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An Interested Observer: Interview with Branko Vučićević

“My work is very modest,” wrote Branko Vučićević in 1966, in response to George Maciunas’s invitation to participate in Fluxus projects. “It consists of actions performed in everyday life, which should remain anonymous, non-repeatable and not recorded.” Regardless of his initial restraint, the Serbian scriptwriter and film critic did author a Fluxus-spirited manifesto “Down with Art, Long Live Life!,” in which he proclaimed that “Fluxus should be interested not in artist, but in man.” He also disseminated Fluxus materials he received from New York across the Yugoslav art scene. In this interview conducted during a C-MAP research trip to Belgrade in the spring of 2012, Vučićević speaks to Jon Hendricks and Gretchen Wagner about both art and life.

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Branko Vučićević, Down with Art, Long Live Life! 1966

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Jon Hendricks

Consulting Curator, The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection The Museum of Modern Art Jon Hendricks is an artist, Fluxus Consulting Curator of the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, and curator of Yoko Ono exhibitions.... Read more »
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Branko Vučićević

Film Critic, Author, Translator Born in 1934 in Belgrade, Vučićević is an influential film critic and scriptwriter, most known internationally for his work on the films such as The Switchboard Operator... Read more »
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Gretchen Wagner

Curator The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Gretchen Wagner is the curator at the The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, MO, a position to which she was appointed in October 2012. Prior to this, she was... Read more »
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An Interested Observer: Interview with Branko Vučićević

“My work is very modest,” wrote Branko Vučićević in 1966, in response to George Maciunas’s invitation to participate in Fluxus projects. “It consists of actions performed in everyday life, which should remain anonymous, non-repeatable and not recorded.” Regardless of his initial restraint, the Serbian scriptwriter and film critic did author a Fluxus-spirited manifesto “Down with Art, Long Live Life!,” in which he proclaimed that “Fluxus should be interested not in artist, but in man.” He also disseminated Fluxus materials he received from New York across the Yugoslav art scene. In this interview conducted during a C-MAP research trip to Belgrade in the spring of 2012, Vučićević speaks to Jon Hendricks and Gretchen Wagner about both art and life.

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“My work is very modest,” wrote Branko Vučićević in 1966, in response to George Maciunas’s invitation to participate in Fluxus projects. “It consists of actions performed in everyday life, which should remain anonymous, non-repeatable and not recorded.” Regardless of his initial restraint, the Serbian scriptwriter and film critic did author a Fluxus-spirited manifesto “Down with Art, Long Live Life!,” in which he proclaimed that “Fluxus should be interested not in artist, but in man.” He also disseminated Fluxus materials he received from New York across the Yugoslav art scene. In this interview conducted during a C-MAP research trip to Belgrade in the spring of 2012, Vučićević speaks to Jon Hendricks and Gretchen Wagner about both art and life.

Down with art
Branko Vučićević, Down with Art, Long Live Life! 1966

Part 1: “I am a conservative in the matter of art.”

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Branko Vučićević introduces his engagement with art and film since the 1960s, his preoccupation with the prewar avant-garde, and his general artistic sympathies. Vucicević also explains how he first encountered Fluxus and started his correspondence with George Maciunas.

Part 2: “Everybody encountered John Cage at some point.”

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Branko Vučićević discusses meeting John Cage during Cage's visit to BITEF (the Belgrade International Theater Festival) in Belgrade in 1972.

Part 3: "Mixed Media" book

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In 1970 the “Mixed Media” book was published in Belgrade. Branko Vučićević designed the layout of this unusual publication. Here he describes his collaboration with the author Bora Cosić.

Part 4: “It was not like I was being recruited to the US Army.”

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Answering the question about his engagement in Fluxus, Branko Vučićević describes himself as “an interested observer” of the actions by George Maciunas and Maciunas's network.

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This Interview is part of: Fluxus Threads in Eastern Europe