Sunday, January 24, 2010

George Maciunas (1937-1978)

Fluxus Manifesto, 1963

Fluxkit, 1964

George Maciunas was an American artist born in Lithuania, credited for naming and organizing the Fluxus movement of the 1960's and 70's. Fluxus is an international, interdisciplinary movement that sought to question the lines between artists, makers, performers, and viewers. The movement was characterized by various methods of artist instructions to the viewer. Its DIY approach removed the distinction of artist as elite. Maciunas was particularly involved in mail art, sending fluxkits, packages that contained supplies and instructions to create an event that was the art piece, through the mail. However, Maciunas was also deeply involved in almost all aspects of Fluxus during his lifetime.

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