Porta Filliou

Clive Robertson and Robert Filliou

1977, 47:00 minutes, B&W, English


This videotape was jointly produced by Robert Filliou and Clive Robertson and mystery guest, Marcella Bienvenue, during Robert Filliou's artist-in residency (October 1st - 21st, 1977) at the artist-run centre Arton's in Calgary, Canada.

Porta Filliou was made as a video supplement to Robert Filliou's book "Teaching and Learning as Performing Arts" 1970.

Porta Filliou includes The Gong Show, a performance Robert Filliou made with Brian Dyson, and earlier Fluxus films including a joint performance with Emmett Williams (What's Happening?) and a non-continuity film made with George Brecht, Marianne Staffels-Filliou, and Donna Jo-Jones.

Robert Filliou's work and ideas were the catalyst for the founding of the artist-run centre movement in Canada and Québec.

Porta Filliou was originally produced as a boxed video publication by Arton's Publishing, 1977.

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Critical Writing

On the difficulties of "work as play": The video art of Robert Filliou
by Martin Patrick. Afterimage, 2011, v. 4, no. 30.