2013 is Art’s 1,000,050th Annivesary! http://www.artsbirthday.net
Art’s Birthday is an annual exchange-art event celebrated on January 17th by a loose collection of artists and artist organizations around the world. “Art’s Birthday” is an annual event first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou. He suggested that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art. But one day, on the 17th of January to be precise, Art was born. According to Filliou, it happened when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. Modest beginnings, but look at us now. Filliou proposed a public holiday to celebrate the presence of art in our lives. In recent years, the idea has been taken up by a loose network of artists and friends around the world. Each year the Eternal Network evolves to include new partners—working with the ideas of exchange and telecommunications-art. Artists have celebrated Art’s Birthday with lavish parties and gatherings, correspondence and mailart, and through Telematic networks using SloScan TV, Videophones, music composed for telephone lines, modem-to-modem MIDI connections, early bulletin board and chat systems, and (starting in the mid 1990’s) the Internet.
At CHSR, Joe Blades is celebrating Art’s Birthday with a focused episode of his Ashes, Paper, & Beans show on Wed, 16 Jan, 5 to 6 pm [p.s. It’s already 17 Jan in some parts of the world.]
What are you doing to celebrate Art”s birthday?