Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Fluxkit

I have been a long time fan of Fluxus. Organized by George Maciunas in the 1960's, the Fluxus group worked in a wide range of media, from poetry to film, objects to events. Always questioning, always exploring and playing and defying. Unlike most art movements, Fluxus was concerned with bringing art into the everyday.

They created posters, stamps, playing cards, as well as boxes / Fluxkits (Spell Your Name With These Objects is shown above). Their methods were inexpensive, often commercially reproduced, and always encouraged the user to participate.

Sound familiar? Many of these methods are used today. Street art, guerrilla art, mail art, collage, zines, atc's... It's interesting to see that a very conceptual art movement from the past can be translated into something that is totally relative and accessible today.

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