FESTUM FLUXORUM. POESIE, MUSIQUE ET ANTIMUSIQUE EVENENEMENTIELLE 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 38, 1962

Dimensions: 32.3 x 23.1 cm

Further Information: Organized by George Maciunas, the Festum Fluxorum. Fluxus was a touring Fluxus festival that was shown first in 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 presented theater, poetry, film and performances as well, the festival in Paris comprised seven concerts. Maciunas as one of the initiators of the Fluxus movement has organized several concerts and events in New York from 1960 on, before arriving in Wiesbaden as designer for the US army in 1961. From there, he built a network with the experimental music and art scene from Berlin and Rheinland including Nam June Paik, Emmett Williams, Ben Patterson, Wolf Vostell, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Joseph Beuys. The idea to hold concerts came from an advertising perspective, as Maciunas thought that it would bring more attention to his publications.

ALW, HR

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.

Alison KnowlesArthur "Addi" KöpckeBenjamin PattersonDaniel SpoerriDick HigginsEmmet WilliamsGeorge BrechtGeorge MaciunasJoseph BeuysLa Monte YoungNam June PaikRobert FilliouRobert WattsRobin PageStan VanderbeekTomas SchmitWolf Vostell


George Macunias and the rest of the Fluxus movement organised several festivals and concerts throughout two decades. One example is the invitation for the FLUX-HARPSICHORD on March 24, 1975, opening at 20h at 80 Wooster St. is shown below.