George Maciunas - The Fluxus International Festival Of Very New Music
  Year :   1962
  Location :   Germany
  Worktype :   Fluxus Event
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Horsaal des Stadtischen Museums, Wiesbaden

  Work Details  
  The first and most ambitious of a series of performances that later became known as the Festum Fluxorum. The composers present at Wiesbaden (including Alison Knowles and her artist husband Dick Higgins, Nam June Paik, Robert Filliou, Arthur Koepcke, Wolf Vostell, Emmett Williams, Thomas Schmit, Ben Patterson and George Maciunas) performed not only their own works, but also many pieces by the likes of Yoko Ono, John Cage, Jackson Mac Low, Robert Watts and La Monte Young. Sometimes the audience became the performers, as with Terry Rileys Ear Piece For Audience: The performer takes any object(s) such as a piece of paper, cardboard, plastic etc. and places it on his ear(s). He then produces the sound by rubbing, scratching, tapping or tearing it or simply dragging it across his ear, he also may just hold it there, it may be placed in counterpoint with any other piece of sound source. This, like many other pieces performed during the festival, was included in the - at that time - unpublished An Anthology, the paste-up of which Maciunas had brought with him to Europe. The bizarre and destructive nature of some performances - which included the destruction of musical instruments, shaving exercises, and a leap into a bathtub filled with water - attracted a certain amount of media coverage. The festival as a whole highlighted the difference between what Maciunas would later label the monomorphic neo-haiku flux-event and the mixed media neo-baroque happening . That is to say that although the fluxus performances were intermedial, in the sense that they fell between various disciplines such as music and visual arts, each composition focused on a single event isolated from any other action and was presented as an iconoclastic insight into the nature of reality itself. Thus the emphasis in flux-work was on structural simplicity, and its protagonists placed it in the tradition of the natural event, Marcel Duchamp, jokes, gags, Dada, John Cage and Bauhaus Functionalism. Accessed 08.04.2007 from