Fluxus East

Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe

Branko Vučićević

1934, born in Belgrade, Serbia
Lives in Belgrade

Vučićević is an author, translator and scriptwriter. He wrote the screenplay for the Yugoslavian productions Rani radovi (Early Work; 1969), Splav Meduze (Medusa Raft; 1980) and Umetni raj (Artificial Paradise; 1990), which was awarded the Golden Bear. In addition, Vučićević is the author of various publications on film and art, such as Avangardni film 1895-1939 (Avantgarde Film 1895-1939; 1984/1990), Imitacija života (Imitation of Life; 1992) Paper Movies (1998) and Srpske lepe umetnosti (Serbian Beaux Arts; 2007).

Vučićević refers to himself as a kind of “sleeping member” of Fluxus. He contacted Maciunas after he had seen the Fluxus edition of the Tulane Drama Review and received a response from Maciunas, who enclosed various Fluxus boxes and printed matter, also calling upon Vučićević to send him works for publication. Vučićević answered negatively: “My work is very modest (I do not pretend that its basic idea is original: it is traceable to Hugo Ball and certain German Dadaists): it consists of actions performed in everyday life which should remain anonymous, nonrepeatable and notrecorded (in texts, pictures etc.) and which may, or may not, lead to certain effects or chains of effects. As you see, by their nature they are not suitable for inclusion in Fluxus publications & manifestations.” (Letter dated 8th July 1966). Despite this refusal, Vučićević made an effort to disseminate Fluxus in his own circles, translating manifestos, letters and plays, which appeared in the magazine Rok published by Bora Ćosić. In addition, he wrote a pamphlet on LEF and Fluxus. Vučićević is the author of the Fluxpiece (1969), which he sent to Maciunas:

„Put two lumps of sugar (lettered FLUXUS FOREVER) into a glass of water. After they have dissolved – drink up sweetened water.”

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