Built-In versus Built-Upon

Robert Filliou


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Collection: Robert Filliou Estate, Paris (Inv. no. RF97 42).

Excerpt of the conversation between Robert Filliou (RF) and Irmeline Lebeer (IL), Flayosc, France, August 1976.

RF: Marianne is my guru, as you know. It’s possible that in a few years the Genius Republic will exist but no one will know, and I myself will probably have forgotten about it. Like in that thing: ‘He who lives it does not remember it.’ What I think is valuable in the concept of the Genius Republic is the idea of research, and the most important is the concept ‘Built-In Versus Built-Upon’. All this is developed in my letter to Documenta.

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