Amy Taubin on Fluxfilms
Maciunas was the impresario of Fluxus, a loose-knit association of artists who brought a neo-dadaist, proto-conceptualist aesthetic to bear on every recognized art medium and on ones they invented on their own. The contributors to the FLUXFILM ANTHOLGY (1964-68) include major artists associated with Fluxus, some of whom would never have made a film had Maciunas not asked it of them. Indeed, most of these pieces are so minimal that they seem to be anti-films, albeit made with great wit and a sense of secret love for the for the medium. This description certainly fits Maciunas’s own films.
16mm Film converted to DVD, 1962-1970, 120 min, b&w, color, sound
Nam June Paik, Dick Higgins, Chieko Shiomi, John
Cavanaugh, James Riddle, George Brecht, Robert Watts, Yoko
Ono, Pieter Vanderbeck, Joe Jones, Erik Andersen, George
Maciunas, Jeff Perkins, Wolf Vostell, Albert Fine, George Landow,
and Paul Sharit