Pierre Tilman

Biographical Data

Born in Salernes, in the Var, France, in 1944. He lives and works in Sète, southern France. In his late teens, while working as a journalist in the Patriote in Nice, Pierre Tilman studies Arts. Poet, he shares many of the ideas of the Fluxus’ artists; he collaborates in the magazines: Identités and Action poétique. He settles in Paris in 1968 and becomes co-founder of the magazine Chorus (1968-1974). His first poetry book, La Flûte de Marcus, is published in 1968; Hôpital Silence (1975) will follow it. He gives poetry readings, writes books about artists and publishes, in 2006, a biography: Robert Filliou, nationalité poète.

Brief Chronology

During the 70’s, Pierre Tilman uses in his plastic art different mountings and artistic mediums. He sets small objects and figurines, plastic animals and soldiers on wooden frames for Paysages manigancés (1978) o Le Théâtre des operations (1984); he creates “situations which are full of desire, aggressiveness or drama”, it is his way of saying that “the 29th century had taken the wrong direction, reality was hurt”. He plays with words he combines with small wooden sticks (Baguettes de bois et ruban dymo, 1982). He becomes the character of the photographic series (Salut, 1991; Le singe à l’œil, 1998). He experiments with his poems, gives them new forms, uses digital impressions (Poèmes trafiqués, 2003), he sets words on bars, cardboard pieces, walls (Poèmes sur les murs de toutes les couleurs, 2003; Le mur des mots, 2006).




Ne vous disputez pas il y aura du malheur pour tout le monde, 2007, Adhesive letters on plexiglas, 286 x 21 cm / 112,5 x 8,2 in.