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Fluxus Gruppe (Fluxus Group) «Fluxus Group»
Fluxus Gruppe (Fluxus Group), «Fluxus Group», 1964
Courtesy: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Archive Sohm, Stuttgart | © Fluxus Gruppe (Fluxus Group)


Categories: Television | Action

Keywords: Aggression

Germany | Archive / Collection: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Mainz

 Fluxus Gruppe (Fluxus Group)
«Fluxus Group»

On 11 December 1964, ZDF television broadcast from its Düsseldorf studio a live programme with Joseph Beuys, Bazon Brock and Wolf Vostell. Regrettably, like many live broadcasts of the time, it was not recorded. The three artists carried out simultaneous actions in the TV studio: Brock read an action text, Vostell staged a dé-collage happening in which a TV set was also deployed, and Beuys performed the action titled 'Das Schweigen von Marcel Duchamp wird überbewertet' ('The Silence of Marcel Duchamp is Overrated'). Shown under the title 'Fluxus Group' in the arts programme 'Die Drehscheibe', the segment was a first step towards a collaboration between artists and TV in Germany, even if it is safe to presume that the visual aesthetics were essentially determined by the director and camera crew.