Received: Mail-Art from Haptic Bard Bifidus Jones (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)

Mail-art by IUOMA member Bifidus Jones (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)


December 26, 2010 - Bifidus Jones is the guiding force behind the Haptic Poetry group at the IUOMA. Bifidus and a number of others have been sending out work to friends across the world that emphasizes the tactile aspects of mail-art exchange. To the right of the amazing Jonesian-style images in the circles on this postcard-size piece are braille symbols that have been distorted. The address side of the piece showcases Bifidus Jones' distinctive mail-art style that often makes use of written symbols:

It certainly is an interesting experience to explore the surface of this piece with your fingers. There are small contusions to the right of the circles. The smoothness of the paper becomes an important factor. It's surprising how easy it is for us to become disengaged from our senses and thus the world. Spending just a little time experiencing haptic art can provide a real re-connection. Selecting a language designed to be read by touch is a unique concept to add to the haptic canon. Thanks so much for the mail-art, Bifidus Jones.




Mail-art color of the day: garnet




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Comment by Bifidus Jones on December 27, 2010 at 9:16pm
Such great contributions and insightful comments to De Villo's blog. I was trying to create a graphic novel page/comic strip with something chronologically happening and so chose mitosis as a metaphor for one bump of Braille multiplying and turning into more bumps etc. The Braille does not say anything but represents that small space of time between being born and having something to say. I've always been fascinated by cuneiform and Herr Erni has given me another artist--Hanne Darboven--to look into!
Comment by De Villo Sloan on December 27, 2010 at 1:33am
You guys are the greatest and so is Bifidus. Erni, those cuneiform cylinders are fascinating and so linked to what Bifidus is doing. Katerina, I have not the slightest sense how Fluxus manifests itself in Greece. I will definitely need to check it out. You have some of the most beautiful mail-art stamps. Your garnet post is a stunner. Happy holidays y'all. It's not the best time of year for mail-art because everything is moving so darned slowly.
Comment by Karen Champlin on December 26, 2010 at 10:50pm
Thank you DeVillo again for your always great commentary.  Bifidus I see an artist quite obsessed with this haptic world and I love watching the result.  Run Bifidus, Run!
Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 26, 2010 at 9:44pm

Another happy haptic piece by Bifidus, cell-division? (as of the bifidus micro-organism, perhaps?)

Thank you, Mr. Sloan, a great blog and excellent scan of the Braille, wow! Feel the Art!


Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 26, 2010 at 9:39pm

'Tis the mail art color of the day....and I'm in Flux....

Garnet Greek Greetings  on the Second Day of Christmas



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