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Mr. Fluxus 

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A man pulls a raw egg and a fine-toothed saw from a wooden box. He spends 20 minutes sawing the egg precisely in half. Then he makes breakfast. It's one of the more sublime sequences in Mr. Fluxus, a Neo-Futurist performance installation opening in November, which I've seen in rehearsal. Creator and Neo-Futurist founder Greg Allen has long been enamored of Fluxus, the playful, do-it-yourself "intermedia" movement that coalesced in the early 1960s. Fluxus artists like Yoko Ono, George Maciunas, and George Brecht staged simple events--nailing down the keys on a piano, kicking a guitar around the block, pouring water slowly into the bell of a French horn--meant to ridicule the pretenses of formal art making while revealing awkward beauty in unlikely places. "It's about experiencing your life as art," says Allen, adding that "it greatly influences Neo-Futurism, with its insistence on nonillusory performance, just being yourself." The company plans to install 13 Fluxus events around the Neo-Futurarium--in the stairway, in the lobby, on the sidewalk outside the building--and usher small groups through every 15 minutes. "Fluxus is never about being terribly skilled," Allen says. "Anyone can do it. You just need an idea and, ideally, a sense of humor." a Sat 11/3-Thu 12/8, Neo-Futurarium. --Justin Hayford

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