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SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT MAIL ART - PART-15

BY RUUD JANSSEN

THIS IS THE 15TH "THOUGHTS" THAT I WRITE. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE OTHER ARTICLES, JUST SEND ME A NOTE MENTIONING WHICH ARTICLE (- S) YOU ARE MISSING AND SOME IRC'S FOR THE COSTS FOR MAILING THE ARTICLES. THIS 15TH ARTICLE DEALS WITH CHANGES IN MAIL ART.

ISSM : TAM970165

DECEMBER 1996 / JANUARY 1997

CHANGES

Some mail artists wonder about what has happened to the mail art network. Changes are noticed, and I will try to explain which changes I see.

Mail art is not an underground artform anymore. Books have been published, museums are exhibiting mail art archives (like the german Schwerin Museum and some of the postal museums), the word mail art even appears in general art books published worldwide.

Mail artist who have had enough of the mail art network are claiming their part. Some do it in the form of a book in which they want to preserve their part in the play. Such books only show the network as seen through the eyes of a single mail artist.....

Also books about the mail art network have been published in the recent years. The books are always written by mail artists themselve, and I guess real soon someone outside the mail art network will have a go at it too. The first signs are there since the number of art students, requesting for information about mail art for a thesis they are working on, is increasing in the last years.

I wrote before (see Thoughts about mail art - part 11) about the five generations in mail art. The first generation is almost gone. Artists from this group either have died, or have stopped mailing to a large group. The fifth generation, who communicate mostly by computer, have formed their own network. Some mail artists try to call it the e-mail-art network..........with their ezines and homepages; the sending of all that digital pieces of information.

Slowly the analog communication goes into a digital communication. But as my good contacts will have noticed, I still like to express myself the most in an analog way.

REACTIONS

This 15th part of my 'thoughts-serie' was intended to be an evolving one. After some months no reactions came in to the printed version that I have been sending in the snail-mail. I decided another experiment, this time a new version of thoughts only on-line. For this see the THOUGHTS on MAIL-ART #17.

date of printing : June 1997

there are also secret thoughts published on this site.......

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updated version: 26-6-1997

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