INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS 1998 (IM98)
Update n. 5 - July-August 1998
1998: A YEAR OF INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS
"Our collective unconscious (incongruous) needs some prodding now
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
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
re-congressing and networking in 1992, so relax: NOW YOU CAN HAVE FUN.
Participation in the IM98 is open and free to all: mailartists,
musicians, shopkeepers, shoplifters, aliens, subgenii, rabbits, rabbis,
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:
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 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
- THIS IS A NO COPYRIGHT PROJECT -
TRANSLATE and ADJUST the IM98 invite in your own language and
in your country.
DESIGN A LOGO, SUGGEST A CONVOCATION, CREATE A (RUBBER)STAMP, INVENT A
FOR THE INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS OF 1998.
THANKS: to Joel S.Cohen/Ragged Edge Press for printing a bunch of
leaflets, stickers and rubberstamps (and for a lot more); to the magazines
Boek 861, P.O.Box, ANNA. AMANITA (e-mail mag) and Open World for help in
circulating the IM98 invites; to VIVA LAS VEGASTAMPS
<http://www.stampo.com/meeting.html>, to TAM/IUOMA
<http://www.geocities.com/Paris/4947/vittore4.html> and to Tartarugo
<http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/2759/> for posting the invites and
updates in their web sites. See also
<http://www.abaforum.es/merzmail/ei98.htm>. Thanks to all those who already
sent documentation of held meetings, you know who you are.
WARNING: The meetings that have already taken place are omitted from
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 Gunther Ruch 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: 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. 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.
EXPLODING PLASTIC INEVITABLE
WHEN: from today till December 31st, 1998.
WHERE: anywhere, but preferably in your bathroom.
WHAT: write "Contains a Bomb - Handle with Care" on some envelopes or
packets. Insert anything that comes to your mind in the envelope/packet,
for example a sheet with the word "BOOM!" on it. Send this stuff to the
larger number of people you can reach, including me. I'll try to catalogue
everything that will reach my address.
WHO: Maurizio Mercuri, via Raffaello 4, 84081 Baronissi (SA), Italy.
WHY: will the Post Office open the envelopes/packets to verify what is
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.
BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
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: inaugerated 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.
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.
TAKE A BATH WITHOUT UNDERPANTS
WHEN: on July 24th 1998, from dusk till dawn.
WHERE: on the beach of Sassi Neri in Sirolo (Ancona), Italy.
WHAT: an happy and incongruous day at the beach, maybe with some dress but
WHO: multiple ideas in motion.
WHY: it is forbidden to forbid and we should remember this to all the
bigoted, institutional and not.
CHIAPAS, THE FIRST SOCIAL REVOLUTION OF THE III MILLENNIUM
WHEN: July 25th, 1998.
WHERE: in the AEBU Gallery, Montevideo, Uruguay.
WHAT: the Chiapas Art Mail Show will be opened.
WHO: organized by Clemente Padin <email@example.com>.
WHY: because the bloodless revolution in Chiapas - Mexico launched by the
people and modified by world opinion, through revolutionary announcements
in all media, above all through the internet, have made the humanitarian
principles of this social revolution a model to follow: without guns and
blood only with the reason, truth and for the justice of our cause to raise
the standars of living for our peoples.
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.
WHEN: a warm day in August or September 1998.
WHERE: in a tea shop or outdoors.
WHAT: with a friend or a stranger have a cup of tea and read each other tea
leaves, then e-mail me a report of it, and maybe send a photo.
WHO: Patricia Tavenner <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
WHY: why not.
FREE THE GARDEN DWARVES
WHEN: every week-end in August and September 1998, when two or more free
individualities meet and are disgusted by seeing garden dwarves held
captive against their will.
WHERE: in the gardens, in the fields and in the parks.
WHAT: kidnap the dwarves and set them free in their natural habitat (the
WHO: Garden Dwarves Liberation Front & Anarcociclismo (anarchocycling
WHY: fight tha middleclasswayoflife.
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
<email@example.com> 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!
CONGRESS OF INCONGRUOUS POETICS
WHEN: August 20-23, 1998.
WHERE: at Dreamtime Village, rt.1 box 131 La Farge, WI, 54639 USA.
WHAT: anyone interested is welcomed to present proposals to install,
exhibit, teach, perform, read...etc. In addition an (e)mail art show is
soliciting works in any media on the theme of incongruous poetics
<firstname.lastname@example.org>. For those unable to attend in person, a web site will host
virtual presentations as well as an electronic version of the mail art
WHO: organized by Miekal And & Myles Robert.
WHY: this four days congress ($ 7/day or $25/whole shebang) is devoted to a
celebration of all things poetically marginalized & experimental.
WE LIKE NO!ART
WHEN: on September 3rd, 1998.
WHERE: in some streets of Wien.
WHAT: announcement with posters, we call it "Placart".
WHO: Charistos & Ansai, PF 350, 1070 Wien, Austria.
WHY: hommage to No!Art (Boris Lurif, Sam Goodman, Allen Kaprov...)
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 <email@example.com>.
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.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PASTA EATING
WHEN: November 22nd, 1998 at supper time.
WHERE: on, under or on top of your supper table where you normally eat.
WHAT: prepare a supper table for one or more people; cook up bowls of pasta
and sauce (any type), have cheese, pepper, etc. to serve on pasta. Eat
pasta and think about mail art.
WHO: I (Arturo Giuseppe Fallico) or more hungry people.
WHY: to realize that eating pasta is a way of life, and enjoying pasta with
others is a benefical and rewarding experience.
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.
INTERNATIONAL 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.
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!)