“The lunatics are on the loose…” European Fluxus Festivals 1962–1977

Akademie der Künste /
European Fluxus Festivals 1962–1977

“The lunatics are on the loose…”
European Fluxus Festivals 1962–1977
13 July–12 August 2012

Opening: 12 Jul 2012, 6pm with performances
by Eric Andersen, Jarosław Kozłowski,
Ann Noël, Ben Patterson, Tamas St.Turba, and others

Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin
Hours: Tue–Sun, 11–8pm

 They shaved their heads on stage, “worked” with butter and eggs, destroyed grand pianos, and blew up heads of lettuce. It has been 50 years since a loose band of international young artists made headlines such as “Newest Music in Madhouse-Style,” “They Hang up Cabbage and Say it’s Art,” and “Can No One Stop Happenings?”

It is high time to take a fresh look at the Fluxus festivals of the 1960s and 1970s that took place all over Europe: Wuppertal, Düsseldorf, Wiesbaden, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Nizza, Vilnius, Prague, Berlin, Aberystwyth, Budapest, Poznań … Performative aspects of Fluxus will be in the focus. Rich material, much of which is yet to be published (films, audio tapes, photographs, scores, interviews with artists, and eye-witnesses) is presented in an interactive exhibition installation and background material is made accessible through a digital archive. Along with artist performances, lectures, and thematic tours, visitors are invited to perform Fluxus compositions themselves.

Eric Andersen, Philip Corner, Geoffrey Hendricks, Bengt af Klintberg, Milan Knížák, Alison Knowles, Jarosław Kozłowski, Vytautas Landsbergis, Larry Miller, Ann Noël, Ben Patterson, Willem de Ridder, Tamas St.Turba, Ben Vautier, and many others.

Petra Stegmann with Elisabeth Delin Hansen, Peter van der Meijden, Henar Rivière, Heike Roms, Caroline Ugelstad.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with extensive documentation on 32 European Fluxus festivals of the 1960s and 70s (“The lunatics are on the loose …” EUROPEAN FLUXUS FESTIVALS 1962–1977, ed. by Petra Stegmann) with contributions by Jennifer Burkard, Myriam Kroll, Peter van der Meijden, Susanne Rennert, Henar Rivière Ríos, Heike Roms, Vanja Sisek, and artists’ contributions.

Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin.
Co-operation: Fachhochschule Potsdam (Fachbereich Design).
Supported by APS 2.0.

Further exhibition venues
Poznań, 1–12 Oct 2012, UAP Poznań, University of Arts
Kraków, 16 Nov–27 Jan 2013, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków
Copenhagen, 9 Nov–22 Dec 2012, Nikolaj Kunsthal
Vilnius, 23 Nov–13 Jan 2013, CAC Contemporary Art Centre
Paris, 5 Dec–10 Jan 2013, Goethe-Institut Paris


About Sónia Pina

Investigadora em Filosofia da Comunicação, New-media, Old-media, Ontologias digitais, Fluxus, Visualismo, Info-estética (protocolos visuais da comunicação), Intermedialidades na arte;

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