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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.

Mail from Mike Dyar – USA

Last week an interesting parcel from Mike Dyar arrived with in it an object that deserves some attention.

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The backside of the parcel receils some details already. A.M. Fine and Ray Johnson, and Mike himself looking for the next question. The mail-interview with Mike Dyar (see on this blog at:

http://iuoma.org/blog_new_2015/2015/06/22/mail-interview-with-mike-dyar-usa/

Was never finished and published when I ended the project.

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Above the front cover of the parcel. Typical style of Mike, and I am off course curious on what the content will be,

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Inside an object carefully wrapen with a paper that reads: CLEVERNESS – “Don’t you think Mr. Ray E. Johnson would enjoy a perfect vacation,  through the end of this Cosmic Epoch ? “- A.M. Fine

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Mike also wondered as to what the next question was. Since he is not on Internet, I will print out that question and will thank him for the sending. Also the backside reveils an explenation to this object and that reveals the story behind this.

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Thank you Mike Dyar. Always a pleasure to receive your deep thoughts and generosity.

New machinery from the previous century

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After getting lots of fountain pens which whom I write daily, I recently got some typewriters for the collection I will work in for the production of my art. The last one was built in the 60-ies and comes from Eastern Germany. The first tests are good. I have to do some cleaning and after n ew inkroles arrive first letters will be typed. It is a typical performance to use these machines in the time of computers.

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Welcome to the Pataphysics

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Being a pataphysician is quite an experience. Time to share it through a foam rubber stamp made with the letters.

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And a first print of the new made rubber stamp goes out to Miss Noma in Liverpool – UK. A special envelope with some of my typical mail-art styles.  Included lots of special things, that is not documented with photos.

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The spiral was made some decades ago. The special square one too. the concept of IUOMA fits in this world of pataphysics. The connections are made.

Mail to Jennifer Tobias – USA

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An envelope to the Moma for Jennifer Tobias. After scanning and sending I doscoverd that the postage stamps were missing. The artistamps were on it, but there is place for the original postage too…..

I will see if the envelope goes through or not. Actually an interesting experiment. I included an experimental letter as well for Jennifer. Will see if it reaches her and how she reacts:

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Mail to Thierry Tillier – Belgium

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There are several of thee envelopes that I have sent out. The individual stamps are made with foam letters, and I use several colors to get the impact. All kind of words are used to describe what we do. Fluxus, Dkult, Mail-Art. IUOMA, and guess what, the MoMa even made an exhibition of all that, not just once, but several times. So that means eventually things do end up in a museum………

And to go back to the basic idea of Mail-Art, it was a way to send art from sender to receiver without having a need for a gallery of museum to show the work. Times they are a changing….