Thursday, January 17, 1963: Art at one million

French artist Robert Filliou, in a 1963 poem called "Whispered Art History," writes that art originated one million years earlier, to the day:

It all started the 17th of January 1963, one million years ago.
a man took a dry sponge and dropped it into a bucket of water.
who that man was is not important.
he is dead, but art is alive.

* Listen to Filliou read "Whispered Art History" (begins about 6:30 mark): @
* Filliou biography (from www.ubu.com): @
* More about Filliou (from www.newmedia-art.org): @
* "A Filliou Sampler" (from www.ubu.com): @
* www.artsbirthday.net (website devoted to observing the "holiday"): @
* "Who was Robert Filliou?" (from artsbirthday.blogspot.com): @
* Filliou links: @ 

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