Fluxus historian Owen Smith and Fluxus artist FF Alum Ken Friedman have developed a special double issue of the journal Visible Language on Fluxus, issues 39.3 and 40.1.
The publishers of Visible Language have made a sampler from issue 40.1 available as a PDF file to FF readers. Click here to open the PDF file.
In the first issue, French art historian and critic Bertrand Clavez writes on "Fluxus — reference or paradigm for young contemporary artists?" and Norwegian art historian Ina Blom writes on "Fluxus Futures, Ben Vautier's signature acts and the historiography of the avant-garde." In this issue, University of Maine art historian Owen Smith also writes on "Teaching and Learning about Fluxus: thoughts, observations and suggestions from the front lines," and Friedman and Smith together write on "History, Historiography and Legacy."
In the second issue, Minnesota artist and editor Ann Klefstad asks on "What Has Fluxus Created?" and game designer Celia Pearce writes on "Games as Art: The Aesthetics of Play." This issue also contains Friedman and Smith's article, "The Dialectics of Legacy," together with a bibliographic essay on "The Literature of Fluxus," and a selective bibliography of Fluxus.
The double issue also contains three special anthologies.
The first is the long-awaited "Fluxkids" anthology compiled by art historian (and Fluxkid) Hannah Higgins. In this collection. The authors are Bibbi Hansen (daughter of Al and mother of Beck), Bracken Hendricks and Tyche Hendricks (son and daughter of Geoff Hendricks and Bici Forbes), Hannah Higgins and Jessica Higgins (daughters of Dick Higgins and Alison Knowles), Clarinda and Mordecai-Mark Mac Low (daughter and son of Jackson Mac Low).
The second anthology is a performative -- and performable -- transcription of event scores by artist Lisa Moren. Moren's selection brings classic Fluxus event scores together with piece that could (or possibly should) have been events by many artists. Titled "Keep Walking Intently," the piece is set in a format created by typographer Margaret Re and reset for Visible Language by designer Mark Nystrom. This anthology contains a special introduction by Ina Blom titled, "Signatures, Music, Computers, Paranoia, Smells, Danger & the Sky." The artists in Moren's interpretive anthology include Christian Marclay, Takehisa Kosugi, David Rokeby, Milan Knizak, Yoko Ono, George Brecht, Yoko Ono, Hugh Pocock, Bengt af Klintberg, Sophie Calle, Allen Kaprow, and many more.
The third anthology is titled "Artists' Statements." In this collection, Owen Smith invited eleven artists and one group to discuss their work in relation to the earlier Fluxus contribution. There are some of the artists that can be seen as "new Fluxus" artists. Neither members of the original Fluxus group nor secondary artists who might be called "neo Fluxus," these artists inhabit the site of Fluxus, developing and interpreting the Fluxus tradition in a new way. The artists in this collection are Alan Bowman, Bibiana Padilla Maltos, Cecil Touchon, David-Baptiste Chirot, David Cologiovani, Eryk Salvaggio, Litsa Spathi, mIEKAL aND, MTAA, Ruud Janssen, Sol Nte, and Walter Cianciusi.
Friedman, Ken, and Owen Smith. 2006. "The Dialectics of Legacy." Fluxus After Fluxus. Visible Language. Vol. 40, No. 1, 4-11. [Special journal issue.]
Friedman, Ken. 2006. "The Literature of Fluxus." Fluxus After Fluxus. Visible Language. Vol. 40, No. 1, 90-112. [Special journal issue.]
Friedman, Ken, and Owen Smith. 2006. "A Fluxus Bibliography." Fluxus After Fluxus. Visible Language. Vol. 40, No. 1, 114-127. [Special journal issue.]
The complete double set is available from Carrie Harris at the Rhode Island School of Design. For more information, write to: