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Mail-Art History

In this group I ask members to place links to sources (new and historic ones) for people who like to do research on the subject of mail-art.

I will moderate this group, so postings not related to the subject will be edited or deleted. There are plenty of places in other groups for that.

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Comment by John Gayer on January 24, 2021 at 2:29pm

History in the making: Arte Correo 20 Veinte: De Pandemias y Otros Demonios / Mail Art 20 ..., Aguadillo, Puerto Rico. 

Comment by John Gayer on January 24, 2021 at 2:08pm
Comment by Mah Nu on December 9, 2020 at 11:31pm

Another panel on mail art with many opinions and discussions primarily on the instution vs anti-institution dichotomy much debated about. 

Discussion with Katalin Timár, Klara Kemp-Welch and John Held followed by a final discussion with the audience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0upmQ9b2AKU&t=2506s

Comment by Mah Nu on November 29, 2020 at 8:28pm

John Held: Harboring Hidden Histories: Mail Art's Reception in Unit...

I'm always on the lookout for videos on mail art history on the youtube... found this one from February of this year!

Comment by Daniel de Culla on November 25, 2020 at 9:03am

Comment by John Gayer on November 25, 2020 at 8:56am

Pordenone, Italy - Ex teatro sociale 30 aprile / 15 maggio1983

Comment by Mah Nu on November 19, 2020 at 2:07am

I've been enjoying tuning into this recent live stream on both Ray Johnson and Ulises Carrion while getting some A&P's ready for send-off 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnyWUucR6JI

Comment by John Gayer on October 9, 2020 at 8:35am

We Live in Real Time: A Window Exhibition of Mail Art Made During the Pandemic

https://www.printedmatter.org/mail-art/

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on July 18, 2019 at 11:47pm

(continued)

The concept of 'The Eternal Network' also has been related to the French fluxus artist Robert Filliou, who, according to wikipedia, believed that making art was 'part of a permanent, universal and endless process deeply embedded everyday life.'

By the way, the German wiki provides us with more information about this artist, and in the wiki 'the birthday of art', the Eternal Network" also is mentioned (see - and use an online translator if you happen to don't understand German - https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art%E2%80%99s_Birthday ).

The book 'Eternal Network, a Mail Art Anthology' by Chuck Welch (1995 University of Calgary Press) is interesting to read, too. The book is dedicated to the memory of Jean Brown (1911-1994, friend of mail art), and about her Chuck Welch writes a very kind note, of which I would quote: 'If envelopes are the flesh of mail art, then spirit would be content. And so, mail art never dies, it returns to sender.' And remembering her correspondence, Welch says: '(...) I realize that a gift of spirit never dies - it lives in the Eternal Network.'

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on July 15, 2019 at 11:23pm

That is a good question.

As I think people can define what is 'mail art' by/for themselves, I think also the definition of the 'Eternal Network' is up to anyone who wants to define it.

A web article about Japanese mail artists says: 

"(...) “eternal network” of artists coming and going, was established and flourished in the post via correspondence, artist periodicals, zines, books using rubber stamps, visual poetry, and other means of artistic mediums marginalized by the mainstream."

To me, it means: the eternal network is the sum of mail artists, connections via mail (thus network), in the past, present and future (thus eternal).

The fact that some people in the past captured the term 'eternal network' does not mean that questioning is profanity. People who assault don't seem to be real networkers to me, but dogmatic people - while mail artis free of dogmatism, to my opinion. 

What would you think the definition of the Eternal Network?

 

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