Thinking about Mail-Art

Bernard Suits' book "The Grasshopper" analyses play which many would think is a facet of mail-art. What other thoughts do you have concerning mail-art

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Comment by Ficus strangulensis on September 23, 2019 at 3:10pm

OOOOh, Ooh, Ooh! I'm SOOOOO glad you started the 'Grasshopper' discussion. It's one of my most favorite books! Thank you.

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Comment by Ficus strangulensis on January 23, 2017 at 3:47pm

The "money$$$" is in the mail!

Comment by carl baker on January 23, 2017 at 4:21am

maybe mail-art is a FAD, just sayin' it is a passing fancy for some, join the union of lost souls, but a very profitable fad, so send money$$$ today,

Comment by De Villo Sloan on January 17, 2017 at 11:03pm

And don't forget the Jackson Pollock in some collection that has at least one dead fly encrusted in the paint.

Otherwise, play is a well-established practice in m-a & related avant art. Does it start w/Ray Johnson's wordplay that is akin to Modernists like James Joyce?

M-a anarchist Bob Black advocated for a kind of adult play in "The Abolition of Work" pamphlet that became famous circulating in the network.

Even philosophers like Jacques Derrida viewed the flow of language as a kind of play, essentially.

Comment by Richard Canard on January 17, 2017 at 8:16pm

17.01.17 Dare Ficus S. & DeVillo S., ...memory tells me that sometimes a Ray Johnson letter would include a segment of Scotch tape over the squashed carcass of a fellow collaborating insect. .... & I have personally witnessed( especially during the summer months) fruit flies that seem to be very interested in the  outgoing mail that awaits on the kitchen,  I have also seen some exceptionally fine (after the fact) collaborations by  the  archival silverfish in the basement. Sincelery, Richard C.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on January 17, 2017 at 5:07pm

The trashpoets have been posting a lot of garbage disturbed by animals/pets etc. and calling it art.

Supposedly Grigori Antonin trained monkeys to make m-a, but I think that's an urban legend. He did perpetuate that story himself tho.

DK was obsessed with roadkill at one point.

Just sayin

Comment by Ficus strangulensis on January 16, 2017 at 7:42pm
Comment by John M. Bennett on January 16, 2017 at 5:56pm

I had some very tasty grasshoppers in Oaxaca, palatable art! 

Comment by Ficus strangulensis on January 16, 2017 at 5:28pm

I suppose an animal [humen excluded?] can make art but probably only a human/huwoman can mail, n'est pas?


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