1960’s subculture, Fluxus movement


When researching various areas of the 1960s, I came across various different groups/ movements and came across the fluxus movement. It was started by a network and group of designers, artists and composers who became prominent due to merging different artistic medias to create an artistic piece with high merit. This collaboration of medias cannot be easily categorised but opened the door to new ideas and concepts.

Fluxus: Taken from a Latin word to flow.

The concept of the hybrid genre ‘Visual poetry’ had its biggest leap in the 1960s with the fluxus group intorducing it. Although the concept of Visual Poetry was intially seen in George Herbert’s 17th-century experiments with typeface in religious poems such as “The Altar,” which Herbert laid out in the shape of its subject. French poet and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire’s pre-World War I concrete poems took the style a few steps further. (Delbos, S, 2010)

I had a look at an example of visual poetry on the 1960s and came across this piece called manifesto, Geogre Maciunas.

This is photograph by george maciunas in 1966.  It is a photo of the fluxus group peforming their street cleaning event in New York city.

Dick Higgins was an early Fluxus artist, composer, poet, printer. He was an early user of computers as a tool for art making, dating back to the mid 1960s.

(Dick Higgins, A Thousand Symphonies, Performance relic of Danger Music #12, Symphony #860 1967/97 in Three movements.)

‘The bullet holes reflecting a thought of war or questions on its opposite, such a random period in my life in Vermont. A period of harsh screams, pianos and typewriters somehow abstracted into something else, my father always seemed bigger or slightly abstracted by life itself.’

He took part in the Germany fluxus festival in 1962.

The fluxus group was an obscure art movement and has some notable artistic stands such as the Give Peace A Chance movement with John Lennon and Yoko Ono performing a bed-in at a hotel suite in Canada in 1969. Yoko ono was particularly involved in the movment showing obscure works.


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