Flux Rain Machine
Following the idea of the ‘Fluxkit’ that George Maciunas conceived in 1964, Fluxus artists produced multiple editions of kits encompassing a selection of miscellaneous objects and paper as graphic scores for the user to read or manipulate, as with interactive games. The kits were packed together in a small attaché case for sale, which was first advertised in the fourth Fluxus newspaper, FLuxus cc fiVe ThReE that also contained Nam June Paik’s essay, Afterlude to the Exposition of Experimental Television (1964).
The Flux Rain Machine is by Ay-o (Takao Iijima), nicknamed “the Rainbow Man.” The sealed plastic box contains water, which condenses to form droplets on the box’s surfaces by temperature differences of the inside and the outside of the box. In 1962, Ay-o composed Piano Composition No. 9 for Nam June Paik.
1 plastic box