• GM Portrait Portrait of George Maciunas

    George Maciunas

    © © 2007 Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Foundation

  • George Maciunas

    © © 2007 Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Foundation

  • Fluxus street events Maciunas’ portrait of Dick Higgins, Lette Eisenhower, Daniel Spoerri, Alison Knowles and Ay-O for the Fluxus Street Events“ in New York, spring 1964

    George Maciunas

    © © 2007 Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Foundation

  • Ben Vautier Ben Vautier performing on Canal Street, New York, 23 May 1964

    George Maciunas

    © © 2007 Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Foundation

  • Flag George Maciunas. U. S. A. Surpasses All the Genocide Records!, poster from 1970

    George Maciunas

    © © 2007 Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Foundation

  • An Anthology Maciunas’ announcement of „An Anthology“, 1962

    George Maciunas

    © © 2007 Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Foundation

  • GM Performance George Maciunas performing for self-exposing camera, New York c. 1966

    George Maciunas

    © © 2007 Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Foundation

  • Fluxmedicine Maciunas’ photo for the label of Shigeko Kubota’s Fluxmedicine, Fluxus Editions 1966

    George Maciunas

    © © 2007 Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Foundation

George Maciunas

The Dream of Fluxus

25 November 2008 - 15 February 2009

BALTIC explores the history and works of Fluxus through the renowned Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection, Detroit.  This unprecedented exhibition of over three-hundred and fifty works from 1961 – 1978 is the largest display of Fluxus ever mounted in Britain.

Fluxus is often historically regarded as a global network of influential and vibrant artists who shared a unique, if not united, aspiration to revolutionise the avant-garde.  Through the introduction of concept art, intermedia, and radical performance practices, Fluxus pioneered an aesthetic appreciation for the everyday.  By intentionally confusing the boundaries of how and when an artwork could begin or end, exiting a room, making a salad, or ending a war were transformed into performative works of art. 

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Sunday 15 February 2009 / 18:30-23:00 / Level 1 (SOLD OUT)
To mark the end of The Dream of Fluxus and to provide our audience with a true flavour of the diversity and absurdity of Fluxus, BALTIC will be staging a rare performance of Knud Pedersen’s Three Star a La Carte. The guests will be invited to compose their own Fluxus meal from the menu-card and will be served performance-pieces at small tables. Historic and contemporary Fluxus works by over fifteen artists adopt the framework and selection offered by a conventional café. Although booking for Three Star A la Carte is free, spaces are limited, so it is essential to book your table in advance. To make a reservation please call 0191 478 1810.

To celebrate this historical exhibition BALTIC has commissioned Newcastle-based artists Ginny Reed, Sally Madge and Joel Fisher to perform new works inspired by The Dream of Fluxus. These performances are free to the public and will take place in the galleries during opening hours.NO BOOKING REQUIRED. 

Ginny Reed - Thursday 22 January 2009
Performances will take place at regular intervals during gallery hours 10.00-18.00. The audio tour will be available throughout the day. Ginny Reed enjoys making performances using a variety of props bought from stationers, toy and joke shops, found on her desk or in the street; anywhere really, as long as they are cheap and fun. Often her performances involve random, absurd or repetitive actions within a particular framework. For BALTIC she is creating two new works with an emphasis on sound; a performance and an audio tour, in response to The Dream of Fluxus.

Joel Fisher - Thursday 29 January 2009 / 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00
Joel Fisher proposes that we consider alternatives to our deep attachments to authorship. Some things enter our world hidden by the shadow of another intention.  A misquote, for instance, might create a new idea that can lead to a whole new area of thought. Sometimes our achievements are collective. Three works are being offered to the public with slightly different approaches to this theme. Two can be passively witnessed and one involves participation. As a visitor you can participate as often as you like in a memory exercise, Mosquito Misquoted.

One or more of the Dictionary Dialogues will be performed in Launch Pad on Level 2 introduced by the artist. The Dialogues consist of example sentences in their original order taken from word definitions in the Oxford English Dictionary. When these are spoken in alternating voices they create an apparent conversation. Mapping Invisibility, is actually a bit of architectural analysis in which otherwise invisible air currents are revealed through a kind of primitive technology. 

Sally Madge - Thursday 12 February 2009 / 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.30
Avant-Guard: Sally Madge draws attention to some of the ironies thrown up by the official art world’s recognition of Fluxus. Its original manifestos aimed for a ‘living art, an ‘anti art’ – valuing the creativity of ordinary everyday activities rather than unique artefacts made by special individuals – but now these revolutionary efforts are fossilised in museum showcases. So, appropriately dressed and accredited in her ‘Fluxuniform’, the artist patrols the gallery and tends to the exhibits, inviting the participation of viewers as a gentle reminder of the movement’s early collective ethos and intention to dissolve artificial hierarchies separating artists from audiences.

In conversation with Ginny Reed & Sally Madge Thursday 12 February 2009 / 17.00-17.45/ FREE / Level 2Following Sally Madge’s Fluxus-inspired performance there will be an opportunity at BALTIC to discuss thes Fluxus performances with Ginny Reed and Sally Madge. To reserve your free place please call 0191 478 1810 or email events@balticmill.com

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