FLUXFILM ANTHOLOGY

"Fluxus is a community of individuals scattered throughout many countries, grouping together a vast quantity of behaviors and attitudes. All are singular in their personalities and their work, but their position regarding the Art world is appreciably the same: as stated by Fluxus artist George Brecht, to fight against 'the immense stupidity, sadness and lack of meaning that is our wound in life.' Starting in the early 1960's, Fluxus followed in the footsteps of Futurism and Dada, leaving behind and going against the established grain of Fine Art and Official Art. Most of the Fluxus actors demanded freedom and instantaneity in creating, and referred to ideas that had no direct link to Western art. Fluxus' origins are multiple and not clearly defined, because it is a non-group with no strict structure, as it was for the surrealists with their lists of membership and exclusion [...]

 
END AFTER 9 (1966)—George Maciunas

END AFTER 9 (1966)—George Maciunas

The direct, physical relationship with the audience became for Fluxus the end result of a search for something between 'art and life;' the Happening, initiated by Allan Kaprow, became the most representative expression of this idea. As celebrations of the present moment among friends, improvised on little or no budgets and in various places (streets, galleries, apartments, construction sites, theatres, etc.), site-specific and time-oriented, the Happenings could by definition never be reproduced. In a strong relationship to the present moment, the art appears ephemeral and free. It becomes an assertion of life [...]

 
TRACE #23 (1965)—Robert Watts

TRACE #23 (1965)—Robert Watts

Producer, organizer, graphic designer and Fluxus theorist, George Macuinas was the movement's key figure. Trained as an architect and art historian, he created Fluxus, and thus appeared on the international art scene in the early 1960's. 'Fluxus', from the Latin for the flow of life, was for him a movement which had to be radical from the beginning. As it was mistaken for a group with a status and an agenda, misunderstandings quickly appeared. Its members, however, were never concerned with doctrines, or with method. These individual artists, had simply chosen to unite, as they thought the limits of art were looser than convention led to believe, and that certain long-established boundaries were no longer useful. Fluxus had, therefore, neither unity nor heirarchy. According to Macuinas, each artist needed to establish his own non-professional, non-parasitic, and non-elitist status in society. To accomplish this, he wanted to show that the audience could entertain itself alone and that any person could be a substitute for art. Macuinas was not only a 'theorist' but also a visionary. In 1967, he went so far as to create an imaginary Fluxus island with Yoko Ono and John Lennon! He was also the man behind the artists cooperatives, establishing the loft world of New York's Soho district. There is no rigid definition of Fluxus. The eclecticism of its productions strecthed from the famous Fluxboxes, true anthologies made and labeled by Macuinas, to the films presented in the enclosed DVD. Nam June Paik lay the groundwork for video art, asserting: 'to be Fluxus is to venture into virgin land' [...]

 
WRIST TRICK (1965)—Paul Sharits

WRIST TRICK (1965)—Paul Sharits

ONE (1966)—Yoko Ono

ONE (1966)—Yoko Ono

Text excerpted from the essay by Maeva Aubert, contained in the 32-page bilingual booklet published along with the DVD.

This series of 37 films which George Maciunas began gathering as early as 1966 was compiled by Jonas Mekas at New York's Anthology Film Archives in 1992. Though some films are still missing, it is the most complete version to date since Maciunas' death in 1978.

 
DANCE (1966)—Albert Fine

DANCE (1966)—Albert Fine

FAIRE UN EFFORT (1969)—Ben

FAIRE UN EFFORT (1969)—Ben


 
 
 

  Contents

Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
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ZEN FOR FILM
(1962-1964) 

Director: Nam June Paik

• 8 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Silent

INVOCATION OF CANYONS AND BOULDERS (FOR STAN BRAKHAGE)
(1966) 

Director: Dick Higgins

• 23 seconds
• B&W
• Silent

END AFTER 9
(1966) 

Director: George Maciunas

• 1 minute
• B&W
• Silent

DISAPPEARING MUSIC FOR FACE
(1966) 

Director: Chieko Shiomi

• 11:15 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

BLINK
(1966) 

Director: John Cavanaugh

• 2:20 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

9 MINUTES
(1966) 

Director: James Riddle

• 10 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

10 FEET
(1966) 

Director: George Maciunas 

• 23 seconds
• B&W
• Silent

 

1000 FRAMES
(1966) 

Director: George Maciunas

• 43 seconds
• B&W
• Silent

EYE BLINK
(1966) 

Director: Yoko Ono

• 35 seconds
• B&W
• Silent

ENTRANCE TO EXIT
(1965) 

Director: George Brecht

• 7 minutes
• B&W
• Sound

TRACE #22
(1965) 

Director: Robert Watts

• 3 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

TRACE #23
(1965) 

Director: Robert Watts

• 3 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

TRACE #24
(1965) 

Director: Robert Watts

• 1:20 minute
• B&W
• Silent

ONE
(1966) 

Director: Yoko Ono

• 5 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

EYE BLINK
(1966) 

Director: Yoko Ono

• 15 seconds
• B&W
• Silent

FOUR
(1967) 

Director: Yoko Ono

• 6:15 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

FIVE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING
(1966) 

Director: Pieter Vanderbeck

• 5:20 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

SMOKING
(1966) 

Director: Joe Jones

• 5:10 minutes
• B&W
• Sound

OPUS 74, VERSION 2
(1966)

Director: Erik Andersen

• 1:35 minutes
• B&W
• Sound

ARTYPE
(1966) 

Director: George Maciunas

• 2:40 minutes
• B&W
• Sound

SHOUT
(1966)

Director: Jeff Perkins

• 2:10 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

SUN IN YOUR HEAD (TELEVISION DECOLLAGE)
(1963) 

Director: Wolf Vostell

• 7:10 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

READYMADE
(1966) 

Director: Albert Fine

• 2:20 minutes
• B&W, Color
• Silent

THE EVIL FAERIE
(1966) 

Director: George Landow

• 19 seconds
• B&W
• Silent

SEARS CATALOGUE 1-3
(1965) 

Director: Paul Sharits

• 28 seconds
• B&W
• Silent

DOTS 1 & 2
(1965) 

Director: Paul Sharits

• 35 seconds
• B&W
• Silent

WRIST TRICK
(1965) 

Director: Paul Sharits

• 28 seconds
• B&W
• Silent 

UNROLLING EVENT
(1965) 

Director: Paul Sharits

• 5 seconds
• B&W
• Silent 

WORD MOVIE
(1966) 

Director: Paul Sharits

• 3:50 minutes
• B&W, Color
• Silent

DANCE
(1966) 

Director: Albert Fine

• 2:40 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

POLICE CAR
(1966) 

Director: John Cale

• 1:25 minutes
• Color
• Silent

FLUX FILM #36
(1970) 

Director: Peter Kennedy & Mike Parr

• 2:35 minutes
• B&W
• Sound

FLUX FILM #37
(1970) 

Director: Peter Kennedy & Mike Parr

• 1:30 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

JE NE VOIS RIEN, JE N’ENTENDS RIEN, JE NE DIS RIEN
(1966) 

Director: Ben (Benjamin Vautier, aka)

• 7:33 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

LA TRAVERSEE DU PORT DE NICE A LA NAGE
(1963) 

Director: Ben (Benjamin Vautier, aka)

• 3:15 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

FAIRE UN EFFORT
(1969) 

Director: Ben (Benjamin Vautier, aka)

• 2:20 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

REGARDEZ-MOI, CELA SUFFIT
(1962) 

Director: Ben (Benjamin Vautier, aka)

• 6:50 minutes
• B&W
• Silent

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Total Running Time: 01:57:36 (2 Discs)

Booklet Text: Maeva Aubert (Bilingual French & English)

Published By: Re:Voir Video

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