In celebration of the 50th anniversary of
Fluxus—the international laboratory of art, architecture, design and
music—Swinburne University of Technology has released a free digital
copy of The Fluxus Reader.
Fluxus began in the 1950s as a loose,
international community of artists, architects, composers and designers. By
the 1960s, Fluxus had become a laboratory of ideas and an arena for
artistic experimentation in Europe, Asia and the United States. Described
as 'the most radical and experimental art movement of the 1960s', Fluxus
has challenged conventional thinking on art and culture for half a century.
Fluxus artists had a central role in the birth of such key contemporary art
forms as concept art, installation, performance art, intermedia and video.
Despite this influence, the scope and scale of this unique phenomenon have
made it difficult to explain Fluxus in normative historical and critical
In The Fluxus Reader, editor Ken Friedman
offers the first comprehensive overview of this challenging and
controversial group. The Fluxus Reader is written by leading scholars and
experts from Europe, the United States and Australia.
First published in 1998, the book was
out of print for several years and only available from rare book dealers
and galleries. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fluxus in
2012, Swinburne University arranged for a complete 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 is represented in major museums and galleries around
the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in
New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth
College, and Stadtsgalerie Stuttgart.
The University of Iowa Alternative Traditions
in the Contemporary Arts is the official repository of Friedman's papers
and research notes. The Silverman Fluxus Collection at the Museum of Modern
Art, Archiv Sohm at Stadtsgalerie Stuttgart and the Mandeville Department
of Special Collections at the University of California also hold extensive
archives on 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 best, 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, Communication Design, Industrial Design, and Interior
Swinburne Design began its Industry Placement
program in the 1970s, and in 2011 year opened the Swinburne Design Factory
in collaboration with Aalto University of Helsinki, Finland.