Sally Madge

Avant-Guard

A performance as part of the exhibition: The Dream of Fluxus
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
February 2009


This interactive performance draws attention to some of the ironies thrown up by the official art world’s recognition of Fluxus. Its original manifestos aimed for a ‘living art’, an ‘anti art’ - valuing the creativity of ordinary everyday activities rather than unique artefacts made by special individuals - but now these revolutionary efforts are fossilised in museum showcases. So, appropriately dressed and accredited in her ‘Fluxuniform’, the artist patrols the gallery and tends to the exhibits, inviting the participation of viewers as a gentle reminder of the movement’s early collective ethos and intention to dissolve artificial hierarchies separating artists from audiences.