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ISSN 0160-0699

Volume 31, No. 2, Jun 2008

Mail Art


Ruud Janssen did a series of Mail Art interviews from 1994 - 2002 which he named the Mail-Interview Project, now included in a series of books with the complete interviews of 50 Fluxus and mail-artists . Those books are available at
At Lulu you can also read the specifics and have a preview of the first pages.


Images Against War. Any medium, no deadline. Jpegs or any snail mail. No jury, no returns. Exhibition in the web: Image Gallery Against War from Boek 861. Send to:Taller del Sol, Apartado 861 43080 Tarragona, España. Put your own image in:

Brain Cell Fractals. Ryosuke Cohen. Send him 150 stickers, artistamps, rubberstamps, etc. and he will send you a list of participants, a beautifully produce color print of all participants’ work. Send to Ryosuke Cohen, 3-76-1-A613 Yagumokitaho, Moriguchi-City, Osaka 570, Japan.

Neo DADA. Ongoing project. Send self made postcards 4 x 6” (10.1 x 15.2 cm). Any medium, no envelopes, documentation to all, no returns. Online gallery and possible exhibition. P.O. Box 661, New York, NY 10116.

Shadow Play. Slightly serious artist seeks fun, intelligent shadows for international art project. Blondes, brunettes and redheads preferred, but all shadows welcome. Please send a photograph of your shadow with your name written on the back. Shadows to feature in upcoming exhibition. Send to Wei-Ho Ng, Chelsea College of Art, Manresa Rd., London SW3 61S, England. Deadline: ongoing.

Mail Art/Visual Poetry Call for Palestine, Lebanon, Human Rights-Peace-Freedom. Size: A4 limit. Any medium, 2D; deadline: ongoing. All works will be displayed on Mail contributions to David-Baptiste Chirot, 740 N. 29 #108, Milwaukee, WI 53208 USA or to

Hummingbirds - Colibri. Send mail art inspired on/with hummingbirds. Any medium, any size. No deadline and Valeria will answer your themes. All items will be published on her blog. Mail to Valeria Zunzun, 1412 Euclid Ave. #15, Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA. Or to

Send a photo of yourself standing or sitting in front of your bookcase or bookshelves. No deadline. Answer to everyone. Bibliotheca Gullbiana, Staai 41, NL-6127 AB Grevenbicht, The Netherlands.

The Beatles Forever. Postcard size 10 x 15 cm. The Tree of Poetry, Tiziana Baracchi, Via Cavallotti 83b, I-30171 Venezia Mestre, Italia. No deadline.

Public Art. Postcard size. Any medium, visual poetry wanted. No jury, no deadline, ongoing project to introduce the community of Prescott, Arizona to mail art. Works will be on display at Prescott College in Spring-Summer 2006. Documentation to all. Send to Grace Vajda, Prescott College, Mailbox 580, 220 Grove Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301 USA. Please include your e-mail or snail mail address.

Call for Books and Zines. Seeking donations for “independent reference library“in Kosovo, former Yugoslavia. Kosovo is a struggling country with an average monthly salary of $30 and unemployment at 60%. Any zine or book donations are welcomed. Also T-shirts and postage stamps for children’s collections. Send to Switzerland and it will be forwarded since it is more secure. No internet access. Send to RLP, c/o PF44, CH4142, Munchenstein 3, Switzerland.

Fill The Ford (Fully) Folly! mail art call. ongoing. no deadline. periodic documentation. Send found or unnecessary metal keys to fill the interior of a ’50 model Ford to confound future archaeologists. Send to buZ blurr, 908 E. Main St., Gurdon, Arkansas 71743-1835 USA.

Celebration of Xerox’s anniversary. This year is the seventieth anniversary of the invention of xerography. To celebrate the magic photocopier and its inventor Chester Carlson you are invited to contribute copy-art works in which the machine has been used to produce an original one-of-a-kind photocopy. Size: between A4 (30 x 21 cm) and A5 (70% A4). Catalogue to all the participants. Send to: Gianni Simone, 3-3-23 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama-shi, 226-0027 Kanagawa-ken, Japan

Poetry and Stamp Art
Theme: Send your poetry in your native language with stamp art. You may also give your personal original understanding of this theme.
Size/technique: Free
No returns.
The works will be displayed at
Documentation to all participants.
Deadline to be received: 20 October 2008.

International Mail Art Project: Conceptual Continuity
Any format, any technique, catalog online at website:
Deadline: 12 October 2008. Send work to the following addresss: Maurizio Follin, Via M. Te Cervino 27, 30173 Pavaro, Venezia, Italy. Include name, nationality, and address of artist plus e-mail address and website, if there is one. All works must be sent by post with postage stamps. For more information, go to

Postdata: Please send e-mail and website and full address. Documentation to al and virtual exhibition on the official website under construction:
Includes mail art, archive, envelopes, rubberstamps, zines, interviews, artistamps, postcards, artist books, small–press, anticopyright, magazines, stencil art, catalogs, sound art, copy art, drawings, engraved, collage, Xerox art, fax art, internet, e-mail art, net art, sculpture, visual poetry, video art, performance, installation, blogs, mail art websites. Send to Tulio Restrepo, Projecto Postdata, Arte Postal & Arte de Redes, A.A. 65.376, Medellin, Colombia. E-mail:
Any medium, any size. Deadline: 30 August 2008. Place: Centro de Artes Universidad Eafit.

Particulate Matter (PM) in the air can cause or worsen lung disease and heart disease, especially in the elderly and very young. In the USA, tens of thousands of people die prematurely due to PM every year, and countless more suffer. PM is a much more serious problem in developing nations with fewer pollution controls. Please help increase awareness about PM by participating in the mail art exhibition “Particulates Matter”.

PM is divided into two categories - PM up to 10 microns in diameter (PM10) and PM up to 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5). As a play on this, artwork for the mail art exhibition should be approximately 10 cm2 or 2.5 cm2, any shape, or approximately 10 cm3 or 2.5 cm3 for 3-D artwork. Artwork will be exhibited along with a scale model of a human hair (80 cm diameter) to emphasize how tiny these particles are.

Art can be on the theme of PM itself (depicting or made with PM), PM sources (diesel exhaust, wood smoke, industry, etc.), the health effects of PM (asthma, heart attack, stroke), or artwork can simply be ‘a breath of fresh air’ (no theme, but still meeting size requirements). Any technique may be used – collage, photography, drawing, painting, artist’s stamps, sculpture, assemblage, and so on. All art received will be posted at:

An exhibition is to be held in Sacramento, CA on Earth Day 2009. Documentation will be provided online. Other exhibitions and future publication of material is possible depending upon opportunities and the response to this call. No jury, no fee, no returns. Please send art with your name, address, and email to:
Scott Ray Randall
21294 Leslie Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Deadline to be received is 31 March 2009.
For any questions or comments feel free to email me at

Freedom for Saharaui People
Measures: Max.DIN A4
Deadline: 30 August 2008
Two dimensions only. Response to all participants.
The works received will be shown at Artifaritt’08 Meeting at Sahara Desert and into the web page: After the exhibition, the works will be sent to the United Nation’s General Secretary as a part of the campaign to demand the referendum of self-determination on the Saharui People. Send your works to: Oficina de Ideas Libres, c/Bravo Murillo, 174, 28020 Madrid, Spain.

International Book Arts Biennale Mail Art Project
To be held at a place near Vienna in Austria.
Send postcard 10 x 15 cm. only.
Any medium. To be exhibited in the 2008 and 2010 Biennial. Send to:
Toni Kurz, 9th International Buch Kunst Biennale, Kunsthaus Horn, Wiene Strasse 2, 3580 Horn, Austria. or Toni Kurz, Edition Thurnhof, Muhlfeld43, 3580 Horn, Austria.

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