Ken Freidman’s Fluxus anthology available for free download – resource alert

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In honour of the fiftieth anniversary of Australian writer Ken Friedman’s Fluxus Reader, the seminal compilation of the art-historical Fluxus movement, Swinburne University of Technology has made the book available for free digital download.

George Maciunas, 'This Is Not Here', 1971, Poster for Yoko Ono and John Lennon's exhibition "This Is Not Here", at Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, USA.

This rare anthology, which includes essays and theories from the founding Fluxus members, is available for free download through the Swinburne University of Technology website. Visitors to the site can choose to download the entire book or individual chapters on particular Fluxus artists.

The Fluxus movement was a collaborative movement of artists that worked across the diverse artistic mediums of performance, music, dance, poetry, photography, architecture, painting, sculpture and film during the 1960s. Emerging in New York City and spreading to Europe and Japan, Fluxus was lead by recognised artists such as George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Joseph BeuysNam June Paik, Dick Higgins and John Cage.

Yoko Ono, 'Bandaged Orchestra', 1965, in "Fluxus Festival", at Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, USA. Photograph: Getty Images

The movement’s “aesthetic encompasses a reductive gesturality, part Dada, part Bauhaus and part Zen, and presumed that all media and all artistic disciplines are fair game for combination and fusion“. Fluxus festivals, or “fluxconcerts“, that featured their music, performances and poetry were held in cities throughout Europe, starting in Wiesbaden, Germany, and moving on to Paris, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Nice, and Oslo.

South Korean Fluxus artist Nam June Paik playing his 'TV Cello' in 1971.

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