B L A S T

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Mayo / Junio - May / June 1999

Ano - Year I

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mail Art e-Boulletin, edited by VORTICE ARGENTINA, of mail

art information, news, visual poetry, projects and calls invitations.

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MAYO / MAY

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*** ENCUENTRO EN LA PERIFERIA

La Oreja de Plástico es un colectivo artístico de Sevilla que realizan ediciones independientes. También están

relacionados con el movimiento de Mail Art y como tal invitan a todos los mail-artistas del mundo a participar

con ideas, dibujos, poemas,...en la materialización del proyecto denominado

ENCUENTRO EN LA PERIFERIA

Comisariado por Julian Ruesga y producido por B.N.V.

TEMA: Esencialmente se trata de tres propuestas artísticas relacionadas con tres barrios marginales,

donde el paro, la droga y el desarraigo social, son galopantes.

FECHA LIMITE: 31 de Mayo de 1999

DOCUMENTACION: Se realizará una exposición que ira acompanada de un catálogo / documentación que recoge

tanto la obra y acciones realizadas por los artistas.

ENVIAR A : La Oreja de Plastico / Maria Canas - Marques de Paradas 26, 3B - 41001 Sevilla - Espana

JUNIO / JUNE

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*** CRUCES DEL MUNDO

Homenaje A Los Pueblos Indigenas (por favor envia tu cruz). Proponemos realizar para el ano 2000 un cruce

de obras de arte [en forma de una cruz] en Santiago de Chile, que se desplegara sobre el suelo. Es

preciso destacar que todas las contribuciones artisticas son aceptadas en el espiritu libertario del networking,

es decir, no hay jurado de seleccion. No hay restricciones en cuanto a medio. La fecha limite de recepcion es

el 1ro. de junio de 1999. Las cruces se pueden enviar por correo a la direccion de contacto chilena:

Hans Braumüller - Los Almendros 3898 - Nunoa - Santiago - Chile

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*** 1st ANNUAL GREAT CANADIAN MAIL ART SHOW

Sponsored by Visual Arts Brampton.

Deadline: Monday, June 7th, 1999 // Art work can be in any medium and on any theme but should not exceed 8

inches in either height or width. Good quality copies are also acceptable // Art will be displayed at ART WAY,

our exhibition space at Bramalea City Centre between June 25th and July 23rd, 1999.

Enter as often as you like! Judges will select winners and award prizes.

Mail entries to : Visual Arts Brampton / Great Canadian Mail Art Show

1 Bartley Bull Parkway, Unit 10 - Brampton, Ontario L6W 3T7 - Canada

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*** LOS NINOS PRIMERO

Medida y medio libres // Fecha limite: 30 de Junio de 1999.

Envie un solo original a : Luchi Collaud - Nicaragua 1286 - Rosario 2000 - Argentina

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*** ESTAN LLOVIENDO GATOS Y PERROS!

Proyecto sobre el futuro de la vida animal en la Tierra.

Sellos y sobres de comida animal son bienvenidos // Fecha limite: 30 de Junio de 1999

Envios a : Vita Animale c/o Linda Pelati - Via Bellagio 3 - 20158 Milano - Italia

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*** MILENIO

Sin restricciones de medio o tamano y cantidad // Fecha limite: 30 de Junio de 1999 // Catalogo a los participantes

Envios a : SPAZIO ARTE TOTALE - via Bastione Mediceo 21 - 51100 Pistoia - Italia

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*** DIA DEL ARTISTA CORREO // MAIL ARTIST'S DAY

El dia 23 de marzo se presento el nuevo proyecto Dia del Artista Correo al Departamento Institucional del Correo

Argentino y al Departamento de Filatelia del mismo organismo. A la espera de la respuesta y la aceptacion de la

propuesta presentada por VORTICE ARGENTINA, se realizara la Segunda Exhibicion de Estampillas de Artistas

a realizarse en el Correo Argentino, Sede Central. Tan pronto tenga esa respuesta, sera enviada las bases para esta

nueva convocatoria, conmemorando asi el Dia del Artista Correo en la Argentina.

On March 23 the Mail Artist's Day project was submitted to the Public Relations Department and Philately

Department of Correo Argentino. As soon as I receive a response to VORTICE ARGENTINA proposal to

put on the Second Artistamps Exhibition at the Head Quarters of Correo Argentino, the bases for this new call

will be sent, thus, celebrating the Mail Artist's Day in Argentina.

IMPORTANTE // IMPORTANT NOTE

1- Para aquellos que no han recibido la información del proyecto, pedirla por e-mail y enviaré las bases.

2- Para aquellos que todavía no han enviado el cupón de Adhesión, les recuerdo que el límite es el 30 - junio - 99.

3- Para aquellos que ya han enviado los cupones, les agradezco por su participación, con los cuales ayudarán a la

realización de este proyecto.

1- To those who do not have any information on the project, email me and I will send the project bases.

2- To those who have not sent the coupon for supporting the project, I remind you that the deadline is June 30, 99

3- To those who have already sent their support, I thank you for your participation, which allows me to make

this project belonging to all of us come true.

NOTA // NOTE

El proyecto Dia del Artista Correo fue enviado junto a VORTICE # 14 en diciembre de 1998.

The Mail Artist's Day project was sent together with the VORTICE # 14 issue in December 1998.

Enviaré información periódica de dicho proyecto. Gracias a todos por vuestra participación... FGD

I will send information on the project follow-up. Thanks to all of you for your participation... FGD

PEDIR CUPON DE ADHESION: / ASK FOR SUPPORT COUPON:

VORTICE - Bacacay 3103 - Buenos Aires 1406 - Argentina

e-mail : vortice@cvtci.com.ar

JULIO / JULY

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*** IRLANDA HOY

Medida Max: A4 // Cualquier tecnica // No jurado, no venta, no retorno // Documentacion a todos

Fecha limite: 1 de Julio de 1999

Envios a : Francis Fan Mail - P.O.Box 66 - L-6401 Echternac - Luxemburgo

o por e-mail : phi@phi.lu

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*** FIRST VISUAL POETRY AND ARTISTS BOOKS SHOW

Deadline : 20 july 99 // Exhibition : August 99

No Jury // No Fee // No Returns // Documentation to all

Send to : Image and Sound Museum (Museu da Imagem e do Som de Santos - MISS)

Av. Senador Pinheiro Machado, 48 - 11075-907 Santos, SP - Brasil

AGOSTO / AUGUST

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*** PRIMERA EXPOSICION INTERNACIONAL DE POESIA EXPERIMENTAL EN CUBA

La poesia experimental ha tenido en esta era un gran desarrollo y ha sufrido importantes cambios desde el punto de

vista conceptual y formal. El surgimiento de las vanguardias en la primera mitad del siglo, asi como las influencias

de Mallarme, Apollinar, Joyce, los hermanos Campos, Waldemir Dias-Pinos, entre otros, han propiciado tales cambios.

La llegada del postmodernismo ha unificado todas las experiencias anteriores haciendo que confluyan diferentes

tendencias entre los poetas experimentales y que estas formas de hacer avance por nuevos derroteros.

Nuevas y viejas tendencias se han desarrollado como la Poesia Proceso, la poesia letrista, la poesia ilustrada, los

poemas laberintos, los poemas objetos, los holopoemas, la poesia virtual. Por eso uno de los objetivos fundamentales

de esta empresa es dar a conocer esta diversidad poetica de imprecindible manejo para los creadores y necesaria para

la compresion de los cambios que irremediablemente se aproximan, e incluso ya estan ocurriendo.

Con el nombre de "Poesia experimental a finales del milenio: Un golpe de dados" se inaugura la primera exposicion de

poesia experimental realizada en nuestro pais con el objetivo de promover esa vertiente poetica en Cuba y mostrar y

difundir las mas recientes tendencia dentro de la poesia, asi como sumarnos a las diversas exposiciones que se estan

realizando en el mundo a favor de la paz y los derechos del hombre.

La fecha de inaguracion sera el 22 de Septiembre, dia en que se celebra el equinoccio de invierno y la luz solar (simbolo

de la pureza, el conocimiento, la energia cosmica y generadora de tantas disquisiciones e imagenes poeticas) cae por

igual en ambos hemiferios.

El evento tendra una duracion de tres dias, en los cuales se haran lecturas de poesia, ventas de libros,... Las obras

pueden ser enviadas en cualquier formato y en cualquier soporte (CDROM, video, papel,...), tambien se exhibiran

ponencias, revistas; performans y conferencias si se envian en video. Los trabajos podran ser enviados ha:

Raydel Araoz / Casa de los Escritores - P.Box: 5198 - Habana 10500 - CUBA

Fecha Limite : 30 de Agosto. No habra jurado. Se haran catalogos con los nombres de los participantes en el cual

se incluiran algunas obras seleccionadas. El lugar de la exposicion se dara a conocer en un segundo llamado.

Por favor distribuya este llamado. Saludos fraternos... RA y DEL

SEPTIEMBRE / SEPTEMBER

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*** INTERNATIONAL FEMALE ART PROJECT : HOW DO WOMEN SEE THEIR ROLE AFTER 2000

You are kindly invited to participate to the INTERNATIONAL FEMAIL-ART Project:

"How do women see their role after 2000"

Theme: "How does a woman see her role after the millennium?"

Size: max. A4 // Medium: free (postcard, collage, visual poetry, painting, 3D, fax, e-mail....)

No works returned. Works will stay in the P.C.A. Mail-artcollection from Annina Van Sebroeck

and Luc Fierens for future exhibitions !

Selection: only female networkers and female mail-artists can participate.

Deadline: 15 september 1999 // Catalogue to all participants

The Cultural Centre will also make a virtual catalog on it's Website.

Exhibition from 11.11.99 during Women's Day 1999 (till mid December)

Organized by Cultural Centre Ter Dilft and curators: Annina Van Sebroeck and Luc Fierens (Mail-artists)

Send works to : C.C.Ter Dilft c/o FEMAIL-ART - Sint-Amandsesteenweg 41, 43 - B-2880 Bornem - BELGIUM

Fax: 03 / 890-6931 - or e-mail : cc@terdilft.be

NOVIEMBRE / NOVEMBER

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*** ANO 2000 / NUEVA ERA - YEAR 2000 / NEW ERA

Salon Internacional de Mail Art de Poesia // Tema: ANO 2000 / Nueva Era

Medidas Maximas: A-4 // No devolucion - No jurado // Exposicion y documentacion a todos los participantes.

Patrocina la Casa de Cultura de Maracay y la Secretaria de Cultura // Fecha limite: 30 de Noviembre de 1999

Enviar a : Keyla Holmquist - 5S Avenida de la Urbanización de San Isidro

Residencia de la Quinta Avenida, 4B - Maracay - Estado de Aragua - Z.P. 2101 - Venezuela

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*** CARNAVAL / CARNIVAL

Festival de Mascaras y Color = Masks & Colour's Festival

Medida Postal = Size Postcards // Tecnica libre = Media free

Fecha limite = Deadline: 30 de Noviembre de 1999 // Exhibicion y documentacion.

Envios a = Send to : International Mail Art Archive - Via L. Boccherini 12 - 56122 Pisa - Italia

ANO 2000 YEAR

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*** MILLENNIUM MAIL ART PROJECT FOR CHILDREN

A. PRACTICAL DETAILS

THEME: LIVING IN THE MIRROR

a self portrait and portrait of the living environment of children today

AGE LIMIT: 12 !

Project open to INDIVIDUAL children and to GROUPS (schools, youth houses, clubs etc ..)

Free Size & Medium // No fees, No jury, No returns, All works will be displayed.

Exhibitions from april to june 2000 // Documentation to all participating children.

Deadline : February 29, 2000

Central Address for all sendings: CHILDREN MAIL ART PROJECT : LIVING IN THE MIRROR

Foyer VZW, c/o FRANCIS MARISSENS - WERKHUIZENSTRAAT 25 - B-1080 BRUSSELS - BELGIUM

B. GENERAL DETAILS

This project is a RENEGADE COLLABORATION between MAIL ARTISTS Luc Fierens, Annina Van Sebroeck,

Florence Libotte, Sébastien Vellut, Guido Vermeulen & FOYER Brussels, a socio-cultural association working mainly

with immigrant youth as a regional integration center (coordinator for Foyer is Francis Marissens) & the Belgian

Postoffice (exhibitions are planned in Brussels' postoffices)

WORKSHOPS with children will be organised in Brussels' schools and youth houses starting from May 99.

The children attending the workshops will participate at this project and contribute to other mail art projects.

Exchanges and contributions are planned with other children groups all over the world.

Our INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS to develop a mail art network FOR, FROM & BETWEEN children are:

Lois Klassen (Canada), Marilyn Brackney (USA), Julia Tant (England), Rüdiger Westphalen (Germany).

This list will be growing together with the expanding project. JOIN THIS NETWORK !

ADULT mail artists can support the project by sending art material for the children. We'll use this in the workshops.

Donations will be mentioned to the kids and in the documentation.

TO THE PARENTS:

We'll protect all children: addresses will NOT be published or spread around ! In the documentation we'll mention only

the name, age and country of the child. Please mention this on every entry or contributed work. But of course we need

an address to return a documentation. Mention this on the envelop. We propose to work with central addresses for the

children groups, so cheap bulk mailings are possible and diffusion belongs to the responsibility of the adult coordinator

of such a group.

THANK YOU ALL !!! LET THE CHILDREN PLAY ! ART IS A GAME AND IS FUNNY !!!

CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD AND OF MAIL ART

SIN FECHA LIMITE / ONGOING

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*** ROMPIENDO EL BLOQUEO POSTAL A YUGOSLAVIA

Escriba una postal con una direccion ficticia en Atenas, Grecia y, como remitente, escriba el nombre y

direccion de nuestro amigo : Predrag Popovic - Brace Poljakovic 5 - 34000 Kragujevac - Yugoslavia

Cuando el correo griego no encuentre la dirección postal en Atenas (ficticia) lo probable es que se la

remitan a él. El mismo procedimiento puede usarse si queremos hacer llegar muestras voces de aliento a otros

amigos correo-artistas yugoslavos.

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*** INVISIBLE ART NOW IN MY COUNTRY

Cari amici, mi piacerebbe avere il vostro contributo al mio progetto.

Progetto di e-mail art se vuoi partecipare, scivu su una cartolina del tuo luogo:

ARTE INVISIBILE ADESSO ANCHE NEL MIO TERRITORIO A.P. 2804.99

e spediscila al mio recapito:

e-mail art project, if you want participate, please write on a postcard of your country:

INVISIBLE ART NOW IN MY COUNTRY A.P. 2804.99

and send it to me:

Bruno Chiarlone / INVISIBLE ART FUNDATION - 17014 - Rocchetta dei Murales (SV) - Italy

View : http://members.tripod.it/premio/invisibile.html

INVISIBLE ART FUNDATION : iafun@yahoo.com ... http://members.it.tripod.de/premio/index.html

Please collaborate in promotion of INVISIBLE ART, see: http://utenti.tripod.it/poetaerrante

(Project of Bruno Chiarlone - Italy)

http://members.it.tripod.de/premio/index-2.html

HELP PEOPLE OF YUGOSLAVIA AND KOSOVO; NOT BOMB BUT HUMANITY!

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*** MAIL ART PROJECT - Joey Know

De : JoeyKnow@aol.com

Enviado: Jueves 29 de Abril de 1999 01:01 AM

Asunto: Re: Mail art projet

VER EN // SEE AT : http://www.artwellgallery.org/forarts.html

CAMBIO DE E-MAIL / CHANGE OF DOMAIN NAME

ATTENTION : Nouvelles adresses // OPGELET : Nieuwe adressen // ATTENTION : New addresses

ACHTUNG : Neuen Anschriften // ATTENZIONE : Nueve indirizze // CUIDADO : Nueva direccion

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*** BETH

Please note my new address for the summer months is

beth : emgarrison@xoommail.com

Peace, Beth

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*** LUC FIERENS (Belgium)

It's important because my brother in law started a website for me in June 1997:

http://users.skynet.be/hansvseb/luc/luc.html

but he stopped the connection with his internetprovider begin 1999 so you can send NO e-mail anymore

to his / my old e-mailaddress ( hans.van.sebroeck@skynet.be )

(many people still try,a pity i could not read the urgent messages from Andrej Tisma) the link with the (finished)

internetsite still exists but i can make no changes anymore. but mail-artists can contact me by sending e-mail to:

Luc.Fierens@manutan.com

please send only small textfiles !! (this is my job,i hope to make my own internetconnection & site soon!)

thanks in advance... Luc Fierens

(P.S. on 29.04.99 , i received a letter by Dobrica Kamperelic dated 12.04.99 with visual poetry, a postcard with

bombers for Clemente (i will send it to him soon) and a desparate letter for help) so i still support my / your message:

STOP BOMBING YUGOSLAVIA I still send all independent news to one of our newspapers!!

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*** GERARDO PADILLA (Mexico)

Quiero notificarles mi cambio de direccion : gpadilla@cantera.reduaz.mx

Av. Lopez Velarde 607 - Zacatecas, Zac - 98000 - Mexico

INFORMACION GENERAL / GENERAL INFORMATION

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*** IM98 CALENDARIO, CATALOGO Y DOCUMENTACION

IM98: UN ANO DE ENCUENTROS INCONGRUENTES

un conciso reporte de Vittore Baroni desde E.O.N. cuartel general

(VER ARCHIVO ADJUNTO)

*** IM98 CALENDAR CATALOGUE & DOCUMENTATION

IM98: A YEAR OF INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS

a concise report by Vittore Baroni from E.O.N. headquarters

(SEE ARCHIVE ATTACHMENT)

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*** OLHEM O LINK NO SITE DO NASCENTE - Luiz Alberto Machado (Brasil)

Olá, amigos!!!

Seria bom voces darem uma olhada nos LINKS do Nascente, lá estao os sites indicados por nós para visitas!!!

Voces merecem!!!!! Abraçao... Luiz Alberto Machado

www.nascente.art.br

Luiz Alberto : nascente@sunnet.com.br

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*** A POINT OF VIEW. VISUAL POETRY: THE '90s. AN ANTHOLOGY

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART KALININGRAD BRANCH, RUSSIA

P R E S E N T

A POINT OF VIEW. VISUAL POETRY: THE '90s. AN ANTHOLOGY

Dmitry Bulatov, Chief Editor

Published by Simplicii, Kaliningrad, Russia, 1998.

592 pages, 546 illustrations, USD $25 (+ USD $10 airmail)

116 poets from 22 countries

This anthology, containing such amount and range of information, is published in Russia for the first time. It is

dedicated to the marginal spheres of contemporary poetry. Besides the works characterizing the contemporary

state of international experimental and poetic process, the book includes the articles on the history and theory

of non-conventional literature. The works are created by representatives of concrete and minimal, sonor and

action, object, tactile, and vacuum trends of contemporary poetry.

These works may help to the reader (spectator) to determine the existing POINT OF VIEW on the problem of

VISUALITY in literature. They are also an evidence of creative activity of famous poets, that may inform the

reader (spectator) about various poetic schools of the world, Fluxus of the 60-70s, PostFluxus and Mail art of

the 70-80s, International Network Culture of the 80-90s.

An edition of such scale and range, demonstrating an impressive spectrum of poets and their works, is published

in the former post-Soviet territory for the FIRST time. It makes this book practically unique. The book includes

essays on and examples of visual poetry from several countries (116 poets from 22 countries).

"Visual Poetry: the '90s" documents the work of many writers, including Anna Alchuck, Vittore Baroni,

Carlo Belloli, Guy Bleus, Julien Blaine, Jean-Francois Bory, Joaquim Branco, Joan Brossa, Paulo Bruscky,

Dmitry Bulatov, Edgardo-Antonio Vigo, Ben Vautier, Pierre Garnier, Ilse Garnier, Alexander Gornon,

Pedro Juan Gutierrez, Guillermo Deisler, Klaus Peter, Dencker, Eduardo Kac, Bob Cobbing,

Richard Kostelanetz, Karl Kempton, Arrigo Lora-Totino, Enzo Minarelli, Franz Mon, Claude Maillard,

Pal Nagy, Rea Nikonova, Clemente Padin, Tibor Papp, Hiroshi Tanabu, Dick Higgins, and Henri Chopin, etc.

To purchase the book, please contact Dmitry Bulatov at : center@ncca.koenig.su

Please, copy and pass to your mail-friends & collegues!

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*** CREATURES OF LOVE - Caroline Robinson (New Zealand)

The Virtual TART exhibition for May is "Creatures of Love" - costume art by Caroline Robinson.

Wearable art, installations for the body, call it what you like, Caroline is good at it.

Do have a look, at : http://virtual.tart.co.nz

Thanks... Dale Copeland

Virtual TART, at : http://virtual.tart.co.nz

and Puniho Art, at : http://puniho.www.co.nz

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*** TRIAL BY CARTOON - Latuff (Brasil)

Dear friend, Uncle Sam, in other words, the Government of United States of America is now on the Trial...

on the Trial by Cartoon. Check it! http://members.tripod.com/~latuff/trial.html

Very best regards, Latuff

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*** WEBSITE DE MAIL ART - Espana

Hola. Me llamo Antonio y tengo una página dedicada al Mail Art desde Espana.

Me gustaría que pusieran un enlace en Internacional, gracias.

http://www.teleline.es/personal/nonopp

e-mail : nonopp@teleline.es

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*** TALLER DE FOTOGRAFIA CON DANIEL CANOGAR - Espana

Estimad@ amig@, del 21 al 27 de junio de 1999 convocamos el taller de fotografía "La mirada fotográfica.

La construcción del sujeto" dirigido por Daniel Canogar. Este taller se realizará en el Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata.

Puedes encontrar mas información sobre el mismo en : http://www.mestizo.org/talleres/canogar99.html

Mestizo A.C : mestizo@mestizo.org

Un saludo.

URGENTE / URGENT

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*** STOP BOMBING YUGOSLAVIA / PEACE IN KOSOVO AUMA + Gom@

We want to appeal to the deeper humanism and to the feeling of fraternal communion between the peoples to the

earth and from AU MA + Gom@ asks you to send letters with the words

STOP BOMBING YUGOSLAVIA / PEACE IN KOSOVO

on the enveloppe to all your mailartists friends in Yugoslavia, in Kosovo and in any another part of the world,

to all the dignitaries of the NATO and to the President of the USA.

Bill Clinton e-mail : president@whitehouse.gov

We want to show our solidarity with Yugoslavian and Kosovar mail artist in particular and with the Yugoslavian

and Kosovar people in general. We only wish to contribute to avoid a bloodbath and to call to the parts to solve

the conflicts through pacific negotiation.

Obviously, by the special characteristics of this project, there are not any deadline until the airstrikes will stop.

There will not an exhibition neither documentation (althougth all the letters with the legend

STOP BOMBING YUGOSLAVIA received by the members of AU MA + Gom@ will appear in the report of this

action). We appeal to your solidarity.

PLEASE, COPY AND PASS

AU MA + Gom@

e-mail : aumagom@teleline.es

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/2759

Apelando a un profundo sentido humanista y de fraterna comunión entre los pueblos, desde AU MA + Gom@ le

pedimos que envíe cartas con la leyenda STOP BOMBING YUGOSLAVIA / PEACE IN KOSOVO en el exterior

del sobre a todos los amigos mail artistas en Yugoslavia, en Kosovo, y en cualquier parte de mundo, sin olvidar

a los dignatarios de la OTAN y al Presidente de los Estados Unidos de América.

Bill Clinton e-mail : president@whitehouse.gov

Aspiramos a mostrar nuestra solidaridad con los mail artistas yugoslavos y kosovares en particular y con el pueblo

de Yugoslavia y de Kosovo en general. Sólo deseamos contribuír a evitar un bano de sangre y a llamar a las partes

implicadas a resolver los conflictos mediante la negociación pacífica.

Como es obvio, por la especial naturaleza de este proyecto no existe ningún plazo hasta que los bombardeos terminen.

No habrá exposición ni documentación (aunque todas las cartas con el lema STOP BOMBING YUGOSLAVIA

recibidas por los miembros de AU MA + Gom@ aparecerán en la información sobre esta acción). Apelamos a su

solidaridad.

POR FAVOR, DISTRIBUYA ESTA CONVOCATORIA

AU MA + Gom@

e-mail : aumagom@teleline.es

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/2759

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Send your information via e-mail or regular mail to:

B L A S T

edited by

VORTICE ARGENTINA

c/o Fernando Garcia Delgado

Bacacay 3103

1406 Buenos Aires

Argentina

e-mail: vortice@cvtci.com.ar

Website: http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Workshop/6345/vortice.htm

THIS IS THE E-MAIL VERSION

OF THE IM98 CALENDAR-CATALOGUE DOCUMENTATION

(a.k.a. Arte Postale! #81, a networking magazine of the Ethereal Open Network,

January-June 1999)

IM98: A YEAR OF INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS

a concise report by Vittore Baroni from E.O.N. headquarters

How to join and cement together in a shared spirit of "networking community" the thousands of

individuals that build up and inhabit the underground channels of independent and counter-cultural

communication (zine-makers, net-surfers, artists, poets, musicians, ranters, etc.)? An operative

model developed inside the international mail art network exactly for this purpose is the so called

"decentralized congress", or an unlimited series of open meetings with the same theme, freely

organized by various people in different parts of the world, usually in the course of one year. The

first big Decentralized Mail Art Congress of 1986, promoted from Switzerland by the artists

Günther Ruch and H.R. Fricker, consisted of about 80 different sessions that involved over 500

participants from 25 countries, with photos and reports from the various sessions gathered by

Ruch in a 160 pages catalogue. Six years later, in 1992, Fricker coordinated a new

Decentralized Worldwide Networker Congress, that tried to broaden the playing field by

involving also people not directly related to the mail art network, with a final count of over 250

sessions and a de-luxe book-documentation produced by another Swiss artist, Peter Kaufmann.

Add another six years (6+6+6) and we come to 1998: as a mail art veteran I felt it was the right

time to revive once again the feeling of unity of the networking community, so I proposed another

one year project, this time centered not on the "academic" concept of congress but on the much

more flexible and easygoing one of meeting, to which I added the enigmatic title of incongruous.

This was done to add a contradictory and unforeseeable element to the project, stimulating all

kinds of reactions to a term defined in the dictionary as "lacking harmony or agreement; not

corresponding to what is right, proper or reasonable; inappropriate…". I believe that networking

activities, just like good sentimental relationships, need some friction and controversy now and

then to function at best, not always smiles and back-slapping.

So 1998 became, at least in certain ethereal paths of the underground creative circles, the year of

Incongruous Meetings (IM98), not without an implied tribute to Ray Johnson, the "father" of

mail art sadly disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1995, who decades ago used to

invite members of his New York Correspondence School and also total strangers to "meetings"

and "nothings" (events where, in contraposition with the early "happenings", often nothing at all

happened). The figure of Ray Johnson spontaneously became a sort of subterranean leit-motiv

for the IM98 project, as his influence and distant presence was felt in several occasions: in

particular, on 13th January 1998, three years to the day when the american artist jumped from a

Long Island bridge into the cold waters below, several actions took place, with large groups of

people in Argentina and Spain gathering at the same time (9.13 pm) in front of local Post Offices

wearing bunny masks, and the music group Le Forbici di Manitu playing live A Song About Ray

in front of a Post Office in Italy, while replicating a street installation of Johnson’s moticos.

The mechanism that permitted the development of IM98 is very simple: everyone was free to

organize an incongruous meeting for whatever reason they wanted, choosing a day or period of

the year, and sending to my E.O.N. address (only acting as coordination centre) a printed form

that was distributed in Fall 1997 with the first IM98 invite, filled with the information about the

When, Where, What, Who and Why of the intended meeting. All the "convocations" received

were then reprinted and widely circulated in bi-monthly lists, via snail and e-mail, thanks also to

the kind hospitality of various magazines (Anna, Boek861, Open World, P.O.Box, Umbrella,

etc.) and web sites, as well as to the disinterested help of artists like Keith Bates (who printed

and distributed a large number of IM98 art tickets) and Joel Cohen (The Sticker Dude), high

patron of the networking arts with his Ragged Edge Press, who created various leaflets, stickers

and rubber stamps for IM98. The original invite and all the subsequent printed propaganda

always emphasized the free-and-open-to-all nature of this "no copyright" (and no sponsorship, no

funds, no profit) project. The aim was really just to try once more to escape the repetitiousness of

the mail art invitation-show-catalogue routine, to go for something different, wilder and hopefully

warmly global. Because of the ironical formulation of the invite, I expected many people to see it

as just a big joke, but the "incongruous" angle made also possible the painless inclusion of all

kinds of misunderstandings and extravagant reactions. If the invite had inspired just one angry

letter, one single incongruous meeting or one burst of laughter, I would have been equally happy.

Luckily, I got a trunk-load of answers, launching or documenting meetings of all sizes, based on

the most different motivations, from the comical-surreal (a walking meeting next to a public urinal

on April 1st to remember Monty Python’s "Ministry of Silly Walks") to the socially committed

(street actions in Buenos Aires for the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human

Rights), from the poetic-onyrical (collective recording of a midyear’s dream) to urban guerrilla

(kidnapping of garden dwarves), passing through all kinds of sheerly incongruous do-togethers:

instigation at a group sea bath without underpants, collective orgasms, mailing of fake

bomb-packages or written banknotes, a 34-hours no-stop reading of Joyce’s Ulysses (in

Danish…), a guided musical journey through Pcre Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, various attempts

at communication with cows, fishes and turkeys, etc.etc. Some contributions are visually stunning

pieces, like the series of portrait-stamps designed by buZ blurr after photos taken at meetings, or

the snapshots sent by B. Saved of railroad tracks with a tribute to Jack Kerouac written in white

marker-pen along the rails, or the photos of different people diving in mid-air to commemorate

Yves Klein’s famous jump into the void, and so on and on.

Networking projects always searched for the right balance between minimum cost (in terms of

time, energies and money) and maximum effect. The convocations arrived at E.O.N. exceeded

by far the number of documentations of held meetings. Some meetings have probably gone desert

(what’s more deliciously incongruous?), but even as mere ideas, most convocations are

nevertheless stimulating. Some meetings and actions would have been probably carried out even

without the IM98 umbrella, as various people saw it fit to participate with whatever projects they

had been working on at the time. The IM98 concept was flexible enough to allow also for this

kind of "double-use": "nothing and everything may happen at an Incongruous Meeting". As far as

documentations are concerned, there were not too many publications produced as "decentralized

catalogues", but some of them are very nice indeed: Our Lady of Latex from Illinois sent inside a

round plastic box a beautiful circular booklet, with spiral texts and a real coin glued on a cork

leaf; Alan Turner sent his documentation of "McMeeting" inside a real McDonald potato-chips

bag transformed into an envelope; Reed Altemus and Pete Fischer produced a wonderful

copy-art limited edition portfolio with the visual bits collected during their cooperative

"Incongruous West" trip; Burt Warren from Australia sent a video of his IM98 audio

performance; Angela & Peter Netmail and H.R. Fricker, as proof of their separate "To the Top"

meetings, sent mail dutifully post-marked from the top of the Alps mountains; Birger Jesch made

a thick catalogue of his "Spring Fullmoon" project that shows people in different countries

meeting to place a ceramic tile in a public place; Anna Banana distributed a specially conceived

"Incongruous Evaluation Form" to the visitors of an Artistamps show and collected 26 sets of

answers to questions like "would you rather lick the artist or his/her stamps?"...

There were small, big, odd, normal, physical, conceptual, imaginary meetings. Sometimes a

postcard signed by a number of people would be the only trace of an impromptu meeting. In

other cases, small crowds would assemble to watch performances or have group photographs

taken, like in the occasion of the various exhibitions at Angela & Peter Netmail’s "Incongruous

Open Air Gallery" in Minden, Germany. Some meetings only took place "virtually" in the mail,

like the series of postcard collaborations collected in Japan by Keiichi Nakamura under the title

"With You 2", or a add-to-and-pass-on sheet for "Incongruous Meetings by Mail" circulated by

Anna Boschi in Italy. The most unexpected mailing of all was anyway a big envelope from Brazil,

sent by Angela Maria Ferrari Darin(?) and containing 17 little unmounted oil paintings on canvas

(some figurative, some abstract) with an accompanying hand-written letter very difficult to

decipher. I did not know what these paintings had to do with IM98, but I loved so much the

incongruity of this meeting between networking and traditional art that I decided to push it even

further by sharing the original works with all of you (a detail glued in each copy of the paper

version of this catalogue): I hope the authors will understand the spiritual character and respectful

well-meaning of this action!

At least thirty per cent of the IM98 activities have taken place through or thanks to Internet and

e-mail, and this is significant of the new direction undertaken by the mail art network. The

process is irreversible, and personally I do not see why snail and electronic mail cannot coexist

and support reciprocally one another instead of going in separate directions. Of a particular

"technological" interest were some meetings carried out through fax and Internet: Dmitry Bulatov

in Russia organized an "e-mail/fax-m@rathone IM98", exhibiting all the communications received

on the trees of a public park (he also made a large band with the words "Incongruous Meetings"

and mixed with it into a large crowd holding demonstration signs in Cyrillic); Charles François

from Belgium proposed a meeting with homonyms to be found through Internet search engines (a

British participant discovered someone with the same name in the USA, working as a light

technician for Marilyn Manson!), and he also invited people to join him through his web site at a

new eve dinner party in his home, where thanks to a webcam you could see him eat and drink

alone at a table, with the possibility of talking with him through the charming electronic voice of an

invisible Miss Kathy (François produced a wonderfully detailed documentation of his IM98

actions, see examples in attachment 3). In the light of the NATO militar intervention in Serbia, a

special meaning is taken also by a series of performances and international meetings organized by

Dobrica Kamperelic, Nenad Bogdanovic and other yugoslavian friends: this catalogue is not the

right place to engage in a historical-political discussion, but surely the way of mail art has never

been the way of bombs, violence and hate.

The IM98 also had a bizarrely appropriate appendix with the opening on January 14th 1999 of a

Ray Johnson retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York, the same prestigious space

where one of the very first mail art exhibitions was organized by Johnson himself in 1970. On the

opening day several mail artists met, some wearing Ray/bunny "collage decoder" masks prepared

and smuggled into the museum by Joel Cohen. The meeting of a small crowd of networkers

continued at the opening of another concomitant and related NY show, "Bay Area Dada: Before

Punk and Zines" organized by John Held Jr. at the Printed Matter bookshop, including a section

of works in tribute to Johnson. As part of a collective IM98 postal action named "Ray Johnson

New York Retrospective School Meeting", in late Fall ’98 I had mailed out a

"add-to-and-pass-on" giant postcard with the face of a young Johnson to Joel Cohen, who

passed it on to other networkers and made sure that it returned back in NY in time for the

Whitney retrospective, were the postcard was finally delivered. A virtuoso, even more than his

friend Andy Warhol, of creative gossip like Ray would have been artfully delighted to know that

at the opening of his retrospective, more or less by chance, showed up also a certain Miss

Monika Lewinsky: when you say the power of "incongruous meetings"…

So, will somebody please do it all (different) again in 2004?

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IM98 PREVIEWS

8-12 Dec. 1997: APHORISMS UNDERGROUND (The Sticker Dude); 31 Dec.

1997-1-1-1998: THE RAT’S EVE DINNER (Charles François).

THE INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS 1998 CALENDAR

CONTINUOUS, MULTIPLE AND REPEATED EVENTS

Anytime in 1998: TO THE TOP (H.R. Fricker); I SANTINI DEL PRETE MEETING (Franco

Santini and Raimondo Del Prete); "WITH YOU" MEETING (Keiichi Nakamura); FESTIVAL

OF THE WRITTEN BANKNOTE (Stefano Marcoz/Richard Chase); THEME PARK

MEETING (Roger Radio); SPIRIT DREAMS (survivors of child abuse, mental and physical);

REMEMBER THE POST OFFICE (Michael Lumb); INTERNATIONAL TAX FORM DAY

(Umberto Principi/MAGAM); MEET YOUR HOMONYM(S)! (Charles François);

TARTARUGO FLUXUS ACTION N.1 (Tartarugo); MAIL ART BATHROOM (Dragonfly

Dream); A MAGICAL AND OCCULT DICTIONARY OF MAIL ART (César Reglero

Campos and José Emilio Antón); TAPE MEETING (Maurizio Mercuri); BIG BREAST DAY

(Rev. J. Luoma); MEET YOURSELF (Geert-Jan); BLAH, BLAH, BLAH (Joe Decie and

Apple Jack Dada); EXPLODING PLASTIC INEVITABLE (Maurizio Mercuri);

UNFRIENDLY MOBILE PHONE OWNERS (Theo); the sooner the better: PEOPLE

WHO OWE US MONEY (M.T.T.); on Friday 13th February, March and November 1998:

FRIDAY THIRTEEN (minority groups); each third Saturday of the month: CLAMOR

BRZESKA (Vortice Argentina - Fernando Garcea Delgado).

JANUARY

5: ILLUSTRIOUS MICHAEL SCOTT MEMORIAL MEETING (A.1.Waste Paper Co.); 13:

A WHEE-WHEE WEEPING FOR RAY JOHNSON (Le Forbici di Manitu); JUMP FOR

RAY (Energyman).

FEBRUARY

17: FRAN MEET ROBIN, BY PROXY (Betty Derrick, Robin Crozier/Fran Rutkowsky); 19:

LEX DAY (Lex Loeb); 28: PIG DADA MEETING (Baudhuin Simon); WORLD-WIDE

RESISTENCE DAY (Clemente Padin); THE SECRET IM98 MEETING OF THE IUOMA

(IUOMA).

MARCH

7: MAILART ANALYSIS ON THE SUNSHINE COAST (Anna Banana);

ALTERN/GROWING OLD (Henning Mittendorf); 17: I WILL MEET MY WIFE IN BED

(John M. Bennett); 18: IM IN BRUSSELS (C. François & D. Daligand); 21: LET’S TAKE

THE GREASE OFF (Mauro Ceolin); 25: WHAT… WHY/BOEK861.WWW

PRESENTATION MEETING (Cesar Reglero Campos); 27: NEXT TO ALMOST FINAL

SUBGENIUS DEVIVAL (St. Janor Hypercleats, Papa Joe Mama, Lymph Node); 28: POR LA

DESAPROPIACION (Parking/I.D.E.A.); 30: 1000 HAIKUS IN A SINGLE DREAM/SMILE

(Claudio Parentela); 31: ACCIDENTAL MEETING OF DESIGNEDLY KIND (Dobrica

Kamperelic).

APRIL

1: A MEETING OF INCONGRUOUS WALKERS (Luther Blissett); 2: MEETING ON THE

GATE (John Held, Jr. & friends); 10-18: STOCKHOLM TRANSFORMATION (Zorg

Transformer); 12: SPRING FULLMOON (Birger Jesch); 16: ALMOST FINAL SUBGENIUS

DEVIVAL (Einstein's Secret orchestra, Rev. Ivan Stang); 18: BOB KAUFMAN POETRY

DAY (Dan Wilcox/Poetry Motel Foundation); 23: FINAL SUBGENIUS DEVIVAL (Dr.

K'taden Legume, Rev. Ivan Stang, Brother Cleve Dunkan & co.); 25:CURRICULUM VITAE

END OF THE ROADSHOW (Dittman).

MAY

3: GREETINGS FROM 1VON20 (Jorg Seifert & friends); 6-16: INCONGRUOUS COPY

(Reed Altemus & Pete Fischer); 7: OFFICIAL MRAUROVIAN PRESENTATION

CEREMONY HONORING PERE SOUSA (Jas W. Felter); 8: PRECOCIOUS DIAGNOSIS

DAY (Vincenzo Giardelli); HOMAGE TO BUSTER CLEVELAND (Rocola, John Held Jr.,

Picasso Gaglione, Carlo Giovanni Cicatelli); 9-18: HAPPY BIRTHDAY

MINDEN/INCONGRUOUS OPEN AIR GALLERY (Angela+Peter Netmail & guests);

18-30: POSTCARDS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM (Vittorio Baccelli); 24: PIG MAIL

ART IN POLAND (Baudhuin Simon, Bartek & Magda); 27: A TOAST TO BUSTER C. (Jas

W. Felter).

JUNE

1-7: GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION (Our Lady of Latex); 1-30: JOHNNY BOY FOR

PRESIDENT (Gianni Simone); PAINTING AND COLLAGE WITH CHILDREN (Ulla Rohr);

4: ANARCODADADAY (Bertrand M. Niessen); OFFICIAL MRAUROVIAN

PRESENTATION CEREMONY HONORING JOSE CARLOS SOTO (Jas W. Felter); 5-7:

HACK-IT 98 (Tommaso Tozzi); 6: ANTI-TIME NEOIST DAY (Frater Rudolph Von

Prden-heim); ANTI NEO-FASCISM INGONZOGRUOUS MEETING (Gonzo Circus team,

Guy Bleus-42.292); NETWORKER UNDER THE SURFACE (Merlin and Hans Braumüller);

6-30: ART TERRE DE POÉSIE FETE (Diane Bertrand); 12-29: OPEN WORLD-VISIONS

OF NEW ERA (Nubs Gallery, Beograd); 13-14: THE CHANCE OF YOUR LIFE (K. Frank

Jensen & Georgine Margareta Witta Kiessling Smith Jensen); 21: A FLOWER BLOOMS IN

THE AIR (Franco Piri Focardi); 23: RAVENNAEVENT (Giovanni Strada); 30: A

MID-YEAR’S DREAM MEETING (Vittore Baroni/E.O.N.)

JULY

1 (deadline): DRIFTING IMAGES OF POSTAL TIME (Stefano Franci); 2-3: WORLD

BOOK DAY/RENEGADE LIBRARY (Lois Klassen); 4: THERE’RE ONLY TWO

SEASONS IN MAINE, WINTER AND THE 4TH OF JULY (Carlo Pittore); 5:

INTERSPECIES X-COMMUNICATION (Mister Bizarro); 14: "BREAK ON THROUGH

TO THE OTHER SIDE" (Promenade-concert for Raymond Roussel) (Gianni Broi); 20:

MORANDI CONSPIRACY MOVEMENT (Emilio Morandi); MARCELLAND (Tibor Vass -

Miskolc Art Workshop); 24: D.D. IS MOVING HEMISPHERE (David Dellafiora); TAKE A

BATH WITHOUT UNDERPANTS (multiple ideas in motion); 25: CHIAPAS, THE FIRST

SOCIAL REVOLUTION OF THE III MILLENNIUM (Clemente Padin); ENCUENTRO DE

POESIA VISUAL FONETICA Y EXPERIMENTAL (Vortice); on a mid summer night:

VEC SUMMER EVENT (the VEC inner circle + friends).

AUGUST

A warm day in August or September: TEA TIME (Patricia Tavenner); every week-end in

Aug. and Sept.: FREE THE GARDEN DWARVES (Garden Dwarves Liberation Front &

Anarcociclismo); 7: FAGAGAGA MEET PANMAN (Mark, Mel, Mark & Simon); 8: ONE

WORLD ORGASM (Alex Igloo); 20-23: CONGRESS OF INCONGRUOUS POETICS

(Miekal And & Myles Robert); 23-26: ART OF BUNUS IN GALLERY (I. Bunus); 29: THE

FAKE INCONGRUOUS PICABIA TRANSISTERS (Dawn Redwood & Peter Netmail);

NAPOLEON ISLAND’S EMBASSY INVITE YOU (Richard De Meester); 30: CRACK OF

DAWN (Pierpaolo & Antonella Limongelli).

SEPTEMBER

Sept.-Dec. 1998: THE FESTIVAL OF LOST OBJECTS (Gypsy Sherred); 3: WE LIKE

NO!ART (Charistos & Ansai); 5-12: THE WEDNESDAY CLUB - A VACATION (Jürgen

Olbrich & friends); 10-12: E-MAIL/FAX MARATHONE (Dmitry Bulatov – Russian Folk

Noism Department); 12: THREAD PHONE COMMUNICATION (Hilocco Ushui, Merlin,

Raimondo Del Prete, Hans Braumuller); 18: THE REVOLUTION HAS ALREADY TAKEN

PLACE DAY (Sergio Messina/RadioGladio); 22: EVERY PIG IS A STAR (Baudhuin Simon,

Richard De Meester & Co.); 24: MAIL ART, MUSHROOMS AND NAPOLEON ISLAND

IN FOREST (N.E.I.); 30: MARRIAGE OF THE CENTURY (Emily & Joe Casilio).

OCTOBER

The month of October, 1998: OCTOBER IN THE RAILOAD EARTH (Dave Baptiste

Chirot); 2: HOMAGE TO MARCEL DUCHAMP (Juan Carlos Romero, Fernando Garcia

Delgado); 5-11: WHO’S HOME (B. Saved); 14: DR. HERNIART (Guy Bleus & doctors); 15:

HOW TIME FLIES (Ever Arts, Ko De Jonge, Jan Verschoore); 16: INTOXICATED

MEETING 98 (N. Bogdanovic, J. Supek, G. Sandor, A. Jovanovic); 17-Nov. 1: YU-ITALIAN

IM98 IN BEOGRAD (G. Strada, E. Morandi, D. Kamperelic); 22: 10-22-38 ASTORIA (A.1.

Waste Paper Co. Ltd.); 23: CABBAGES FOR A SNACK (New Plagiarist Alliance); 31-Nov.

1: STONES WITH PC (Gianni Broi and Annamaria Caracciolo - Free Dog Club); BRAINS

ADRIFT (FURIOUS FIESTA) ( Free Individualities).

NOVEMBER

5-Dec. 31: IM98 TABACOT (Jas W.Felter and César Reglero); 6: EDGARDO ANTONIO

VIGO’S HOMMAGE (Clemente Padín); 7: A POSTCARD FOR YOUR KISS (Piermario

Ciani and Vittore Baroni); 7-9: 50 YEARS SINCE THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF

HUMAN RIGHTS (Claudio Fabian Perez); 13-14: SOFO GLU GLU (Antonino Bove & 8

other poets-performers & 7000 live turkeys); PRISONERS OF THE EARTH, COME OUT!

(Association Autonomous Astronauts); 21: BIRDWATCHING FIELD TRIP (Fran

Rutkowsky/Robin Crozier); 22: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PASTA EATING (Arturo

Giuseppe Fallico); 27: AN ACTION FOR YVES KLEIN (Stephen Perkins); 29: HAVE A

NICE DAY (Alejandro Thornton & Paula Pellejero).

DECEMBER

1-31: FETCHING HOME STRAY CATS… (Techno Papa); 8: THE NO MORE STUPID

MUSIC MEETING (Marco Pandin); 7-9: ANNA BANANA IN PONTE NOSSA (E.

Morandi, A. Banana); 9: 33RD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF FRANCESCA MANIACI

(Francesca Maniaci); 11: INDUSTRIAL CONGRESS (J. Held, M. Cazazza, P. Gaglione, C.

Cicatelli); SIT IN A DOORWAY… (Simon Warren); 12: 35 DEGREES CELSIUS:

SOLIDARITY FOR LUTHER BLISSETT (L.B. Project); 12/19: INCONGRUOUS Mc

MEETING 98 (Alan Turner); 13: INTERNATIONAL SITTING ON YOUR TOILET DAY

(Arturo Giuseppe Fallico); CELEBRATING RAY WITH VITTORE’S POSTCARD (Ex Posto

Facto & David Alvey); BLACKSHAW’S IM98 (The Blackshaws c/o Josephine Ono Ford);

17: WORLD PANSEMIOTIC DAY (Daniel Daligand); 22: PINTALO DE VERDE (Antonio

Gomez); 23: LET’S PARTY WITH "M"! (Carmine Mangone); 26: TZART (Pedro Bericat); 30:

REMEMBERING LEAVES OR BUTTERFLIES (Luca Brunori); 31: SZTUKA FABRYKA

IM98 IN LONDON (Sztuka Fabryka - Geert De Decker); ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS

(Johan Van Geluwe); ARE MAIL ARTISTS MILLENNIUM-PROOF? (Ruud Janssen); JE

VOUNDRAIS PAS CREVER (I WOULD NOT DIE) (mail argt); MARK BLOCH’S MAIL

ART LET DOWN CELEBRATION (Mark Bloch); A-WAKE FOR THE MAIL ART SPIRIT

(anonymous multiple invite); last days: MEET ME UP THE MOUNTAIN (Lawrence Upton);

?: THE CATACOMBES OF PARIS (Marlies Mulders); 32: THE FIFTH DIMENSION

NETLAND (Guy Bleus).

IM98 CODA

New Year’s Eve, from 12.01 pm onward: INTERNATIONAL EURO DISAGREEMENT

EVE (Jokinen); Jan. 4th, 1999: ALIEN COMINGOUT DAY ("you know who you are"); Jan.

9th, 1999: INCONGRUOUS MILLENNIUM… SLAUGHTERHOUSE! (J. Ross La Griffe,

F. Cornerotte, B. Simon); Jan. 14th, 1999: RAY JOHNSON NEW YORK

RETROSPECTIVE SCHOOL MEETING (the E.O.N. Archive of Ray & Dead Mail Artists

Society).

STATISTICS

Total number of meetings: 151, plus a small number of obviously fake invites, conceptual

jokes and undecipherable hand-writings that I could not list in the calendar above. I hope that I

have not forgotten or lost any communication. Snail mail and e-mail are still both imperfect

systems with some black holes.

Countries involved: 28 more or less, depending on today’s New World Disorder

(Akademgorod, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador,

Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Napoleon Island, The Netherlands, Netland,

Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tui Tui, United Kingdom, United States of

America, Uruguay).

Species: we got men, women, transgenders, railwaymen, aaastromen, turkeys, fishes, stones,

Luther Blissetts, UFOs, SubGenii, nudists, mail artists, net-surfers, poets, musicians and even a

few art critics.

Total estimate of living beings involved in incongruous meetings: roughly between 500

and 3000.

Photographic evidence: see the Sgt. Peppers type collage on the cover of the IM98 catalogue

(ask for a jpg colour file if not already enclosed). I tried to include in it as many received photos

of meetings as possible. All (times, places, faces) together now!

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DOCUMENTATION PLAN

The fact that I had to print and mail out, as promised in my invite, hundreds of copies of the

IM98 catalogue paying from my own pocket, obliged me to devise an adequately incongruous

documentation scheme, that quite simply functions as follows:

1st LEVEL: IM98 Invite & Updates. Starting in November 1997 I distributed for one year a

series of seven bi-monthly updates with the list of invites to incongruous meetings. All the updates

were widely circulated through e-mail and also made available in some Internet web sites (thanks

to Merzmail, T.A.M., Tartarugo and Viva Las Vegastamps). The updates n.1-2-3-5-7 were also

printed in editions of 2-300 xeroxed copies with original graphics and manual interventions,

distributed via snail-mail.

2nd LEVEL: IM98 Calendar-Catalog(ue). A booklet in a xeroxed edition of 500

un-numbered copies, small and cheap but with invaluable enclosures, manual interventions and

much eye-strain on your part. It is also issue 81 of Arte Postale! magazine. Mailed free to

everyone who organized or participated to an incongruous meeting and sent some kind of

documentation to E.O.N. Remaining copies exchanged free in the mail art network, also available

while they last for 2 I.R.C. coupons or 2.00 US $ cash hidden in envelope to V. Baroni, Via C.

Battisti 339, 55049 Viareggio, LU, Italy.

3rd LEVEL: IM98 Cassette Supplement. A C46 cassette (plus informative 8 pages booklet)

with a mix of nice songs and audio snippets submitted by 13 international IM98 participants.

Limited un-numbered arty edition, mailed free to the contributing authors. Extra copies are

available at production cost: send a blank C46 cassette and 2 I.R.C. coupons or 3.00 US $ cash

at the address above.

4th LEVEL: IM98 E-Mail List. You are here. Free on request from baroniv@ats.it. You will

receive all the texts in the printed catalogue plus a much more detailed list of meetings and a few

bonus text files. Sent as RTF text attachment (should work on most computers). Please specify if

you also want a jpg attachment of the catalogue cover in gorgeous colours. The files might be

heavy to download, so request at your own risk.

5th LEVEL: IM98 Chest. The good old hands-on approach. Visit the E.O.N. archive in

Viareggio (full address above) and browse freely in the big chest containing all the original mail

and documenta-tion related to the IM98 project. See for yourself how incongruous it can get.

Hours of instructive fun, refreshments not included. Vreni and H.R. Fricker (the Easter bunnies)

already visited E.O.N. and had a chance to cast a quick glance at the IM98 chest.

6th LEVEL: UP 2U IM98. Print your own incongruous documentation and circulate it any way

you want.

FOOTNOTE: If any generous Maecenas of the arts wants to edit, print and distribute at his own

expenses a 200 pages glossy cata-logue of the IM98 project, I am more than willing to lend him

the complete original documentation.

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