fluxkit

"Shitposts” from the 60′s

Contemporary internet humor is commonly considered to have a very dada sensibility. However, a closer art comparison would be to fluxus. Meme culture and so-called shitposting resemble fluxus scores and performances, and fluxkits. 

I was checking out fluxkits and scores in my school’s artists’ book collection and was struck by one in particular, Water Yam by George Brecht published in 1963. The resemblance of this kit to tumblr posts was striking to me, and I wanted to share some of my favorites:

This one reminds me of the nonsensical How To’s of the internet, the first one that comes to mind is the How To Spoon post.

This one may be the most “shit-post”y of them all.

Striking similarity to the gun meme:

I love this one so much because it sounds like someone inventing pop punk for the very first time.


And my very favorite:

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Alison Knowles discusses the Fluxkit

Sketchbook Fluxkit
fluxkit within a sketchbook, envelope, event scores, 2013

Contents

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- Event scores work like musical scores; they conduct a performer to carry out an act. In musical scores, the act is a musical piece. With event scores, the act could range from an avant-garde performance piece, a happening, a banal occurance, the imaginary, the physically impossible.

- The key to event scores is the enactment. If a score instructs an everyday situation, like getting out of bed, then the act of doing so upon a command would be a performance, an act, not the real thing on account of waking up.

- It’s in this parrallel between the re-enacment and the real action which a connection is made; the event score asks the performer to consider the real-life, spontaneous act as a performance, thereby blurring the boundary between performance and reality, between art and life.

- I also enjoy the physical interaction encouraged by the format of event score cards and fluxkits. The event score cards are individual art works, unlike pages from a book or magazine, the contents of which are unified by the format.

- I have written a set of my own event scores to form a sort of mini-fluxkit to explore the notion of the unified concept piece greater than the sum of its parts, each of which are individual artworks.