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Underground Mail Art

Post by Moonchild » Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:00 am

Warning: noise artist are welcome ofc but it wouldn't be limited to that area



Hello everyone!

I write you all today to talk to you about an idea.

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I remembered an old reading I had a few years back about how Merzbow started distributing his art by mailing home-made tapes with custom packages with a personal attention to details and to the taste of the addressee. I thought that he discovered some new people to exchange idea with along the way. So I thought why not do it, now?

Couple would be formed willingly based on a description of the taste and the languages spoken of each participants. Since the experience is worldwide, English is highly recommended. Both artists and non-artists are welcome as long as they share an interest in underground culture. Artists must produce a home-made custom recording, concept or visual art that they release in a unique physical copy* (for example for musicians: tapes, USB key, cd-r, ...) and non-artists must sacrifice an artistic object in their possession that has some sort of history with them and find an original way -even unsignificant- to customize it or make a commentary (like adding a small introduction to a book for a better understanding of the reader, making a custom cover for a DVD, painting over a photo or damaging it with a razor, physically recording a reading of selected poetries, making a compilation of artist with a little text explaining the link between them, whatever they feel comfortable doing).

Every artistic objects shared must have a physical form and be unique in some way**, those are the only rules, those above are just example.

Warning: noise artist are welcome ofc but it wouldn't be limited to that area

The amount of communication between participants is up to their mutual discretion. But once a couple is formed, you have six months to get aquainted -or not and let yourself be surprised- and send a package to each other.

As I said, short, anonymous descriptions would be provided and shared with the group by email and and you would send me back the pseudonyms of the people you’re interested in. If one of them is also interested, you form a pair. If you don’t have a partner at this point, one will be *mischievously* selected for you, haha… ^^’

Just try to be open-minded. It’ll be trial and error

So please all people around the world interested, send me an e-mail in the languages you speak with
a pseudonym,
your age,
a short description of yourself as an artist or as an art lover,
your level in obscurity (amateur, normal, pro, ...),
how many penpals and
ideal level of interaction with him/her (low, normal, high, ...) -you would ideally have
at this address:

undergroundmailart -at- gmail -dot- com


Example:

Pseudonym: Ramones1987
Age: 31
Description: non-artist - Grew to love punk, then power electronics and noise rock. Huge fan of the Boredoms and Japanese animation. Amateur photographer. Bad temper but sweet sometimes. Currently finishing his master in Psychology. Working in an Irish Pub.
Obscurity: normal
Ideal number: 2-3
Interaction: normal to high


If you’re ready for the experience you have until the 24th of may to join the first batch. At that point I’ll publish the description for everyone to see. Couple will be assigned at summer solstice. You can renew the experience if it’s successful. But once both party agreed willingly in an exchange they are engaged to deliver a work of art to each other. What would be optional would be to share your feedback about the work of art with the rest of the group. If they are enough of them, I’ll make a blog.

With love,

Adrien




*They can still publish another edition later if they want, nobody would be the owner but them
** just try to send something that only come from you

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Re: Underground Mail Art

Post by puddysjacket » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:08 pm

love this idea. I'm in

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Re: Underground Mail Art

Post by Moonchild » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:40 am

Cool! Don't forget to send a mail to undergroundmailart -at- gmail -dot- com and I'll put you in contact with the other participants in a few months!

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