Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Next Fluxus item, Fluxkits

Artist Alison Knowles talks about Fluxkit as a contradiction of framed pieces of art on a wall, something you could hold in your hand. Knowles said what Fluxus taught us is that the everyday was pretty interesting.

Filmed in conjunction with the exhibition Thing/Thought: Fluxus Editions, 1962-1978. During the course of the exhibition, the display of Fluxkits-collective groupings of Fluxus Editions assembled by George Maciunas-will change. Artists-some who were original members of Fluxus-have been invited to select objects from the kits and determine their arrangement.
© 2011 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Examples of Fluxkits

Alison Knowles (American, born 1933). Bean Rolls from Fluxkit. 1965, Fluxus Edition announced 1963. Metal tin with offset label containing dried beans and offset scrolls. 3 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/4" (8 x 8.3 x 8.2 cm) (tin). 9/16 x 2 3/4" (1.5 x 7 cm) (each scroll, rolled). The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift. © 
2011 Alison Knowles 

Ben Vautier (French, born Italy. 1935). Total Art Matchbox from Flux Year Box 2. c.1968, Fluxus Edition unannounced. Cardboard matchbox with offset label, containing matches. 1/2 x 2 1/16 x 1 1/2" (1.2 x 5.2 x 3.8 cm) (box, closed). The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift. © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

George Brecht (American, 1926–2008). Games and Puzzles (Bead and Swim Puzzles) from Flux Year Box 2. c.1968, Fluxus Edition announced 1964. Plastic box with offset label, containing four plastic balls and two offset cards. Designed and assembled by George Maciunas (American, born Lithuania. 1931–1978). 11/16 x 2 5/8 x 2 15/16" (1.7 x 6.7 x 7.5 cm) (box, closed). The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift. © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Germany

What the hell is Fluxus anyway?

For the best explanation of Fluxus I refer to social psychologist and Fluxus artist Allen Burkoff. His commentary on Fluxus is available as an MP3 at, http://fluxus.org/BukoffMaciunasFluxus5Dec08.mp3. The audio file was broadcast on December 5, 2008, by Aaron Anderson from a pirate radio station at the Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the traveling Broadcast exhibition. 

An abbreviated synopsis from Burkoff. 

“Fluxes has been described as an art movement or something that happened in art.” Burkoff argues it’s much more than that, “It’s much bigger and more interesting than that. Fluxus was this gigantic release of creative energy or creative potential in human culture.” 

A wealth of information about Fluxus can be found at Allen's website, "FLUXUS PORTAL FOR THE INTERNET" (Some of the links on Burkoff's site are dead links, sorry.)I agree with Burkhoff that Fluxus is more than art is is a creative force and necessary part of life. 

Burkhoff's chart on Fluxus.  

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's resolution, cleaning

My New Year's resolution is to get rid of stuff and deep clean my house. 

While I'm doing this, I'm watching this documentary "History of the Home." Instead of using Netflix I've found a few sites that offer free documentaries.

Top Documentary Films http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/

Free Documentaries https://freedocumentaries.org/

Films for Action http://www.filmsforaction.org/

These are free sites, however Films For Action will take your donation if you feel inclined to donate. 

I've been inspired by the concept of "Minimalism." I watched this video, "Minimalists: Living with Less." 

I don't know if I can be a minimalist but it's food for thought.