Eight Days A Week 2002 : Beniamin Patterson Fluxus' Artist Liverpool Biennial 2002
Benjamin Patterson : A Short History of Twentieth Century Art: International Touring Edition 1989 – 1994Photo: Frank Kleinbach
`Another Place' Storey Institute', Lancaster. 2001
`nothing but the facts' Lavatoio Contumaciale, Rome November 2001
Exhibition and lecture project by staff from the Fine Art Course at the University of Central Lancashire.
Utopia', Salerno, Italy 2002.
Among its members were Joseph Beuys, Dick Higgins, Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono who explored media ranging from performance art to poetry to experimental music to film. They took the stance of opposition to the ideas of tradition and professionalism in the arts of their time, the Fluxus group shifted the emphasis from what an artist makes to the artist's personality, actions, and opinions. Throughout the 1960s and '70s (their most active period) they staged "action" events, engaged in politics and public speaking, and produced sculptural works featuring unconventional materials. Their radically untraditional works included, for example, the video art of Nam June Paik and the performance art of Beuys. The often playful style of Fluxus artists led to their being considered by some little more than a group of pranksters in their early years. Fluxus has also been compared to Dada and aspects of Pop Art and is seen as the starting point of mail art.
Most notorious are the Fluxus performance pieces or "Event Scores" such as George Brecht's Drip Music. Fluxus artists differentiate Event Scores from "happenings" which they called Flux Events. Whereas Happenings were meant to blur the lines between performer and audience, performance and reality, Fluxus performances were sometimes one-liners and sight gags. The performances sought to elevate the banal and dissemble the high culture of serious music and art.
Marcel Duchamp and John Cage were highly influential to Fluxus. Many artists have associated themselves with Fluxus over the years, including:
Arman. Ay-O. César Baldaccini (César) . Joseph Beuys . George Brecht . John Cage . Giuseppe Chiari . Philip Corner . Robert Filliou . Henry Flynt . Ken Friedman. Al Hansen . Geoffrey Hendricks . Dick Higgins. Ruud Janssen. Ray Johnson . Alison Knowles . Jackson Mac Low . George Maciunas . Gustav Metzger . Larry Miller . Yoko Ono . Genesis P-Orridge . Nam June Paik . Benianmin Patterson . Dieter Roth . Wim T. Schippers . Carolee Schneemann . Litsa Spathi . Daniel Spoerri . Yasunao Tone . * Ben Vautier . Wolf Vostell . Yoshi Wada . Emmett Williams. La Monte Young.
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