MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, DENMARK
Fluxus Scores and Instructions
The Transformative Years, Make a Salad
Edited by Jon Hendricks, Marianne Bech, Media Farzin.
In 1962, George Maciunas declared Fluxus "anti art, concept art, automatism, Bruitism, brutalism, Dadaism, concretism, Lettrism, nihilism, indeterminacy--theatre, happenings, prose, poetry, philosophy, plastic arts, music, cinema, dance." This thorough, well-designed volume culled from the renowned Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection, Detroit, and published to accompany an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark, looks at the armature of the movement to think about the function of scores--what they are, how they work, what they lead to... Some are scores in the traditional musical sense, some are instructions for events or performances, some describe setups for situations or installations and some are the work itself--that is, the concept. Artists include George Brecht, John Cage, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, George Maciunas, Jackson Mac Low, Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik among others.