October 12, 2010

12 October 2010 – The First Mailart Lecture slides

Today I ran my first ever mailart lecture for the Art teaching students at my university.

After chatting with Jo, the senior lecturer about mailart a few weeks ago, it was decided that I should introduce it to the students and that they wold keep their journals in mailart form.

I decided that the lecture should show as much mailart as possible, and decided that instead of wasting all that lovely postcard joy, I would use the medium of mailart to creat the slides and then send them out straight after the show to the mailartists who had been kind enough to send things in for the show.

This meant that every time I ran the talk, which is scheduled to be once a year, I will need to make the whole thing again, and each presentation will be unique.

The session went down really well, students realising that the medium, with it’s dimensions and it’s constructive community, would be really good for some students in their classes.

By the end of the session, we had made some first cards, and some students had already taken the addresses of some of the mailartists on display with the intention of sending them something.

So here, for the first and last time, presented in the style of the PowerPoint Slide Sorter view are my slides for this session, roughly in the order they were presented.

At the bottom are the first two submissions from the art teachers themselves, and I hope to receive a few more in time.

All of these cards will be sent out shortly, so watch your inboxes!

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!