The Misfits of Fluxus

In the now iconic 1997 Apple commercial Steve Jobs talked about “the crazy ones” — the misfits, the rebels, etc. — and the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones that do. If I had to take a guess, I’d bet Steve (or the copywriter for the ad, or both) had seen The Misfits – 30 Years of Fluxus, a Danish art documentary released four years prior.

The Misfits – 30 Years of Fluxus (1993), produced by Lars Movin, is a video portrait of a group of artists who since the early 1960s have completely disrupted our ideas of what art can be. A large part of the video was made in Venice in 1990, when many of the original Fluxus artists met to hold a large exhibition in connection with the Biennale – almost thirty years after the first highly untraditional Fluxus concerts that took place in various cities, including Wiesbaden and Copenhagen, and George Maciunas created the “Fluxus Manifesto”:

The “Fluxus Manifesto” (1963) by George Maciunas

The video itself is also untraditional as it takes advantage of the possibilities of manipulation provided by video technology. It includes interviews with most of the leading Fluxus artists, documentations of their work, and cuts from such other films and video programs as have been made during the past thirty years in the interests of this ungovernable art form.

Featured artists include Yoko Ono, Eric Andersen, Philip Corner, Henry Flynt, Ken Friedman, Jon Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Jackson Mac Low, Jonas Mekas, Nam June Paik, Ben Patterson, Wilem De Ridder, Ben Vaultier, Emmet Williams and La Monte Young.

Also seen are Ay-O, Joseph Beuys, John Cage, Geoffrey Hendricks, George Maciunas, Larry Miller and Charlotte Moorman.

Now you may not recognize some/many/all of these names but there’s a 99.9% chance their art has impacted your life in some way, shape or form. So without further ado, we bring you The Misfits of Fluxus…

The Misfits – 30 Years of Fluxus is now streaming on The SCREW Channel exclusively on Roku. Don’t have The SCREW Channel? That’s OK, just add it here. And remember, Yoko Ono has been a huge fan of SCREW since we interviewed her and John Lennon in 1969.

—SM

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