‘Fête permanente’ is a term borrowed from Robert Filliou, who sought to capture a system that proposes a dynamic balance between what is and what could be but is not: Permanent Creation, the Eternal Network, and the Principle of Equivalence. Filliou and Brecht had operated their own collaborative space in France, conceived as a “Center for Permanent Creation” for three years, then closed it down and announced the creation of an open-end, non-local continuation of the idea: “La Fête Permanente/The Eternal Network.” There, art is seen as one activity in a network of others, a network that connects the totality of human activity as well as the cosmos beyond. The key principles of Filliou’s triadic creative system which, though its branches bear different names, are aspects of an overarching structure, or differing ways to convey that structure.
The exhibition ‘fete permanente’ is dedicated to the idea of permanent creation and sets it open as a question about our contemporaneity. From selfie to tattoo, from the processing of a failed form of government to the trade in garlic, from the power of one’s own voice, to the sound as an everlasting event. Questions about a generation Y addicted to happiness and success, an omnipresent nihilism, the question of rest and not doing and not showing anything are negotiated and contrasted with the fact that the generic creative power, even in states of exception, does not die away.