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mr. steve arts and eats at the DIA

Stephen Schudlich is the Director of Exhibitions for Work • Detroit, A&D's exhibition space in the 313.

Art + food at the DIA on Saturday afternoon combined a tasty, but overpriced turkey tetrazzini and hearty vegetable soup with this groovy stuff.

If you don't know anything about Fluxus, read this blurb provided by the DIA.

The Fluxus movement emerged in New York in the 60's, moving to Europe, and eventually to Japan. The movement encompassed a new aesthetic that had already appeared on three continents. That aesthetic encompasses a reductive gesturality, part Dada, part Bauhaus and part Zen, and presumes that all media and all artistic disciplines are fair game for combination and fusion. Fluxus gained monentum in the 1960's and 1970's. While art historians now call it an art movement, to its founders Fluxus was an attitude. According to a manifesto written in 1963, Fluxus embodies the following actions:

Purge: Flushing away traditional attitudes and ideas about art; starting fresh

Revolution: transforming art to include all forms of expression and the everyday

Fuse: Merging and uniting to make new radical art

The Fluxus attitude attracted not just visual artists, but also philosophers, writers, and musicians. Fluxus art is often playful, funny, and highly interactive. It may include anything from individual objects or collections of objects to live performances. Appropriately, the word fluxus comes from the Latin "to flow." With Fluxus, the arts were not only intended to flow between each other, but also between the artists and audience.



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