Curating IN BETWEEN / DAZWISCHEN for the Swiss Hand Embroiderers’ Guild was a great and fun experience!
THANK YOU ALL for participating, visiting, reposting, liking…!
In order to bring the project to a close, I leave this site with some exhibition pictures and – of course! – the GALLERY.
Mail art disregards and circumvents the commercial art market. Any person with access to a mailbox can participate.
Participants are invited by (network) members to take part in collective projects or unjuried exhibitions in which entries are not selected or judged. Mail art generally operates within a spirit of “anything goes.
The mail art philosophy of openness and inclusion is exemplified by the “rules” included in invitations (calls) to postal projects: a mail art show has no jury, no entry fee, there is no censorship, and all works are exhibited. The original contributions are not to be returned and remain the property of the organizers, but a catalogue or documentation (online and/or in print) is sent free to all the participants in exchange for their works.
Mail art (also known as postal art and correspondence art) is a populist artistic movement centered on sending small scale works through postal services. It initially developed out of the Fluxus movement in the 1950s and 60s, though it has since developed into a global movement that continues to the present. The American artist Ray Johnson is considered to be the first mail artist, and the New York Correspondence School that he developed is considered the first self-conscious network of mail artists. Johnson and Marcia Tucker organized 1970 The New York Correspondence School Exhibition in New York, which was the first significant public exhibition of the mail art genre.
In the 1970s, the practice of mail art grew exponentially, providing a cheap and flexible channel of expression for cultural outsiders and demonstrating a particular vitality where state censorship prevented a free circulation of alternative ideas, as in certain countries behind the Iron Curtain or in South America.
The mail art movement led in the 1980s to the organization of several festivals, meetings and conventions where networkers could meet, socialize, perform, exhibit and plan further collaborations. Among these events were the Inter Dada Festivals organized in California in the early 1980s and the Decentralized Mail Art Congress of 1986.