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"Ken Friedman's Fluxus pedigree is unquestionable. Joining the nebulous art movement — whose most famous proponents include George Maciunas, Nam June Paik, and Yoko Ono — soon after its official genesis, the former music student founded the California-based Fluxus West in 1966 and has since become one of its key archivists and commentators. 12 Structures represents the Fluxus belief in art as potential action. Conceived of as behavioral scores and presented as single sheets of A4, the structures are shockingly simple artifacts, until you realize exhortations to gather rocks or place things on the floor are not museum pieces but living directives waiting to be carried out. Flux your creativity and see what happens. The exhibition at the Centre continues until Sun 2 May (Fri-Sun: 1-6pm)." (AM)



KEN FRIEDMAN: WHAT IS FLUXUS? Friday 2 April (7 - 8pm) @ Centre of Attention, 15 Cottons Gardens, E2 (020.7729.0699 ) Tube: Old St.
"Fluxus-art-fun should just be simple, entertaining and undemanding, it should be about insignificant things, it shouldn't require special skills and countless rehearsals, it should have no commercial or institutional value," said George Maciunas, the self-styled co-ordinator of the international avant-garde phenomenon Fluxus. This concept underpins the experimental movement founded in the '60s in Germany and centred in New York. It aimed to challenge artistic tradition through accessible multi-media events and objects. "Fluxus" means "flowing" in Latin, evoking a continual state of transition that resists easy definition. It is the first inter-medial art form since Dada to lyrically intermingle different genres of art, including painting, sculpture, literature, film and music. Shaped by the influence of composer John Cage, the movement's affiliates include George Brecht, and Nam June Paik. Today, Fluxus is experiencing a well-deserved renaissance with one of its founding artists, Yoko Ono, who exhibited recently at the ICA. Now Ken Friedman, American artist and editor of The Fluxus Reader (1998) is presenting a talk that will try and answer the question: "What exactly is Fluxus?" The event will be held at the Centre of Attention, a gallery which, in true Fluxus fashion, is of no fixed premises.