Fluxus East

Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe

Danius Kesminas

1966, born in Melbourne, Australia
Lives in Melbourne

Danius Kesminas studied fine art (sculpture) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. His activities include music, painting, architecture, film, poetry, theatre, criticism and distillation. Kesminas seems to establish a band in every place where spends any length of time, and this always has a strong reference to fine art. He was one of the founding members of the art-music collective Slave Pianos, for example. He is singer and songwriter of the “conceptual-art-heritage-rock cover band” The Histrionics, which combines classics of Rock and Pop music – as objets trouvés – with themes of contemporary art; a member of the Indonesian “post-disaster-rock-band” PUNKASILA, in which he plays together with art students on exquisitely crafted mahogany instruments with an optic resemblance to rapid-fire weapons, and a member of the “all-girl noise band” The Happy Endings in Shanghai. Kesminas has attended exhibitions and performances in the USA, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland, Denmark, Spain, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Russia, Great Britain, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and New Zealand.

In his research project Vodka Sans Frontières, which has an almost sociological-ethnological bent, Kesminas discovered a network of secret vodka pipelines that flow from White Russia to Lithuania. This is used by vodka smugglers in an attempt to evade customs duties and bribes. Curiously enough, the pipelines flow in the very places that are significant in the history of Fluxus, e.g. under George Maciunas’ house and the office of Vytautas Landsbergis. These circumstances raise questions concerning a mysterious link between Fluxus and the smuggling of alcohol.

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