Alex started this project of the IUOMA-Novel. The whole process will be documented in a book. But another question will be: where will the IUOMA-Novel eventually land after it's mission is completed. Any suggestions?
I suggest the novel goes to Ruud Janssen who will then publish it!
Once it is published...the original could be sent to the Museum of Modern Art NYC,
they seem to be starting a nice mail art archive :-)
Or...as Rod suggests:
present it to its originator: Alex!
Alex started the project, so he has a final vote in this I believe. If he wants this IUOMA-Novel in his own collection he has every right to it. This discussion is meant to make people aware of the fact that mail-art pieces are all about process, but when a project is finished even mail-art becomes an artifact. It is then archived or recycled, destroyed or when lucky it ends up in a museum. Just the place mail-art is trying to avoid in the beginning years.
With Alex -- it was his notion, yes? Under his moniker, he could contribute it to any of many important collections, including the Center for Book Arts in NYC (location of huge mail art show not long ago) or the Emily Harvey Foundation, NYC (host of the recent Matthew Rose "A Book About Death" project and show).
When the Novel is filled up it goes back to Alex. It's his. If it goes to a museum that's good as a ¿ central? place
available for many to see. But one reason mailart avoided museums is that they charge for access, usually.
A library is free, usually. I can't think of any place that would be bad for it.
It could also end in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. (Access is free!) They collect contemporary crafts in general and I have seen exhibitions of artist's hand made books there. But to publish it first is the best idea.
hahha only just noticed this link , when the novel is completed i would like to have it so that i can approach so galleries here in the uk after ruud has arranged to publishing of it for all who would like a copy
You could donate it to a Museum's art book collection. I once heard that the Nelson-Atkins museum in Kansas City received art books into its collection. They might still do this, or other museums might do it as well.
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