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Flux Art: An Historical Perspective

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 58 min
Event Type: Interview Program Origin: KRAB

An interview with George Maciunas, about the Fluxus art movement, a loose confederation of composers, poets and artists that included such well-known figures as Yoko Ono, and Nam June Paik, Allan Kaprow, Alison Knowles, Dick Higgins. and George Brecht. Initially inspired by John Cage's Experimental Music Composition classes at the New School for Social Research, La Monte Young's influential series of performances in the Chambers Street loft in Manhattan, and the growing interest in conceptual art happenings of the 1960s, the Fluxus movement became famous for its radical avant-garde approach to Art and Music. Like the Dadists and Situationists, Fluxus artists were largely instilled with a do-it-yourself sensibility and an interest in largely unstructured participatory events or happenings. According to George Brecht: “In Fluxus there has never been any attempt to agree on aims or methods; individuals with something unnamable in common have simply naturally coalesced to publish and perform their work. Perhaps this common something is a feeling that the bounds of art are much wider than they have conventionally seemed, or that art and certain long-established bounds are no longer very useful. At any rate, individuals in Europe, the US, and Japan have discovered each other's work and found it nourishing (or something) and have grown objects and events which are original, and often unclassifiable, in a strange new way.”

Part 1 of 2:  
Performers:  William Woods, interviewer
Genre:  Modern Art
Subject:  Maciunas, George, 1931-1978; Vautier, Ben, 1935-; Brecht, George ; Cornell, Joseph ; Jones, Joe, 1934-; Miller, Larry; Brown, Jean, 1911-; Sohm, Hanns, 1921-; Fluxus (Group of artists); Art, Modern; Dadaism; Surrealism; Inter-media art; Conceptual art
People:  Maciunas, George, 1931-1978; Woods, William
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Performers:  William Woods, interviewer
Genre:  Modern Art
Subject:  Maciunas, George, 1931-1978; Vautier, Ben, 1935-; Brecht, George ; Cornell, Joseph ; Jones, Joe, 1934-; Miller, Larry; Brown, Jean, 1911-; Sohm, Hanns, 1921-; Fluxus (Group of artists); Art, Modern; Dadaism; Surrealism; Inter-media art; Conceptual art
People:  Maciunas, George, 1931-1978; Woods, William
 
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