By Hayley Newman
Her Noise, South London Gallery, London
10 November - 18 December 2005
Curated by Lina Dzuverovic & Anne Hilde Neset
The Electra commission MiniFlux (2005) is a collection of over 1000 props used or referenced in Fluxus musical scores, made into roughly worked miniature plasticine models. These are accompanied by a printed brochure of all the objects, which range from a full orchestra and an elephant to a tuba and a piano.
Hayley Newman has a long interest in Fluxus strategies, events and humour; in particular how everyday objects are used in performance work. A Fluxus music score was a series of notes that freely allowed anyone to perform any kind of work from the score. The reader could perform the work in a concert situation, at home or simply through their imagination. Many of these notated performances require props, and it is these objects that the artist has presented in miniature plasticine representations.
MiniFlux encourages audiences to actively look and make connections between the list and the collection of
plasticine sculptures. The installation celebrates Fluxus's vitality and moves away from photographic documentation
as the central object of performance art. The installation functioned as a performance score in itself, providing
the 'score' for new performances through Newman's invitation to guest artists to devise performances using the objects.
Invited artists Bohman Brothers, Bruce Gilbert and Margarita Gluzberg performed new works which they devised in
response to MiniFlux.
Hayley Newman has performed and exhibited widely and has had solo shows at Matt's Gallery, London, Ikon, Birmingham and the Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva. Recent group exhibitions include Chronic Epoch, Beaconsfield, London and Live Culture, Tate Modern, London.