Enter Digital Archives of the 1960s Fluxus Movement and Explore the Avant-Garde Art of John Cage, Yoko Ono, John Cale, Nam June Paik & More


“When it comes to the influence of the arts on everyday life, it can seem like our reality derives far more from Jeff Koons’ ‘augmented banality‘ than from the Fluxus movement’s playful experiments with chance operations, conceptual rigor, and improvisatory performance. But perhaps in a Jeff Koons world, these are precisely the qualities we need. Mainly based in New York, and ‘taking shape around 1959,’ notes the University of Iowa’s Fluxus: A Field Guide, ‘the international cohort of artists known as Fluxus experimented with—or better yet between—poetry, theater, music, and the visual arts.’ Big names like John Cage and Yoko Ono might give the uninitiated a sense of what the 60s art movement was all about. An ‘interdisciplinary aesthetic,’ writes Ubuweb, that ‘brings together influences as diverse as Zen, science, and daily life and puts them to poetic use.’ Of course, there’s more to it than that… but Fluxus artists keep us wondering what that might be, suggesting that ordinary experience and the stuff of everyday life provide all the material we need. Japanese artist Mieko Shiomi describes Fluxus as a ‘pragmatic consciousness’ that makes us ‘see things differently in everyday life after performing or seeing Fluxus works.’ The definitions of Fluxus, you might notice, can begin to sound a bit circular, maybe because they are entirely beside the point. George Maciunas, who named and co-founded the movement, called Fluxus “a way of doing things.” He called it a number of other things as well. … Like their Dada forebears, Fluxus artists worked in every medium. At the University of Iowa Library’s Fluxus Digital Collection, you can find visual art by Maciunas and his colleagues, like Joseph Beuy’s ‘Fluxus West’ postcard, further up, George Brecht’s Fluxus Games and Puzzles below it, and A-Yo’s ‘Finger Box,’ above. … At Ubuweb, you’ll find a Fluxfilm Anthology, dating from 1962-1970 and containing short films by Paik, Ono, Maciunas, George Brecht, and many more (including a 1966 short from John Cale). And at Ubuweb: Sound, you’ll find eight cassettes worth of Fluxus and Fluxus-inspired music, from 1962 to 1992, like the Wolf Vostell ‘music sculpture,’ Le Cri / The Cry, from 1990, above. …”
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