A NEW-NET Manifesto 2012 

(A 2012 Decentralized Networker Congress Project)

In May 1972, during the early era of internetworking and ARPANET, before a telematic art presence, mail artists birthed the proto-internet. This was not the network of a school, a fanclub, or an individual central authority. Networking began with a group of twenty six artists issuing a Net Statement and address-list through the coordination of two Polish conceptualists, Jaroslaw Kozlowski and Adrej Kostolowski. In nine points the NET Statement set forth a new era designated as open and uncommercial with net origins in private homes, studios, or any other place where art propositions are articulated. They encouraged collaborative editions in book forms, prints, tapes, slides, photographs, catalogues, films, handbills, letters and manuscripts that had no central point or coordination. They theorized before the advent of the internet, world-wide-web, or telenetlink that the NET could be anywhere. They visualized that all points of the NET are in contact among themselves in the exchange of concepts, projects, and other forms of articulation. And so, the idea of the NET is not “At A Distance”, but of the moment and manifest in many simultaneous communications. This was noted in May 1972 when 26 signers recognized the Net as more than a new idea authorized by cultural centers of authority. The Net can be arbitrarily developed, copied, distributed, and reaffirmed by all who sign and circulate a New Net Manifesto by email, blog, snailmail, in person, in congress, by performance, and through all media channels. 

*Please notify Keith Buchholz (keith9963@sbcglobal.ent) and CrackerJack Kid (jackkidmusic@gmail.com) with any collaborative efforts.


A New-Net Manifesto 2012

dedicated to all net art/mail art networkers 

We  network all web-lines of communication because we are networkers.

We revel in the process of multi-cultural collaboration. 

We contribute as one among many for all.

We celebrate individuality, tolerance, decentralization, overcoming marginalization

We erase the central point

We counter central coordination

No oligarchies

No arbitrage

No corporate finance

Only free trade/free bARTer 

We eradicate traditional boundaries of art, space and communication

We network art

 We celebrate free mind and will

We metanetwork from I to WE




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Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on November 13, 2012 at 4:49am

And here's a Mail Art Constitution for y'all in the US of A:

Mail Art Bill's Constitutional Rights

First Amendment: IUOMA shall make no law respecting an establishment of Mail Art, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of Mail Art, or of the Mail Art press; or the right of Mail Artists peaceably to assemble, and to petition IOUMA for a redress of grievances.

Second Amendment : A well regulated Mail Art community, being necessary to the security of the artistic world, the right of  IOUMA members to keep and bear the tools of Mail Art, shall not be infringed

Third Amendment: No Mail Artist’s work shall, in time of peace be exhibited in any gallery, museum, or similar establishment without the consent of the artist, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by IUOMA.

Fourth Amendment: The right of Mail Artists to be secure in their persons, houses, studio and galleries against unreasonable searches and seizures of their works, tools, papers, effects, etc shall not be violated, and no warrants shall be issued, but upon probable cause, supported by oath, affirmation or authorization from Ruud, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the artists or works to be exhibited.

Fifth Amendment : No Mail Artist shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous piece of Mail Art, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand IUOMA Jury, or Group, except in cases arising from cultural and/or artistic danger; nor shall any Mail Artist be subject for the piece of Mail Art that is twice exhibited be  put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any exhibition or blog to be a witness against himself or herself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or Mail Art, without due process of IOUMA; nor shall private Mail Art  be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Sixth Amendment: In all criminal and artistic prosecutions, the Mail Artist shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of  IUOMA  and in the district wherein the Mail Art crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by IUOMA, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him or her; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of  Mail Art Counsel for his or her defence.

Seventh Amendment: In suits at common law over Mail Art, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty US cents, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of IUOMA, than according to the its rules.

Eighth Amendment: Excessive Mail Art exhibition fees shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted on Mail Artists. Ever.

Ninth Amendment: The enumeration in IUOMA, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by Mail Artists.

Tenth Amendment: The powers not delegated to IUOMA  are reserved to Mail Artists. For ever. And ever. Amen.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on November 13, 2012 at 4:32am

Monied interests, influence peddling. Better look into it Chancellor. Something's rotten in Denmark allright.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on November 13, 2012 at 4:13am

Valentine Mark Herman is in violation of this document. 

Comment by De Villo Sloan on November 13, 2012 at 4:00am

neo stamp by Karen Eliot!


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