Ben Vautier is a French artist known for his text-based paintings, such as L'art est inutile. Rentrez chez vous (Art is Useless. Go Home) (1971). Vautier?s Fluxus works circled around defining art as a practice that unifies life, objects, and philosophy. ?What is culture? Culture is a fairytale that we have created. It can be manipulative,? he has explained. ?The purpose of culture is to amuse poor people and rich people alike.? Born Benjamin Vautier on July 18, 1935 in Naples, Italy, he moved with his mother to the South of France in 1949. In 1958, Vautier left his job at a book store and opened a stationary and record store.