Title

Looking Back on Fluxus

Presenter Information

Elaina BarnettFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

BFA in Studio Art with Enhanced Art History

Minor

N/A

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Antje Gamble

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

My intent for my presentation is to demonstrate some key Fluxus themes, through a discussion of a few specific pieces created by the East Asian Fluxus artist, Yoko Ono. I will then show examples of some of my current work and explain how I, as a contemporary artist, am impacted by the ideas and media developed by the neo-avant-garde artist group, Fluxus, as a means of demonstrating the impact that their developments have had on art making. Through such a presentation, I will reflect the overall theme in my paper On a Table Sits a Grapefruit.

My intent for my thesis essay, On a Table Sits a Grapefruit, is to discuss how East Asian culture and philosophies informed the 1960’s and 1970’s artist group, Fluxus, and how the media and conceptualizations developed by these artists, as part of the neo-avant-garde, changed art in ways that still affects contemporary artists. East Asian Fluxus artists such as Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik became important links between the beginning Fluxus and other East Asian artists. I will analyze their roles in developing newer media such as performance, intermedia, and video; in establishing links between their peers internationally; and their overall contribution to Fluxus thought. Once I have established these things, along with a general analysis of what Fluxus was, as a neo-avant-garde, I will discuss how the media and conceptualizations developed by the group have affected contemporary art making and thought, through a discussion of contemporary work, including some of my own.

Affiliations

Honors Thesis, BFA Exhibition

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Looking Back on Fluxus

My intent for my presentation is to demonstrate some key Fluxus themes, through a discussion of a few specific pieces created by the East Asian Fluxus artist, Yoko Ono. I will then show examples of some of my current work and explain how I, as a contemporary artist, am impacted by the ideas and media developed by the neo-avant-garde artist group, Fluxus, as a means of demonstrating the impact that their developments have had on art making. Through such a presentation, I will reflect the overall theme in my paper On a Table Sits a Grapefruit.

My intent for my thesis essay, On a Table Sits a Grapefruit, is to discuss how East Asian culture and philosophies informed the 1960’s and 1970’s artist group, Fluxus, and how the media and conceptualizations developed by these artists, as part of the neo-avant-garde, changed art in ways that still affects contemporary artists. East Asian Fluxus artists such as Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik became important links between the beginning Fluxus and other East Asian artists. I will analyze their roles in developing newer media such as performance, intermedia, and video; in establishing links between their peers internationally; and their overall contribution to Fluxus thought. Once I have established these things, along with a general analysis of what Fluxus was, as a neo-avant-garde, I will discuss how the media and conceptualizations developed by the group have affected contemporary art making and thought, through a discussion of contemporary work, including some of my own.