[Air-L] Fluxus Reader – Free Digital Edition
KenFriedman at groupwise.swin.edu.au
Tue Mar 6 11:33:14 PST 2012
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Fluxus—the international
laboratory of art, architecture, design and music—Swinburne
Technology has released a free digital copy of The Fluxus Reader.
Fluxus began in the 1950s as a loose, international community of
architects, composers and designers. By the 1960s, Fluxus had become a
laboratory of ideas and an arena for artistic experimentation in
Asia and the United States. Described as 'the most radical and
art movement of the 1960s', Fluxus has challenged conventional thinking
art and culture for half a century. Fluxus artists had a central role
the birth of such key contemporary art forms as concept art,
performance art, intermedia and video. Despite this influence, the
and scale of this unique phenomenon have made it difficult to explain
Fluxus in normative historical and critical terms.
In The Fluxus Reader, editor Ken Friedman offers the first
overview of this challenging and controversial group. The Fluxus Reader
written by leading scholars and experts from Europe, the United States
First published in 1998, the book was out of print for several years
only available from rare book dealers and galleries. To celebrate the
anniversary of Fluxus in 2012, Swinburne University arranged for a
digital edition in PDF format, copy-enabled with full search features.
To download The Fluxus Reader please visit
Ken Friedman is now University Distinguished Professor and Dean of the
Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne,
Australia. Friedman is a practicing artist and designer active in the
international Fluxus laboratory.
Friedman had his first solo exhibition in New York in 1966. His work
represented in major museums and galleries around the world, including
Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate
in London, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and
The University of Iowa Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts
the official repository of Friedman's papers and research notes. The
Silverman Fluxus Collection at the Museum of Modern Art, Archiv Sohm
Stadtsgalerie Stuttgart and the Mandeville Department of Special
Collections at the University of California also hold extensive
Friedman's work of the 1960s and 1970s.
Swinburne University of Technology is based in Melbourne, Australia.
Swinburne's PhD program in design is recognised as among the world's
as is the design research unit. The Faculty of Design has a history of
cutting-edge teaching and revolutionary programs such as Design
Anthropology, Product Design Engineering, Design & Business,
Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design.
Swinburne Design began its Industry Placement program in the 1970s, and
2011 year opened the Swinburne Design Factory in collaboration with
University of Helsinki, Finland.
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