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George - The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus

Jeffrey Perkins / US, 2018 / 120 min.

George Maciunas (1931-1978) was the founder of Fluxus, a radical avant-garde art movement of the 20th century. The documentary traces how the Lithuanian-born iconoclastic polymath assembled an international network of artists, musicians, and poets in the sixties and seventies. Interviews with Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas. Documentary director Jeffrey Perkins and assistant director Liz Dautzenberg will also be offering a Fluxus Ping-Pong demonstration on the stairs of Eye’s Arena.

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Together they provoked social and political change through performance, ready-mades, and artworks aimed at collapsing the boundary between art and life. From developing the first artist-owned lofts in SoHo, New York, to his attempt to realize a utopian society on a desolate island in the Caribbean, Maciunas was an uncompromising visionary with a DIY-mentality and a rebellious sense of humour.

revealing portrait

What emerges in the documentary is a kaleidoscopic, often contradictory but always revealing portrait of Maciunas' bold and tragic life.

With interviews among over thirty artists and scholars including Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, and Nam June Paik, the film recounts Maciunas' mercurial personality, asks questions that remain central to our contemporary society, and explores how one can live a meaningful and artful life.

performances

Two performances will accompany the screening:

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Director

Jeffrey Perkins

Production year

2018

Country

US

Original title

George - The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus

Length

120 min.

Format

DCP

Part of

Eye on Art

Eye on Art is a programme on the intersection between film and other arts. Eye on Art keeps up with current events, with presentations on contemporary artists and programmes that coincide with important exhibitions, manifestations and Eye activities.

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