Composing music for 11 minutes dressed in 18th Century costume

Performed by Orkest de Ereprijs at Het Orgelpark, Amsterdam on April 18th 2015

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@textscoreaday #180 (photo by Bob Lockwood)

Free as in beer

The New Fordist Organization is part of the The Institute of Applied Cultural Economics and Sociology and is a new collective of composers, visual artists and performance artists, set up to apply the principles of mass-production, industrialization and mechanized creation, pioneered by the American industrialist Henry Ford, to the visual and performing arts.

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Long long ago, back when the world was young – that is, sometime around the year 1962 – a lot of artists and composers and other people who wanted to do beautiful things began to look at the world around them in a new way (for them). They said: “Hey! – coffee cups can be more beautiful than fancy sculptures. A kiss in the morning can be more dramatic than a drama by Mr. Fancypants. The sloshing of my foot in my wet boot sounds more beautiful than fancy organ music.” They were inventing Fluxus.
(A Child’s History of Fluxus – Dick Higgins)

Fifty years later four artists decided to commemorate these wonderful ideas with a celebratory performance in Göppingen, Germany. On September 16th 2012 a five-part ceremony took place, leading the audience on a journey through the city to experience new compositions inspired by the ‘Fluxpeople’ and their muse John Cage.

When you grow up, do you want to be part of Fluxus? I do.

Video by Oliver Clark.

Why that monkey washes his balls in my whisky

What are you listening to? This song is the punchline to a joke, told by Žižek (the philosopher) in his book ‘The Plague of Fantasies’. He tells the joke to illustrate the position of right-wing intellectuals, who change the tonality of concrete complaints to an abstract acceptance of the status quo. Žižek (the philosopher) did not write this song. You are listening to a recording of a new song performed by Žižek (the band), who have never sung together in public.


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