading. For some it’s shopping. For some it’s traveling. And I think that there’s always this kind of seeking quality that artists have where they’re looking for things that will jog them and move them in one direction or another. For me, movies and books have always been research. Finding objects will always stimulate a series or get my mind going in another direction. I might be wandering around and see a figure or a piece of furniture or a picture that just starts me thinking about a whole other direction that I can move in. And of course that has to intersect with what I’m thinking about, my state of mind, my feeling about current politics or some psychological issue that’s pressing. I see that all as research, just having all the threads of your life come together to tell you where you should go with your work.”

The Collab Fest 17 page has more comments from Art:21 by artists Lari Pittman, Judy Pfaff, and Pierre Huyghe too. There are also some great images on Jim Leftwich's Flickr page, along with the comment above from Laurie Simmons. There is only a single image from Collab Fest 17 on the site, but there are lots of great shots of Collab Fest 18 (April 22, 2009) there. Jim Leftwich has been pretty busy putting together these Collaboration Festivals over the past years, and has about two years worth of images on

Fluxus on the Web

Web sites come, and Web sites go – now is probably a good time for an updated summary of what in webland relates to Fluxus.

Fluxlist is an internet discussion list for all things Fluxus. Fluxlist was launched in 1996 by Allen Bukoff, Ken Friedman, Dick Higgins, Joe De Marco, Jon Van Oast. Currently maintained by Alan Bowman, Ross Priddle, and Allan Revich.

The Fluxlist Blog
Intermedia web log for Fluxlist members.

Fluxlist Europe
Eurocentric version of the Fluxlist Blog, open to artists outside of Europe too.

OPEN Fluxus
Fluxus social network

Fluxus on Wikipedia

Fluxus Heidelberg Center
Ruud Janssen and Litsa Spathi archives and current work

A blog primarily for American Fluxus artists, includes many international artists too.

Fluxus Portal
Art, archives, history, and information about all things Fluxus. Assembled and maintained by Allen Bukoff.

Fluxus Blog
You are reading it right now. The link will bring you to the main page.

Museum in Texas dedicated to Fluxus. Curated and managed by Cecil Touchon.

Contemporary Fluxus organization.

37 Fluxus Films on UBU WEB

The above links are primarily intended as resources. I will be posting an updated link list of artist currently producing fluxus work soon.