Art’s Birthday Jubilation 2009

@ 2-5pm

Western Front presents a fluxus-style framework for gathering, exchange and jubilation: A screening of selected video works by the legendary Robert Filliou, followed by a live cupcake decorating contest, evaluated by a panel of local art community celebrity judges!

Western Front staff will bake the cupcakes for the contest. Please bring your own inspired and original supplies for cupcake decoration! Grand prize to be announced.

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 network of artists and friends around the world. Each year the Eternal Network evolves to include new partners who work with ideas of exchange and telecommunications-art.

Artists have celebrated Art’s Birthday with lavish parties and gatherings, correspondence and mail art, and through Telematic networks using Slow Scan TV, Videophones, music composed for telephone lines, modem-to-modem MIDI connections, early bulletin board and chat systems, and Internet streaming.