the eternal party roots ...
multiple connected artists
every year -- everywhere
The roots of acoustic poetry and sound performance derive from attempts to deconstruct the old meanings, values, to reframe poetry and performing arts. By using the techniques of montage, collage, Bruitism, Simultaneism and readymade. Dadaists have developed new approach to artistic material, which has became common in contemporary media arts – beginning with the Fluxus movement. Robert Fillious concept of "The Eternal Network" or "La Fête Permanente", which has inspired the annual celebrations of Art’s Birthday by media artists is a revival of the DADA spirit.
Art's Birthday Party is a celebration in memory of Robert Filliou who declared, on 17 January 1963, that Art had been born exactly 1,000,000 years ago when someone dropped a dry sponge into a pail of water. Ten years later he celebrated Art's 1,000,010th birthday at the Neue Galerie, Aachen.
After Filliou's death in 1987, some artists began to celebrate Art's Birthday with mail art, fax and slow scan TV events in the spirit of his concept of "The Eternal Network" or "La Fête permanente". The birthday parties took place in different cities across the world and artists were asked to bring birthday presents for Art - works that could be shared over the network.
Art's Birthday Party has never been a formal event but was always organized on an open curcuit basis via the network. Every participating location (and they are different every year) organizes its own “party” - from a few friends in a private studio to a performance evening in a museum, gallery or radio station.The only condition is that each group be able to send and receive birthday presents for Art. Since 1994 this has usually meant using the Internet in one form or other.
For this international event, the EBU Ars Acustica Group has designed a way to organize the contents and contributions under the idea of sound "presents". Two main points in Vienna (ORF) and Stockholm (SR) will collect them to feed two EBU satellite channels: Ravel (R) and Verdi (V). R channel will transmit the main items and signature tunes, while V channel will offer other contributions which EBU Members can also downlink to mix with the R channel signal. Apart from that, on the Ars Acustica Web page (www.arsacustica.org), everyone can find the Web address of independent international Web projects also involved in the party. All this input lets every station and producer offer their particular approach to the event.
All network nodes during the Arts Birthday celebration 2006 are welcome to find a niche in urban landscape to increase participation of the public in the event.