ADD & PASS - The X Files


ADD & PASS - The X Files

In the Mail Art activity, there are interesting ideas that are explored, like Mail Art Calls, Collaborative Books, Visual Poetry etc, and we also have the  ADD & PASS, which are created somewhere in the world by a Mail Artist who send by mail one "object", proposing that it be changed or simply Added an Artistic Intervention by another Mail Artist, appealing that the "object" being referred back to an following artist, chosen randomly or not.The original creator Add its Address on the "object" in hopes that later return him, filled with interventions of Mail Artists from different places and countries, giving him a great satisfaction to see the "object" with a new "life".

This group aims to be the dissemination place to the Add and Pass, and a ARCHIVE of it, however, giving preference to " Booklets",becouse it is here that the individuals have their own space to give wings to is imagination and technique.

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Add & Pass projects for printing

Started by Angie & Snooky. Last reply by A. Sleep 14 hours ago. 10 Replies

If you have an add and pass that is clean, without additions - post it here for others to print out and add to.Also, you can do a search here at the ning for add and pass projects and there is also a…Continue

Question from a New Person

Started by Terry Owenby. Last reply by Terry Owenby Sep 11, 2014. 2 Replies

Hello.I've done add and pass swaps before and love them. In those swaps, we passed a postcard from one person to another through the mail, using a predetermined online list. I am a bit unclear on the…Continue

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Comment by Terry Owenby on March 16, 2015 at 6:15pm

Richard, I forgot to mention in my previous comment. I am going to send my A&P to you. I would be love for you to work on it.

Comment by Terry Owenby on March 16, 2015 at 6:14pm

Such thoughtful, helpful answers from all of you! Thanks so much, Angie, Jan, Mim, and Richard. Richard, I couldn't agree more that it would be nice to have some guidelines. Jan, you have a valid point that caused me to wonder if getting my A&P back home each time should be considered an issue. At least I'm getting it back and able to send it to someone I know will keep it moving. So many interesting thoughts here. I appreciate all of them. What I'm hearing in response to my question is, then, that anything goes. I worry too much. I overthink. :-) 

Comment by Amy Irwen on March 16, 2015 at 4:37pm

heading to Lynn Radford...

Comment by Jan Hodgman on March 15, 2015 at 11:52pm

I think I'd be delighted at getting one back, since I add then never see them again, mostly. Guess it's good to send them to the people I know actually enjoy these and add and pass! Boo hoo.

Comment by Mim Golub Scalin on March 15, 2015 at 5:56pm

I enjoyed reading your thoughts, Richard, and Angie & Snooky, and others. I have a number of A & P to work on - yes, put them back in envelopes to contemplate and now must de-envelope them and get to play on them. Sometimes, they make me groan - aaagh - too much going on. I'm a minimalist, you see. But then I get over it and Add & Pass.

It helps me to not be precious, not be critical, not be hesitant, not be timid. That's the deal!

Comment by Angie & Snooky on March 15, 2015 at 4:37pm

Richard, I appreciate what you said so much. It is so true! You get these and each time you're like - what the heck. And, I wonder if that's the magic of the add and pass. The opportunity to consider and stretch the mind. What is this? What should I do with this? Why am I here on this planet? The power of mailart.

Comment by Richard Canard on March 15, 2015 at 4:12pm

15.03.15 Dare Ms. Terry O.,  ... You know, I've been troubled by this as well.  Every time I receive an "Add & Pass" I get confused all over again. Sometimes, I just add something to it & pass it on as instructed. ...& sometimes, I will subtract some tidbit (which can be considered a form of "adding")from the "Add & Pass" & send it on to a specific individual. Other times, I compare & calculate the existing total of images by the available remaining spaces & gave it much more thought than it ever deserved...not to mention,  I've been know to make xerox copies & send them out to a multitude of people (as well as, add to the copies individually & send them out to a multitude of people). I'm sure there are other variables that I've just forgotten & or can't remember. Plus, no doubt there are other possibilities here. ... & too, there have been occasions in which I received an "Add & Pass  & merely placed it back in the envelope in order to think further  on the piece,  completely forgot it & it just ended up in one of  the multitude of cardboard boxes here....but this is a serious problem  & needs to be addressed. Mail art is a rational & increasingly expensive  demanding activity & we can no longer afford or tolerate a  lax libertarian attitude of "there are no rules in mail art". I would certainly like to know what is the correct way to deal with an "Add & Pass". Signed & sighed Richard Canard  ... Post Scriptum: I hope you will send me one of your "Add & Pass" mailings. I'll try to get it back to you somehow.

Comment by Angie & Snooky on March 15, 2015 at 3:21pm

The a&p envelope is always quite distinct - though Borderline Grafix tricked me with his - it was a DKULT newsletter inside not an a&p.

Comment by Angie & Snooky on March 15, 2015 at 3:20pm

An a&P from Allegra - lovely as always.

Comment by Angie & Snooky on March 15, 2015 at 3:20pm

Some a&ps from Brandon Haney, the prolific!


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