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Brain Cell #1000 from Ryosuke Cohen – Japan

Today a large enveloppe from Ryosuke Cohen (Japan) arrived. In it was the collection of BrainCells #980 till #1000 and with it all namelists of those series. I received before from Ryosuke Cohen such sets. They are very interesting for archives and reearchers, so I am very happy with this wonderful gift from Ryosuke Cohen. He did a wonderful work with this project he started in 1985, and in 2017 the series is alreacy 1000 sheets with messages from the globe.

On the cover is a part of the #1000 Brain Cell. I recognize the stamp prints I sent him, and it feels good to be part of this collection. But the whole project itself is more interesting then the individual cells. So many connections and communications were needed to get this done. Also interesting details on how this started in 1985. Some mail-artists are still alive and kicking. Some are dead and some countries even vanished from the postal systems…….

And the formal 1000th issue arrived a few days later in a seperate enveloppe:

Traditional Mail Art Catalogs – They still exist!

In 2017 I got these catalogs of Mail-Art project in the mail. Above a project done by the Stickerdude (Joel Cohen) in NY – USA, and below two catalogs that Uli Grohmann (Germany) did. Although a lot goes digital thee days, the hardcopies are still my favorites. You can go through the pages, and digitize them, but the booklet will survive the times for sure whuile the digital images go into the websiotes and social media and somehow are difficult to find after some time…..

Maintenant 11 is out

The spirit of Dada continues to thrive in this stunning annual collection of provocative and disruptive Dada-inspired art and writing culled from a plethora of top international contributors, with more than 100 color images. MAINTENANT 11: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART is the latest edition of an annual collection of contemporary Dada work inspired by Dada instigator and Three Rooms Press spiritual advisor Arthur Cravan. This year’s theme, “An Eye for a Lie,” offers artists’ responses to the increasing madness of the world, punctuated by politically-charged art and writing. The journal is a full journey into the most imaginative minds in the world, showcasing work of artists and writers from more thirty countries on six of the seven continents. MAINTENANT is archived in museums worldwide.

source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Maintenant-11-Peter-Carlaftes/1941110533

As you can see,one of my recent drawings is included and I am in good company.

Maintenant 10 arrived from New York

Yesterday the new issue of Maintenant arrived from New York. Inside it is one of my drawings. lookes good on paper.

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Maintenant 10: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art Paperback – June 7, 2016

Incoming from Mr. Colori – Netherlands

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A large enveloppe arrived yesterday from Mr. Colori (Chaam, Netherlands).  In is was a splendit catalog from the exhibition and project he did called : Van Bosch naar Bruegel, Bruegel after Bosch.

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A full colour catalog with reprints of all the works sent in, and also a complete participant list. One of thos catalogs that remembers you from the past when these things were produced. Nowadays most mail-artists can’t find sponsors for such a very fine production. So I am very glad to have received this masterpiece. Will fit wonderful in the archive. And please don’t forget that the exhibition can still be visited in Den Bosch, Netherlands.   Have a look at the website for details:

info https://www.facebook.com/mii.colori

foto galerij op de projectwebsite  http://bruegelproject.blogspot.nl

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DaDa Maintenant – USA

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In 10 years, MAINTENANT: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art has grown from a 12-page stapled black-and-white zine to the current issue: 190 pages filled with provocative, stunning, full color art and writing by some of the most intense DADA creators working around the globe today. MAINTENANT 10 (ISBN 978-1-941110-44-7, June 2016, Three Rooms Press) includes contributions from many notable US artists and writers including Andrei Codrescu, Charles Plymell, Jerome Rothenberg, Anne Waldman, Roger Conover, S.A. Griffin, Alice Bag, Raymond Pettibon, John M. Bennett, Grant Hart and Jack Hirschman. International contributors from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Palestine, Pakistan, Nigeria, South Africa, India, Australia, Japan and more include Mark Kostabi, Fausto Grossi, Joel Hubaut, Renaat Ramon, Avelino De Araujo, Dobrica Kamperelic, Bartolomé Ferrando, Irene Caesar, and more. Working with the theme “WARM/HUNGER,” contributors examined ideas of global warming, global hunger, and the “warmongers” that lead to these conditions. MAINTENANT 10 also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the start of DADA, with quotes from DADA founders throughout the volume.

U.S. Tour Dates:

Thursday, June 9: Le Poisson Rouge, New York City
Saturday, June 11: Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles
Monday, June 20: Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City
Thursday, November 10: City Lights, San Francisco

European Tour Dates to be announced

Complete list of contributors to MAINTENANT 10 (in alphabetical order):
Jason Abdelhadi, Tomomi Adachi, Derek Adams, Henrik Aeshna, Jamika Ajalon, Linda J. Albertano, Jan Michael Alejandro, Joel Allegretti, Avelino De Araujo, Greg Bachar, Alice Bag, Aditya Bahl, Zata Banks, David Barnes, Amy Bassin, Mary Beach, Beate Bendel, C. Mehrl Bennett, John M. Bennett, Volodymyr Bilyk, József Bíró, Sergey Biryukov, Rabyn Blake, Mark Blickley, Dianne Bowen, John Bowman, Gedley Belchior Braga, Bob Branaman, Fork Burke, Irene Caesar, Glen Calleja, Billy Cancel, Angela Caporaso, Peter Carlaftes, Mona Jean Cedar, Neeli Cherkovski, Peter Ciccariello, Hal Citron, Lynette Clennell, Andrei Codrescu, Giuseppe Colarusso, Roger Conover, Karen Constance, Tchello d’Barros, Steve Dalachinsky, Arturo Desimone, Cathy Dreyer, Kip Duff, Agneta Falk Hirschman , Jeff Farr, Becky Fawcett, Bartolomé Ferrando, Luc Fierens, Giovanni Fontana, Kofi Forson, Michael T. Fournier, Thomas Fucaloro, Ignacio Galilea, Armando Jaramillo Garcia, BAAM aka Maria Garfjell, Kat Georges, Christian Georgescu, Franco Götte, S. A. Griffin, Rebecca Griffin, Fausto Grossi, Janet Hamill, Grant Hart, Alamgir Hashmi, Heide Hatry, Aimee Herman, Karen Hildebrand, Jack Hirschman, Mark Hoefer, Bob Holman, Laura Tringali Holmes, Joel Hubaut, Alfonso Iandiorio, Jonathan Peter Jackson, Ruud Janssen, Mathias Jansson, Dobrica Kamperelic, Susan Keiser, Paul Y.J. Kim, Antonia Alexandra Klimenko, Doug Knott, Mark Kostabi, Ksenija Kovacevic, Dylan Krieger, Hope Kroll, Žygimantas Kudirka, Edward Kulemin, David Lawton, Pascale Le Bihan, Jane Lecroy, Marc James Léger, Patricia Leonard, Patrice Lerochereuil, Alexander Limarev, Emily Linstrom, Frédéric Lipczynski, Gerard Malanga, Sophie Malleret, Djelloul Marbrook, Laurent Marissal, Malak Mattar, John Mazzei, Jim McHugh, Philip Meersman, Iulia Militaru, Lois Kagan Mingus, Charles Mingus III, Richard Modiano, Mike M. Mollett, Dustin Luke Nelson, Alexandre Nodopaka, Dylan Nyoukis, Ruth Oisteanu, Valery Oisteanu, Suzi Kaplan Olmsted, Marc Olmsted, Jane Ormerod, David Ishaya Osu, Eiko Otake, Bibiana Padilla Maltos, Lisa Panepinto, John S. Paul, Claude Pélieu, Puma Perl, Pawel Petasz, Raymond Pettibon, Charles Plymell, Roxie Powell, Renaat Ramon, Janaki Ranpura, Kathleen Reichelt, Johann Reißer, Mado Reznik, Weley Ricket, Bill Roberts, Jerome Rothenberg, Martina Salisbury, Phil Scalia, William Seaton, Silvio Severino, Susan Shup, Elly Simmons, Pere Sousa, Thomas Stolmar, Richard Stone, W.K. Stratton, Phantom Street Artist, Daina Surrealism, Yuriy Tarnawsky, Neal “Skooter” Taylor, Richard Tipping, Ted Tollefson, John J. Trause, Jürgen Trautwein, Ann Firestone Ungar, Jon Andoni Goikoetxea Uriarte, Nico Vassilakis, Duska Vrhovac, Anne Waldman, George Wallace, Scott Wannberg, Mike Watt, Poul Weile, A. D. Winans, Larry Zdeb, Ali Znaidi, and Joanie Hieger Fritz Zosike