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What It Is

Posted: April 1, 2019 in Uncategorized
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no sword for time
no time for words
holding sway

come this 'way
a sway, a swab
a swoon of swans

flour   ice   plastic
sacks of dog poop
left in the street

my bag is yours
your bag is mine
left in the house

one inch, one foot
one foot, one yard
a yard full of toes

spun litter ragas
wipe away the toes of
all the toads in our yard

letters make a word
words make a poem
poems make a book

Fluxus Is
What It Is


C. Mehrl Bennett    April 1st, 2010

(In it's previous version
this poem was a booklet 
posted as mail art in March 2019)

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Flux On Flux Off posterThere is a FREE poetry reading & fluxus performance event called FLUX ON FLUX OFF that will happen on Sept. 13th, a Saturday, from 1-4pm in which John M. Bennett and I, along with Reid Wood from Oberlin, OH will perform; Jennifer Weigel and Jonathan Stangroom from MO & ME will perform; and hopefully Allen Bukoff from MI (plus or minus other unconfirmed pARTicipants) will perform.

Where? Blue Jacket Books in Xenia OH – A bit over an hour from Columbus OH (twenty minutes from Dayton OH) and for your GPS convenience: 30 S. Detroit St., Xenia OH, 45385

A bit of background info: Wikipedia defines “fluxus” as a movement which is still going on today, though it should be seen as an “attitude”, rather than in the historical context in which most people might think of an “art movement”. Today, we still perform historical scores (such as George Brecht’s “water music”) and often wear bowler hats and dress in black for group performance purposes, as we have great respect for the original bowler hatted members who created scores with the idea that they could be re-performed by ANYONE, and would take on a new life depending on the new performer’s interpretation and performance circumstances. The word “Fluxus” is a name taken from a Latin word meaning “flow, flux” (noun); “flowing, fluid” (adj.). But also, ANYONE with understanding of the fluxus attitude can create brief or durational scores and perform or publish them with or without an audience, anytime, in any place, and via any media.

See http://www.bluejacketbooks.com/ for more info about what BLUE JACKET BOOKS, our venue for Sept. 13th (2014), might have to offer for collecting or research or for your personal edification. They ship books for free if the order is $25 or over, and welcome inquiries via phone or email for specific interests.

Luna Bisonte Prods will have a few books out on display during and after the above event.

 

I performed in 2011 Chicago and NYC Fluxfests organized by Keith Buchholz. During NYC Central Park Flux events, near the Imagine mosaic, a number of us were inducted into Fluxus West. Some were inducted via cell phone presence, and even the officiator, Don Boyd in Mt. Vernon OH, was present only via cell phone, and afterwords we all received certificates of induction by mail. After my induction, I inducted two other absent people via cell phone, Cecil Touchon and Ginny Lloyd, by repeating Don Boyd’s words which he transmitted to us via cell phone. As we won’t be present for the 2012 NYC Fluxfest, I’ve been invited by Mary Campbell & Viva Dey Dada to perform via Skype at the end of Sept. at the coffee shop on Staten Island where I lost my marbles in 2011 (Viv Dey Dad returned my marbles in a performance during the Chicago 2012 Fluxfest).

I realized, in retrospect, that I’d performed fluxus scores since adolescence and so then composed a 2011 chapbook called 26 fluxneXus scores which was published by FLUXPRESS (Keith Buccholz, editor). FLUXNET/FLUXWE is an early version of an image I created for the cover.

My initiation to Fluxus began with a 70’s blackboard lecture by Joseph Beuys which I attended as a college freshman at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, MN USA. I was like a sponge that year at MCAD, and Beuys performance made a deep impression on me. During an invigorating conversation on Facebook with others about “historical Fluxus” and the prevailing fluxus attitude that lives on through performance events, publications, fluxus objects, etc. Cecil Touchon offered up the label “FluxneXus”. Consequently, I accepted membership and was given FluxneXus pin no. 00000159. (Mark Bloch holds pin no. 00000160 but has sworn himself to secrecy in regards to that fact. I am not sworn to secrecy!)

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C Mehrl Bennett after Brad Brace