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.
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.
I will perform Local Radio Symphony live on basic.fm as part of Reuse Aloud at 17:40 on March 1st in Newcastle. You can listen live by clicking on the picture of the radio. For this piece I shall live-stream all the BBC local radio stations in the UK. There will be lots of interesting programmes throughout March, in addition to live events at The NewBridge Project Space in Newcastle.
Chopped and changed, re-arranged and re-branded, collected and disseminated; the very essence of originality is being tested. Within this borderless exchange of data and ideas, artists choose to practice; gathering original sources and sowing the seed ‘remixed’. There is the potential to reach a wide audience quickly and work can be made cheaply or for free. Reuse Aloud questions; is work derived from a pre-existing, original source able to be unique on its own terms? Furthermore, when re-appropriating and publishing, can the titles ‘author’ and ‘owner’ apply? from basic.fm
Video footage from the performance of Ensemble Lös Caballeros’ ‘Sport Music: Pétanque’. Performed by Jeremiah Runnels, Ivan Babinchak Renqvist, Andy Ingamells, and Belinda Li at ‘Ping! Music vs. Table Tennis’ day at Warwick Arts Centre on March 3rd 2012.
“The old sounds of the heavy metal Pétanque balls began to be seen as a traditional Dutch form of indeterminate percussion music, and were re-introduced to the game electronically. Bringing us to the present day, where Pétanque players now act as a visual, ever changing, living musical score.”
“The voice can be seen as the technology of the human, yet we can learn about it through other less organic technologies. We talk about the voice in terms of its ‘colour’ and ‘focus’; the techniques and language that apply to light are mimicked by the mouth’s own aperture. It seems increasingly important to look at the voice rather than just to hear it. The Voice and the Lens is a meditation on two facing technologies that are fundamental in understanding ourselves and the world around us.” [www.ikon-gallery.co.uk]