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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.
exhibition at the Centre continues until Sun 2 May (Fri-Sun: 1-6pm)."
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."