Fluxus: legendary, important, but somehow far away? Fluxus protagonists will meet at HKW and report on the radical punch of the artistic network between East and West that overcame the Iron Curtain. This international cultural phenomenon required a common artistic language. The inspiration for this was Dada, as well as the work of Marcel Duchamp and John Cage. New York was a starting point and important node in this network, which extended across Germany's Rhineland, West Berlin, Prague, Poland, Scandinavia, and the Soviet Union to Japan. It was the 1960s and 1970s: The time was ripe for an "intermedial" art transcending traditional genres, for a seamless joining of art with life, for a counter-movement to Abstract Expressionism. The strength of Fluxus right up to today is evidenced in this summit meeting of Fluxus artists, who will meet at HKW with their colleagues from related collaborative projects in Eastern Europe, and with experts and young artists. The conference is part of a network of events, which has partner institutions in Berlin and includes exhibitions, lectures and performances.
11 am – 1 pm
Fluxus Between New York and Vilnius. The East-West Network
Milan Knízák (director of Fluxus East / director of National Gallery, Prague): "Fluxus Goes to Heaven". Hannah Higgins (art scholar, Chicago) and Alison Knowles (Fluxus, NYC): "Fluxus with Tools"
2:30 – 6 pm
Fluxus East. The Presence and Reception of Fluxus in Eastern Europe
Vytautas Landsbergis (musicologist, former president of Lithuania): "Fluxus the Saviour". Eric Andersen (intermedia artist, Copenhagen): "The legendary East Flux Tour of 64". Tamás St. Auby ("superintendent of IPUT and agent of NETRAF", Budapest): "Boosterism". Piotr Rypson (author/curator/critic, Warsaw): "The reception and misunderstanding of Fluxus in Poland".