Garage Cosmos

L'Expérience de l'externité et le soulèvement de la jeunesse

Isidore Isou

21 February – 21 March 2020

Works and Documents about the 'socialism of creators' of Isidore Isou

Isidore Isou, is not only the founder of the Lettriste movement and author of the exceptional film Venom and Eternity (1951), he is also a novelist, painter and artist - who could be defined as conceptual - as well as the author of an economical and political body of work. 

Isou opposes what he calls "internes" who are part of the economic circuit, and "externes" who are excluded from it, ie the youth, the inactive or anyone who is dissatisfied with their situation in society. 

He writes in Le Soulèvement de la jeunesse et la classe ouvrière, Nouvelle Génération Lettriste n°3 (1970) "We must go further, and first form unions of pupils, students, apprentices based on "externiste" conceptions, taking into account that slavery and hierarchical over-exploitation of youths who spend energy for free to reach their desired position, is distinct from the situation of the proletariat who sells labor on the market and manufactures goods whose added value is robbed by capital."

Isidore Isou, Introduction à une reconsidération de Michel-Ange (1/20), 1986, huile sur toile