Fluxus, artists and art
(movement, 1961 - 1978 -but still continued-)
The word "fluxus", means "a flow", an unstoppable movement towards a commitment that is more ethical than aestetic in nature.Fluxus, which developed mainly in North America and Europe, following the influence of Cage, did not aim at being avant-garde in the sense of creating a new language, but rather at making a different use of established channels of art, and at the liberation of art from any specific language.It therefore focused on interdisciplinarity and on the use of means to a new concept of art, as "total art".The artistic experience, be it work or event,is the opportunity to create a presence and a sign of energy within reality.Thus "Fluxus" has functioned as a moving front of people, rather than as a group of specialists, following not so much a tactic of experimentation in new languages as a strategy of social contact, with the aim of creating a series of chain-reactions, or magnetic waves, above and below art.The concept of "Fluxus" was first put forward in America in 1962 by George Maciunas.The first exhibition, the "Fluxus International Festspiele", was held at Wiesbaden in September 1962. See: "Anthology of Fluxus", by Lamonte Young, 1963. Thanks to David Faber for Translation.