26 Boxes, an Envelope &


26 Boxes, an Envelope &

A 26 week postal dance being  choreographed by mail - with the intent to cross art forms and metaphors.

On 26 December 2020, there were 26 named boxes waiting to be filled, emptied, refilled, delivered, maybe thrown away. 24 were sent out in envelopes. 21 have been returned. Some are moving back and forth in proper correspondancing style.

On 30 March 2021, the project entered its second half. Please see below for updates if you are interested in taking part at this latter stage.

Documentation takes place initially on the 5 Foot Storyhouse blog. Confirmation has been received for holding physical exhibitions. If you would like to take part, please see below for latest updates, or just get in touch.

Website: http://5ftstoryhouse.wordpress.com
Location: 5ft Storyhouse, Specific Everywhere
Members: 8
Latest Activity: Dec 23, 2021

26 boxes in waiting

1. watchtower - Mel Anie is keeping this
2. gold powerhouse - Mel Anie is keeping this
3. matchbox game - RFC
4. the night before - LJ
5. clementine's suitcase - CW
6. the book - shall I or shan't I?
7. the little black number - SGD
8. the bath house - gone to one who was thinking
9. heaven is dry - SBT
10. heaven is body
11. poeme - JL (et RJ?)
12. we speak yellow - NSB (but not the one with bells)
13. southern spirit -MR
14. grey-v-yard - I have a plan for this
15. herbal - CVH
16. blue me - Katerina MomKat
17. oval tissue - shall I or shan't I? I did.
18. titanium shell - gone to one who didn't know
19. looking glass - Francis Lamme
20. miracle
21. magnify - this one's in demand!!!!
22. silver forest - I'm think I'm sure!
23. scent - AC
24. pink almond - AA
25. faith in nature - LO
26. somewhere else, still - Mel M

Discussion Forum

An assembled postal dance in progress

This project started with an assembling of 26 boxes, and envelope &. In mailing it to 24 people, I deconstructed it and sent parts, fragments. The responses that come back will form the sum of more boxes. In line with documenta 15's concept of…Continue

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Started by Mel Anie Feb 17, 2021.

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Comment by Mel Anie on December 23, 2021 at 8:57am

A 26 Boxes advent calendar. Uncharacteristically, there are no words, just pictures of all the contributions. Thank you, everyone. I still really want to boogie though. Tick-tock, tick-tock. https://26boxes.wordpress.com

Comment by Carmela Rizzuto on July 27, 2021 at 1:16am

Received from Mel Anie: unassembled assemblage!

Comment by Carmela Rizzuto on July 27, 2021 at 1:15am

Rreceived from Mel Anie: A booklet and an unassembled assemblage!

Comment by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on July 25, 2021 at 6:05pm

Hello, Mel Anie.

I got it. Thank you!  

Comment by Mel Anie on July 25, 2021 at 9:48am

Hello Ilya, thank you, and digressions are most welcome in this dance: they add a lovely rhythm! I often digress too. Box 22 is back on its way to you. This time, I have provided even fewer instructions than the first time. But, once you receive it, if you still feel inclined to seek a step-by-step progression, please do contact me. I am already in discussions with theatrical artistes to organise what I have already received from everybody into the shape of a real live dance as well as a physical 'exhibition' of all the artefacts received. Fingers crossed. Thank you very much for your poetic contributions that you already sent in cor-response.

Comment by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on July 24, 2021 at 8:51pm

Hi Mel Anie.

I digress a little from the site and the project, and now I see that things are going fast and you have achieved impressive success! If box number 22 comes to me, I will be happy. What's my next step? What should I do?

Comment by Mel Anie on July 24, 2021 at 8:45pm

Hi Carmela, It arrived on a Tuesday! Woohoo! Tuesday is Melanie's Ruby day. ;)

I look forward to anything you are posting in this next step-phase. Your multi-layered correspondancing has been greatly enjoyed and appreciated by me. Thank you.

Comment by Carmela Rizzuto on July 24, 2021 at 7:33pm

Hello Mel Anie,

The next step in the correspon--dance arrived on Tuesday. I will post soon--thank you!

Comment by Carmela Rizzuto on July 19, 2021 at 2:18am

Greetings Mel anie

Participating in the 26 Boxes project has been so exciting for me. I'm looking forward to receiving the next installment. Thank you again for your labor of love. Best wishes for the future of the project.

Comment by Mel Anie on July 18, 2021 at 10:16am

The first part of this project has ended. Thank you to everyone who contributed to it. Your correspon-dancing has been marvellous and I am still spinning. I have mailed unique project assemblings to each of you (except, Box 21 went astray so that's been sent to somewhere else).  

Now, I am following the rabbit - because that's where this has led me. The website will continue to be updated - when relevant. I have secured some funding for an exhibition or performance.


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