An Analysis of Fluxus Composition Techniques / written by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei / size: 18x12 cm / 74 pages
In preparation to this project, we studied the Fluxus art group from the 1960s in class. We read the essay An Analysis of Fluxus Composition Techniques written by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (2007) and the Fluxus Performance Workbook edited by Ken Friedman, Owen Smith and Lauren Sawchyn (2002) that presents an overview of the Fluxus event scores. Event scores are essentially performance art scripts that are usually only a few lines long and consist of descriptions of actions to be performed such as: "Choice 16: A piano is lifted by means of a windlass to a height of 2 meters and then dropped. This is repeated until the piano or the floor is destroyed - Robert Bozzi 1966" or "Cat: get a cat - Milan Knizak 1965".
The assignment was to make a small publication of the essay and to include 12 stamps of any 12 event scores, dealing with different lengths of text on a small size. My concept was to design a book with a very classic look, with much detail in typography. Along with it comes the instruction: tear out every page after having read it, leaving the reader feeling uncomfortable destroying an old-fashioned, well-bound book. While destroying the book, a new word is constructed at the same time: Fluxus. The stamps are also perforated in such a way that the value / 88 cents, represented by the number 2 / is always cut off.
Hardcover / green linnen with gold colored silkscreen
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