Joe Jones (New York, New York, 1933 – Wiesbaden, Germany,1993). The artist Joe Jones was a prominent figure of Fluxus known for his automaton-like rhythmic music machines. These machines were made by gathering found instruments and assembling them with found objects to create magical combinations such as musical boats, solar music umbrellas and a pedaled vehicle called “The Longest Pull Toy in the World”. He opened his “Music-Store” in 1969 where a passerby could operate repetitive drone music machines by pushing buttons from outside the store. There he also organized Fluxus Events that included performances by himself, Yoko Ono and John Lennon among others, and were later documented in his “Fluxus Home Movies”. Joe Jones lived for 6 years in Asolo, home of Conz’s Edition, where the two could exchange ideas, work as close as possible and introduce each other to new collaborators.
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