Mail art is a worldwide art and music movement that began in the early 1960s. the principle is simple you send visual art (but also music, sound art, poetry, etc.) through the international postal system. Mail Art is sometimes known as Postal Art or Correspondence Art. Mail Art is a network, based on the principles of barter and equal one-to-one collaboration.
After a peak in popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Mail Art phenomenon has gradually migrated to the Internet, whose “social networks” were largely anticipated and predicted by the interactive processes of postal collaborations. Nevertheless, Mail Art is still practiced by a loose planetary community involving thousands of mail artists from the most varied backgrounds.
See This Window the pseudonym of Peter Bright.
I will mail you a postcard of an image that was exhibited recently in an exhibition of mine. I have always loved the idea of Mail Art – the forerunner of the Internet! Mail art is a worldwide network… Continue reading ?
Below is the original blurb and finished piece that was sent to a mail art exhibition in the USA in 2003. This was posted and accepted and an email was received confirming arrival on Sept 4th 2003.
“I just thought I’d let you know that your piece arrived today, completely in tact. Not even bent! I love the postal service!Thank you so much for your contribution.“
Capitalism = Terrorism
exhibited @ “Gallery Night & Day, October 24th & 25th, 2003 – Kunzelmann-Esser Lofts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin“
Capitalism = TerrorismWho decides who is righteous? God? The populous? The global economy?Does the minority of the population, who hold the majority of the world’s wealth, make the ultimate decisions, hold the moral high ground and decide who or what constitutes terrorism?…….Or is this all just ‘old hat’ and an old debate?Capitalism is fighting the ‘Axis of Evil’…The battle has too many fronts and too many invisible enemies. Is this the end of capitalism? Are the sands of time running out?Capitalism = Terrorism.Mon Aug 25 19:38:30 2003
|In the eyes of the ones who have nothing….Capitalism = Terrorism Materials: Acrylic and Oil Paint with commercial vinyl.This image was created on a computer running Windows 98, manipulated and edited using Signlab. The finished version was cut out in vinyl with a Camm-1 Plotter and stuck onto board.‘Mass Production and The New Jesus and Mary’ Memorial design is now almost completely originated on the computer. Standard designs can be purchased from catalogs. My work as a memorial designer has involved producing bespoke designs for commercial clients who reproduce images over and over again.Tue Apr 8 01:31:30 2003 ‘Christ the Capitalist‘ The corruption within the ‘established church‘ has been exposed. Has Jesus cast out the money lenders from the temple or is he charging rent? Jesus Christ, a symbol of capitalism.Sun July 27 11:18:46 2003|
|‘Computer cut religious imagery; why look any further? ‘ Quote|
Invited to perform @ 3rd mail-art festival (1990) at OJC Clichee in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.
These pictures were taken at a ‘This Window’ gig/radio session in Belgium (1990)
|3rd Independent Music & Arts Festival
Saturday 14 April 1990
|Y Create (NL)
This Window (UK)
Bene Gesserit (Nadine Bal/Alain Neffe)
& Harald ‘Sack’ Ziegler (B/G)
Throat Next Confrontation (B)
Selfs Without Shells (NL)
Jeepees Soap (B)
3rd Festival of Mail Art & Independent Music
A. Jeepees Soap, Selfs Without Shells, Throat Next Confrontation, Nadine Bal/Alain Neffe + Sack.
Released two cassette albums on M4tr (‘Hope’ & ‘Jude The Obscure’) ‘This Window’ have had several albums released in Europe, the most successful being ‘Extraction’ & ‘Extraction2? (1989 & 1995) both of these were released by EE Tapes (Belgium). Other releases include ‘En Face’ (France) and ‘Morning’ (Germany). They were one of the leading lights of the ‘Cassette Underground’, with radio play in both Europe and America.
- Mail Art invented social networks (sitemaps-xml.com)
- Capitalism = Terrorism (thiswindow.org)
- Mail Art – archive (peterbright.info)