In 1966, George Maciunas published “FLUXFEST SALE” which was a compilation of the Fluxus event instructions. Those instructions could be realized by anyone and also anyone could organize Fluxus event, therefore it was an epoch-making experiment by the open source methods.
The second issue, titled “FLUX FEST KIT 2”, was published in ca.,1970. The print was a collection of the instructions mainly for the outdoor big festivals, for example Fluxus-Olympiad and Fluxus-Parade. And it indicates Maciunas’s intention that aimed to expand events originally started in the small indoor space to the surrounding environment with addition of some entertainment effects.
On this occasion, we Gallery 360° has just published this “FLUX FEST KIT 2” of Japanese edition. The envelope contains the following items.
1.An English version : facsimile edition for the publication “FLUX FEST KIT 2”
by George Maciunas in ca.,1970, 558 x 432 mm offset, printed on both sides
2. A Japanese version : Japanese translation 558 x 432 mm offset, printed on both sides
The article “FLUX-PRODUCTS 1961 TO 1970” was printed in two columns on the back page of the English edition. This Japanese edition introduces the original instructions by Mieko Shiomi and “FLUX WEEK” (in Tokyo, 1965) related to “FLUX FEST KIT 2” instead of “FLUX-PRODUCTS”.
During late 1950’s to early 60’s, Japanese artists who would meet Fluxus later went to U.S. and after that brought in Japan “Flux Spirit” when they came back. Kuniharu Akiyama and Toshi Ichiyanagi held the exhibition “Exhibition of World Graphic Scores” (1962 Minami Gallery) where John Cage performed on the time of his first visit to Japan. Ay-O hosted “Happening for Sightseeing Bus Trip” (1966). “Flux Week” (1965) held in Ginza was also one of the historical events as the Fluxus activities in Japan. It presented Fluxus printed matters and documents for 9 days and held concerts and screenings at nights. We show its invaluable photographs by Teruo Nishiyama participated in this event as an audience.