Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Boris Ondreicka, Christian Höller, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jan Verwoert, Lucia Gregorová Stach, Mira Keratová, Patrizia Grzonka, Sandro Droschl.
An influential figure in the Slovakian avant-garde, Stano Filko (1937–2015) synthesized Pop art, Fluxus and Conceptual art into a universalist vision of art and life influenced by subjects such as modernist architecture, mathematical algorithms and the cosmos. He designed hybrid objects and environments, assemblages, text-based works and performances that attempted to circumvent state repression. Among his acclaimed bodies of work are the Altar assemblages of the mid-1960s and the Bomb series. Having fled to West Germany in 1981, Filko exhibited at Documenta 7 in Kassel in 1982, and then relocated to New York, where he took up neo-expressionist painting, embracing a rainbow-colored chakra system that he explored for the rest of his life. This first English-language publication on Filko approaches his multilayered oeuvre from various perspectives.