October 2021, arsenal cinema

Reading Labels in the Dark – Flux and Other Films from the Arsenal Archive


In the mid-60s, George Maciunas, founder of the Fluxus movement, started putting together the Fluxfilm Anthology, a collection of experimental films by Fluxus artists, many of them very short, that were shown at events and happenings and to this day form the canon of the Fluxus film work. 32 films from this collection, which was expanded over time, can be found in the Arsenal film archive.
To coincide with the Tomas Schmit retrospective at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) and the exhibition at the Kupferstichkabinett – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin on the early work of artist, author, and illustrator Tomas Schmit, we are showing a selection of the Anthology, placing a special focus on works on the body and movement. Taking this as a starting point, the program also undertakes digressions through the Arsenal film archive, explores those who accompanied the Fluxus project and sets off in search of connections, motifs, and references in the works of the collection. (uz) (22.10.)

arsenal cinema: Reading Labels in the Dark – Flux and Other Films from the Arsenal Archive

08:00 pm Cinema 1

Zen for Film (Fluxfilm No.1)

Eye Blink (Fluxfilm No. 9)

Four (Fluxfilm No. 16)


Disappearing Music for Face (Fluxfilm No. 4)

Super Smile


One (Fluxfilm No. 14)


Shout (Fluxfilm No. 22)

The Evil Faerie (Fluxfilm No. 25)

Flying Saucey

Faire un effort (Fluxfilm No. 40)

33 Yo-Yo Tricks

*Zen for Film (Fluxfilm No.1) Nam June Paik
USA 1964 16 mm silent 8 min
*Eye Blink (Fluxfilm No. 9) Yoko Ono
USA 1966 16 mm silent 1 min
*Four (Fluxfilm No. 16) Yoko Ono
USA 1966 16 mm silent 6 min
*Syncpoint Isabell Spengler & Larry Peacock
D 2007 Digital OV 4 min
*Disappearing Music for Face (Fluxfilm No. 4)
Shiomi Chieko USA 1966 16 mm silent 11 min
*Super Smile Effie Wu D 2007 DCP silent 5 min
*Waiting Nan Hoover USA 1979 16 mm OV 10 min
*One (Fluxfilm No. 14) Yoko Ono
USA 1966 16 mm silent 5 min
*Fuses Carolee Schneemann
USA 1965–68 16 mm silent 22 min
*Shout (Fluxfilm No. 22) Jeff Perkins & Anthony Cox
USA 1966 16mm silent 2 min
*The Evil Faerie (Fluxfilm No. 25) George Landow
USA 1966 16mm silent 1 min
*Flying Saucey Marie Losier USA 2006
Digital file without dialogue 9 min
*Faire un effort (Fluxfilm No. 40) Ben Vautier
USA 1969 16 mm silent 2 min
*33 Yo-Yo Tricks P. White USA 1981
16 mm without dialogue 8 min

Introduced by Uli Ziemons