iuoma.org – Interested in Mail-Art?

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.

Braincell #916 arrived from Japan

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Ryosuke Cohen is doing the Braincell project since 1985. After 30 years he reached this number 916 already and every 10 days he produces a new one. On the IUOMA platform on Ning we trace all the issues and try to get a more complete view of the project. Have a look at:

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/group/brain-cell-ryosuke-cohen-compilation

Because a large part of the network follows the group we know instantly when a new BrainCell has come out and who particpated on it.  Somehow everybody hopes to see number 1000 one of these days.

Explaining the concept of this blog

This new blog actually should be the central point of all my digital activities. So links to all blogs and websites that I already have and are still alive. beside that also blog-postings to major places and activities that I am involved in. Only one goal and that is to make the information better accesible. The Internet turnes into a chaos without good structures, and I am just trying to make a structure that I can keep up with. The result might be for you that you can find things again and don’t get lost.

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Mail-Art and Art

Mail-Art for me is a conceptual artform in which I feel at home. Besides that I gradually have created also lots of art (drawings, pantings, silkscreen prints, etc) which I sometimes also share within the Mail-Art network.

A portfolio of my work can be found at:

When Mail-Art and Art collide it comes in the form of e.g. acrylic painted envelopes which I actually send out thoughtout the world. They have landed in quite some collections and are sometimes exhibited too.

The OLD IUOMA website

When you wonder where the old IUOMA website went, it is still online. The link to that place is the same:

http://www.iuoma.org/index.html

and I even placed a link to that website in this blog. I will place more links to oplaces that are interesting for you, so from this BLOG you will eventually find a lot of things that I placed online.

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Update of the new BLOG – June 13th 2015

The Menu structure has now been created. More texts from the old website will follow soon. Already 3 complete mail-interviews are online now, and the complete other set will follow too. The search button works, so you can look things up. Also I will document a selection of outgoing mail-art and incoming mail-art on this blog.

The main link to the IUOMA network at NING is also there. That is a lively place with over 1.000.000 pageviews a year. I started that 7 years ago and it has grown ever since with soon 4000 registered IUOMA-members.

 

New Website

Since the old website from IUOMA.ORG was started in 1996, the maintaining of that website became too dificult. So I am now rebuilding the website with the new blog concept by WordPress.  The first files already are added. Soon you will find back here all the details, and hopefully find back the things you were looking for.

Ruud_Janssen_NLThe menu structure for the blog will be build slowly, so you will be able to see it grow. Also I plan to add all the mail-interviews here too, since the website where they were hosted vanished last year. Have a bit of patience. The new times are digital, but take a lot of time to.

I decided to place the blog over the old website. That is still there, but when you go to the main domain name, you go strait to the new place.

IUOMA BLOG

Since the time of websites is vanishing quickly, and the time of blogs integrated in social networks is there for years, I also started with a blog on the IUOMA domain name. We will see how that goes. This is just the first posting. Getting used to the settings of WordPress, and as it looks now it isn’t that complicated.

2015-05-27 17.17.25Because Mail-Art is visually orientated, I will include lots of visuals as usual. Here is a first sample of an envelope sent to Diane Keys in the USA. She already received it and posted it on facebook. The texts and images are everywhere these days, and a normal visitor of the Internet is swamped with all kind of details.

 

Can we still find our ways in this gigantic chaos? I just started just one more blog it that chaos. Not sure if someone will actually also read this.