INVESTIGATIVE MAIL-ART: Deep Inside the DKULT with KDJ & Diane Keys (Orlando, Florida, USA)

Cover: July 2011 issue of the DKULTNY (DKULT-New York) fanzine


November 25, 2011 - Posing as an adoring fan injured in the infamous D-Koder Ring Scandal, I infiltrated the D-KULT (a mail-art movement based on the enigmatic and charismatic mail-artist Diane Keys (Illinois, USA), following a slippery chain of command to its highest levels. My findings are deeply disturbing.


Once headquartered in Elgin, Illinois, DKULT "problems cases" are now routed to an address in Orlando, Florida (USA). This is managed under the iron hand of DK's current "Lieutenant": KDJ (aka DKDJ). DK now barely communicates with the growing throng of her international fans. Instead, insiders say her time is devoted to courting corporate sponsorship of her increasingly extravagant performance pieces. A shadowy character known as "Heath" has risen to a high position in the organization.


Most of the trash that drives her thriving industry, that she previously collected herself in the streets of Elgin, is now imported from the U.S. State of Maine where a regional DKULT operation has sprung up under the leadership of Nancy Bell Scott, known to have ties to the controversial and alleged cultist Trungpa Rinpoche. DK's trash cartel can be traced further to Hamburg, Germany, and probably beyond. An unidentified DKULT watcher claims a major partnership is in the works with Grigori Antonin of Minnesota.


In response to my request for a new D-Koder ring I received a baffling document, prefaced by this letter and followed with page upon page of forms to complete:


Now the second page:



I regret I cannot reproduce the voluminous reports I am requested to complete. Clearly, the average mail-artist is powerless against the D-KULT. Here is an example of some of the contents:


Exhibit H is alleged to be a psychological test designed by Grigori Antonin (Minnesota, USA).

I cannot imagine what Exhibit C has to do with a defective D-Koder Ring. The slick marketing that helped the D-KULT's rise to the top is still being used to its advantage. The bad news came to me in this wonderful envelope:



D-KULT marketing and recruitment is clearly as slick as ever. Has a once benevolent mail-art movement evolved in a dangerous kult of personality? I will leave that for readers to decide.


Mail-artists are encouraged to monitor the official Diane Keys blog and report any strange or unusual activities:




Mink schnitzel


Don't take it out of the bag, Louise. It's not normal.


The proper remedy is catwalk maroon. waffles or waffling


Snooker's Mink Ranch.


Bifidus has found the key to the 13th dimension. The signs were always there.




You don't look that good in red anyway. Sleeve it alone.


Coffee cups & doughnut holes.


He asked for a white handkerchief & an orange. Max knew him in Queens. It was the noise of the chainsaw that bothered me the most. No, the other Max.


Harvey Brown. Yet another genius from Cleveland.


Ray says the Glimmer Twins are back.

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on December 5, 2011 at 3:34pm

Comment by De Villo Sloan on December 5, 2011 at 12:19am

C.O.D. = C.O.Dk or creDit Kard?

Comment by DKULT on December 4, 2011 at 4:58pm

yes, that 100,000 cans of cat food would come in handy for all those cougars. Open it----you will be glad you did. 

Comment by De Villo Sloan on December 4, 2011 at 4:46pm

In fairness, I am reporting I have received a box from the D-Kult. Forget that it has some pretty serious obscenities scrawled on. It must be my new D-Koder ring. I'm a little afraid to open it.

We need to start yet another club: The D-Kougars. Enrollment is limited to 200.

Comment by DKULT on December 4, 2011 at 4:25pm

The new DKoder rings are made from fluxus bucks-but they still have to be paid for in regular dirty money

Comment by De Villo Sloan on December 3, 2011 at 7:37pm

And you should consider paying in Fluxus bucks - the universal currency,

Comment by De Villo Sloan on December 3, 2011 at 7:25pm

To be fair, I'll have to say I'm positive Ramone and Stubbs aren't on any payroll. They couldn't raise the pesos to get to Elgin for the birthday. 

Comment by DKULT on December 3, 2011 at 6:15pm

Svenja also accused DKult of a distorted form of nepotism--Uncle Ramone et al are on the payroll

Comment by De Villo Sloan on December 3, 2011 at 4:51pm

"Shocking revelations" courtesy of Svenja Wahl.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on December 3, 2011 at 4:01pm

More D-Klassified DoKuments. More shocking revelations:



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