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ISSN 0160-0699

Volume 29, No. 4, Dec 2006

MAIL ART & VISUAL POETRY

MAIL ART CALL

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: boek861.com/no_war/index.html

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. braincell@k6.dion.ne.jp

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. artshadow@hotmail.com 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 http://davidbaptistechirot.blogspot.com Mail contributions to David-Baptiste Chirot, 740 N. 29 #108, Milwaukee, WAI 53208 USA or to cavidbchirot@hotmail.com

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. valeriazunzun.blogspot.com Mail to valeria Zunzun, 1412 Euclid Ave. #15, Miami beach, FL 33139 USA. Or to valeriazunzun@gmail.com.

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.

Lonely Pet Rocks. Send your own pet rocks and stones to the curator of the UFO museum: Lex Loeb, PO Box 6056, Portland Oregon, 97228-6056 USA.

Artist Trading Cards. Send 20 cards (ed. of 20), size: 64 x 89 mm (2 ½ x 3 ½ inches). Sign, date and number the cards on the back. No theme, no deadline, ongoing project. You will get a set back. Send to M. Vanci Stirnemann, Dufourstrassse 132, CH-8008 Zurich, Switzerland. www.artist-trading-cards.ch

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.

Exquisite Corpse. Participants are asked to send 3 images and 3 words on separate sheets: 1. Head, 2. Torso, 3. Legs, and 4. Three words. Any media, up to size 8 ½ x 11” that will be mixed and matched with other artists’ work at random to complete a finished piece. The work will be shown as part of an art show in Toronto, shown online and be used for another project to be announced. Anyone interested in collaborating, contact Exquisite Corpse, 87 Sparkhall Ave., Toronto, Ont. M4K 1G7, Canada.

Bibliomancy. A species of divination performed by selecting passages form a book haphazard. Just open the book at random, and the passage you touch by chance with your finger is the oracular response. Send your oracle to Bibliomancy, 214 First Ave. South, Suite B13, Seattle, WA 98104.

Fish. Call for Entries. As only water separates us, the fish has become our symbol of missing and longing, of desperation and hope, of love, desire and union. Frantic lives just meters away from the Atlantic and stares day in, day out at the horizon of the ocean. Antic-ham, when walking along her river in Seoul can feel the wind coming from the west, and hear the message of the fish. Soon both will become fish and unite in the waters. Already in early religions, the fish was a symbol of desire, union and fecundity, as well as a symbol of the power of the female sexuality, thru a multitude of goddesses with fish symbols, or mermaids, nymphs and water spirits. Send one or more fishes. Postcard size. Deadline 30 April 2007. Color catalogue to all participants. Possible exhibitions. Send to address of your choice, or to both: Frantic Fan Mail , Dugort, Achill Island,County Mayo. Ireland OR Anticham (Kim Hye Mee), Gangnamgu Gaepo 2 Dong , # 3 APT. 310-510, Seoul 135-800 / South Korea.

Red Letters. Use red ink and write a text of 20 words accompanied by a drawing. Add time, day, month & year. All the red letters will be scanned and put on this website: http://20words.org View the web gallery to have an idea of the project. If you want to receive a red letter from another person, add also a self-addressed envelope and a SASE (this is only for US participants). Red Letters, CC #2272, 16800 Point Lookout Road, St Mary’s City MD, 20686 USA

”…Keep the ball on the move…” Stemming from a snippet of a Quote by Ray Johnson I have proposed to do a Mail Art Project, sending Marbles across the world. I will roll each marble in a performance in Cardiff, Wales UK. Then send the marbles out by mail to different participants.

From here I want you to roll the marble and record this action; photo, drawing or simply noted documentation of where the event of the roll happened. Then… Send the documentation back to me and the marble with instructions and details of the journey onto someone else. You will receive documentation on the marble’s journey. If interested in this Mail Art Project please email me your name and address. Thank you so much. Really hope you join the roll! Alice Evenett loosest_goose@hotmail.com Visit www.lissyloo.com for more information. There is no current 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.

Immigration. Sophie Blachet, director of Art Vitam and Valeria Pouza, independent curator are seeking Mail Art works for an ongoing Mail Art Project book on the theme of immigration. The project is divided into two phases:

Phase One: Collection of mail art works sent royalty free to be published in book form. Only 100 works will be chosen for includion in the book entitled “Mail Art Project 31.12.06/Immigration”. All works will be exhibited online at ganthine.blogspot.com Deadline: 31 December 2006.

Phase two: Beginning in January 2007, Blachet and Pouza will choose 100 works received for publication in the book. Selected artists will be contacted either by regular mail, e-mail or phone by the end of January 2007. If you are interested in participating, please send works to: Mail Art Project 31.12.06/Immigration, P.O. Box 975, Miami Beach FL 33119 USA. For more information, please contact for English/French: sophie@artvitam.com; for Spanish, mailart@artvitam.com Any medium, size (but must fit in a mailbox). Deadline: 31 January 2007. Send to Sophie Blachet MASKS, P.O. Box 975, Miami Beach, FL 33119.

Global Warming. Media: photographs, e-mails, cartoons, collage,s poems, visual poems, paintings, prints, digital images. Size: postcard size. All works will be displayed at www.simulasyon.net, no jury, no fee, no return. Deadline: 30 June 2007. Send to Sinasi Gunes, Abide-I Hurriyet Caddesi Arslanoglu, Apt. 80/18, Sisli/Istanbul, Turkey.

Famous Pigs Continue to Fly in Belgium. The suicide of Baudhuin Simon left a possible hole in the PIG universe. Another Belgian mail artist however continues to challenge the network to send her creations on the theme of Pig Dada’s fetish animal. Publication on blog: piggyonemailart.blogspot.com. Send to Nicole Eippers, rue de Hodebierge 28, B-1370 Melin, Belgium.

Laughing and Smiling for Peace is the latest Friour project, inspired by a meeting at the alternative arts & music festival in St. Niklaas, Belgium. Any size, any medium. Fun stuff, laughing or smiling self-portraits and portraits, red nose communications, group portraits of smling buffoons for peace, clowns united for peace performances, etc. Deadline: 1 April 2007. Exhibition and documentation in the form of friourlaughs.blogspot.com Send contributions to Guido Vermeulen, Vincottestreet 81, B-1030 Brussels, Belgium.

Tribute to Robert Malaval. He’s an underground artist and Pinky proposes a tribute to him. For information, visit www.palaisdetokyo.com/robertmalaval/ Total freedom, so no deadline. Send to Pinky, 23 Impasse Rotrou, F-28000 Chartres, France.

Library Rats. Any medium, postcard size. Deadline: 28 February 2007. Exhibition in the library of Berlin - Zehlendorf in March-April 2007. Catalog to all. Send to Christa Behmenburg, Max Planck str. 64, D-85375 Neufahrn, Germany.

Fish. Collaboration between an editor from Luxembourg living in Ireland and his fish mate in South Korea. Any medium, postcard size. Deadline: 30 April 2007. Catalog to all. Send to Frantic Fan Mail, Dugort, Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland or Kim Hye Mee, Gangnamgu Gaepo 2 Dong #3 Apt. 310-510, Seoul 135-800, South Korea.