FLUX OLYMPIAD

Tate Modern Museum, London, UK 5.2008

In May, 2008, I was recruited by Fluxus artist Larry Miller to m.c. the Flux Olympiad at the Tate Modern Museum. The Flux Olympiad was a heretofore never realized sporting event conceived by Fluxus founder George Macunias. Several FluxSport events had been organized, including one at Rutgers (my graduate school alma mater), in 1970, however the Olympiad, had yet to be organized until this event. It was an unbelievable sight to see the Turbine Hall transformed into an athletic field replete with a large playing area, four hundred bleacher seats, and an amazing amount of props made by the Tate’s production crew. I, along with my friend Matt Lau, manned the mics as Flux Sport presenters for the long weekend, cheering on contestants in events such as Stilt Soccer, the Metronome race, the Zen Sprint, and Tennis Basketball. After the second day of events, we began to notice a trend in the Olympiad’s participants: they were all children. As throngs of British tweens crowded around trying to sign up for every race, we figured out what was happening. Parents were dropping off their boisterous spawn at the game field, and going inside to peacefully stroll the galleries. When they were done, an hour or two later, they would return for their runts. The Flux Olympaid had turned into FluxDayCare. No matter, as a bit of improvisational Aesthletics, I organized a game of invisible soccer, with a nod to Blow Up, with some of these restless youth ( see below)

Tate Shots Interview with Tom Russotti from Aesthletics on Vimeo.

Slow Bicycle Race at the Flux Olympiad, Tate Modern Museum from Aesthletics on Vimeo.

Imaginary Soccer at Tate Modern from Aesthletics on Vimeo.