Fluxfestkit Legacy

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Included in Learn set/collection.

A basic kit to make a Fluxus festival. A workshop proposition for a historical overview of this artistic movement. Possible Fluxconcert.

Preparation

Print out the event scores from a provided selection and cut them out.
Fluxus event scores set (47 pieces for up to 15 players).

For best results, have these items available:

  • box of matches, cigarette;
  • 13 balloons, thick string/thin rope, soap, hat;
  • sheets of paper, markers, eraser, envelope;
  • semi-disposable instruments (toy quality is ok): bell, whistle, violin;
  • natural straws, soil, bottle of water, plastic cup;
  • 13 hard-boiled eggs, chive, metal bowl, knife.

See Item selection note at the bottom for details.

Setup

Deal three random event scores to every participant.

Gameplay instructions

First 5 minutes, Everyone:

  • read your cards,
  • prepare to perform one of your instructions (including: talk others into performing it with them).

Then: 1st round of performances (duration impossible to estimate, the facilitator needs to control it with animation).

Second phase, If you didn't perform yet:

  • exchange your score with someone else who didn't perform,
  • prepare to perform one of your instructions (including: talk others into performing).

2nd round of performances.

Third phase, if you didn't perform yet:
Draw a new set of three scores. This time, if you don't end up performing it, present it's instruction to the whole group (usually read, pass or display). After the presentation, anyone in the group may proceed to perform, or the performance is skipped.

Game end

For the final round give three or more time-spots for participants to propose performances of their own in the style of Fluxus events.


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Gamemaster's notes

In the print-out, the scores are numbered. To access the single score directly (for example for display) you can use a link:
musicgames.wikidot.com/sub:flux-[score number, 2 digits], for example http://musicgames.wikidot.com/sub:flux-01.

If you want to include historical remarks in the workshop context, the best for this is the second phase, when scores will be presented to the whole group. You can provide information while encouraging to perform. Generally as for encouragement the activity is based on a "dare" mechanic and the activity is aimed at youth/young adults as workshop participants.

About the chosen set

Regarding the specific selection of scores there are considerations as for it's representativeness — the event scores in the set are rather:

  • performable and musically influenced (not purely conceptual or absurdist) — half of the scores are themself simple "music games",
  • not-too-edgy (no eroticism, flux-14 has associations though; only "soft" Danger music like flux-18),
  • with a bias towards the 60's for the most "historical" examples (tending a bit towards "celebrity" pioneers, against Fluxus ideals of semi-anonimity…)
  • max. 3 from a single author (not proportional as for productivity or prominence),
  • simple (max. 5 phases and most often just one phase),
  • efficient in using the props (see below).

Item selection

If you can't provide some of the items from the list, you will need to adjust the set of event scores.
The table below shows the least useful items that appear only in single scores, for this activity to help you with the selection.

item where needed remarks
13 eggs flux-44 without #44, 3 eggs will be enough
cigarette flux-06 it will not be lit, only dropped on the floor
chive flux-23 can be replaced with other ingredient to join eggs in a salad
eraser flux-06 dropped, not necessary for erasing
hat flux-06 optional for flux-14
soil flux-29 you might get mud from outside
whistle flux-3 might be replaced by another semi-disposable "wind instrument"

String/rope is used flux-33 and flux-37 but you may need it also for sealing baloons (depending on their type).

Try to leave a possibility of using fire or water — there is a strong connection here. Metal bowl will make using fire safer and you may add painting foil to your list if you need to protect surface from water.
Cup will replace a "glass" which appears in scores, so you avoid shards.

Additionally, there is a need for unlisted equipment often present during art workshops: chairs to sit and elevate, a microphone (flux-28) and a keyboard instrument (flux-14).

A problematic, but symbolic violin is used in: flux-02 (here it's safe), flux-07, flux-37.

Because of props considerations, two scores were simplified with an elipse […]. Flux-44 was originally with helium filled balloons, and flux-20 was set in a bathtub.

Sources

The scores were taken from The Fluxus Performance Workbook edited by Ken Friedman, Owen Smith and Lauren Sawchyn. The copyright notice is nicely liberal, but might be important for your usage:

The works in The FluxusPerformanceWorkbook are copyright by Fluxus and by the individual artists. Dates indicate the year of publication and copyright. All rights are reserved. Work may be reproduced and performed provided that credit is given to the artists and to Fluxus. Any program or presentation of these works in live or broadcast performance or in reproduction must be identified as a 'Fluxconcert' when Fluxus events are more than 50% of the programme.

Designer/composer/disclaimer

The (semi-anonymous) author of the proposition above is not part of Fluxus and the activity is not recognized by any of Fluxus past or current members/affiliates.

Editor's notes

The subpages for individual Fluxus scores may be filled with additional information and media about the author and the performance.

Photo used for decoration: fluxus by Samuel Huron, CC BY-NC-ND



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