Link to my Etsy site where you can view my accordian book titled: FOURTEEN PICTOGLYPH STORIES, created using a series of artistamps I made from the initial series of pictoglyphs, where some of these images originated.
Full discloser about TV CLUB image: My spouse, John M. Bennett, originated the phrase TV CLUB a few decades ago as a rubber stamp on flourescent orange stickers.

I hope to have a complete set of rubber stamps made from these to use on my mailart!

ONE HUNDRED SESSIONS of sitting and smiling for four hours each session were completed by Benjamin K. Bennett on the final day of May 2015! He began documenting these sessions live back on July 28, 2014 — so it’s taken him less than a year to achieve this goal.

Today he’s moving from our home town of Columbus OH to Philadelphia PA and will be spending time on fixing up a row house he bought – putting in a kitchen, etc. He will be closer to a couple of musicians he often has toured with – Jack Wright (saxophone) and Evan Lipson (bass), and he’s also played with Michael Foster, a wonderful performer from NY. Ben is a wonderful improvisational percussionist who often makes his own wind & percussive instruments. He recently replaced a couple drumheads with skin from roadkill animals.

Ben came over for dinner with us a couple days ago and we were visited after dinner by a couple of people who are making short movies about interesting local artists. They wanted to meet us and see where Ben grew up, and they shot some footage during our chat in the livingroom. Most of the footage will end up on the cutting room floor, but we enjoyed their interest in Ben in any case, and I showed off this interesting painting (see below) Ben had done in high school.

I’m hoping Ben won’t mind me posting a few family photos here. We’ll miss having him nearby, but hope to visit him soon!

HERE is a link to Ben’s bandcamp site – so you can listen to samples from various CD’s.


Ben at left. John Also at right.


Ben as a toddler.


Ben’s collage featured on the cover of his father’s book.


The first edition of la M al was published in 2006 by Blue Lion Books, and because it is such a classic stand out, a revised 2nd edition has consequently evolved; published by both Luna Bisonte Prods and by gradient books. 

From the opening poem, “…mumbling in the/attic “roof” out there, mud beyond my head…”, this revised and definitive 2nd edition of John M. Bennett’s classic la M al confirms its position as one of the poet’s best works. Bennett has created a unique language to express the depth and complexity (or the complexity has created the language), of thought and emotion, or emotional thought that are the core of human experience:


a laundry think .but think re diction think a congeries

of faucets faucets like yr “running-sore” a window to a

moon .“a moon all” right a tab le o yr “lips were draped…

The language swarms, swells and ebbs, shatters and recoheres, turns and returns, in patterns that resonate with all the currents, hidden and visible, of the self or selves that inhabit us. An essential book that fully realizes the possibilities of language to contain and know what is.

la M al

Cover by Jukka Pekka Kervinen and C. Mehrl Bennett


Original Score by Volodymyr Bilyk

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Volodymyr Bilyk rescored by C Mehrl Bennett

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What is Fluxus
By Mark Bloch
July 9, 2012
Fluxus was an international group of thinkers, artists, composers, performers and designers that first networked themselves together in the late 1950s, then became a performance collective when they took their name in 1962, then a way of working with time and materials and eventually an art movement creating work in several dimensions and media that lasted from the early 60s through the late 70s and beyond on three continents, blazing the aesthetic trails that were to define the next half century of art history. They shattered old aesthetic boundaries and explored new ones, while grappling internally with their communal identity, under the guidance of their own conflicting, shifting, and morphing opinions of who they were and what they were up to as both a group and as individuals, without clear or firm parameters of what criteria might define their association. They ebbed and flowed as a collective, against the odds, disappearing and reemerging like a simple but mysterious prop in a magician’s routine, through schisms, chasms, reorganizations and excommunications. Many members are now gone, some deceased, some scurrying away quietly in the night under the radar with others lionized in enormous spotlights in life and in death, with the final few, more than a handful, still amongst us today, creating dynamic new senior citizen fluxworks or as in the case of the youngest members, now in very late middle age, finally enjoying their occasional newfound status as Old Masters, dog-tired “concept” artists who taught a very old art world a few new tricks. Fluxus has always defied traditions by establishing new ones, transcended geographical limitations by staking out unfamiliar territory, and most importantly by virtually fusing together in deceptively simple ways all the medium-based approaches of the middle 20th Century, creating entirely new genres that we take for granted today out of the old ones as a replacement status quo for a New Millenium. Fluxus participants were among the first to embrace a “do-it-yourself” mindset, exposing process as superior to end products while producing startling and surprising results, circumventing existing institutions by utilizing everyday objects, approaches and activities to successfully blur boundaries between art and life. George Maciunas, a made-to-order autocrat for his times and the group’s Lithuanian-born gatekeeper and visionary czar, instigated and organized art experiences as a collaborative social process, breathing new creativity into an established art world that slowly came to accept the group’s contributions not only as valid but as important and essential to the changing times. Maciunas and the other Fluxus artists he attempted to control, individually and en masse, created thought-provoking works that turned an elusive, ephemeral approach to shaping ethereal forces of anarchy into playful manifestations of art “product” existing in two and three dimensions or as events in time, captured and frozen by their instructions and posters or in beautiful photographs or by-products. They created art that resonated like poems for their times or like zen koans producing a series of aftershocks more akin to spiritual experiences or thrills had in any amusement park or both than to the conventional aesthetics and other familiar goings on in the staid commercial art world. They delivered work that goosed their audiences or tickled onlookers with subtle punch lines that forced their creative contemporaries and the public at large to approach life in the decades since, whether they knew it or not, with a freshly minted Fluxus attitude of their own that they themselves slyly assumed they had invented. But Fluxus had bubbled up from within and rendered an artworld constitutionally unprepared to assimilate it, defenseless against its playful reach. Fifty years ago, Fluxus began to prepare the fertile ground required for a completely transformed art world to emerge in another century and they did so elegantly, admirably and without much hype or fanfare.
(Note: Badge and essay published with the permission of Mark Bloch, “The Post-Flux Police”)

Note from this blog’s editor:
The use of the term “Post-Fluxus” when referring to today’s practitioners of fluxus influenced intra-media artists, and the academic use of the term “movement” when referring to historical fluxus activities, implies that Fluxus is dead, but as an ATTITUDE, Fluxus is still very much ALIVE.

Hello Ben here
I’m back
time flies
too fast
of current exhibitions,
I should be happy
But no they agonize me.

we are in 2015
I still have my newsletter
Like a tramp who says
I still have my blanket
and my dog
I am writing without rereading me
words which follow

I think my brother
it is in San Diego
it is in contact through the water
a world history
and particulate

Good Morning
I’m back in the confessional
I have a problem with the distribution
my newsletter
do follow
and for the latter comencer sapelle
“There is no good”
by sending it have unlocked the previous
some will therefore receive two
possible indigestion

Words do not come to
or there are too many who arrive simultaneously
I’m working on “Ben Poet Missed”
the story of a poet who could only speak to him
Gather my said poems
dating from 1960 to today
Occasionally occasionally naive idiots
Always egotistic
It is terrible to lose your memory
we do not take me seriously
in truth
I read a lot and forgotten
Foucault, Ibsen, Nietzsche, Freud
read everything and understood nothing
I have not read Marx
I do not know what paradigm means
or post modernism
I like to read the words that I write
I like the automatic correction
My dream last night
I shouted to my mother and Annie
“Stop writing everything”
Another breath of eroticism
still writing words
I imagine me naked
with my big belly
sitting on a chair Louis Philippe
in the middle of Piazza Garibaldi

My agony of the moment
the release of my book
“Foreign Minister Ben”
Favre in Lausanne
I have published several books
on the peoples and ethnicities
Absolutely no success
neither believes nor anything.
The only time the house of radio wanted to talk to Olivier Nantau,
during my exhibition on misinformation
the Zebra hotel in front of the house of the radio
Olivier Nanteau got fired
(I do not know if I’m not responsible or part)
That said, I have not stopped being interested in
Cultures and ethnic conflicts in the world.
So I decided
again, trying to prove that I’m right.
Sometimes I’m sure Ben painter
artist, poet will be forgotten and that we will remember
in 50 years of Ben ethnist
Do me a favor read it
I even inserted a nice text by Michel Onfray
against my theory on ethnicity

My book on ethnic groups
I do not stop to conclude
to contradict me want to add

I go back to basics EGO
The ego of the art, the ego of the people, the ego of the time,
ego slipping
in a spacecraft in hibernation
from one world to another
Containing millions of particles of ego
all competing

I do not believe in God
I understand those
which need explanation
who are we?
What life etc?
Which brings order?
Where the particles are
is this order?
posing these questions in me?

Ben your liver in ethnicity
and language is your ridiculous side
is like believing in God
or fairy tales
the world is a jungle

I have to lose my belly
Make fitness exercises
Go see an eye doctor for my glasses

I never liked obey
So it’s not today
start loving it

Final cut me crazy
I look forward to my film
At times I feel real
At times I am ashamed so it sucks

I pushed a new working meeting
my scraps of notes
pieces of paper, leaflets, letters
I did not want to throw
I’ll paste
as has

I risk nothing nobody reads me

Sartre, Nietzsche, Foucault, Levinas etc.
If I could summarize
Put them in a drawer
and close the drawer

4 boxes of books to sort
Before I was sorting the books in order
Alphabet in the tank
the archives of other in cartons
I have more cartons
and it requires too much work

The garden annie does not please me
not maintained
there is no lawn
I would like to change the

I do not pretend to be Alzheimer
But I admit sometimes I exaggerate
I pretend to forget
This helps me to breathe
make conversation

My exhibition at the Musée Brayer is called “whether to laugh”
Opening on April 1
Nietzche said
God is dead “laughing”
what did he mean by that?

The human species is navel gazing
whining or laughing?

Two cavemen, who come to burn
On a wall of the cave of Lascaux,
the image of a mammoth fall off before
the image of a humanoid standing
Whatever I do, ‘said one of them, I never shall succeed to taste this avant-garde style.

What we look on TV:
The moral is always the same
Predictable measurable
The wicked are
Drug dealers
The Germans
The Russians

The US say they are for the freedom of peoples
but are they agree
to make the Texas Mexico
and give Alabama in Senegal?

Everyone has a website
So if you want to “know everything”
You never know

How to spend
an artist that costs 10,000 euros
an artist who is worth a million euros
doing the same thing?

I am a liar
true or false?
Whoever GIVE the right answer
true or false
Receive a postcard with drawing and signing

The battleground between peoples
moved from the premises to a presence on the net
The Imperials will do anything to control the net

All these youngsters Fine Art
what will become?
I imagine a big meal anthropophagic
where everyone eats the other

I’m afraid I have put all my eggs
In one basket my computer
My site my mail my newsletters
my poetry everything is on the net
Besides the Web Cam remarche
and you can even see me scratch my nose

My question to me
Is he going to be for or against
The people?

Please stop to piss off the dead
With your whining
the dead do not care

I hate swallower tourism
panoramas and blue sky
Be creative tourist
Get out in the rain
Attending the dark streets

Fondazione Mudima Simone Turra
I love the word “erratic”
it makes me think of an erotic erratum.

Gaining ground

Onfray in Ruquier, he did not mince his words.
we are on about the same opinion about religions.
Religions kill.
By intolerance.

Insipid poem
we recognize an insipid poem
that it feels poetry

Four friends spend their afternoons
to visit a modern art museum.
Well, we are in agreement,
says one who organized this event.
The first laughs pays to drink

I always enjoy photos Sumkay
This is a great photographer
one of the greatest
and most prolific
I like to discover them on the net

The tail coats:
An international disgrace
According Nicole Esterolle
I give it almost right.

According Esterolle Nicole Catherine Millet
have said that in contemporary art
the beautiful does not exist
I am of the same opinion
if everything is fine nothing is beautiful
by against innovation exists
or trying to exist

Please stop your comedy
the “oh it’s beautiful”
oh I love life
Ah, the mountain is beautiful
Ah I love flowers
ah ah ah
oh ah
oh oh
All these excesses
Even if true
Leave them in you
otherwise we will believe that you do not believe
and that it is not only propaganda

French policy
The most beautiful skulls
French policy
which is the one that shines the most?

First thing you learn at the ENA and
Polytechnique is
be realistic and pragmatic
Learn to lie
The dead do not count
this is in fact the press account

Bertrand sells drawings Maxime Puglesi.
Finally Maxime decided to play the card of the artist and not that of the framer. In his last drawings he adds words (Ben influences gaining ground).
that is, at Bertrand
The small Italian Lisa who was DREAM

The expo Baptist in the beautiful Carine,
I liked the cactus but way overpriced
and I would not have known or place. The rollers
there are too many on the beach of Nice. Estrosi
should make the stamp reproduction prohibited
(Nice copyright)

The case Lesueur
What has happened? She is angry because they changed without asking his opinion the catalog and the invitation of his exhibition at the Marine It is true that it is not done
but I think that an expo organizer has the right to his personality and in the catalog and on the carton. Why have they removed the logo of the Villa Arson which nevertheless helped to make parts. Showdown against Martine Meunier Jean Pierre Simon. (Music of Star Wars or Lord of the Rings).

The exhibition of the atmosphere Station
workshops are superb and clean corridors
Congratulations Cédric
I liked the pictures of Lena Durr
and I would like her to do one or two of me naked
and dirty in front of my trailer
I also like drawing
I think I am Paranoid

The debate was good at Eva
Usually the debate is 90% of the blister,
full of people with nothing to say
the only philosopher that everyone
speak without reading
Having said
I wanted to say that although language specialist
it was passed by the political importance of languages.

There is a new gallery called “circumstance”
Cours Saleya gallery that exposed Ghelloussi. I should go see her.

The title ” Bricologie ” of the exhibition at the Villa Arson is found wrong.
They should have the name ‘Leroy Merlin’
Cartels are very poorly written, crooked and they
forgot to put the cartel Wim Delevoye.
too reheated ideas
1980 of 2015 No impact.

Net, TV, cable etc today
it’s super surveillance.
I dare not watch a porn movie
or Mediapart or even Russian TV
without telling me
if necessary there a guy sitting in a chair
who said “shit
did you see it’s still Ben
watching porn

The sale of the Ferrero Collection
is April 1 at Artcurial in Paris
the same day as my opening
“You have to laugh”
Les Baux (see below)
Ferrero I sincerely know what to think
I still do not understand
It was he who added the little man on the canvas
it was he who replaced my dirty panties
with clean underwear Ferrero
it is he who invents Bens for Ben
Nice without him would have missed the boat
a certain power and freedom.

Movie Idea
My theory of the ego on the beach in Nice
With rollers
I would like a pebble in the hand

I signed the Convention
I expect the keys
and above all they give me a hand to
transport etc furniture sofas tables
I hesitated a long time about the name
Doubt the Foundation is to Blois
then I suggest “all ego” “ego”
“The black hole of the ego” “ego lost”
“The whole ego” “the sewer of the ego”
It is not the ideas of exhibitions
I miss:
Find mat and make a area with sofa
Install a library
(I do not know where to put my books)
I would like to be remembered
Bo Breguet
Jean Pierre Bruno and Marie Pierre,
make a case “free take turn”
Organize a huge orgy
A large expo Support Surface
With anecdotes, catalog etc debate …
with “all egos”
– If Saïssi wants a 15-day expo
With pros and cons
Expose those
want to fight Jeff Koons
– Debate
Nice Occitane is it or not?
Is the Frenchman a language or dialect of Occitan?
Important Notice
another idea
make a formal request for
Francis Haulmes bring out for 24 hours
Featured as the opening of “whether to laugh”

The space will be open to members
if you give me the keys
I will use it as a workshop
To paint on the model naked women
if possible, beautiful bourgeois
it is not shortage of ideas
– A film projection screen,
with sofa and coffee table mats
– A beverage dispensers cabinet
– In a corner a real bathtub
to be able to take a bath to 6:33 p.m.
– A corner “Inventions”
to save France
– A stage performance
(Look at the eyes closed)
– A corner “flight of ideas”
I would like an old juke box and an old
pinball artwork
– A corner “Orsec plans”
– A corner “granny Gregory»
(For your heart problems)
– A live one corner or turn live movies
(Short films)
– A garage sale day
(With snake charmer)
– I would like a swinger party
(Each exchanging whatever he wants with whomever he wants
as it may be called “barter”
– A contemporary art science fiction evening
– A corner where the art critics of Nice:
Barbarin, Marot, Lola Gassin debate
the worst performers in Nice
We will discuss also
the existence of the black hole,
the Neanderthals.
On how to prevent Alzheimer’s
The limits of the truth
on dark energy in contemporary art
on-lose this memory is a work of art?
on the benefits of pastis on creativity
I would also like to expose Goiran Thupinier Lanneau
Remember the work we had done together
the same street.

I have to attack me in the symposium
the limits of truth in Blois;
i want to invite
while the inquisitors brains in the world
Scientific truth
Political truth
Truth Press

In my last newsletter I told you
I had
put radio programs on the net
it’s true. Go listen to
There are funny
Ben free radio

Annie looks all series on TV.
Even old Colombo.
HOUSE – BARNABY – Poirot – VERA etc.
Annie goes to snow.
It will you find her lover?
she is a very beautiful body of a young woman
waste if not fuck
however I am jealous
so I prefer that these lovers remain in my head
I may be published
“A” sex maniac ben ”
with a theory of ego sex.

The ERRÓ Expo:
ended Sunday.
She was seen by 84,883 visitors, placing in the top five Erró dating macLYON with Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Ben and Robert Combas.
The public has shifted in number, often in family, sometimes from far away, and did not hesitate to schedule several visits to enjoy the 550 works on three floors of the museum.
School visits and workshops for children and teenagers were full.

It’s amazing how everything goes out of style,
we went from vinyl to cassette,
from tape to DVD,
the DVD to the USB drive,
and now returns to or vinyl.

Liliane Vincy prepares his odyssey
She wants to make the May 13, 2015
a kind of apotheosis
there will be a book of interviews
an exhibition
a meal for the initiated etc.
Liliane merit
I will tell you more in the next newsletter

The museums of contemporary art today
Pearl works of architectural art
the works that we put into it

The universe, it is easy to understand.
there are many invisible
and lots of it anywhere.

Hello BEN?
The truth is downhole
every man is a
some more than others are unfathomable,
This is why art is inexhaustible!
Sincerely RLG

Glad again from you.
Some assumed madness …
or suffered, it feels good in the sanitized world.
… Burn the invitation cards, quit
Nice and break your trip.

My only weapon
But watch
for that writing becomes reading
must be read me
so help me
READ ME me and even broadcast “to all winds”
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Note from CMB: Ben Vautier designed the labels for these wine bottles. CMB posed two of these wine bottles for the following photos:

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