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Fluxus

Am I a Fluxus artist? From Wikipedia:

Fluxus (from "to flow") is an art movement noted for the blending of different artistic disciplines, primarily visual art but also music and literature. Fluxus is often described as being Intermedia because it occurs at the intersections of different media. Fluxus was loosely organized in 1962 by George Maciunas (1931-78), a Lithuanian-born American artist. In its early days Fluxus artists were active in Europe (especially in Germany), America, and Japan.

The art forms most closely associated with Fluxus are Event Scores and Fluxus Boxes. Fluxus Boxes originated with George Maciunas who would gather collections of his printed cards, games, and ideas, and put them into small plastic boxes. Event Scores are essentially performance scripts that are usually only a few lines long and consist of descriptions of actions to be performed rather than dialogue. Other forms which have been adopted by several Fluxus practitioners include collage, audio, music, video, and poetry — especially visual poetry and concrete poetry.

I guess the first challenge would be whether I can consider myself an artist. Well, to hell with my angst about that. I'll just declare myself an artist and move on.

But every artist needs a "school" or "movement" to be part of, right?

I read about Fluxus when I started reading about Ray Johnson and it came up somewhere during the Toronto Deep Wireless conference, but didn't look it up till last night.. I've been zipping through some of the articles at Fluxus.org. Interesting.

On the one hand (after looking at some current examples), you could say Fluxus was sophomoric -- trying to turn silliness into Art. On the other hand, I could use a little more playfulness. Whatever art I do is always plodding and purposeful. Pointless exploration might do me some good.

Enough for today...

6.9.06

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