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Filliou, Robert
Solidaritätsveranstaltung für Angela Davis / Research in poetical economy ...
Köln: galerie art intermedia, 1971.


#17144. Invitation/event score. Broadsheet flyer (30 x 21 cm.), illustrated to recto with thumbnail photo of Angela Davis. Original English version of Filliou’s text is printed to verso, along with facsimile of his signature and manuscript annotations. The German translation that's printed to recto is supplemented by bank account details, for solidarity donations solicited by this work. Horizontal fold-line, otherwise Near Fine.



“On Sunday afternoon 31st of October 1971, I will shake hands with and thank any person contributing 40 Marks to the defense fund of Angela Davis, whose trial begins the 1st of November in Los Angeles. No work will be sold, no signature given, no photo, no record, and yet I attach a value to my presence and my act: 40 D.M. per person met, talked to, and shaked hands with.”

Present here: a scarce survival from Robert Filliou's interdisciplinary research into poetical economy. With this Halloween 1971 event, Filliou proposed to explore the experimental concepts of “availability-value,” “memory-value,” and “solidarity-value,” as supplements to traditional economic concepts such as exchange- and surplus-value. Incredibly prescient, Filliou here anticipates both the affective turn in political-economy, as well as the centrality of crowd-funding and immaterial labour to the functioning of contemporary digital culture.

Ironically, given our current offering, one of Filliou's amendments to the English text reads: “There is nothing tangible [here] to buy, so nothing to resell later on.”

With only a single OCLC record discovered (Köln).

For more Filliou, see these examples of his copy-art and stamp-art.




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