Tag "mail art"

Some of the relevant litterature I’ve found on the Internet.



Fluxus Portal: http://www.fluxus.org/

Fluxlist archive: http://www.mail-archive.com/fluxlist@scribble.com/

Copenhagen Fluxus Archive: http://www.fluxus-archive.dk/

Artlex.com: http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/f/fluxus.html

Artpool: http://www.artpool.hu/Defaulte.html

Artnotart: http://www.artnotart.com/fluxus/gmaciunas–.html

Fluxus a la carte (article): http://www.flashartonline.com/interno.php?pagina=whispers_det&id_art=314&det=ok&title=FLUXUS-A-LA-CARTE

Zen and Fluxus (from the Fluxus Reader): http://www.thing.net/~grist/ld/koppany/doris-e.htm

Alison Knowles: http://www.aknowles.com/eventscore.html

Art Historian Peter van der Maijden’s blog: http://petersfluxdeparole.blogspot.dk/



DigitalMailart blog: http://digitalmailart.blogspot.dk/

Effects of the Internet on the Correspondence Art Network: http://www.mailartist.com/honoria/research2003/abstract.htm

Ray Johson Estate (Articles): http://www.rayjohnsonestate.com/research/articles

MailArt.de: http://www.mail-art.de/

Maik Art Projects blog: http://mailartprojects.blogspot.dk/ 

IUMOMA International Union of Mail-Artists


Ruud Janssen mail art interviews: http://www.iuoma.org/interview.html

m@ilart by Matt Ferranto: http://www.spareroom.org/mailart/mis_1.html

Franklin Furnace Mail Art exhibition (FFFlue): http://www.franklinfurnace.org/research/projects/flow/mailart/mailartf.html

Illegal Mail Art (FFFlue): http://www.franklinfurnace.org/research/projects/flow/mailart/Oistetxt.html

On Mail Art: Doo-Da Postage Works (FFFlue)http://www.franklinfurnace.org/research/projects/flow/mailart/Higgtxt.html

The N-titty (FFFlue): http://www.franklinfurnace.org/research/projects/flow/mailart/Pittotxt.html

Mail Art (FFFlue): http://www.franklinfurnace.org/research/projects/flow/BeaDav/beadav.html

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As luck has it, I have just realized that there is a Fluxus exhibition at the museum Nikolaj Kunsthal which also hosted quite a few Fluxus events since the early days of Fluxus in 1962. The museum is also home to the Copenhagen Fluxus Archive that might come in extremely handy, especially because I can see that some of the mentioned artist are Mail-artists like Anna Banana and Ray Johnson are featured here. The archive is filled with Fluxus work all collected by Danish Fluxus artist Knud Pedersen. Knud Pedersen also founded the Art Library, a project, the project which still runs is a library where you can rent a piece of art for the price of a pack of cigarettes.

Knud Pedersen today, picture by: Ilan Brender

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In his Fluxus Manifesto of 1963 George Maciunas call on the Fluxus artist to:

“PROMOTE A REVOLUTIONARY FLOOD AND TIDE IN ART. Promote living art, anti-art, promote NON ART REALITY to be grasped by all peoples, not critics, dilettantes and professionals.”

The thoughts of Fluxus became a platform for a broad group of artist working in many different medias, together and alone.

The Fluxus art was intermediate, and often interactive. Fluxus Scores and Flux boxes were guidelines for an audience to participate in the creation of the art – as Fluxus artist Ben Patterson puts it in the movie the Misfits. “The true way to experience art is to create it”. This changed the role of the artist to a conceptualiser or even a curator.

The movement was driven by a deep fascination of chance and life itself, and dissociation from the established art world.

In the Fluxus documentary the Misfits another Fluxus artist says that “everything art touches, dies”.

This rejection of the label “art” and open-minded view on amateurs as creators is interesting in a more contemporary context. New digital platforms such as social media networks are now being used as a basis for crowd-sourced art. Art created through such platforms are generally open for contributions from professional and amateurs alike, and the artist them selves often end up curating and editing contributions rather than creating themselves. A single art discipline within the Fluxus movement is Mail art, has a very strong connection to todays networked art.

But in the social networks there are other, even less acknowledged forms of artistic expression. The Memes – a global social trend of creation that operates on a level where most people can contribute. Though they are often regarded as an inferior creative discipline.

Memes like Rage Guy Comics and Lol Cats have their own (though rather crude) aesthetics and their own game rules. They are made from very specific components like the ones you would find in e.g. a Flux box.

In this essay I will attempt to draw parallels from the aesthetics and ideas, and social values of the Fluxus movement to some of the Social Network art of today. Maybe – if we take a look through the eyes of the Fluxus movement – Memes could be seen as a discipline of art.

Fluxkit (2), Georges Maciunas, 1966


“Three Lamp Events”, George Brecht, 1961.


From the “Dear Photograph” website.


Rage Guy Faces “kit” from alltheragefaces.com

Example of a “Rage Guy Comic” from weknowmemes.com

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