FESTUM FLUXORUM: POESIE, MUSIQUE ET ANTIMUSIQUE EVÈNENEMENTIELLE ET CONCRETE, American Center, Paris, 1962
Artists: Joseph Byrd, George Brecht, Cioni Carpi, Robert Filliou, Dick Higgins, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Alison Knowles, Takehisa Kosugi, Addi Koepcke, Jackson Mac Low, George Maciunas, Richard Maxfield, Simone Morris, Robert Page, Benjamin Patterson, Terry Riley, Tomas Schmit, Dieter Schnebel, Daniel Spoerri, Stan Vanderbeek, Wolf Vostell, Emmet Williams, La Monte Young, among others
Organization: Joseph Beuys, George Maciunas, Nam June Paik
Event Duration: December 3–8, 1962
Dimensions: 32.3 x 23.1 cm
Further Information: Organized by George Maciunas, the Festum Fluxorum: Fluxus was a touring Fluxus festival that first traveled to Wiesbaden, and later in Copenhagen, Paris, Düsseldorf, and Amsterdam. Describing it as a “festival of very new music,” (quote via MoMA, who have researched over 50 Fluxus event ephemera), although it also presented theater, poetry, film, and performances. The festival in Paris comprised seven concerts. Maciunas, one of the initiators of Fluxus, organized several concerts and events in New York from 1960 onwards, before arriving in Wiesbaden as a designer for the US army in 1961. From there, he built a network with the experimental music and art scene in Berlin and Rheinland, including Nam June Paik, Emmett Williams, Ben Patterson, Wolf Vostell, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Joseph Beuys. The idea to hold concerts began as a form of advertising, as Maciunas thought that it would bring more attention to his publications.
Further Links: A precise Fluxus timeline (in German) has been researched and published by the ZKM Museum in their project Algorithm Revolution: The History of Interactive Art: http://www01.zkm.de
Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.