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Which book should be the first to read?

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The Eternal Network, ed. by Chuck Welch

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Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 26, 2009 at 7:51am
There is already one interesting book, the performances Litsa & I did for the Fluxus Heidelberg Center. The colourversions is the best, but expensive. The B&W gives a good view of What Litsa & I did in several countries......
Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 25, 2009 at 12:54pm
For our Fluxus Heidelberg Center two more publications are now in preparation. First test prints are ordered. When they are o.k. the information will be published here and on
Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 18, 2009 at 8:07am
soon it will be not so rare anymore since I plan on ordering sets to send to museums, libraries and archives. Yje MoMa in New York has also a lot from me in their archives.....
Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 17, 2009 at 7:37am
The Mail-Art Statements Collection book is a quite rare book. Only 4 copies were printed so far. One I ordered myself. Three others bought the book (you are one of them Wilma). One even bought the colourversion of this book (he wanted the colour-reprints of the lecture and other things).

So I appreciate your possitive words Wilma. Not mant mail-artists seem to be inerested in historic facts.
Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 6, 2009 at 8:08am
The IUOMA-book - 20 years celebration is being mad. First text are coming in. Illustrations are added. Deadline is beginning July when I hope to publish it. When you have suggestion for texts and visuals to be included, please contact me.
Comment by Ruud Janssen on January 31, 2009 at 12:41pm

The famous book "The paper Snake" by Ray Johnson. Collectors Item. Something Else Press - Dick Higgins
Comment by Ruud Janssen on January 28, 2009 at 8:01am
I will try to find that book "Mail-Art Handbook" by Henryk Gajewsky, so everybody can see how that looks like. It has a golden band on it.......
Comment by Ruud Janssen on January 27, 2009 at 6:10pm
Thanks for the kind words Wilma. Glad you enjoyed reading it. Interviews are always a fascinating way to explore things. Will tell my director about the time-managent thing. But maybe he already knows since last year he made me teamleader of two departments. Enjoy the second book.
Comment by Ruud Janssen on January 25, 2009 at 10:30am

Also a book that I should advise. Good essays about the 90-ies and mail-art
Comment by Ruud Janssen on January 25, 2009 at 9:25am

The experimental art and poetry of the last half of the twentieth century offers a glimpse of the emerging networked culture that electronic devices will make omnipresent. Craig J. Saper demarcates this new genre of networked art, which uses the trappings of bureaucratic systems-money, logos, corporate names, stamps-to create intimate situations among the participants.

In Saper's analysis, the pleasures that these aesthetic situations afford include shared special knowledge or new language among small groups of participants. Functioning as artworks in themselves, these temporary institutional structures-networks, publications, and collective works-give rise to a gift-exchange community as an alternative economy and social system. Saper explains how this genre developed from post-World War II conceptual art, including periodicals as artworks in themselves; lettrist, concrete, and process poetry; Bauhaus versus COBRA; Fluxus publications, kits, and machines; mail art and on-sendings. The encyclopedic scope of the book includes discussions of artists from J. Beuys to J. S. G. Boggs, and Bauhaus's Max Bill to Anna Freud Banana. Networked Art is an essential guide to the digital artists and networks of the emerging future.

Craig J. Saper is associate professor of multimedia at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and is the author of Artificial Mythologies (Minnesota, 1997).

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (June 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816637075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816637072
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches



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