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Monsters are Inoffensive

Scope & Content

File consists of 19 postcards from a 22 postcard set by Robert Filliou, Daniel Spoerri, and Roland Topor, with photographs by Vera Spoerri, published as Flux Post Cards by Fluxus. The title card reads includes the pronunciation of the word "man" and the following definition credited to Florent Staffeldt's Modern English Usage: "Pejorative term designing the being of both sexes whose main characteristics are a) standing upright on his hind legs, b) an adjustable thumb c) a relatively large brain capacity. For inst., in the expressions: I am a man, you are a man, he (she) is a man, we are men, you are men, they are men, 'man' is always used pejoratively. Warning: men are not monsters, however, and an easy test allows to distinguish between them. Simply remember: MONSTERS ARE INOFFENSIVE." The images are primarily composed of drawn or photographed images of figures, into which the fingers, toes, arms, lips, or other body parts of the artists have been inserted. Each postcard is captioned with a sentence ending with the words "MONSTERS ARE INOFFENSIVE."

Physical Description

Physical Extent
19 postcards : b&w ; 11 x 16 x 1 cm
Material Type
Graphic material, Textual record

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