Richard Baudet Rejects E's Fan Club - Harangues Monty Cantsin (Marseille, France)

Richard - 5.31.2018 - 3Add & Pass by Karen Eliot for E’s Fan Club sent by IUOMA member Richard Baudet (Marseille, France). Baudet apparently believes I am a person named “Montey Cantsin.”


May 31, 2018 - This is what can happen with fake identity mail art pranks.

First, several years ago I vowed never to have any contact in any way with Richard Baudet (Marseille, France) after he rudely insulted my good friend Moan Lisa (Florida, USA).

From a distance, mail art might seem like a utopian community of thousands trading art blissfully. Even a little involvement reveals – sadly – that not everyone gets along in the network. This is yet another human activity with human flaws. The best we can do is aspire to something better and not accentuate our disagreements. (After all, most cultural endeavors are war zones.) We learn it’s just better to avoid people who annoy and offend us. That’s what I have done with Richard Baudet.

I know Richard Baudet has many IUOMA friends. Indeed, he might even be considered popular. That’s great! Really! This proves there is room in the network for everyone. I applaud Richard Baudet and his admirers. I made it clear years ago that I find him rude and revolting during a debate that broke out on the IUOMA-Ning platform. Now we keep a safe distance. I know there are people who hate my guts; it’s just a thing that happens.

However, as a result of this E’s Fan Club multiple user identity “performance” where I have been identified as Monty Cantsin by a mystery mail artist, I received this characteristically charming (deep sarcasm) but unwanted letter from my old nemesis Richard Baudet. I doubt he realizes that I am the recipient:


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This is my problem with Richard Baudet. Why wouldn’t he take five minutes and honor E – Ambassador of Utopia? Isn’t mail art about mutual support and helping each other rather than back-biting competition? Why would he make a point of writing, “I am not ‘E’ fan club”? Furthermore, he opens his letter “IUOMA.” Does he speak for IUOMA? He seems to be suggesting that. Whatever. I assume some of this is a “comedy of errors.” Here is the full sheet he sent. I’ll have to do something with it:



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I look upward to heaven where I am sure my friend – E – Ambassador of Utopia – sits upon a ruby throne looking down upon me. “My dear friend,” I ask him, ” why do you let this happen to me? I know there is a reason. But I shall champion you and support you as I did when you were here with me in this tarnished world.”

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on June 2, 2018 at 12:00am

Oh and yes! A Karen Eliot does have a E's Fan Club on Facebook. I assume it's the same person sending the a&ps.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on June 1, 2018 at 11:58pm

Thank you, Ruud, for the insightful comments! Everyone scroll down and read!

Yes, we have seen cases right here on the IUOMA platform of these death notices before. We even had - if I remember correctly - another Karen Eliot claiming David Zack is alive. I tried to investigate that, got nowhere except annoyed a few "Old Timers."

If E - Ambassador of Utopia is still with us, I can only be very happy. I do understand these mail art performances and am not really bothered.

I have received more of these a&ps and will post more.

Thanks again, Ruud

Comment by Ruud Janssen on June 1, 2018 at 6:44am

Dear De Villo Sloan,

Thanks for this blog. Mail-Art has many sides, and this is also one of the negative ones. I am glad you also write about this, because it is so often overlooked.

STo start with: We still have no proof that "E "actually died. No message from France of his family. Only one person with name Karen Eliot inside Guivry who is now active on Facebook in the "E" style, in which I suspect it is the same perdon. So For me it still is not clear what happened to "E". Guivry is just a small place, so the whole village will know what happened. How strange a new person in Guivry knows about the concept of Karen Eliot. Seems like "E" has discovered a new line and is following it.  It isn't the first time a mail-artists played 'dead' and wanted to know how the network reacts. Just gave a lecture ar ArtEZ (Art Academy in Arnhem here in Netherlands) where I pointed out this aspect too.

So, we need to clear out some things. There are multiple names and fake projects. Nothing new there, but others need to know that this happens. De Villo Sloan is still De Villo Sloan. Never heard you use other names, so it is clear for me.

best wishes & thanks again for writing this down.

Ruud Janssen



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