☞ Fluxus Digital Collection @ UITaking shape around 1959, the international cohort of artists known as Fluxus experimented with —or better yet between—poetry, theater, music, and the visual arts. More than a list of artists, a historical moment, or a set of artifacts, Fluxus gives name to a network of social relationships and common approaches to art-making that highlights, among other things, playfulness, simplicity, internationalism, intermedia, ephemerality, and the unity of art and everyday life.
The Event performance typically consists of simple, everyday actions such as viewing a chance occurrence through a keyhole or polishing a violin … In the event, everyday actions are framed as minimalistic performances or, occasionally, as imaginary and impossible experiments with everyday situations.
Dick Higgins proclaimed that Fluxus “did concerts of everyday living.” “Coffee cups,” he remarked “can be more beautiful than fancy sculptures …. The sloshing of my foot in my wet boot sounds more beautiful than fancy organ music.” (Text from site)
|Ben Vauthier box|
|George Maciunas - click!|
|Mail art envelope - click to open|
|Open the box|
|Serg III Oldenbourg|
|Robert Filliou - open|
I also really love Keri Smith's interactive art books and journals, which seem to be coming out of the Fluxus tradition - I have 2 or 3 of them by now, and they are great prompts for getting yourself "loosened up" about art and trying out some crazy awesome fluxus-style modes. I like how her stuff brings Fluxus to the modern hipster masses, and sends out the destruction-as-art message!