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Vittore Baroni's IM98 project - update 4.
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This e-mail I received from Vittore Baroni on May 20th 1998 The update of Vittore's
IM98 project - Ruud Janssen.
update #4 was sent by e-mail
INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS 1998 (IM98)
UNSUSCRIBE: if you do not want to receive the next four bi-monthly updates,
simply answer to this e-mail with "STOP IM98".
1998: A YEAR OF INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS
"Our collective unconscious (incongruous) needs some prodding
now & then"
The Sticker Dude
Yes, ANOTHER WORLD-WIDE DECENTRALIZED COMMUNICATION PROJECT has
been unlashed on an unsuspecting planet. You waited enough for
it, now here it is:
1998: A YEAR OF INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS
in-con-gru-ous adj. (L. incongruus) not congruous
a - lacking harmony or agreement; incompatible.
b - having inconsistent or inharmonious parts, elements, etc.
c - not corresponding to what is right, proper or reasonable; unsuitable;
You have done the hard work already, congressing and lecturing
in 1986, re-congressing and networking in 1992, so relax:
NOW YOU CAN HAVE FUN.
Participation in the IM98 is open and free to all: mailartists,
netsurfers, musicians, shopkeepers, shoplifters, aliens,
subgenii, rabbits, rabbis, you-name-it.
There is not a single sound reason to meet again but there are
all the incongruous reasons in the world, IF YOU CAN JUST THINK
UP ONE: so keep working-sleeping-consuming or FIND A THEME,
ORGANIZE AN IM IN 1998 and take part in as many IM proposed by
others as you wish/can.
IT IS AS EASY AS THAT:
organize+participate+document,then send (if you want) your
incongruous documentation to E.O.N., via C. Battisti 339, 55049
Viareggio, Italy to be included in a free for all Conclusive IM98
Nothing and everything may happen at an Incongruous Meeting, so
share gibberish and memories, follow your ethereal instinct and
start brand new correspondance.
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 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.
THANKS: to Joel S.Cohen/Ragged Edge Press for printing a bunch of
IM98 leaflets (and a lot more); to the magazines P.O.Box, ANNA.
AMANITA (e-mail mag) and Open World, for help in circulating the
IM98 invites; to VIVA LAS VEGASTAMPS
and to TAM/IUOMA
the invites and updates in their web sites. See also
. Thanks to all those
who already sent documentation of held meetings, you know who you
WARNING: 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
artist Günther Ruch in 1986, I want to stress again here that the
spirit of this project does NOT (hopefully) involve an asinine
replay of what has already happened (twice) in the form
of rational and reasonable discussions of network-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 completely avoided to take into
consideration the concepts of "meeting" and/or "incongruity"
(though also these contributions will be included in the final
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!
WHY: don't know me (yes, it is as easy as that!).
TO THE TOP
WHEN: whenever two or more networkers meet in 1998.
WHERE: any mountain top.
WHAT: whenever two or more networkers meet in 1998, on any mountain top,
there an IM98 takes place.
WHO: a convocation by H. R. Fricker.
WHY: to be on top.
INTERNATIONAL 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!
FESTIVAL 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. Matin de Corlèans 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: 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.
TARTARUGO 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.
REMEMBER 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: May 6-16, 1998.
WHERE: Phoenix & Tucson Arizona and Hermosillo Mexico.
WHAT: Ten day copy art edition project. We will collect materials during
our travels in Phoenix, Tucson and into Mexico and end with assembling a
two man copy art edition reflecting the themes we have gathered. End
product: six original works each in an edition of 25 signed and numbered in
a plastic portfolio with a bonus special copy art sticker. Offered for sale
or trade. We will send one free to V. Baroni to document the project for
WHO: Reed Altemus & Pete Fischer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHY: While it was always incongruous to call an artwork a "copy artwork"
(how can an artwork be a copy?), it makes sense now to copy in order to
make something we call an "original copy". Why do we do it? To prove once
again that art and life can meet successfully on the glass of a photocopy
GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION
WHEN: week of June 1, 1998.
WHERE: Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador.
WHAT: Third Annual Demonstration on Directional Flow of H20 at Equator.
WHO: Our Lady of Latex, 1003 Boston Circle, Schaumburg, IL 60193-4249 USA.
WHY: to celebrate gravity and magnetic attraction. Commemora-tive sunprints
will be created at the site.
ANTI NEO-FASCISM INGONZOGRUOUS MEETING
WHEN: saturday 6th June 1998, at 2 pm.
WHERE: E-mail art Archives - Prov. Centrum voor Beeldende Kunsten -
Begijnhof Zuivelmarkt 33, 3500 Hasselt, Belgium.
WHAT: anti neo-fascism meeting - visit the complete Mindgap collection with
drinks & pARTy & fun.
WHO: complete Gonzo Circus team, Guy Bleus-42.292 and belgian mail artists.
WHY: because there is no place for fascists in the new millennium!
ANTI-TIME NEOIST DAY
WHEN: 6th June 1998, at 6 pm.
WHERE: wherever two Monty Cantsins meet.
WHAT: destroy the clocks and watches of the planet with a flaming iron.
WHO: Frater Rudolph Von Prden-heim.
WHY: Ahora Neoismo Siempre!
NETWORKER UNDER THE SURFACE
WHEN: June 6th , hr. 22.00 to June 7th, hr. 10 pm, 1998.
WHERE: in the old tunnel under the river Elbe, Hamburg, Germany.
WHAT: to celebrate the Networking ElbArt´98 Mail Art Harbour Show.
WHO: organized by Merlin and Hans Braumüller.
WHY: for contact + performance call Hans Braumüller, Osterstr. 98, 20259
THE CHANCE OF YOUR LIFE
WHEN: June 13-14, 1998.
WHERE: Roskilde, Denmark - a) Spilkammeret, Sankt Hansgade 20; b) The
Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde; c) A place in the center of
WHAT: a) your life's only chance to listen to a continous (34 hours!)
reading (in Danish) of James Joyce's "Ulysses" from beginning to end! This
is part of the celebration of "Roskilde 1000 year"; b) to take part in a
cooperative work of art; c) to view the exhibited "Mail Artist's Trunk"
with 82 contributions by mail artists from 20 countries; d) to pay tribute
to one of the 100 "Spring Fullmoon" plaquettes in Biger Jesch's at project.
WHO: K. Frank Jensen & Georgine Margareta Witta Kiessling Smith Jensen. Ask
for further details, foreign visitors in particular. Spilkammeret, Sankt
Hansgade 20, DK 4000 Roskilde, Denmark; if you can't be here in person,
join us by fax (45) 46 35 20 09 or e-mail: email@example.com
WHY: because 1998 the year of Incongruous Meetings.
A FLOWER BLOOMS IN THE AIR
WHEN: in the night of June 21st, 1998.
WHERE: I'll be in my bed, you wherever you are.
WHAT: I will meditate deeply on your names and on the materials that I
received from the network in all these years. If you see colours, send them
to me, I will answer you.
WHO: Franco Piri Focardi, Crash, via XX Settembre 18, 50067 Rignano s/Arno,
WHY: in mail art you only need to be on the same wavelenght, to know that
you can meet.
WHEN: June 23rd, 1998, from 0:01 am.
WHERE: via Odoacre 14, Ravenna, Italy.
WHAT: show, installations, performances (and more).
WHO: Giovanni Strada and other networkers.
A MID-YEAR'S DREAM MEETING
WHEN: on June 30st 1998, at midnight.
WHERE: anywhere you rest your head.
WHAT: concentrate your mind on meeting someone in dream, then set an alarm
clock to ring at midnight and go to bed early: on waking up, write down
what you remember of your oneiric meeting.
WHO: Vittore Baroni/E.O.N., who will publish your dreams in the IM98
WHY: to find a place where dreams can meet.
DRIFTING IMAGES OF POSTAL TIME
WHEN: before July 1st, 1998, from morning to evening.
WHERE: in Rome, through the channels of postal time.
WHAT: send to the address below an incongruous image of your incongruous
self following an incongruous iconography.
WHO: Stefano Franci, via C. Sereni 15, 00146 Roma, Italy.
WHY: for a subjective reinterpretation of the incongruous Self.
WHEN: July 2nd (8 pm) exhibition opening, July 3rd (all day) open studio
and prairie fire (after dark).
WHERE: Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.
WHAT: a mail art exhibition of collaborative artist books. Those who cannot
come should light a fire and thank the gods for every good idea that they
have shared with a friend. Better yet, share bookmaking with a kindred
spirit, through the mail or in person...
WHO: for more information Lois Klassen, Renegade Librarian, Art Gallery of
Southwestern MB, 638 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB Canada R7A 0P3.
WHY: a celebration of books on fire!
THERE'RE ONLY TWO SEASONS IN MAINE, WINTER AND THE 4TH OF JULY
WHEN: July 4th,1998.
WHERE: 216 Post Road, Bowdoinham, Maine 04008 USA.
WHAT: build a fascinating snowman and ice sculptures. Conclude with a snow
ball fight followed by fireworks.
WHO: Carlo Pittore.
WHY: time is fleeting: waste not, want not.
WHEN: on July 5th, 1998.
WHERE: underwater, in the wild prairie, in the country fair...
WHAT: establish a peaceful form of communication with a non-human lifeform
(fish, bird, insect, plant, whatever). Document this communication.
WHO: Mister Bizarro, renegade pimp for the Church of the SubGenius .
WHY: to find new terraqueous allies, on the day the Xists will land on this
"BREAK ON THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE" (Promenade-concert for Raymond
WHEN: July 14th, 1998, hr. 3 pm.
WHERE: Paris, Père Lachaise Cemetery, starting from Jim Morrison's tomb
WHAT: a journey with stops and background music (sound collage: send a
cassette with five minutes of your own music) and performances in front of
the tombs of musicians and singers (Chopin, Ives Montand, Edith Piaf,
WHO: everyone can participate but please contact first Gianni Broi, C.P.
684, 50123 Firenze, Italy - e-mail .
WHY: to remember, to extend mail art to "the other side", beyond death,
commemorating with Roussel all the mail art friends "returned to sender".
MORANDI CONSPIRACY MOVEMENT
WHEN: July 20th, 1998.
WHERE: at Artestudio/Afterstudio, via San Bernardino 88, 24028 Ponte
Nossa, BG, Italy.
WHAT: all networkers can visit and consult materials about the "Morandi
WHO: Emilio Morandi.
WHY: to testify belonging to the family of independent artists, no more
isolated, and the continuity of the researches in the network.
WHEN: July 20th, 1998.
WHERE: Bükk National Park, Miskolc, Hungary.
WHAT: International Mail Art Exhibition in the open air. Send before July
works in any technique and any size with short CV, anything accepted by the
post (no returns, photo documentation to participants). Then come and meet
in Marcelland! Marcelland will be the "forest of desires", everybody will
have a tree.
WHO: Tibor Vass, Miskolc Art Workshop, Matyas kiraly ut 13. 7/1, H-3525
WHY: everybody has his/her own Marcell/Marcella: man/woman of the dream.
Let's collect and exhibit them in a beautiful spot of the Bükk mountains,
let them breath some fresh air.
VEC SUMMER EVENT
WHEN: on a mid summer night.
WHERE: Baula mountain, Iceland, on the road to Middalir (the name "Baula"
is the sound made by a lost cow in icelandic).
WHAT: 1 - search for lost cows; 2 - perfect the bovine lobotomy machine; 3
- frighten away the darkness.
WHO: the VEC inner circle + friends.
WHY: because somebody has to keep the darkness of nighttime under control
whilst the world watches soccer on TV.
ONE WORLD ORGASM
WHEN: August 8th, 1998 (and on that date every year from now on).
WHERE: Wherever this message is heard... from Alaska to Zaire (in range of
alphabet and temperature).
WHAT: International Orgasm Day: the whole world joining together to
celebrate orgasm... solo, in couples, in groups... monosexually,
bisexually, homosexually, heterosexually... focusing on positive energy
celebration... What will you do?
WHO: Alex Igloo (who is collecting information on planned events as well as
doing documentation afterwards of all consumated orgasmic events, so do
something fun and unusual). Send your info now or later to
or A. Igloo, 91 East Street, Bristol, Vermont 05443
WHY: to celebrate body energy, ecstacy, pleasure, delight... (maybe even a
little less crime/war/violence for a day also). T-shirts, bumper-stickers,
etc. available soon!
STONES WITH PC
WHEN: September 10th, 1998, hr. 10 am, at the opening of the show of stones
sent to the project "Mail-stones for Meana Sardo".
WHERE: Meana Sardo near Nuoro, Sardegna, Italy, under the Nolza "nuraghe"
(3 km. from the town).
WHAT: computerized mail-artists and prehistoric mail-artists will battle in
WHO: Gianni Broi and Annamaria Caracciolo (Free Dog Club) who launched the
challenge "computerized friends, how will you send us stones with your
PC?". Sandwiches and soft drinks for all. Contact: C.P. 684, 50123 Firenze,
Italy - e-mail .
WHY: because dear old mail art will not disappear without giving battle.
THE REVOLUTION HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE DAY
WHEN: September 18th 1998 (from 0 to 24 hr).
WHERE: any fucking where.
WHAT: on this day everyone will behave as if the revolution had already
happened. There will be no good ones and bad ones, no judgement, no
restraint and no violence (remember? It has already happened). In the full
respect for the others, everyone shall behave as it pleases him/her. Bring
your own condoms, drugs and music.The key number will be 39.
WHO: all the persons that, like Sergio Messina/RadioGladio, believe that
any real change will begin within one's own body/mind.
WHY: to prove that anything is still possible.
OCTOBER IN THE RAILOAD EARTH
WHEN: the month of October, 1998.
WHERE: anywhere one or more (mail) artists make a poem, painting, object,
performance, photography, graffiti by a railroad track or train.
WHAT: to celebrate the work and life of Jack Kerouac and his prose
piece/sound poem "October in the Railroad Earth". If you would like to send
a documentation of your Incongruous Meeting - in any media - to the address
below, you will receive a reply and work from me.
WHO: Dave Baptiste Chirot, 2542 N.Farwell n.5, Milwaukee, WI 53211 USA.
WHY: to honour Jack Kerouac, railroads for their spirit of adventure, their
sounds and their movement.
WHEN: 19 October-1 November 1998.
WHERE: NUBS Gallery, Mitropolita Petra 8, Beograd, Yugoslavia.
WHAT: exhibition by Emilio Morandi + Giovanni Strada, cooperative
performances with Dobrica Kamperelic (and our wives) and the rest of the
WHY: our friendship growing, we have the same opinions about art and art
WHEN: on October 22nd, 1998.
WHERE: at your nearest xerox machine.
WHAT: meet a photocopying machine and together make a work celebrating the
first xerox print 60 years ago. Photocopy your hand, stick it on a card,
cut round it, add stamp & address below, send to me. Documentation to all.
WHO: A.1. Waste Paper Co. Ltd., 71 Lambeth Walk, London SE11, England, UK.
WHY: to remember a great man, and a great invention.
CABBAGES FOR A SNACK
WHEN: October 23rd, at tea break time.
WHERE: in front of the most useless Faculty in your town (or nearest
WHAT: several individuals meet bringing radios, blasters,
cassette-recorders transmitting loud noises, and eat cabbages for a snack
(italian saying for "it has nothing to do with the subject").
WHO: an invite from the New Plagiarist Alliance, Rome.
WHY: eating cabbages as a snack is really disturbing.
50 YEARS SINCE THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
WHEN: 7-8-9 November 1998.
WHERE: in Quilmes, prov. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
WHAT: demonstrations, recitals, exhibitions, individual or group
performances and any other activity on human rights to be performed on the
street. All projects accepted, all artworks exhibited, no returns.
WHO: confirm your presence so we might find some lodgings, contact Claudio
Fabian Perez, Centro de Arte Moderno, Dorrego 176, (1878) Quilmes,
WHY: as an occasion for a meeting in favour of Human Rights in the World.
WHEN: on Friday 13th November 1998.
WHERE: a place of normality (like a town square).
WHAT: all participants will shout abusive remarks to normal passers-by.
WHO: minority groups (race, gender, disability).
WHY: to make everyone else feel crap for a moment, before going on
unaffected by the meeting. To try and raise a sense of oneness.
AN 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: Stephen Perkins, 1816 E. College St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 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.
LET'S 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).
ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS
WHEN: December 31st 1998.
WHERE: in front of the Museum of Museums, Bouckaerstraat 8, 8790 Waregem,
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.
SZTUKA 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.
A-WAKE 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.
ALIEN COMINGOUT DAY
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
that will help circulating it world-wide.
ORGANIZE+PARTICIPATE+DOCUMENT (yes, it is as easy as that!)
INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS 1998 (IM98)
Vittore Baroni, via C. Battisti 339, 55049 Viareggio, Italy).
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