Vortrag von Petra Stegmann organisiert von der Freien Klasse der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien in Zusammenarbeit mit Leo Findeisen.
The paper will present some crucial aspects of Fluxus, its historical genealogy, introduce some protagonists (like George Maciunas, George Brecht, Alison Knowles, Dick Higgins, Ben Patterson, Ben Vautier, Eric Andersen, Tomas Schmit, Mieko Shiomi, Milan Knížák) and will then focus on Fluxus compositions and performances. Questions to be discussed are: What are the special qualities of the Fluxus score? In how far does Fluxus differ from other genres of action art? Is Fluxus really about participation? What about Fluxus today? Can or should Fluxus be re-enacted?
Petra Stegmann, born in Bremen, is an independent art historian, curator and author, living in Potsdam. She studied art history and Slavic studies at the Free University Berlin, the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and the University of Warsaw. She has worked among others for the Goethe Institute Warsaw and the House of World Cultures, Berlin, where she conceived and organised conferences and curatorial projects. She is curator of the international exhibition Fluxus East, that toured Europe from 2007 until 2011 and was shown in Berlin (Künstlerhaus Bethanien), Vilnius (Contemporary Art Centre); Cracow (Bunkier Sztuki), Budapest (Ludwig Múzeum), Tallinn (KUMU Art Museum), Copenhagen (Nikolaj Kunsthal), and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HŅvikodden/Oslo). Currently she is working on a collaborative research project regarding the European Fluxus Festivals 1962-1977 that will be exhibited in various European venues (Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen; Goethe-Institut Paris; MOCAK Kraków and others) in 2012 and 2013. Her special fields of interest are action art, Fluxus, anti-art, East-Central European art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Author for cultural journals, exhibition catalogues and editor of several books: Fluxus East. Fluxus-Netzwerke in Mittelosteuropa/Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe, Berlin: Künstlerhaus Bethanien 2007; with Lydia Haustein: Schönheit. Vorstellungen in Kunst, Medien und Alltagskultur, Göttingen: Wallstein 2006; with Peter C. Seel: Migrating Images, Berlin: House of World Cultures 2004.