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Actions. Fluxolympics and street events

September 22-23, 2012 - September 22, from 5 to 9 p.m./ September 23, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. /
Nouvel Patio, Sabatini Building. Vestibule, Espacio D

Towards the end of the 1960s fluxus practice experienced some changes and went from being centred on concert halls or the theatre to having a more urban and playful character that occasionally verged on the irreverent.

One of the most charismatic of these transformations can be found in the fluxolympics, sporting events that were modified to the point of becoming unrecognisable: ping-pong with tables and rackets modified in such a way that returning the ball became a juggling act, football with peashooters and piñatas, badminton with balloons, jumping in artificial snow, races in which participants took two steps forward and one step back, or bicycle races in which the slowest rider won, etc.

Towards the end of the 1960s fluxus practice experienced some changes and went from being centred on concert halls or the theatre to having a more urban and playful character that occasionally verged on the irreverent. One of the most charismatic of these transformations can be found in the fluxolympics, sporting events that were modified to the point of becoming unrecognisable: ping-pong with tables and rackets modified in such a way that returning the ball became a juggling act, football with peashooters and piñatas, badminton with balloons, jumping in artificial snow, races in which participants took two steps forward and one step back, or bicycle races in which the slowest rider won, etc.

Behind these games appeared an activity different from competitive sports or massively-consumed leisure activity. Instead of the individuality of the winner, these activities highlighted unproductive group activity. In Fluxus' historic context these events were organised by means of open calls for participation, in which artists carried out their proposals, thus nourishing the movement's collaboration and communication grid. Later, artists such as Larry Miller and Sara Seagull became the main promoters of this type of activity. On this occasion, the Museum has enjoyed the collaboration of Eric Andersen, a part of Fluxus since its origins, who has taken part in planning these actions and who also gives a lecture. For two days, the Nouvel Patio becomes a play area divided into three sections, where various types of activity take place: an area for races and jumping events, two football fields (for piñatas and peashooters) and a badminton court. Due to its affinity with creative strategies with which to reclaim urban space, the collective movement Bici Crítica . Estos culminan una convocatoria pública en el Patio Nouvel y ponen en marcha en ambos días un taller de modificación de bicicletas.

In addition, the ordinary visit inside the Museum is affected by some Fluxus actions, such as Street Cleaning Event by the Japanese group Hi Red Center and Two Inches by Robert Watts. These two interventions are undertaken as a means to alter the traditional relationship with the Museum and also the public's response, underlining the surprising aspects and the humour of the event. Carried out by the Museum's young people's group called Equipo and by educators from the Museum's education department, they represent an exploration of the dominant forms of behaviour in exhibition areas and the ways in which they can be transformed.

All together, these activities propose a rereading of Fluxus as a performative practice that looks at the ideas of agency and collaboration upon which a large part of contemporary art is based, but also as the origin of some of the critical and playful manifestations that have characterized the new forms of protest and social action.

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Children, young people and adults. Participation is free of charge and no registration is required

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