The Poipoidrom | Le Poïpoïdrome | Das Poipoidrom | A Poipoidrom
(Robert Filliou - Joachim Pfeufer)
Winter of 1963. One morning I was riding the subway to see my friend,
Joachim Pfeufer, I guess I was going to borrow money from him to pay my
rent. Jo is an architect. And he paints, too. At that time he spent most
of his time with his painting. Today he is perfectly devoted to urbanistics.
Joachim (1972): The Poipoidrom is the functional relation of thinking, activity, and communication. A chair, a work-bench, or an open mind can be a minimal Poipoidrom. The combination of a great number of minimums is not simply many chairs or many work-benches - a great calm. The Poipoidrom is an expression of this. And it is, at the same time, the matrix of two different routes: that of activity and that of thinking - which corresponds to the different dispositions of the co-constructors, Robert Filliou and Joachim Pfeufer
The optimal Poipoidrom is an instantly realizable building of the size of 24x24 meters. What should be put inside, and how it should be built up became clear during ten years of research. The co-urbanists are now working on the designation of the building's site and they welcome any suggestions coming from anyone.
Homage (and acknowledgements) to the Dogons
We owe the term 'Poipoi' to this African tribe, of which term we have heard from our friend, the Dutch architect and ethnologist, Herman Hahn. He also made the photos of the Dogon territory situated in the middle of Mali.
When two Dogon meets, they start asking questions each other like:
"How is your meadow? and how is your family? and how are your cattle? and how are your poultry? and how is your house?... etc." The answer to these questions is always a simple "Poipoi" after which they part, or sometimes they start all over again.
The aim of the association: to promote the realization, control and operation of Real Space-Time Poipoidroms as well as to defend their artistic integrity on French territory or abroad according to methods determined by co-directing Robert Filliou and Joachim Pfeufer.
Donations: considering the co-architects' interest in the decentralization and gratuitousness of the creative act... considering the poor financial status of the communities due to which they can not help tightening the belt of culture..., each time when it is possible and desirable, the co-architects will provide, in exchange of a symbolic 1 Franc, the description and the sketches of Prototype 00 as well as any other documents and innovations in accordance with the demands and resources of the given administrative unit.
Source of the documents:
"1/2 + 1/2 = filliou/pfeufer - Le [ou la] Poïpoïdrome à
Espace-Temps Réel Prototype 00" catalogue, Yellow Now, Liège,
1975 (English translation: Bea Hock)
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