Sig Heil, Bruder Maciunas

Raimundas Malasauskas: Can we ask him who he was in his past life? David Magnus: There might be a surprise, but he was an athlete, a preacher. He had something to do with the Mormons. I don't know what, I am not familiar, but a religious sect. He is showing me Germany... fascism, and I was saying: "That doesn't look pretty," and he goes, "They all aren't all pretty, honey," ... that kind of a thing ... don't think yours are either.

When he talks about being a preacher, you know, he was, or at least he felt connected to dictators. They were fascinating characters, fascinating character studies for him. He saw himself, many times, and he learned a lot. He observed them a lot. He found it so fascinating that he could find a piece of himself in others. And I think it's very interesting what Mother Teresa said she found Hitler in herslef. Small part, but okay.

In 2002, Raimundas Malasauskas started emailing around asking, "Do you have a question for George Maciunas (1938-1971), artist and the founder of the Fluxus Movement?" Then he sat down with David Magnus, "an experienced psychic," who relayed the questions to the deceased artist--and channelled back his responses.

Yoko Ono wanted to know if Maciunas was still aware of what was going on in the world, and if so, what did he think about it?

My friend Yasu wanted to know what he really thought of Yoko Ono?

The interview/seance was originally published in 2002, but it was just reproduced in the most recent issue of the design journal Dot Dot Dot [issue 13], put out by Dexter Sinister.

Since 2001 here at, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

Many thanks to the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for supporting that time.

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