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Filliou, Robert
International research: I. A world of false fingerprints. II. A contribution to the dynamism of the eternal network.
[Berlin], circa 1975.

#17311. Xerographic sheet (29.5 cm.), printed recto only. Illustrated with a set of 12 false fingerprints. Horizontal fold-line. Text in English.

An instance of Filliou’s work in xerography / copy-art: “In the course of work, International Research I. was expanded into visual pieces which will enter the art market, i.e., become art works, i.e., reach too few of the people with whom sharing my world was intended. And so I thought of putting down the essence of it all on a page, and gifting it away... through an international chain letter... And so, simply, if and when you like, make copies of this page and send it to as many friends as you like, inviting them to do likewise. Photocopies are easiest. If retyping, any fingerprints will do.” 

Filliou here referring to the false-fingerprint boxes he produced for Edition René Block, whose aura he’s trying to disperse.

With a single OCLC record discovered (Köln). For more ephemera from Filliou, see this brilliant experiment in poetical economy and his business card for the Poïpoïdrome


250 USD

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