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This FHC BLOG will contain an overview of all news we find and get in connection to Fluxus. Articles, publications, events, celebrations, Biographies, you name it. Every month the collection of the blog will be published on the FHC website as a digital archive

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Good Clean Fun: Fluxus Artist Ben Patterson To Stage Mass Face-Washing in New York

Courtesy Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
A detail of Benjamin Patterson's "String Music," 1960

As one of the earliest practitioners of Fluxus, Ben Patterson has been subverting the definition of art for decades. Early actions involved willful mishandling of string instruments ("Solo for Double Bass") and the skillful application of whipped cream to a "shapely female" ("Licking Piece"). This Friday evening at New York's Third Streaming project space, he'll present "Please Wash Your Face," a Fluxus action originally connected to a collector's item he produced way back in 1964.

"Contained in a small plastic box was a paper towel, a small bar of soap, and the instruction 'Please wash your face,'" Patterson explains. "As far as I know, this will be the first performance of the piece with total audience participation. People will come to the stage — or optionally, to the bathroom — and wash their face. Afterward, there will be a moderated discussion on the subject: 'How is washing your face in public a work of art?'"

"My work during these last 50 years has always directly engaged the public, generally with success," Patterson continues. "For example: In 1963, I presented 'A Very Lawful Dance for Ennis' at Times Square. Simply stated, the instructions asked the performer to cross the street, backward and forward, again and again, obeying the traffic signals. We began the performance on this evening with a group of about 10 friends. However, within 15 minutes we were joined by at least 100 random passerby and other local Time Square habitués, who apparently thought it was a good thing to do!"

If you think public face-washing can still be an artistic statement in the 21st century — or are simply turned on by the idea of engaging in voyeuristic hygiene rituals — join Ben Patterson at Third Stream on Friday, April 1, at 6pm. The one-time action occurs in tandem with a more comprehensive survey show at Studio Museum in Harlem, "Born In The State of FLUX/us: Scores," from March 31 through June 26.

source: http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/37366/good-clean-fun-fluxus-artist-ben-patterson-to-stage-mass-face-washing-in-new-york/

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Fluxus Heidelberg Design

Sunday, May 15, 2011

New wing of the Fluxus Heidelberg Archive

Danger Event #2

This copy of Danger Event #2 (for Dick Higgins) by Owen F. Smith (USA) is part of the Fluxus Heidelberg Archive.

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