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Isidore Isou
**Hypergraphic Novels
*23 February–13 April 2012* *
Curator:* *Frédéric Acquaviva
*The Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm*
Skeppsbron 20
Stockholm, Sweden
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*Isidore Isou
**Hypergraphic Novels
*12 April 2012* *
Lorsqu'on rompt, on n'a pas de public, on forme un public future.
**When you break away, you don't have an audience, you are creating a
future audience.
**Isidore Isou*,* Les Journaux des Dieux *(1950,* *"The Gods' Diaries")
The Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm is proud to present an
exhibition and an accompanying catalogue focusing on one unique but
essential aspect of *Isidore Isou*'s work: his innovative and
ultra-contemporary contribution to the novel, especially what he called the
*hypergraphic novel.*
This is the first time that an exhibition reunites all 734 plates from
Isou's three *hypergraphic* *novels*: *Les Journaux des Dieux *(1950,* *"The
Gods' Diaries"),* Initiation à la haute volupté *(1960, "Initiation to High
Voluptuousness"), and *Jonas *(1974–1984, "Jonah"). Also on display,
assembled together for the first time, are the 22 silk screens in *Initiation
à la haute volupté*, as well as the 12 etchings in *Jonas*, alongside
original drawings, rare documents, and press clippings of the time.
The *hypergraphic novel* is a novel that is no longer restricted to using
words and sentences, but integrates all the customary signs of
communication, wrenched from their initial function in order to become the
engines for overthrowing the art of prose and narration. It is a *
super-writing* which integrates all the world's alphabets (ancient,
present, or invented), codes (morse, braille, musical notation, rebus),
signs of communication, pictograms, prophetically anticipating the
possibilities of computers and the Internet.
This post-Joycean multi-narration, which from a distance could look to our
modern eyes like trash comics half a century before their time, sometimes
superimposes several layers of different colors, like screen filters in
computer programs—call it the *multi-colored novel*—resulting in wild
creations of an astonishing modernity.
*Isidore Isou* (1925, Botosani, Romania – 2007, Paris), the ingenious
Romanian poet, artist, economist, novelist, film-maker, choreographer and
theoretician, created in 1945 the last avant-garde movement to attempt to
overthrow everything – *Lettrism*, a movement that would embrace
personalities as diverse as Gabriel Pomerand, Maurice Lemaître, Gil J
Wolman and Guy Debord. Isou is the author of a huge body of work centered
on the act of creation, for which he proposed a method, *Creatics,* which
is a systematic approach to understanding and grasping the mechanics of
In connection with the exhibition, the Romanian Cultural Institute of
Stockholm is publishing a unique bok on Isou's *hypergraphic novels*, under
the direction of Frédéric Acquaviva, with texts signed by Frédéric
Acquaviva, Broutin, Maurice Lemaître, Cosana Nicolae Eram, Jonas (J)
Magnusson, Roland Sabatier, as well as reproductions of selected plates and
texts by Isidore Isou. The release of the publication will take place at
the Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm on April 12. For information
about the distribution of the book, please visit
*Isidore Isou
**Hypergraphic Novels
*Published by: The Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm
Editors: Frédéric Acquaviva, Simona Buzatu (The Romanian Cultural Institute
of Stockholm)
Texts by: Isidore Isou, Frédéric Acquaviva, Broutin, Maurice Lemaître,
Cosana Nicolae Eram, Jonas (J) Magnusson, Roland Sabatier
Images: including selections of plates from the three *hypergraphic** novels
*, followed by English translations. Courtesy of Catherine Goldstein
Language: English
Translation by: David W Seaman
Design by: Paul Dersidan
ISBN: 9789197955119
*Admission to the institute is always free.
**The exhibition is open Monday & Thursday 10 am–8 pm and Tuesday,
Wednesday & Friday 10 am–5 pm*
For more information write to us at info {AT} rkis.se or call +468207600.
*The Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm
*Skeppsbron 20, Stockholm, Sweden

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