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Roddy Hunter curator of Art's 1.000.052nd Birthday 2015: What is Peace?
as part of the exhibition ‘Robert Filliou: “Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense”’ at Richard Saltoun Gallery.

Roddy Hunter curator of Art's 1.000.052nd Birthday 2015: What is Peace?

Roddy Hunter (Director of Programme, Fine Art) curated a series of special events to take place in conjunction with the exhibition  ‘Robert Filliou: “Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense”’ at Richard Saltoun Gallery.

ROBERT FILLIOU SPECIAL EVENT
FILM evening Thursday 15/1/2015
Art's Birthday PARTY Friday 16/1/2015


Thursday 15 January
ROBERT FILLIOU: 'Porta Filliou' screening with introduction by CLIVE ROBERTSON
7:00 pm
Porta Filliou (1977, 44' b/w) made in collaboration with Marcella Bienvenue and Clive Robertson. Screening introduced by Clive Robertson in discussion with Roddy Hunter.
 
Made as a video supplement to Filliou's book Teaching and Learning as Performing Arts (1970), Portafilliou was produced during a residency at the artist-run centre Arton's, in Calgary, Alberta. Somewhere between a lecture and gong show, Filliou outlines an A-Z (from 'Admiration' to 'Zen') of his practice, interests and many research projects, including La Cédille Qui Sourit, Principles of Poetical Economy, The Mysterious Female Guest and The Eternal Network.
 
Friday 16 January
ART'S 1.000.052nd BIRTHDAY 2015: WHAT IS PEACE?
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
 
'1.000.010 years ago, ART was LIFE, 1.000.010 years from now it will again be. Let us have an artless day of festivities to celebrate this happy beginning, and bring about this happy ending […] Here's what on my mind: EVENTUALLY ART MUST RETURN TO THE PEOPLE - CHILDREN WOMEN AND MEN EVERYWHERE - TO WHOM IT BELONGS.' (Robert Filliou, Aachen, 1973)
 
We will begin celebrations from 10am, Friday 16 January to correspond with the planetary dawning of Art's Birthday in Kiritimati, Republic of Kiribati (GMT/UTC+14h) - the first people to celebrate Art's Birthday on Earth. Expect fun-making, bubble-blowing, tea-drinking, hat-folding, an aikido demonstration and much more!
 
This event will also launch the next Art-of-Peace Biennale 2015-17, which resumes the project conceived by Robert Filliou and organised by René Block in its inaugural, sole edition of 1985. Visit at any time in the gallery, skype or tweet us @aop_biennale or visit www.peacebiennale.info  to help answer Filliou's question: 'We're all against war. But what are we for? Peace, we say. What is peace? Nobody quite knows.' Join the free Aikido demonstration at 4:30pm. Thanks to Central London Shodokan Aikido.
 
ART'S BIRTHDAY 2015: WHAT IS PEACE? is curated by Roddy Hunter with friends Judit Bodor and Barnaby Dicker.