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.
Incoming object from Richard Canard (USA). I wrote a blog on the IUOMA network about is. See for the details: http://iuoma-network.ning.com/profiles/blogs/mail-from-richard-c-from-16-10-2015-ray-j-s-birthday
Mail from Miss Noma came in today. A reply to a letter I sent to the UK last week. In it some very interesting copy-art in which my letter was used as a background with one of Rocola’s original rubberstamps on it. It is number 3 of 30 it reads.
Off course I got my own rubberstamp from Rocola from the TAM-Archive, and I see I have number 5 of 30. So where are the other 29? Seems Miss Norma has one of them, and that means it is connected to this specific bull…..
For the new observers I made some new photos of the front and back-side of the Bull. Are we still in contact with all these mail-artists?
A very special gift from Rocola (USA)…..
Received in the vacation this lovely Tile from Heleen de Vaan in Netherlands. She made is through the services from PostNL, and wanted me to have it to hand in the TAM Archive or give it a special use. Especially after coming home from vacation the text fits perfectly:
So I will find a good place for the tile. Heleen always writes small notes with her mailings, so here you can read (in Dutch) what she wrote me:
Heleen has several blogs. so visit her main one and see what she has been sending and receiving over the years at: http://heleendevaan.blogspot.nl/
“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.
In the years before and after 2000 I started with a production of painted CD’s. I documented them with albums and a complete Blog that is online at:
The goal was to exhibit them, but the place I was hoping/looking for didn’t succeed. Maybe a new chance will come in the future when the CD’s are a unknown object for the new generation…..
In 2014 I received this wonderful prize from Sweden. See for all the details their website:
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!
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:
These are .PDF files, so you can print or save them if you like.