FREE ART: July is Urban Exploration Month

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FREE ART: July is Urban Exploration Month

Time: June 26, 2011 at 6pm to July 31, 2011 at 7pm
Location: FREE ART.
Street: 1234 Sandusky Dr.
City/Town: Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
Website or Map: http://free-art-foundation.bl…
Event Type: mail art call
Organized By: i'm a superhero i can like fly and shit.
Latest Activity: Jul 2, 2011

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In the month of July, we are calling for your view of the world through Observational Art.


Featured artist for the month is my good friend Erni Bär out in Hamburg, Germany who has been doing a lot of work with what he calls "Urban Exploration."


in Erni's words:

Off Scene

The so-called Off Scene not only means actual three-dimensional room where the fine arts, music, literatur, theatre, movies and all their crossovers can take place but exists and reveals itself as virtual space of possibilities within ourselves. Off can be defined as a life concept finally giving birth to an artistic output of aesthetic and political as well as social implications responding to societal situations. Being playground for radical outsiders Off attracts people who have no intentions to submit themselves to whatsoever economy or satisfy official art history with their output. Fundamental principle is a categorical freedom of contents and form, bound only to personal believes.
Of course the efficiency of such a view remains to be seen.
When there's no free space in one's head no trendy loft or ground floor gallery will do any good. Off means more than a little roaming the citiy's in-scenes after a week of 9 to 5 , for Off means ignoring what's regarded as safe and secure. Whoever cuts across that threshold boldly turns her- or himself over to the vague and undefined.
Off is no niche but more a rather total living space, equipping the participants with more than a certain „aura“. To be off means ignoring all intentions of functionaries as there are curators, collectors, and assorters of culture saying goodbye to official history of culture and art. As side effect one blocks up all monopolization couvetousness of the mainstream.
The point is not to reach the art market but to erase traditional believes of how art is to be defined as well as all homespun opinions on that and finally start from the beginning anew vitalizing the result of the whole process. Dada, Fluxus, Beat Generation, Flower Power, happening, poetry, movies, video and performance, desperation und denial — all are at home in the Off Scene.
Off was and still is a breakup into space-time containing the unexpected wealth of an alternative life. Off ist a cornucopia of expressive forms only to be found beyond all cultural bondage of governmental management of culture and society.


please send in either found objects or photographs of found art for this call:


E-Mail submissions to:



traditional "mail art" may be sent to:

i'm a superhero i can like fly and shit.

1234 Sandusky Dr.

Iowa City, IA 52240




all submissions will be on permanant display @ free-art-foundation.blogspot.com

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Comment by Fleur Helsingor on June 29, 2011 at 2:16am

I have this postcard designed and ready to send ... if I can ever get my printer to cooperate!

If I can finally get a clean print, I'll mail it tomorrow morning. Wish me luck ......


1cgqtuoblpeqc Comment by 1cgqtuoblpeqc on June 28, 2011 at 2:06am
that's good, i'd have been rather confused with what to do with you if you actually showed up in person!!! ;-D
Comment by Neil Gordon on June 28, 2011 at 1:02am
I will be there in "spirit" at the "free art" show... will send submission ,Lets get Urban! When i checked "attend" i didn't mean physically-Whhoops!, gazi-gazunt! Neil
1cgqtuoblpeqc Comment by 1cgqtuoblpeqc on June 27, 2011 at 5:33pm

unfortunately i don't have time for trapsing much, but i did a bit of exploring back in the winter of 2008/2009, so i do have some art to contribute!

i will keep my eyes peeled though, there is plenty of geography to consider between here and my school! ;-D

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