Experimental Sound Studio hosts a musical bike ride on Sunday called Flux Bikes, featuring local musician Rob Frye performing “on bicycle wheel and saxophone.” Riders are encouraged to join the cacophony using contact mics, loops and effects, and a battery-powered amp. The whole thing’s inspired by Fluxus, the so-called “anti-art” movement that originated in New York in the 1960s.
Fluxus was known for its “happenings,” anarchic performance pieces or art events to which audience participation was crucial. Artist Dick Higgins coined the term “intermedia” to explain a movement that synthesized many forms as an artistic response to the then-burgeoning (and still-burgeoning, if you’re keeping track) media landscape: “[D]ue to the spread of mass literacy, to television and the transistor radio,” Higgins wrote in 1966, “our sensitivities have changed.”
The free ride starts at 2 PM at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond (Fullerton east of Stockton). Stops, where “surprises” and “conversations” are promised, include 1968 Democratic National Convention protest sites in Lincoln Park, scrap metal yards, and the Bloomingdale Trail. The ride ends at 3:30 PM at the Boat House Pavilion in Humboldt Park. For more information, e-mail Rob Frye.