is the LAST update for the IM98, so you will NOT receive other e-mail
messages regarding this project.
The DEADLINE to be included in the IM98 final CATALOGUE is January 31st,
1999, so mail your DOCUMENTATION in time.
E.O.N., via C. Battisti 339, 55049 Viareggio, Italy
be included in a free for all Conclusive IM98 Calendar-Catalog.
Nothing and everything may happen at an Incongruous Meeting, so share
gibberish and memories, follow your ethereal instinct and start a brand new
it goes by six+six+six:
MAC 86 (Mail Art Congress 1986)
+ 6 =
DNC 92 (Decentralized Networker Congress 1992)
+ 6 =
IM 98 (Incongruous Meetings 1998)
Could we live so far apart for more than 6 years?
DUPLICATE, IMPROVE, REWRITE freely and DISTRIBUTE widely all the texts in this message.
- THIS IS A TOTALLY NO COPYRIGHT PROJECT -
TRANSLATE and ADJUST the IM98 invite in your own language and CIRCULATE it in your country.
DESIGN A LOGO, SUGGEST A CONVOCATION, CREATE A (RUBBER)STAMP, INVENT A SLOGAN
FOR THE INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS OF 1998.
"Our collective unconscious (incongruous) needs some prodding now & then"
The Sticker Dude
THANKS: to Keith Bates for printing a series of "im98 ispensations/absolution vouchers" booklets (request a free one to K.Bates, 2 Ferngate Drive, Manchester, M20 4AH, United Kingdom); to Joel S.Cohen/Ragged Edge Press for printing a bunch of IM98 leaflets, stickers and rubberstamps (and for a lot more); to the magazines Boek 861, P.O.Box, ANNA. AMANITA (e-mail mag), Open World, Numero and Mailartmeeting Bulletin (Anna Boschi) for help in circulating the IM98 invites;
The meetings that have already taken place are omitted from this
version of the IM98 list, a complete documentation will be included in the
final catalogue-calendar. While the idea of a mail art "decentralized
congress" originated from german/swiss artists Gunther Ruch and H.R.
Fricker in 1986, I want to stress again here that the spirit of this
project does NOT (hopefully) involve a dull replay of what has already
happened (twice) in the form of rational and reasonable discussions of
networking-related topics, nor is the IM98 list intended to be a mere
depository for mail-art-show-type invites or other messages COMPLETELY
off-theme. Therefore, not included in this list are some submissions that
totally avoided to take into consideration the concepts of "meeting"
and/or "incongruity" (though also these contributions will be included in
the final documentation).
If too many projects confuse & annoy you, just pick up one!
Here we go:
WHAT: I want to meet myself.
WHO: I went out to meet myself but found out I was not home, disappointed I returned... and there I was! Communication by firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHY: don't know me (yes, it is as easy as that!).
TO THE TOP
WHEN: anytime in 1998.
WHERE: anywhere in the world.
WHAT: use the fantastic power of the Internet directories and search
engines to locate one or several people named exactly like you (example:
another Guy Bleus, etc.). Contact him (them). Arrange a physical meeting to
simply talk about your life(s) around beers, play a game of chess, pick
mushrooms, go fishing, or have any other vain activity. Don't forget of
course to xerox the identity cards. And send a detailed report to Vittore
Baroni, with copy to Charles Francois.
WHO: R.A.T. (Regroupement des Animaux Transgeniques) Charles Francois, Quai
Churchill, 35 - 4020 Liege, Belgium. E-mail email@example.com.
WHY: electronic networks and genetic engineering are about to give us new
big identity thrill. But meeting your clone(s) is not for tomorrow.
Meanwhile get a thrill today! Locate and meet your homonym(s) NOW!
WHEN: At any time.
WHERE: A Theme Park.
WHAT: Whilst visiting a Theme Park, select a person that you feel sexually
attracted to. Get to know her or him over a cup of erzatz coffee and an
over-priced hamburger. Suggest you go back to your place - or to a cheap
hotel - for the night. Once in bed, but before copulation takes place,
explain that this is an incongruous meeting, as normally you would never
dream of taking someone to bed on a first date, and also that it is an art
project. After she or he has left document the event. You may, if you wish,
send the documentation to either Roger Radio, as part of his ongoing "Life
Is A Theme Park" project, or to a local farmer, if you wish to take the
theme of incongruity a little further.
WHO: Thought up by Roger Radio, 11 Malvern Road, Alexandra Park, Nottingham
NG3 5GZ, England, UK. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHY: Because Theme Parks don't quite make it, do they?
MAGICAL AND OCCULT DICTIONARY OF MAIL ART
WHEN: until December 1998.
WHERE: every place on Earth.
WHAT:a dictionary of mail art should necessarily be magical and occult and
therefore we invite all mail artists of the world to hold a little meeting
to confess unmentionable data of the intimacy of mail art and to transmit
this information to Boek, apartado 861, 43080 Tarragona -Spain. This
information will be included directly in our web dictionary
WHO: César Reglero Campos and José Emilio Antón.
WHY: because we want to be intimate with all the mail artists and become
TAX FORM DAY
WHEN: on the day the taxes are due.
WHERE: in every Country where taxes are paid.
WHAT: rip the tax form in tiny pieces and throw it in the water-closet
while reciting lines from "The Divine Comedy".
WHO: Umberto Principi/MAGAM.
WHY: to wait for the tax collector and pay also the additional taxes...
I SANTINI DEL PRETE MEETING
WHEN: from January 1st to December 31st 1998.
WHERE: anywhere but preferably in a train station.
WHAT: choose a person with whom you will create an intense common feeling,
identifying yourself with I Santini Del Prete (lit."the priest's saint holy
pictures", a duo of railwaymen-performers). Send a photo to R. Del Prete,
C.P. 133, 57013 Rosignano Solvay, Li, Italy. Catalogue in 1999.
WHO: a project by Franco Santini and Raimondo Del Prete.
WHY: you are I Santini Del Prete!
OF THE WRITTEN BANKNOTE
WHEN: from January 1st till December 31st, 1998.
WHERE: somewhere over the network.
WHAT: write a message and/or your address on the cheapest banknote of your
country, then mail it to Stefano Marcoz, via St. Martin de Corleans n.300,
11100 Aosta, Italy. On January 1st 1999, a 32 years old dwarf will mix the
banknotes and mail them back at random to all the participants.
WHO: Richard Chase.
WHY: because money is communication.
WHEN: from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st, 1998.
WHERE: all participants' houses and Keiichi's house, but only on the
WHAT: this is a meeting on the postcard and booklet. Anyone who wants to
participate to this project should send me a letter so he will receive a
collaged postcard. Add something and send back, I will make a booklet.
WHO: Keiichi Nakamura, 1-18-7-402 Kamiochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 161-0034
WHY: we can't live alone.
WHEN: at midnight any night.
WHERE: on your doorstep.
WHAT: raise your hands and spirits high to ward off the evil from past
WHO: survivors of child abuse, mental and physical.
WHY: for strenght, hope, and love.
FLUXUS ACTION N.1
WHEN: anytime in 1998.
WHAT: realize this performance. 1- take a bus carrying the remote control
of your TV. 2-sit down by the side of a window. 3-as the bus goes on, press
at random the different buttons of the remote control. 4.observe through
the window the changes in the landscape every time you press a button.
5-avoid to get to any conclusion.
WHO: Tartarugo, apartado 8577, 28080 Madrid, Spain.
WHY: any reason.
WHEN: ongoing until the end of December 1998.
WHERE: Santa Fe Contemporary Art Gallery's bathroom walls.
WHAT: a mail art display of postcards, artistamps, odd items sent through
the mail. It is a happening!
WHO: Dragonfly Dream, 223 N.Guadalupe #286, Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA. E-mail
WHY: to promote mail art awareness.
WHEN: all the time, continuing.
WHERE: everywhere you find people.
WHAT: find large-breasted women and tell them a bit about mail art and our
WHO: The Sacred Church of the Holy Ones. Contact: Rev. J.Luoma, Karperont.
6B, 65610 Mustasaari, Finland.
WHY: to celebrate the REAL women.
THE POST OFFICE
WHEN: midday every weekday in 1998.
WHERE: Ipswich old Post Office, England.
WHAT: attempt to purchase a stamp.
WHO: a project by Michael Lumb.
WHY: to remember the loss of the Post Office.
WHEN: any Wednesday in 1998.
WHERE: your local lecture hall or fishmonger's or hat shop.
WHAT: stand with one hand raised in the air and, when someone asks you what
you want, shout, "BLAH, BLAH, BLAH" (repeat as many times as you feel
WHO: inaugurated by Joe Decie and Apple Jack Dada.
WHY: to fight against art, fishmongery and the selling of hats.
WHEN: each third Saturday of the month, starting April 25th, 1998.
WHERE: Barraca Vorticista, Barrio de Flores, Buenos Aires. For the project,
I emptied a big room in my house, which used to be a sculpture workshop, to open this place.
WHAT: meetings with actions, performances & exhibitions of mail art will be
held monthly during the year. Free works and participation from those who
would like to virtually "be" at these meetings will be received via e-mail
WHO: Vortice Argentina, c/o Fernando Garcìa Delgado, Bacacay 3103 - (1406)
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
WHY: main objective of this project is to draw insistence closer with a
more concrete sense of movement. Thus, it seeks to inculcate a vigorous
state of action and rebellion in all its followers, generating energetic
attempts intended to reanimate existence itself.
FESTIVAL OF LOST OBJECTS
WHEN: September-December 1998.
WHERE: Anywhere and Everywhere.
WHAT: construct an object according to your dreams and desires. Then take
it outside and lose it - so that others might find it.
WHO: this is an Incongruous Meeting organized by Gypsy Sherred. Please send all information to 4 Milden Court, 66 Sandringham Road, Bitterne Park,
Southampton, So18 1JN, United Kingdom - documentation to all.
WHY: our Lost Objects become somebody else's Found Objects. Scatter our
Marvellous Obsessions into the world at large, where they will be
incongruously met by someone, somewhere - and who knows what might result.
WHEN: from November 5th till December 31st, 1998.
WHERE: in all the tobacco shops of all the train and bus stations of the
WHAT: to find empty cigarette boxes.
WHO: Jas W.Felter and César Reglero.
WHY: because Jas W.Felter is collecting 6000 empty cigarette boxes for his
art project "tobacco NO creation YES". The meeting was initiated on
November 5th 1998 when Felter and Reglero met at the Tarragona train
station in Spain, collecting in 10 minutes 8 empty boxes of 4 different
brands. Send all the empty boxes to Jas W.Felter, IM98 Tabacot, 2707
Roseberry Ave., West Vancouver, B.C., Canada V7V 3A3.
ACTION FOR YVES KLEIN
WHEN: for 24 hrs on Friday, November 27, 1998.
WHERE: world wide.
WHAT: an incongruous leap into the void, a jump into space. Document this
action by having someone take a photograph of you leaping/jumping into
space. Send a copy to the address below, for inclusion in documentation and the final gathering of this incongruous meeting.
WHO: (NEW ADDRESS) Stephen Perkins & Arda Ishkhanian, 27964 Edgecliff Way, Hayward, CA 94542 USA.
WHY: November 27, 1998 is the anniversary of the publication of Yves
Klein's one day newspaper, "Dimanche" (Sunday, Nov. 27, 1960). In this
newspaper was the first publication of the famous photography of Klein
leaping into the void.
A NICE DAY
WHEN: Sunday evening, November 29th, 1998.
WHERE; your place, your home.
WHAT: eat, drink, paint a happy graffiti on your wall and wait until dawn
to receive the new day.
WHO: take a photograph of the graffitti and send it to Alejandro Thornton &
Paula Pellejero, Rubber Rhino's Club, Uriarte 890, p.1 dto "C" (1414),
cap.fed., Bs. As. Argentina.
WHY: to begin each day with enthousiasm and to encourage other persons.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF FRANCESCA MANIACI
WHEN: December 9th, 1998, 6:00pm.
WHERE: on the top of Mont Royal Park by the large cross in Montreal,
WHAT: an all you can eat chinese buffet for just $ 9.95. Bowling shoes not
provided. Please bring your own chopsticks.
WHO: Francesca Maniaci (email@example.com).
WHY: to discuss the social problems of disintegration for human body parts.
Mc MEETING 98
WHEN: 16:00-16:30pm Saturday 12 December and 16:00-16:30pm Saturday 19
WHERE: McDonald Restaurant, Oxford St., outside Tottenham Court Rd. Tube Station, London, England.
WHAT: conviviality - sign french-fries carton and post to E.O.N. Make and
wear IM98 badge for recognition (eating of burgers at participants own
WHO: Alan Turner, UK.
WHY: love of incongruity.
SITTING ON YOUR TOILET DAY
WHEN: December 13th, 1998 at 7:11 AM.
WHERE: on your favorite toilet (mine is green colored).
WHAT: decide to sit on your toilet, for about 10 minutes, reading, singing,
chanting, eating or snoring.
WHO: I (Arturo Giuseppe Fallico) or more (?) people.
WHY: to realize that the modern toilet is an important part of life, and to
give praise and thanks to it.
WHEN: December 17th, 1998.
WHERE: everywhere and also 13 rue Marcel Duchamp - 75013 Paris (France).
WHAT: PAN seminar ie meetings to speak of pansemiotic.
WHO: Daniel Daligand & anybody interested in pansemiotic.
WHY: because it is the 17th of December.
PARTY WITH "M"!
WHEN: December 23rd, 1998, hr. 5 pm.
WHERE: City Lights bookstore, via San Niccolo' 23/r, Firenze, Italy.
WHAT: all participants should reach the bookstore with an imaginary small
holy picture of Maldoror.
WHO: Carmine Mangone.
WHY: to worthily celebrate his 31st birthday.
WHEN: December 26th, 1998.
WHERE: Santiago Rusintol n.51-1°dercha, 50002 Zaragoza, Spain.
WHAT: Tzar God is - Zaragosse - Zaragoza.
WHO: Pedro Bericat, Apartado 4033, 50080 Zaragoza, Spain..
WHY: Tzart (photoreturn).
MAIL ARTISTS MILLENNIUM-PROOF?
WHEN: December 31st, 1998.
WHERE: wherever you are.
WHAT: think about what to do in the year 2004 (yes, another 6 years
further). Will there be any Mail Artists left...?
WHO: Ruud Janssen - TAM (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHY: lots of Mail Artists become Internetworkers. Are Mail Artists
VOUNDAIS PAS CREVER (I WOULD NOT DIE)
WHEN: the night of December 31st, 1998 and throughout 1999.
WHERE: in the network, not only for the network.
WHAT: to remember with a work Boris Vian, restless anticonformist, 40 years after his death (1959-1999).
WHO: mail argt, via Alabastro 17, 58100 Grosseto, Italy (on June 23rd a
catalogue will be produced with all the works arrived before June 1999).
WHY: a deserter deserves more celebrations than any war-monger.
LONGA VITA BREVIS
WHEN: December 31st 1998.
WHERE: in front of the Museum of Museums, Bouckaerstraat 8, 8790 Waregem, Belgium.
WHO: Johan Van Geluwe/A.R.T. (Art Recycling Terminal).
WHY: L'art poor l'art / Mort pour l'art / L'or pour l'art.
FABRYKA IM98 IN LONDON
WHEN: Thursday the 31st of December 1998, start at 11 pm.
WHERE: in London, England, at Trafalgar Square under (or near) Nelson's
WHAT: celebrating another fine start of a new year all together with some
mail artists. Bring mail art symbols of recognition on bannes of all sizes.
WHO: Sztuka Fabryka (Geert De Decker, Kerkstraat 290, 9140 Tielrode,
Belgium. Phone/Fax ++32(0)3-7708464) and all who want to participate.
WHY: to be part of a Mail Art New Years Eve meeting in one of the most
beautiful cities of the world.
FOR THE MAIL ART SPIRIT
WHEN: on December 31st 1998, from dusk till dawn.
WHERE: in front of the Art Museum of your town (or the nearest Art Museum).
WHAT: all networkers will meet and light candles, incenses, crackers, burn
money or perform other impromptu incongruences, waiting for the insidious
WHO: anonymous multiple invite.
WHY: a-wake for the survival of the "mail art spirit" of open,
uncompetitive, ethereal, unruly & free exchange.
BLOCH'S MAIL ART LET DOWN CELEBRATION
WHEN: the rest of your life. Or Dec. 31st , 1999, whichever comes first.
WHERE: your town and my town, New York City.
WHAT: gather up valuable stuff. Clever if possible. Send it to me at PAN
P.O.Box 1500, NY NY 10009, USA. I will do nothing with it. It will rot in
my archive after I open it and think enthusiastic thoughts.
WHO: you and me, kiddo.
WHY: same as it ever was. And at least I save it.
EURO DISAGREEMENT EVE
WHEN: New Year's Eve, from 12.01 pm onward.
WHERE: at a bar within the European Union.
WHAT: order a drink (for example a double whisky) and pay with the old
currency of your country. Because it is 1999, insist upon having the money
back in Euro. If the barkeeper disagrees because he has got any of it,
start a big quarrel with him/her.
WHO: Jokinen, Lastropsweg 5, D - 20255 Hamburg.
WHY: mutuality in money dos not further mutuality in mind.
And, overlapping into the new year...
WHEN: January 4th, 1999 at high noon.
WHERE: the UFO Museum, P.O. Box 6056, Portland, Oregon 97228-6056 USA.
WHAT: send postcards from the universe if you cannot attend - aliens living
among us will finally reveal themselves...
WHO: "you know who you are".
WHY: some things just cannot be kept a secret for long.
JOHNSON NEW YORK RETROSPECTIVE SCHOOL MEETING
WHEN: January 14th, 1999 at exhibition opening time.
WHERE: the Whitney Museum, Madison Ave. and 75 St, NY, NY, 10021, USA.
WHAT: be there in person to learn/teach a lesson on something/nothing (or
mail something/nothing to the Whitney).
WHO: the E.O.N. Archive of Ray & the Dead Mail Artists Society.
WHY: because the whole IM98 project was a big tiptoe of the hat to Ray
Johnson's Meetings of the 60s-70s.
NOW INVENT YOUR CONVOCATION:
CHOOSE A DAY
CHOOSE A PLACE
CHOOSE A REASON
FILL IN THE FORM ABOVE
& ORGANIZE AN INCONGRUOUS MEETING IN 1998!
Think up, write down, print and distribute your own convocation. (But DO IT
FAST as the year will end soon!)
Do not forget (if you want) to mail a clean copy to:
E.O.N., via C. Battisti 339, 55049 Viareggio, Italy
phone-fax +39 584 963918 e-mail email@example.com
will help circulating it world-wide.
ORGANIZE+PARTICIPATE+DOCUMENT (yes, it is as easy as that!)
REMEMBER: the DEADLINE to be included in the IM98 final CATALOGUE is
January 31st, 1999, so mail your DOCUMENTATION in time.