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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.

Multimedia in progress

In 2 months I will be doing two workshops for teachers that work at a college. I will sow them the ways to use a 3D pen and also let them think on how to use it with their students. For the occasion I will have access to lots of 3D pens, so it will be interesting to see how that goes.

For my art I am testing a few things. This afternoon I made some letters with the 3D pen that have become objects. I placed them on a scanner to make an color-copy of the letters. On that result I put again the original letters and took a digital photo of that on my working table. Next step is to put that image on some places online, like Facebook, IUOMA Network and some ‘pataphiscal platforms, and now also on this www.iuoma.org website.

So from idea to plastic to a color-copy into a digital photo and now going into that digital worlds. Multimedia for sure.

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At the workshops I will probably let the teachers first make a letter of their choice to let them test the 3D pens and to see if they get the idea.  We will collect the letters and will try to make a word of it that guides them into the next assignment. It will be an interactive workshop for sure.

Maybe they should make a cup to to put the letters in:

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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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The Boring Group on Facebook

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For some time now I am exploring the world of Facebook.Have a working profile there, a public profile, a College profile, and lots of groups to reach people online.

One group has a special purpose. People sometimes are bored, and then look for a specific group to pay attention for. The Boring Group is successful. Just have a look at the link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/borrrring/

And when you want to see my public profile on Facebook, just go to:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruud-Janssen/126853977330127?ref=hl

And like me if you like. You will then get messages through facebook whenever there is news.

TAM was HERE project by Ruud Janssen

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This project was done in the 80-ies. I documented it on: http://tamwashere.blogspot.nl/ so you can have a good overview of the project. It was a typical Add & return project, where the result was exhibited in the Milkyway (Melkweg) Gallery in Amsterdam in 1985. Also I brought the collection to Ponte Nossa in Northern Italy, where I met Emilio Morandi and his family and exhibited the collection in his gallery.

As the Internet and computers came, I digitized the collection too and made the blog. Also on facebook I made a page of the project so it is now accessible to the world too. Have a look at: https://www.facebook.com/tamwashere

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The Gallery had their own magazine in which the exhibition was announced (see above), and invitations were sent out (zee below)

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Some contributions are historic, like the one of Joki (above). One of the themes was energy and the running out of it. The move to Nuclear Energy and the effect of all of what humans are doing.

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In Ponta Nossa (Italy) I also did a performance (above) which is documented too.

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And also political statements since the Eastern-Germany was active in the mail-art network quite a bit. mail from DDR was a treasure in those days.

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The award of incompleteness – Sweden – 2014

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In 2014 I received this wonderful prize from Sweden. See for all the details their website:

http://www.theshapethatchangedtheworld.com/

Ruud Janssen<br /><br /><br />
Fluxus artist, Netherlands

Ruud Janssen is a fluxus artist engaged in mail art. He is the founder of IUOMA (International Union of Mail-Artists), and he also led the way for art on the internet. His outbursts of creativity colored the whole digital revolution – since 1996 we’ve been able to see his artistic work on the web and we are still able to follow his new mail art thanks to his blog.

By using the intermedia network Fluxus he also conducted original interviews with fantastic people from all corners of the world.

Thank you for all your letters Ruud – here is a gift in return from us!

Mail-Art statements 2013 – by Ruud Janssen

Some new statements in 2013 where published as a .PDF file too. New ideas  you can see and read at:

https://www.academia.edu/10918666/MAIL_ART_STATEMENTS_2013

They are new compared to the milenium statements, which are accesible at:

https://www.academia.edu/10918705/Millenium_Statements_-_1999

This set is more historical. I wrote them in 1999 when the year 2000 was coming closer and a new meillenium was approaching. An unique event for us then, but it seems so far away now.

Writing letters with a 3D Pen – Ruud Janssen

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Experimenting with the 3D pen resulted in an interesting collection of objects. I also like to call it ‘writing letters’ because the objects are letters or even envelopes. To document the findings I also wrote two articles that are formally published. have a look at them to read:

https://www.academia.edu/10113497/The_influence_of_the_3D_pen_in_the_Art_World_-_Part_1

https://www.academia.edu/10113532/The_influence_of_the_3D_pen_in_the_art_World_-_Part_2

These are .PDF files, so you can print or save them if you like.

update 16-6-2015

The first 35 mail-interviews are now published on this blog. It means that thet are available again. The goal is to have them all here, so the information is available.  Through the search option you can find it easy. Also Google will soon pick up, and will guide you to tose outer corners too.

The websits of the old IUOMA.ORG domain was becoming old-fashioned, and because it was all typed by hand, it became impossible to alter and update. So I moved to the new tool in blog form, and will publish the main informatyions just hear with links to the other corners where my work and activities can he found.

Mail from my Father – 1949

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My father, Herman Janssen, wrote this card in 1949. He was a soldier then, stationed in Indonesia, and sent this card back to his family.

I found the card after the sad duty to dismantel my own family house. My Father died in 1976. My mother died in 2013, and I found the card and kept it.