Fluxus at 50
Edited by Alexander Klar. Text by Stefan Fricke, Alexander Klar, Sarah Maske.
Fifty years ago, in 1962, Lithuanian-born George Maciunas (1931–78) organized the first ever Fluxus festival, The International Fluxus Festival of the Newest Music, at Museum Wiesbaden in Germany. The festival presented musical and performance work by Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, John Cage, Alison Knowles, Nam June Paik and La Monte Young, among others, and was the first of many such festivals and concerts to be organized under the Fluxus banner. Published to coincide with the 2012 jubilee celebrations, Fluxus at 50 aims to reconstruct and reappraise this mercurial, playful movement of cultural, political and social “renewed Dadaism.” This handsome catalogue is impressive in scope, presenting methods, motifs and stories using images, musical scores and objects from the Fluxus period. Eric Andersen, George Brecht, Philip Corner, Robert Filliou, Al Hansen, Geoff Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Milan Kníák, Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Ben Patterson, Dieter Roth, Takako Saito, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell and Emmett Williams are among the artists represented here, in a wealth of reproductions, archival photographs and documents, biographical material and essays.