Josef Boyce Felt Suit (1970)

Boyce believed that the modern economic system did not take into account domestic needs, locking a person in prison for production and consumption. A precondition for the emergence of a true alternative to existing reality for Boyce was through growth of how art was traditionally conceived: the creative process needed to contain and have business with all areas that humans busied themselves with, blurring the lines between art and the rest of life. Boyce called his work “anthropological art” and made the claim that “every person is an artist.” Endowed with an inner potential for creativity, people can construct social systems that are new and that will change the world through practicing art, that is, through becoming creators of “social sculpture” … “

It’s a very strange thing in its simplicity. Boyce said in his usual laconic style that he did not care about the functionality of the subject, assuming only that it would be useful to the magician if he suddenly showed up at a university. (“Where they say it’s so rationalistic …”) And also about the fact that the main function of felt is to keep warm, but it also means spiritual warmth. And he explained, “To go back to the beginnings of evolution.” And for sure: felt is, apparently, one of the first materials man created. And why without the buttons? “Because the buttons are too complicated.” But this is not enough, he felt, unlike the fabric for Boyce, the prototype of an ideal society, whose body was not intertwined but fell from a single individual into a dense and warm unconstructive entity. At the same time, it is a highly politicized object. Originally created for purely political play, Dead Mouse Action / Standalone, held in Dusseldorf to protest the Vietnam War. Then “Felt Suit” turned into a single as well as a “Sled”. And now his goal is to protect people from the cold aggression of a rationalist society in the expectation of a better world. Decorated like a felt nightmare, warming the soul of a true anarchist. The landing of this philosophical uniform is strangely similar to the design of Russian utopian Vladimir Tatlin (“Clothing is Normal”), who designed clothes for the inhabitants of the ideal world of the future held in Dusseldorf to protest the Vietnam War. Then “Felt Suit” turned into a single as well as a “Sled”. And now his goal is to protect people from the cold aggression of a rationalist society in the expectation of a better world. Decorated like a felt nightmare, warming the soul of a true anarchist. The landing of this philosophical uniform is strangely similar to the design of the Russian Utopian Vladimir Tatlin (“Clothing is Normal”), who designed clothes for the inhabitants of the ideal world of the future held in Dusseldorf to protest the Vietnam War. Then “Felt Suit” turned into a single as well as a “Sled”.  And now his goal is to protect people from the cold aggression of a rationalist society in the expectation of a better world. Decorated like a felt nightmare, warming the soul of a true anarchist. The landing of this philosophical uniform is strangely similar to the design of Russian utopian Vladimir Tatlin (“Clothing is Normal”), who designed clothes for the inhabitants of the ideal world of the future.

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