“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.
Part 1: “I am a conservative in the matter of art.”
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.”
Part 3: “Mixed Media” book
Part 4: “It was not like I was being recruited to the US Army.”