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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 Heleen de Vaan on August 4, 2017 at 1:15am
As far as I know, in the early years (let's say, the eighties) several mail artist used nicknames. I started joining the network around 2009 and still there are several mail artists whose real names I don't know. But at least we exchange mail art.

I agree that it is, in my words and eufemistically spoken, at least 'weird' that one who doesn't want to unveil his/her snail mail address to mail artists, joins an international mail art network.
Even though the IUOMA is an artist-friendly, open social medium, I think non-mail-artists in fact don't belong here and should not join a mail art network if they don't plan to send out nor receive any mail art. There are many other social media where non-mail artists can lurk and can do their non-postal performances.
Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 3, 2017 at 11:42pm

Well said, Carl Baker. I'm not trying to make a dead horse drink.

But I second your concern about people on the site using a fake identify who will (1) not disclose their identities when asked privately and (2) will not disclose a snail mail address.

Why join a mail art site?

This is a relatively new phenom at IUOMA. Ultimately, there are very few of them.

Comment by carl baker on August 3, 2017 at 6:00pm


thank u for that perspective, very helpful, i do not use facebook and i'm very guarded about my privacy online. ok about having a persona but be open about yr real identity. oh, its performance? that can be very tedious and kinda childish. people should know this about mail-art, stick to doing mail-art, actually making something and posting it via the mail service.that bothers me when no actual mailing address is supplied on their homepg. enuf said>>>>>>

Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 3, 2017 at 4:04am

Hi Terri, what I say is just my opinion as an IUOMA member, like everybody else. This isn't my site, I'm not a moderator, admin etc.

Anyway, this issue of multiple identities has been discussed (passionately) on the platform before. Here are some related causes because IUOMA is just another social media site but also because it's unique:

1) On any social media you get people using fake identities. (Try being an admin of a Facebook group and you'll know). I think Ruud keeps track of membership pretty well.


(2) Mail art has always involved people creating persona. Some of the great mail artists have created characters for themselves. This worked well in the postal system. In the digital world, it's led to some misunderstanding. But I think there is a greater acceptance at IUOMA of persona.

(3) I was told the Fluxus people on the platform play "Fluxus games" related to identities. (whatever that means)

(4) Some people consider they are doing online performance art here. Don't laugh. A LOT of people are doing this. So you get into issues of self expression.

(5) Neoism is a movement connected to m-a based in alternative and shifting identities: Monty Cantsin, Luther Blissett, Karen Eliot. Those are Neoist multiple user identities. A bunch of Neoists are lurking here doing their obscure "performances." There's way more than meets the eye going on.

I'm not suggesting the site is unsafe. I've been here since 2010 and I think it's safe. There just have been a lot of people not using their real names.

Lately there are members who have engaged in private discussions with me. When I ask who they are, they will not reveal their identities. They won't engage in snail mail because they do not want to disclose an address. Personally, I find that a little off-putting. Once people become m-a friends, you usually learn who they are.

Comment by Terri Jones on August 3, 2017 at 3:20am

I had no idea people were actively using 2+ identities on here. What's the point of doing that?? Secretly, I mean.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 2, 2017 at 11:25pm

not goy! guy! Typo

Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 2, 2017 at 11:25pm

Oh and let me distinguish

Alias - it's very common for mail artists to use aliases - the alter-ego idea. I know, you know, Lord Fugue is this goy from North Carolina who has a real identity on FB.

Fake Identity - Now we have this group who will engage but refuse to identify themselves if asked.

So I'm drawing a distinction.

Ultimately, I'd say let it go. Val Herman almost went crazy trying to force every individual on the site to identify themselves. (And I was using the Dark Wall identity at the time.)

Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 2, 2017 at 11:09pm

Carl, I agree - a lot of Flakers right now, speaking from my own experience. I have no idea who they are. They don't seem to be malicious like some of the nasty Neoist pranksters we've seen. Some of them seem to have a lot of network knowledge.

I don't believe this New Wave has anything to do with Moan Lisa, but that's speculation. It seems to have started about the time Miss Noma appeared. I know nothing about who or what Miss Noma is and at this point don't much care.

Overall, I do not believe fake identities account for many of the nearly 5000 IUOMA-Ning members. But there has always been an undercurrent of this sort of thing that has made the site slightly strange, IMHO.

Comment by carl baker on August 2, 2017 at 9:27pm

hello, so how many members do we have? 1000-2000???? but that number is inaccurate because of all the members using bogus names and identifications, i think both miss noma and moan lisa use a number of different aliases, who are u pretending to be today? how do i know who i am talking to? so anyway lets be honest about the number of members, a lot of schizophrenics at iuoma!!!!!

Comment by Giselle Brewton on July 20, 2017 at 5:54pm

Thank you stripygoose! I'll look at other pages. I'm planning to always respond through the mail but am trying to get away from spending too much time online...that's why I love mail-art! I'll find a good balance so received mail-art can be seen and shared here too.


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