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There are a lot of basic questions on Mail Art that are often asked and answered. This group might be the first place to look for answers. I will do my best to answer, but hope that other members can help out as well.

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Comment by DKULT on November 21, 2010 at 5:40pm
Thanks Ruud. I've never seen a call for this until I looked up an exhibition. I'm intrigued by this as I'm always making altered boxes-mini Pandora's
Comment by Ruud Janssen on November 21, 2010 at 5:36pm
Answer comes from Hannah Higging, daughter of Dick Higgins and Allison Knowles. Met Hannah and Allison last April this year.
Comment by Ruud Janssen on November 21, 2010 at 5:35pm
It resists definition; we both know that. But can we come up with a short way of defining it?

I would say that Fluxus is justifiably defined in very different ways, depending on when, where, and how people learn about it. That would be one non-answer--the Flux answer. Most Fluxus artists all over the world were doing Fluxus-like work before there was something called Fluxus. So if you were in Denmark, you learned this through Eric Andersen and his experience of Bewogen Beweging, or "Moving Movement," which was an historic kinetic art show from the 1960s. If you were in Germany, you found it among the students of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the Darmstadt circle--who were talking about serialism and experimental musical structure in a way that a student of Cage never would. If you're talking to one of the Japanese Fluxus artists, there's a good chance they met at the University of Tokyo, and had some relationship to Group Ongaku, which was another experimental musical group. Most of these scenes had some connection to music: some of the artists were training to be involved in music professionally, although most of them were actually discovering music as an "other"--a structure or practice distinct from forms more traditional to the art world, such as painting. Now, I'm the daughter of two New York Fluxus artists; Dick was in the historic John Cage composition class of 1958 at the New School for Social Research, which included most of the future practitioners of Fluxus in New York. For me, Fluxus is predominantly a social entity--it marked the need of a group of experimental artists to have a context, and they found each other in the Cage class. The "event," which is this Minimalist performance form where you have a simple instruction like "dripping" or "polishing"--some very reduced action--was invented in that class by George Brecht. George Maciunas first engaged with this group of artists in 1961 through his gallery, AG, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan; he later invented the Fluxus Kit, which were these objects for handling and using, and which I think of as a materialization of the event. He also gave concerts to La Monte Young and many key figures in the avant-garde, and began publishing Fluxus scores and objects. So my definition comes from that New York context, which actually allows one to say quite a lot about Fluxus. But a definition of Fluxus should always hinge on the position from which your practitioner, writer, or thinker speaks about it.

Comment by DKULT on November 21, 2010 at 5:05pm
Morning, I have a question-what is the actual concept of fluxus kits?
Comment by Ruud Janssen on November 19, 2010 at 7:53pm
Searchable: YES

withi IUOMA : search window in upper corner right

Via Google : Yes

Elsewhere : Yes, the IUOMA network is indexed by searchengines. Only members can add informations.
Comment by Ruud Janssen on November 19, 2010 at 6:59pm
The link on Paper Sizes is very helpfull, so I placed it on the sidebar.
Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on November 19, 2010 at 3:33pm
I Googled a while back and tried to find out postage rates from country to country within Europe, but couldn't find the cross-national matrix that I was looking for. It might not exist, and if that is the case then it will be necessary to assemble this info on a country-by-country basis -- which shouldn't be too difficult as most countries are covered by IUOMA.
From France, there are 3 postal rates:i) internal @ €0.58, ii) to Europe, @ € 0.75, iii) to the rest of the world, @ € 0.87.
These rates are for standard size envelopes and postcards. For anything bigger, well then you have to go to La Poste where they weigh/measure whatever it you've got to send.
Regrads, Val
Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on November 17, 2010 at 7:55pm
I think it DOES have a function. There are a set of initial questions that pople new to IUOMA (like me) have. They are very basic -- like what is Mail Art? What is an ATC? Newcomers will always have those sorts of questions, while 'Oldies' and 'Veterans' wont. But above all it is very reassuring to know that Ruud is the, well sort of IUOMA Wikipeadia -- ask him a question and you will get an answerbased on his considerable and unique experience, come what may. Keep up the good work, Ruud! Regards, Val
Comment by Ruud Janssen on November 17, 2010 at 6:50pm
Seems there aren't much questions for the time being. We will see if this group has a function.
Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 3, 2010 at 9:06am
Yes? or No?
This is going to be a great group, thanks, Ruud.

Ruud's mail art next to Katerina's mail art at Thessaloniki exhibit:
"Human, Colours, Music" Nov 2, 2010

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