Concerned With Insignificances

concernedI was listening to the Ray Agee album again today noticed this stamp on the inside of the record cover. Just inside the front cover there is a blue ink stamp that reads “CONCERNED WITH INSIGNIFICANCES”.

Manifesto on Art / Fluxus Art Amusement by George Maciunas, 1965.

“Therefore, art-amusement must be simple, amusing, unpretentious, concerned with insignificances, require no skill or countless rehersals, have no commodity or institutional value.

The value of art-amusement must be lowered by making it unlimited, massproduced, obtainable by all and eventually produced by all.”

In a separate Ray Agee related update: here is Ray Agee, Frank Zappa and Shuggie Otis playing on the “Johnny Otis Show” in 1970.  There is some chit-chat before the song starts where Zappa talks about working at a florist/record store in San Diego. He claims that the Roy Agee 45 “Wobble Lou” was the first record he ever stole. How totally Fluxus!

Roy Agee, Frank Zappa, Shuggie Otis – “Leave Me Alone” (download)

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2 responses to “Concerned With Insignificances

  1. “Therefore, art-amusement must be simple, amusing, unpretentious, concerned with insignificances, require no skill or countless rehersals, have no commodity or institutional value.

    The value of art-amusement must be lowered by making it unlimited, massproduced, obtainable by all and eventually produced by all.”

    So in other words it has to be identical to everything Nickelback has ever made.

  2. I think “amusing” would be the key difference here… I mean, a punch in the face is fairly unpretentious and low cost, but I don’t want that either!

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