[artinfo] (fwd) Call for Papers - FLUXUS

Janos Sugar sj@c3.hu
Sun, 1 Jul 2001 11:10:53 +0200

Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 11:17:30 +0200
=46rom: Ken Friedman <ken.friedman@bi.no>
Subject: Call for Papers - FLUXUS

CFP - FLUXUS issue of Performance Research

=46LUXUS was an international community of artists, architects,  designers,=
 and composers described as "the most radical and experimental art movement=
 of the 1960s." As a laboratory of experimental art, Fluxus was the first=
 locus of intermedia, concept art, events, and video, and a central=
 influence on performance art, arte povera, and mail art.

2002 will mark the 40th anniversary of the first Fluxus festival in=
 Wiesbaden, Germany. The journal Performance Research will mark the occasion=
 with a special issue.

Guest editors Ken Friedman and Owen Smith will coordinate this issue. The=
 editors will welcome proposals and complete papers on any topic or theme=
 relevant to Fluxus, the Fluxus artists and composers, or their work.


"Fluxus is what Fluxus does -- but no one knows whodunit." Emmett Williams

"Fluxus is not a moment in history, or an art movement. Fluxus is a way of=
 doing things, a tradition, and a way of life and death." Dick Higgins

As a large and somewhat diffuse phenomenon, there can be no single approach=
 to Fluxus. The editors encourage a wide variety of topics, themes, and appr=

A list of possible topics includes: art practice in Fluxus, art theory in=
 Fluxus, events, video, concept art and conceptual art, intermedia,=
 performance, artist books and periodicals, cooperative housing, artist=
 stamps, experimental film, Happenings, mail art, new music.

A partial list of Fluxus artists and composers includes: Ay-O, Joseph Beuys,=
 George Brecht, Phil Corner, Robert Filliou, Ken Friedman, Al Hansen,=
 Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Bengt af Klintberg, Milan Knizak, Alison=
 Knowles, Arthur Koepcke, Shigeko Kubota, George Maciunas, Jackson Mac Low,=
 Larry Miller, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Takako Saito, Mieko Shiomi, Ben=
 Vautier, Wolf Vostell, Yoshimasa Wada, Robert Watts, Emmett Williams, and=
 La Monte Young.

Articles on other artists and themes are also welcome.

Special theme:

2002 also marks 30 years since the 1972-73 Fluxshoe toured England with a=
 series of performances, concerts, and exhibitions. This issue of=
 Performance Research will particularly welcome contributions that focus on=
 the historical and geographical activities centered on the Fluxshoe,=
 together with considerations of how it influenced the British art of the=
 years since.


=46luxus has been a laboratory characterized by George Maciunas's notion of=
 the "learning machine." The Fluxus research program has been characterized=
 by twelve ideas: globalism, the unity of art and life, intermedia,=
 experimentalism, chance, playfulness, simplicity, implicativeness,=
 exemplativism, specificity, presence in time and musicality.

These ideas describe the qualities and issues that characterize the work of=
 Fluxus. Each describes a "way of doing things." Together, these twelve=
 ideas form a picture of what Fluxus is and does.

The implications of these ideas have been interesting and occasionally=
 startling. Fluxus has been a complex system of practices and relationships.=
 As a forum of philosophical and artistic practice, Fluxus developed and=
 demonstrated ideas that would later be seen in such frameworks as=
 multimedia, telecommunications, hypertext, industrial design, urban=
 planning, architecture, publishing, philosophy, even management theory.

This issue of Performance Research will explore the general and individual=
 aspects of Fluxus that have made it so lively, engaging, and difficult to d=

About the editors.

Ken Friedman was an active participant in Fluxus, as an artist since 1966,=
 as director of Fluxus West for a decade, and as editor of The Fluxus Reader=
 for Academy Press. Friedman is associate professor of leadership and=
 strategic design at the Norwegian School of Management.=20
Owen Smith is an art historian and curator specializing in intermedia and=
 multimedia art forms. His book, Fluxus: History of an Attitude, is=
 published by San Diego State University Press. Smith is associate professor=
 of art history at University of Maine.


Proposals and full text articles welcome to 1 September 2001

=46inal selection by 15 October 2001

Completed articles and manuscripts due by 15 December 2001

Proposals or complete articles welcome

Please send article proposals to Owen Smith at


Completed articles or extensive drafts are also welcome.

Proposals and articles may be sent in email form and as attachments in=
 Microsoft Word.

This issue will be richly illustrated. Proposals or complete articles should=
 indicate illustrations and how they will be presented. The initial proposal=
 or article need not include the actual illustrations. These will be planned=
 after articles are selected.

General questions may be directed to Owen Smith or to Ken Friedman at