A feature length documentary on George Maciunas, the founder and impresario of Fluxus, the radical international art movement.
We have reached our goal today, one day ahead of schedule! Thanks to all of you great people who have been so supportive, which has and will further inspire us to bring forth a really great and wide portrait of George Maciunas.
Raising $20,000 on Kickstarter is a great achievement and we want to tell you how grateful that we are for your generous support, however, the project will need more money for the future steps in the filmmaking. Our project will be online until Friday (midnight) which means we are still welcoming donations and encourage you to keep spreading the word even though we have met our goal.
Also, we plan to create a thank you party in the near future here in NYC, so please stay tuned!
We would firstly like to thank everyone for your great support, we are now halfway towards our goal and have received many generous donations and positive responses.
Artist friend Peter Halley has generously donated four silk screen prints for our Kickstarter campaign. Please find this reward in our $1,500.00 category.
- Peter Halley, Zone, 1992, Silkscreen on paper, 23" x 31", Edition of 125
- Artist friend Ann Craven has generously donated a woodblock print for our Kickstarter campaign. This beautiful piece is valued at $3,000 however we are offering it at $2,000! Please find the descriptions of our rewards in the rewards section on this page.
- Ann Craven, Pink Bird with Cherries (Blue), Edition of 12, #9 out of 12, 2011, 10 color reduction wood block print on Rives (BFK) white 300 grams paper, 34 " x 30 "
This is Ann Craven's 1st reduction wood block print. Reduction prints require a labor intensive process. These were created by Ann and a Master Printer at The Leroy Neiman Print Center at Columbia. Each print is unique and registers the unique qualities of the wood with each pass through the press. When completed, the edition of prints is considered "closed," as most of the surface will be cut away and no more prints can be created from the block. In contrast to the multi-block method, where proofs can be created at any point and corrections made to the blocks, in the reduction method the artist can view and correct the work only as it develops progressively. Once a color is printed and the next round of cutting begins, there is no going back.
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In 2010, while on a walk through SoHo, I realized the idea to make a feature length film/video portrait of George Maciunas, the founder and impresario of Fluxus. George Maciunas (1931-1978) was a Lithuanian born artist, art-historian, graphic designer, architect, urban planner, composer and contractor. Through his tireless efforts, Maciunas has influenced and shaped the course of contemporary art. He is also known for creating the first 15 artist run co-op buildings in SoHo. This documentary film portrait will provide insight into the life of a visionary revolutionary artist.
In 1963, in Tokyo when I was in the U.S. military, I met Yoko Ono by chance and she introduced me to Fluxus. Previous to the military service in Japan, I had been an art student in NYC, however, the providential meeting with Yoko gave me an entirely new direction to my thinking and practice as an artist. In 1966 in NYC, Yoko introduced me to George on a visit to his apartment at that time in Soho. I was working with Yoko on projects related to exhibitions in NY, some of which were projects for Fluxus events that George organized. I made a film for the First Fluxus Film Festival, called "Shout," and I was also the cameraman for Yoko’s film “The Bottoms Movie,” AKA "Fluxus Film #4." Meeting and working with George & Yoko was a very influential period of my life as a young artist.
I conceived the idea for this film on George as a unique portrait. However I knew that when I reached the Fluxus domain it was going to become a very complex story because Fluxus is a large and spreading compendium of many different artists, all contributing individual creative works, ideas and projects to the larger Fluxus envelope that George created and cultivated for his entire adult life.
This film will be made from the voices of all the persons who I have interviewed over the past 2 1/2 years. These are persons who knew and worked with George. I am very grateful that they have been willing to contribute their memories of George as well as works that they made for Fluxus. The story of George Maciunas is an incredibly adventurous one because of his unique character; my goal is to create a portrait of how he realized the body of Fluxus and its very unconventional character. The timing of this film is perfectly set in this year 2012 as it is the 50th anniversary of the birth of Fluxus in 1962. In addition to that, I realized that there had not been a feature length documentary film portrait of George. The voices in this film were inspired by their meetings, works and adventures with George and I am making this film for the same reason. He is an unforgettable image in our minds. George Maciunas tried to change the world. As Joe Jones said "he did the best that he could." And he did. And so do I.
I am an independent film maker, working from my apartment, without any outside funding sources. The entire production has been paid from my own limited personal resources, which has reached a point where I now need to ask for support of other persons. For the last two years I have been traveling around Europe, America and Japan, to film around 44 interviews with friends, family, scholars and professional associates of George Maciunas and Fluxus. I, along with the generous help of dedicated interns, have compiled a wide selection of photographs, letters, audio recordings, archival film and Fluxus work from the most important Fluxus collections in the world, including the Jean Brown Archive at The Getty Research Institute, The Sohm Archive at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, The Netherlands Fotomuseum, MoMA, and private sources.
We are now at the stage where in order to complete the film we are in much need of financial support. It is our mission to honor the legacy of George Maciunas which future generations can enjoy, learn and become inspired by. Our goal is to raise $20,000, all of which will go towards production costs: pre-editing, editing, acquisition of additional media, including still photographs and archival footage and the list goes on.
To show my gratitude for your generous support I offer a selection of films and pieces from my personal Fluxus collection. I have reached out to my Fluxus friends, who have donated a piece especially for this Kickstarter. Artists who have donated these works: Philip Corner, Simone Forti, Henry Flynt, Geoff Hendricks, Peter Frank, Alison Knowles, Eric Andersen, Yoshi Wada, Christian Xatrec, Fred Lieberman, Jessica Higgins, Ben Vautier, Takako Saito, Jeff Perkins. Please have a look a the rewards section for more details.
Billie Maciunas, Nijole Valaitis, Jonas Mekas, Vytautas Landsbergis, Philip Corner, Ben Patterson, Eric Andersen, Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, Shigeko Kubota, Takako Saito, Jon Hendricks, Geoff Hendricks, Henry Flynt, Carla Liss, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Jean Dupuy, Olga Adorno, Nam June Paik, Yoshi Wada, Midori Yoshimoto, Ben Vautier, Bernard Heidseick, Paul Armand Gette, Mary Beth Edelson, Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt, Simone Forti, Harry Ruhe, Vyt Bakaitis, Peter Frank, Milan Knizak, Nijole Salcius, Peter Salcius, Frederick Lieberman, Willem de Ridder, Ay-O, Estera Milman, Kevin Harrison, Jed Curtis, Charles Dreyfus, Hollis Melton, Richard Foreman, Olivier Mosset, Jessica Higgins, Shael Shapiro.
Jeffrey Perkins & Perkins Productions
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