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What do you find in Utopia?

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Art's Birthday cake. Photography Eva Bartussek.

Art’s Birthday cake. Photography Eva Bartussek.

We need your ideas, comments and suggestions to help us celebrate Art’s Birthday 2014.

Art’s Birthday is an annual international event, first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou, a member of the influential Fluxus group.

Filliou humorously suggested that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art, but on 17th of January, art was born!

In Swansea, the festivities are led by Art’s Birthday Wales, and marking the close of the fiftieth anniversary year, Swansea’s contribution carries a Utopian theme.

Glynn Vivian Offsite will be working with Art’s Birthday Wales and Black Kettle Collective to compose a new prologue to Thomas More’s Utopia.

The fictional, conceptual idea of a Utopian space, before and after Thomas More, remains full of potential – a site for celebration, critique, affirmation, subversion – a landscape for hopes, dreams, memories and perhaps nightmares.

To inform the project, we invite you to send us keywords, short statements, even images in response to the question:

What do you find in Utopia?

Please send your thoughts and descriptions to abuk1701@gmail.com with the subject heading UTOPIA

You can also tweet your ideas to @GlynnVivian using the hashtag #artsbirthdaywales

The work will be presented at the Dylan Thomas Theatre on Friday 17 January 2014 at 5.30pm. All events are free. Everyone welcome, no booking required.

To see last year’s celebrations visit our Flickr page.

Art's Birthday cake. Photography Eva Bartussek.

Art’s Birthday cake. Photography Eva Bartussek.

We need your ideas, comments and suggestions to help us celebrate Art’s Birthday 2014.

Art’s Birthday is an annual international event, first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou, a member of the influential Fluxus group.

Filliou humorously suggested that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art, but on 17th of January, art was born!

In Swansea, the festivities are led by Art’s Birthday Wales, and marking the close of the fiftieth anniversary year, Swansea’s contribution carries a Utopian theme.

Glynn Vivian Offsite will be working with Art’s Birthday Wales and Black Kettle Collective to compose a new prologue to Thomas More’s Utopia.

The fictional, conceptual idea of a Utopian space, before and after Thomas More, remains full of potential – a site for celebration, critique, affirmation, subversion – a landscape for hopes, dreams, memories and perhaps nightmares.

To inform the project, we invite you to send us keywords, short statements, even images in response to the question:

What do you find in Utopia?

Please send your thoughts and descriptions to abuk1701@gmail.com with the subject heading UTOPIA

You can also tweet your ideas to @GlynnVivian using the hashtag #artsbirthdaywales

The work will be presented at the Dylan Thomas Theatre on Friday 17 January 2014 at 5.30pm. All events are free. Everyone welcome, no booking required.

To see last year’s celebrations visit our Flickr page.

One Comment

  1. Did you celebrate Art’s Birthday 2014 with us? Listen to the full sound recording with artists Paul Becker, Black Kettle Collective. Introduced by Joan Jones with contribution from David Pitt and the Mari Llwyd. http://artsbirthdaywales.tumblr.com

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