October 11, 2010

11 October 2010

Tomorrow is the big day – I’m holding a lecture with Art teachers on the topic of mailart.

So far the plan is pretty sketchy, but tonight will be what the Romanians call “A white night”, meaning an all-nighter of mailart fun for me. I decided that I wanted to present the trainee teachers with a view of mailart using mailart as my medium of transmission. Instead of using Powerpoint and that sort of thing, I would present everything in 6×4 postcards, which I will be up all night making. Then when the lecture is over, I’ll send them all off to my contributors.

And that’s where you guys come in. I want to say a huge thank you to all the mailart community who have rallied to my side for this call, and this is what came in in a week for my call.

First and foremost, thank you to Ruud Janssen, the man behind IUOMA, who sent me his book of mailart statements, which is a fascinating read. 28 years in mailart and also a physics teacher to boot.

The mailartists on this wall today exemplify what mailart is about. Each piece of post is an expression of their art, and through sharing the pieces find completion in a sense.

Ruud has selflessly run IUOMA, the International Union of Mailartists since 1988, which connects mailartists around the world. He’s been doing mailart since 1980, which is when I was born (sorry Ruud)

The other mailart is captioned on flickr (click on the pic then hover over the picture to see where they came from)

Thanks again and wish me luck!

2 thoughts on “11 October 2010

  1. Been burning the midnight oil to get this done. I aim to get the students sending out by the end of the session so hopefully we'll see some happy mailboxes this weekend.

    Thanks again for the book and the cards (I'm home a little later today so there is a chance I may get them before I go – fingers x'ed) and for everything you've done for mailart Ruud

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