Richard Hoadley performing Fluxus #19 and Liliane Lijn performing ART INDUSTRY at Cambridge

ART’S future BIRTHDAY  was held at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge  17.01.12 (following Opening of CAUTION MATTER exhibition in Ruskin Gallery – from 6.00 pm).  

Guest curator Bronac Ferran has written about the event at
You can see some other images by Shameela Beeloo showing aspects of the event at:

fluxus poster


 Original Text:  ART INDUSTRY  (from 1967) by Liliane Lijn (voice)

Radio Music performed by David Ryan,  a work by John Cage written in 1956 and ior 1-8 performers. It was composed using chance operations. Its 8 parts indicate between 26 and 64 different frequencies notated using numbers.   Lines indicate silences and these vary between parts: from 9 in part D to 27 in part G.   Cage mentions that every part is in 4 sections, with or without silences between them, to be programmed by the player(s).  This means that the work can be flexible in terms of its duration agreed upon for each performance.

Strophic Variables – Sensor(y) Installation by Krisztian Hofstadter

Fluxus #19 – Richard Hoadley

Rules based performance of recent fluxian soundings in cambridge by circumstance  (Duncan Speakman and Sarah Anderson, Visualise Associate Artists)  –

Michelle Lewis-Smith – reconfiguring George Maciunas

 Iain Pate  – Vicki Bennett’s 4.33 film

Tom Hall – a coordinated performance of George Brecht events, iconic fluxscore miniatures, now even further miniaturised, including ‘Motor Vehicle Sundown (Event)’ interpreted for toy radio-controlled cars.  Tom Hall is a Cambridge-based Australian composer, musicologist and performer.

Jamie Allen -  Skype Improvisation with Bernhard in Vienna.  Reworking Naim Jun Paik piece for Alison Knowles by skype

& MORE...

Art’s Birthday . Net – an annual exchange-art event celebrated on January 17th by a loose collection of artists and artist organizations around the world.

(Ward Weis invites you to make your own Art’s Birthday hat.)

“Art’s Birthday” is an annual event first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou.


He suggested that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art. But one day, on the 17th of January to be precise, Art was born. According to Filliou, it happened when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. Modest beginnings, but look at us now.


Filliou proposed a public holiday to celebrate the presence of art in our lives. In recent years, the idea has been taken up by a loose network of artists and friends around the world. Each year the Eternal Network evolves to include new partners – working with the ideas of exchange and telecommunications-art.


Artists have celebrated Art’s Birthday with lavish parties and gatherings, correspondence and mailart, and through Telematic networks using SloScan TV, Videophones, music composed for telephone lines, modem-to-modem MIDI connections, early bulletin board and chat systems, and (starting in the mid 1990′s) the Internet.

“Fluxus is dissassembling human activity into recominable forms.” Larry Miller

“Find a way to produce everything everybody needs and to get
it to them. Make it work.” Jackson Mac Low: Social Project 3, 29 April 1963 /
Richard Stallman

Full programme available here from 12 January.


 ”Fluxus existed before it had its name….Its participants never thought of themselves as a group until they were described as such in connection with the ‘Festum Fluxorum’ in Wiesbaden in 1962, by which time the participants had been doing ‘Fluxus work’ for four or five years”..

Fluxus activist, Dick Higgins, cited in AN ANECDOTED TOPOGRAPHY OF CHANCE by Daniel Spoerri, Robert Filliou, Emmett Williams, Dieter Roth, Roland Topor (Atlas Arkhive Four, Documents of the Avant-Garde, 1995) PAGE 13 INTRODUCTION 1


'All it takes is one to pay attention' Photo: Julio d'Escrivan from Future Fluxus Cambridge