Sunday, November 11, 2007

3) Catalogues

Because I am taking part in Mail-Art for a long time I also have quite a collection of catalogues. In the last years the new media also brought me CD-catalogs. The new catalogues are nowadays online websites and BLOGS. I know I still prefer the book-form although it is the most expensive form to publish the results of a project. Is this the way it will go in the future. Will Mail-Art more and more become a digital happening.

6 comments:

Roland Halbritter said...

... hi ruud ...
... yes this is a pitty, that it will go more and more to digital (e)mail art ...
... but is this still "mail art" ...
... according to me no ! ...
... but for a documentation of a project ...
... a blog is attractive ...
... of course a real catalogue is nicer ...
... but hardly to afford ...

Ruud Janssen - TAM said...

I know that e.g. Guy BLeus always arranges his finances in advance (grants, gouvernment, etc...) to be able to publish a good catalogue. If one has to finance all oneself the documentation gets almost impossible when the amount of contributions gets large.

wastedpapiers said...

Yes, I 've never had any grants for my mail art documentations and have always paid out of my own pocket. These costs rise every year and sadly its not possible to send out even the smallest xeroxed sheet to 100 people without having to get a mortgage from the bank!

So blogs are a blessing really and came along just at the right time for me when my interst in mail was beginning to wane. Now at least I can publish a colour catalog but the only difference being the participant has to print off the pages him/herself!

Ruud Janssen - TAM said...

publish your blog on www.lulu.com and even the visitors can buy a book of your blog. The differences is that the one who wants the book has to pay. The creative proces is made by the Blog-owner and the contributors to his/her blog.

Sharon said...

Blogs are a blessing because without one I couldn't afford to mail out all the documentation necessary to folks around the globe. I'm happy if people participate and try to reciprocate in their calls or just send MA back in return to acknowledge their work.

HERR PFAFF said...

Hey Ruud,

i'll try to start from the beginning and post comments to all topics i like to. This one here:

Yes i think the mail art documentation will develop into the virtual world.

This is - how i feel – a logical consequence and i think it's somehow a natural part of the evolution of mail art.

The „haptic“ approach will miss but the „virus“ will survive.

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