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welcome to the International Union of Mail-Artists. This Blog gives you information and links to all activities undertaken by Ruud Janssen, who started with Mail-Art in 1980 and is still active.

The Millennium Statements – 2000

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In the year 1999 I was writing several statements, and I bundled them in the small booklet “Millennium Statements”. The individuals statements were printed and sent out though the mail. Also small booklets were printed and distributed. Because I made the stetements in a digital form, I still have them that way to, so I will share the set with you here. Some statements are still valid….

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Card to Richard C. – USA

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Card to Richard Canard (USA) as a reactio to his card. We are comparing the digital mail-art world and posting things in advance before the receiver even receives the mail.  his card just went in the P.O. Box, but Richard won’t get if for another week. What he can do is feel the structures I painted on the other side for him.The digital viewers have no idea of this structures……

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Object to Guy Bleus – 1992

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“Het verzenden van informatie via telefoon, of het versturen van een stukje telefoon per post” is written on the card attached to a piece of telephone.  I sent the object to Guy Bleus in 1992 for his collection. In those years the digital communication was already taking place. I had the digital TAM-Bulletin online, and some communication-lines went via the phone-lines to the first Internetconnections. Mind you, the WWW concept was to start a year later in 1993, so it was all just happening.

The piece was a play with the moving from the analogue world into the digital world. And also how equipement used in the digital world would be sent through the analogue world.

Mail to Ray Johnson – USA

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In the beginning 90-ies I sent this enveloppe to Ray Johnson. Also got replies from him, but only discovered this envelope recently because it is shown on:

http://observer.com/2012/03/ray-johnson-estate-has-a-new-website-rich-with-mail-art-performance-documentation-ephemera/

A newspaper article in which they tell about the Ray Johnson Estate that has a large website with items from and to Ray.

The envelope also contained the “This part is CENSORED” sticker, which was in the 90-ies part of the first CENSORISM project where I  distributed 20,000 of those stickers into the network.  The last role is documenteed on Facebook. You can see that on:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Censorism/906144762768959

I distribute the last stickers in batches in small envelopes and ask receivers to make a digital copy of what they do with it. I document that on Facebook, and will make a book documentation out of that to finish the Censorism-project after 2 decades.

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The Digital Islands – drawing by Ruud Janssen

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Sometimes my drawings are strange and difficult to understand. Yet I try to make them accesible for anybody that sees them. Looks like a map in the first look, then two people in the second look, and when you look closer you see the digital connections at work.

This drawing is a new addition to the growing collection. Over 200 drawings made now. This one is sized A4.

More Drawings in 2015

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In the last years I have been working on a large set of drawings. Of each one I also make colour copies and use them as writing paper for outgoing mail-art, but the plan is to exhibit the set one day on a special occasion.

A theme that keeps me busy is the interaction of the Digital World and the Humans. What can we do, and how do people change because of the digital world. Some elements come back in each drawing, but they too evolve as I start new ones. The collection is already hundreds large, so it promisses to be somethings special for sure

I also sent one to the MoMa, and promptly it was placed on their website (see: http://momalibrary.tumblr.com/image/121271762959), so that is funny to see too.

If you are interested in seeing more drawings, a large set is published on my artist portfolio at artwanted. You can even leave comments there if you like. Have a look at:

Besides the drawings there is a larger overview of what kind of art I produce. You can also see how mail-art and art influence eachother……