• Commentary

    Twitterature & Fluxus

    Twitter + Literature = Twitterature Twitter is a social networking web application in which members post brief notes to each other in a manner similar to Facebook “status updates”. Each post is limited to a maximum of 140 characters, including spaces, punctuation, and “hash tags” (more on these later). IMHO (“In My Humble Opinion” – get used to cute acronyms if u r tweeting on Twitter) the vast majority of Twitter posts or “tweets” are not really worth reading by any public broader than the tweeter’s personal peer network. It is hard for me to imagine that a worldwide audience for the inane pronouncements of self-absorbed net-kids exists. For example…

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  • Artists,  Fluxus,  Fluxus History

    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 exhibited, and then freely distributed at the September 10th opening. The remaining postcards would remain availble for free distribution at the gallery until the show closed on September 22nd. The…

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  • Commentary,  Fluxus,  Fluxus History

    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 would have loved us, and maybe he would have decided that we were not worth caring about. I believe that many artists, writers, historians, etc. have worked around this issue…

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  • Commentary

    WANTED: Dead or … well dead anyway!

    There are a lot of people with very strong incentives to keep Fluxus dead. Dead Fluxus serves the financial interests of a group of collectors and museums. Art Historians like their movements to have beginning dates and end dates, it makes those litle time-bar graphs so much more appealing. And a small group of people who were close personally to George Maciunas worry endlessly that his legacy will somehow be diluted if Fluxus didn’t die with him. When George Maciunas coined the name “Fluxus” and attached it to the work that he and a circle of likeminded people were making, something akin to Fluxus was already happening. This work was…

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  • Commentary,  Fluxus History

    Dead or Alive (still confused?)

    I suspect that there will always be some confusion about the “life-status” of Fluxus. That is because there are really two parts to it. During Maciunas‘ lifetime the two parts were completely intertwined. After his death, I think that part of Fluxus died with him…but a vital and important part continued on without him. That continuing part is not … Read moresome sort of “new” fluxus, or “neo-Fluxus”. It IS Fluxus. It may be Post-Maciunas Fluxus, but it is still Fluxus. My article was actually prompted by a book jacket note about Dada. It said that “Dada died in Paris in 1924“. The claim seemed absurd to me. Dada, like…

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  • Fluxus

    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 an art movement. So, while the circle of artists who surrounded George Maciunas dispersed after his death in 1978, the Fluxus attitude persisted, and continues to persist today. The passing…

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