FLUX KIT PROJECT
DIRECTIONS: This sound project also functioned with the visual and tactile, we made flux-kits, also referred to as soundscapes in a box. We worked with found objects to make a new object or to create a new use for our found object. Our objects had to fit into a portable container and sound had to either omit from the box or be playing from speakers mounted around the room. The sound piece had to correlate and ad meaning to the found objects and box. The sound piece had to be longer than 3 minutes and must contain found and self recorded sounds.
What is fluxus? "Under the Fluxus label, George Maciunas marketed through the mail a wide range of objects made by other artists. 'Fluxkit' is a representative selection of these objects, and encompasses the range of forms in which Fluxus editions were issued: graphical scores for events, interactive boxes and games, journals and films. A single box cost between one and five US dollars, the complete 'Fluxkit' initially a hundred dollars, whereby production costs alone accounted for sixty dollars, meaning the business-like trappings of the kit were counterfeit. Almost every 'Fluxkit' was somewhat different in content, and the number of components included rose over the years – from some twenty-five in 1965, for example, to forty in 1966. The originator of the idea of art in a box was Marcel Duchamp with his 'Boîte-en-valise'. The 'Fluxkit', however, was conceived as a collective product rather than individual museum. Fluxkits, also sometimes call Fluxboxes are smallish (usually no larger than a shoebox or briefcase) objects that are collections of other objects that hold meaning to the artist and can be interacted with by the audience. Fluxkits have been produced as multiples in editions, and as unique, one-of-a-kind objects. Interactivity can consist of examination of the contents, rearrangement of the objects, or games in which the rules often resemble event scores. Artists who have received attention in the art-oriented mass media for their fluxkits and fluxboxes include George Maciunas (who coined the word “Fluxus”), Ay-O, and George Brecht. The first Fluxkits probably resulted from fresh interpretations of the work of DADA artist, Marcel Duchamp, and have continued to influence present day Fluxus and mail artists."
PERSONAL STATEMENT: My fluxkit dealt with the corruption of children in our American society. I used a typical looking children's lunch box to house various lunchbox items that at first look resemble safe healthy items. But once the viewer begins to interact with and unfold each item, it becomes evident that these items are not traditional at all. The box actually contains vodka instead of apple juice complete with shot glasses, medical pills instead of Sun-maid raisins, a cigaret sandwich instead of peanut butter and jelly, a razor blade apple, a pornographic picture instead of comic book images, and finally a suggestive note from mom on a napkin. I altered all of these traditionally kid-friendly items prove the point that even with all our efforts to 'shelter' our youth we are still exposing them to harm. Our society works so hard to hide sex, drugs, alcohol, and the human body, but not what is really harmful to our youth, a world without discussion, self decision, and understanding.