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Remnants from one of my Fluxfest Chicago event scores (Fluxfest Chicago is an annual event organized by Keith Buchholz)- rearranged in various compositions on one of the glass block lights in the floor of the Rotunda Room at the Chicago Cultural Center, Friday May 27, 2016.

The original performance score happened in a gallery on Staten Island NY many years ago. I wore a fabric belt – same material as my shirt – took it off and swirled it into a spiral on the floor – then cut it up with grid-like cross cuts and offered the pieces to the audience. This was during NYC Fluxfest (2011), organized by Keith Buchholz, with additional Staten Island events organized by Mary Campbell and Viv Dey Dada.

At the Chicago Cultural Center event, I wore a long black scarf with gold metallic dots on it around my waste over a black T-shirt. Again, I swirled the material into a spiral then cut it up, but this time I wanted to incorporate the glass block floor light instead of sharing with the audience. I made one arrangement and called it the end of the event, and then a break was called. While everyone else went to an adjoining room, I took the opportunity to rearrange pieces into various compositions, documenting with a photo each time.

Fluxfest Chicago 2016 will be happening around and on Memorial Day weekend at the end of May. What sort of performance scores would one might experience there?  Well, here is a good definition I found today via a Facebook post that referenced this wordpress site:

https://guitai.wordpress.com/

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Photo and Maciunas quote below are from the INTRODUCTION post at guitai.wordpress.com

“Art-amusement must be simple, amusing, unpretentious, concerned with insignificances, require no skill or countless rehearsals, have no commodity or institutional value.” George Maciunas, Fluxus Manifesto (1965).

Here is a link to download a publication of fluxus scores that came mostly from participants at the 2014 Chicago Fluxfest – kindly assembled, edited, and produced by Mary Campbell, with some contributions from the art community that gathers annually at this event.  https://archive.org/details/fluxfest2014

For more information on Fluxfest Chicago as it becomes available, look for the Fluxfest Chicago page on Facebook.

Flux On Flux Off poster

View video for bits & pieces of the FLUX ON / FLUX OFF

 

13 X 5 is available as a small saddle stampled booklet printed by Luna Bisonte Prods.

It consists of the following thirteen collaborative cinquains from a 9/13/2014

gathering at a XENIA OHIO restaurant after the fluxus event with five people:

C. Mehrl Bennett

John M. Bennett

Jonathan Stangroom

Jennifer Weigel

Reid Wood

 

Muchos  

Huevos fritos

Even in Spanish, too

I’m just not bilingual enough

To know

 

Sheet hole

On a road trip

Hotel room enigma

Purple magma glowing onword

Vamos!

 

Of it

Noteworthiness 

Carries better reward

Nothing for it to be famous

Or off

 

Will we 

Have more of  it

Bananas and loose leaf

Foambook sandwich swallowed real fast

We will

 

Fly fish

Two eyes in back

Jumpy maggots fall off

Boring football field on TV

Turned off

 

Using one line from each author from first five poems:

 

Of it

Two eyes in back

Hotel room enigma

Foamback sandwich swallowed fast

To know

 

Using C. Mehrl Bennett lines from first five poems:

 

Muchos

Two eyes in back

Bananas and loose leaf

Nothing for it to be famous

Vamos!

 

Using John M. Bennett lines from first five poems:

 

Sheet hole

huevos fritos

Jumpy maggots fall off

Foambook sandwich swallowed real fast

Or off

 

Using Jonathan Stangroom lines from first five poems: 

 

Of it

On a road trip

Even in Spanish, too

Boring football field on TV

We will

 

Using Jennifer Weigel lines from first five poems: 

 

Will we

Noteworthiness

Hotel room enigma

I’m just not bilingual enough

Turned off

 

Using Reid Wood lines from first five poems:

 

Fly fish

Have more of it

Carries better reward

Purple magma glowing onward

To know

 

Using lines from Reid Wood and Jennifer Weigel: 

 

Flyfish

Noteworthiness

Carries better reward

I’m just not bilingual enough

To know

 

Using lines from Jonathan Stangroom, C. Mehrl Bennett, and John M. Bennett:

 

Sheet hole

On a road trip

Bananas and loose leaf

Foamback sandwich swallowed real fast

Vamos!

A few examples of C performing fluxus events (her own or scores by other people) and also others performing C’s scores.

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Different people try to explain fluxus:

  • Vimeo FIRST
  • Vimeo SECOND
  • Youtube SEVENTH “Um um um um um”..etc. from interviews at the 2013 Chicago Fluxfest by Viv dey Dada.
  • Youtube EIGHTH – EDUCATE yourself with these historical fluxus photos & an informative narration by Allen Bukoff.

Two early films by John McClintock: Documentary about C. Mehrl and John M. Bennett’s meeting through mailart, their call for mailart in connection with their wedding, and the actual wedding event on July 4, 1980; and a John M Bennett poem acted out by John and C in 1982:

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Photos taken by Jokie X. Wilson at the Dorchester Projects, Chicago IL, Fluxfest 2/22/13

On the 50th anniversary (6/16/12) of Nam June Paik’s “One for Violin Solo”,
C. Mehrl Bennett re-enacted Paik’s fluxus score and posted it online at:
http://youtu.be/cNJc6BZJeY0
The smashed violin was reglued (as suggested by Mark Bloch) before the 2013 Chicago Fluxfest
for an ENCORE performance with the same instrument. (See photos below)

Photos by John M. Bennett taken at the Dorchester Projects on 2/22/13:

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Photos by Adamandia Kapsilis

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At left: Composite of photos by Adamandia Kapsalis of the event.

a>CLICK HERE to watch C SMASH VIOLIN on Jun 16th 2012 at 2:23pm. Video by John M Bennett.
In honor of the exact 50 year anniversary TO THE DAY of the Nam June Paik piece “One for Violin Solo,” C Mehrl Bennett smashed a violin onto a wooden table on front stoop of her home in Columbus OH USA. This event came off in collusion with the fluxus micro fest in nyc (between 2pm and 4pm, June 16; hosted by Jane Wang with special guest, Bibiana Padilla Maltos) as part of Mark Bloch’s “Öne for Violin Ensemble.”
Notice the three curlique branches of ceramic mobile echo the two F holes of the violin. C made that mobile years ago. Birds & maple leaves move in the wind which helps mark the time element. Encore involves glueing violin back together and mailing it (in it’s case with it’s bow) to Mark Bloch or Bibiana Padilla Maltos. Part II is in the works.