Wednesday, December 19, 2007

35) Do you believe that computer generated mail art is a more unclear form of mail art?

7 comments:

Ashley O'Brien said...

I believe that due to the Internet mail art is commonly misunderstood due to projects that have branched off and been influenced by mail art. I personally feel that traditional mail art has a very unique look and that mail art created on computers does not hold this same individuality.

Ruud Janssen - TAM said...

For me Mail-Art still has to do with the communication system. The electronic version generates only bits and bytes which can only be seen on a screen. The trsitional mail-art can be held in the hand, touched, smelled, and manipulated the 'old-fashioned' way. Yes, there is a difference. An e-mail I don't consider mail-art......

Roland Halbritter said...

... I just can underline the statements from Ruud ...
... e-mails will never be mail art ...
... communication o.k. but not art ...
... which you can hold in your hands ...
regards
roland

Kat van Trollebol said...

quote :
... e-mails will never be mail art ...
... communication o.k. but not art ...
... which you can hold in your hands ...


First of all I like my mail delivered by a postman (or woman)

But declare that art is "something I can hold in my hands" is way too simple..
What would Bach, Charlie Parker or Frank Zappa think of this statement??

kulturnation.de said...

i think, e-mail art is different, that's why i would call it e-mail art, not mail art :-)

but if i have a second look, there is another aspect in Ashley's question: the computer as a tool and uniqueness.

imagine i send you an e-mail-art-card (e.g. 10x15cm, the standard post card size) and you print it on a colour ink printer, using your favorite paper (may be this fine paper you once bought in this little italian shop). does this change s.th.? does the e-mail- become a mail art card?

no? now, if this materialization doesn't make it mail art - what than? the stamp on it? the fact, that a human being brought it to you?

or put it another way: what, if i have a brilliant (cough, cough) idea and compose a card on my computer. than i print this card and send it to one person (may be i write a "hello" on the back of the card) - is this a mail art card?

well: may be. though it is quite near to a post card, but of course, there is my idea on it.

now, what if i print this card with the brilliant motive 10 times and send it to ten people - still mail art?

and next to this: how unique has a mail art card to be? is it unique enough to send it to special people?

i sent a card to Ruud: showing a photo from Saigon by night (this is one of ten motives i found on the internet). i decorated it with a JFK stamp (i bought some 50 different JFK stamps esp. for this card serie called "good guy - bad guy"). of course, this makes a kind of collage, including a little message (though 3 of 4 friends of mine asked me when i have been to Saigon...). now, i am not sure, if this is mail art. or just a collage, sent by snail mail. though i choose for every person a special card and combine it with a special JFK stamp.

i read quite a few things about mail art in the last months and i am still not sure about it :-) so, these are my questions concerning my practice (and, of course, there is the even bigger question: if new and having not network yet - to whom can i send my cards. because i don't want to become a mail art stalker, you know :-) )

may be i know more next year :-)

Ruud Janssen - TAM said...

Mail-Art is a conceptual art-form. Which way the computer is used depends on your views and ideas. The ideas I read here are all interesting. Mail-Art isn't restricted to the envelope and card. All communicationsforms tend to come together in Mail-Art. I wrote before that I rather like the word communication-art instead of mail-art.

Wilma Duguay said...

I have been in Mail-Art since Nov. 2007 and I am just a baby crawling around on the carpet and trying to stand up. At this point, I am only familiar with getting Mail-Art in the mail. Computer generated mail will not be a problem for me since I won't be using this medium to express myself since I am totally computer-illiterate.

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