Minimal Intervention



In 1962, George Maciunas declared Fluxus: “anti art, concept art, automatism, Bruitism, brutalism, Dada/ism, concretism, Lettrism, nihilism, indeterminacy—Theatre, happenings, prose, poetry, philosophy, plastic arts, music, cinema, dance.” Like Dada, which was a precursor of Fluxus, the movement attempted to be anti-commercialism and often anti-art.  Its practitioners disparaged the conventional market-driven art world in favour of an artist-centered, inter-disciplinary creative practice.

Key artists include: Dick HigginsGeorge MaciunasJoseph Beuys, George BrechtYoko Ono, Nam June PaikCarolee Schneemann, and Alison Knowles.

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Fluxus Events

The first examples of Fluxus event scores came from John Cage’s class at The New School in New York in the 1950s with artists such as Allan Kaprow, Alison Knowles and George Brecht. The events are scored as brief notations and find form as propositions, proposals, and instructions however vague.

Fluxus Workbook


by Yoko Ono


George-Brecht--Water-Yam-1963.JPGGeorge Brecht, Two Exercises from Water Yam, 1972

PDF of Water Yam

Contemporary Versions/Updates, etc…


Unnoticed Art Festival

the Call: performance concepts for performances that hide themselves in everyday life. Work that because of the language used blends in with acceptable social behaviour in public space and therefore probably will go unnoticed by the passer-by’.

Festival of Minimal Actions

…Considering that the best way to keep a “performance” alive is to repeat it.

Vine (RIP)

Vine Art rhymes with Fine Art which is probably good enough…


more good reading!

The Long Reach of the Very Short Video by Wendy Richmond


Further (less) minimal performance:

Mobius Strip performance

by Improv Everywhere:
a New York City-based comedy collective that stages unexpected performances in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere aims to surprise and delight random strangers through positive pranks, or “missions.”

Zardulu + !! UPDATE !!


bonus content:

Ken Lum, Entertainment for Surrey, 1978


From Canadian Art: Through the course of Ken Lum’s now-iconic 1978 performance video Entertainment for Surrey, the artist stands on an embankment beside a suburban highway as cars speed past. It’s difficult to know exactly what these rush-hour commuters might have made of Lum’s activity. As Lum tells it, there was non-stop car-horn honking until drivers got used to his presence and then mostly ignored him. (For the last day of his roadside vigil, he replaced himself with a cardboard cut-out.)