Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 09:45:18 +0100
1998: A YEAR OF INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS
"Our collective unconscious (incongruous) needs some prodding now & then" The Sticker Dude
Yes, ANOTHER WORLD-WIDE DECENTRALIZED COMMUNICATION PROJECT has been unlashed on an unsuspecting planet. You waited enough for it, now here it is:
1998: A YEAR OF INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS
in-con-gru-ous adj. (L. incongruus) not congruous a - lacking harmony or agreement; incompatible. b - having inconsistent or inharmonious parts, elements, etc. c - not corresponding to what is right, proper or reasonable; unsuitable; inappropriate.
You have done the hard work already, congressing and lecturing in 1986, re-congressing and networking in 1992, so relax: NOW YOU CAN HAVE FUN.
Participation in the IM98 is open and free to all: mailartists, netsurfers, musicians, shopkeepers, shoplifters, aliens, subgenii, rabbits, rabbis, you-name-it.
There is not a single sound reason to meet again but there are all the incongruous reasons in the world, IF YOU CAN JUST THINK UP ONE: so keep working-sleeping-consuming or FIND A THEME, ORGANIZE AN IM IN 1998 and take part in as many IM proposed by others as you wish/can.
IT IS AS EASY AS THAT:
then send (if you want) your incongruous documentation to E.O.N., via C. Battisti 339, 55049 Viareggio, Italy to be included in a free for all Conclusive IM98 Calendar-Catalog.
Nothing and everything may happen at an Incongruous Meeting, so share gibberish and memories, follow your ethereal instinct and start a brand new correspondance.
it goes by six+six+six:
MAC 86 (Mail Art Congress 1986)
+ 6 =
DNC 92 (Decentralized Networker Congress 1992) + 6 =
IM 98 (Incongruous Meetings 1998)
Could we live so far apart for more than 6 years?
DUPLICATE, IMPROVE, REWRITE freely and DISTRIBUTE widely all the texts in this message.
- THIS IS A NO COPYRIGHT PROJECT -
TRANSLATE and ADJUST the IM98 invite in your own language and CIRCULATE it in your country.
DESIGN A LOGO, SUGGEST A CONVOCATION, CREATE A (RUBBER)STAMP, INVENT A SLOGAN
FOR THE INCONGRUOUS MEETINGS OF 1998.
THANKS: to Joel S.Cohen/Ragged Edge Press for printing a bunch of IM98 leaflets (and a lot more); to the magazines P.O.Box, ANNA. AMANITA (e-mail mag) and Open World, for help in circulating the IM98 invites; to VIVA LAS VEGASTAMPS <http://www.stampo.com/meeting.html> and to TAM/IUOMA <http://www.geocities.com/Paris/4947/vittore2.html> for posting the invites and updates in their web sites. See also <http://www.abaforum.es/merzmail/ei98.htm>. Thanks to all those who already sent documentation of held meetings, you know who you are.
WARNING: The meetings that have already taken place are omitted from this version of the IM98 list, a complete documenta-tion will be included in the final catalogue-calendar. While the idea of a mail art "decentralized congress" originated from german/swiss artist Gunther Ruch in 1986, I want to stress again here that the spirit of this project does NOT (hopefully) involve an asinine replay of what has already happened (twice) in the form of rational and reasonable discussions of network-related topics, nor is the IM98 list intended to be a mere depository for mail-art-show-type invites or other messages COMPLETELY off-theme. Therefore, not included in this list are some submissions that completely avoided to take into consideration the concepts of "meeting" and/or "incongruity" (though also these contributions will be included in the final documentation).
TO THE TOP
WHEN: whenever two or more networkers meet in 1998. WHERE: any mountain top.
WHAT: whenever two or more networkers meet in 1998, on any mountain top, there an IM98 takes place.
WHO: a convocation by H. R. Fricker.
WHY: to be on top.
INTERNATIONAL TAX FORM DAY
WHEN: on the day the taxes are due.
WHERE: in every Country where taxes are paid. WHAT: rip the tax form in tiny pieces and throw it in the water-closet while reciting lines from "The Divine Comedy". WHO: Umberto Principi/MAGAM.
WHY: to wait for the tax collector and pay also the additional taxes...
I SANTINI DEL PRETE MEETING
WHEN: from January 1st to December 31st 1998. WHERE: anywhere but preferably in a train station. WHAT: choose a person with whom you will create an intense common feeling, identifying yourself with I Santini Del Prete (lit."the priest's saint holy pictures", a duo of railwaymen-performers). Send a photo to R. Del Prete, C.P. 133, 57013 Rosignano Solvay, Li, Italy. Catalogue in 1999. WHO: a project by Franco Santini and Raimondo Del Prete. WHY: you are I Santini Del Prete!
FESTIVAL OF THE WRITTEN BANKNOTE
WHEN: from January 1st till December 31st, 1998. WHERE: somewhere over the network.
WHAT: write a message and/or your address on the cheapest banknote of your country, then mail it to Stefano Marcoz, via St. Matin de Corlhans n.300, 11100 Aosta, Italy. On January 1st 1999, a 32 years old dwarf will mix the banknotes and mail them back at random to all the participants. WHO: Richard Chase.
WHY: because money is communication.
WHEN: at midnight any night.
WHERE: on your doorstep.
WHAT: raise your hands and spirits high to ward off the evil from past abuse.
WHO: survivors of child abuse, mental and physical. WHY: for strenght, hope, and love.
TARTARUGO FLUXUS ACTION N.1
WHEN: anytime in 1998.
WHAT: realize this performance. 1- take a bus carrying the remote control of your TV. 2-sit down by the side of a window. 3-as the bus goes on, press at random the different buttons of the remote control. 4.observe through the window the changes in the landscape every time you press a button. 5-avoid to get to any conclusion.
WHO: Tartarugo, apartado 8577, 28080 Madrid, Spain. WHY: anyreason.
REMEMBER THE POST OFFICE
WHEN: midday every weekday in 1998.
WHERE: Ipswich old Post Office, England. WHAT: attempt to purchase a stamp.
WHO: a project by Michael Lumb.
WHY: to remember the loss of the Post Office.
MAILART ANALYSIS ON THE SUNSHINE COAST
WHEN: Wed. March 7, 1998, 7-10 p.m.
WHERE: Sunshine Coast Art Center, near Sechelt, BC, Canada. WHAT: At the opening of the exhibition I'm curating, Artistamps from the International Mail-Art Network, visitors will be given an Incongrous Evaluation Form on which they are asked to name and write a description of the artistamp sheet which most reflects their current state of mind. They are then asked to examine the work from various perspectives (Freudian, Jungian, Behaviorist, Pavlovian, Adlerian, Foucaultian, etc.) and answer or comment on the questions posed by the form. Finally, they are asked to mail a copy of their completed form to the chosen artist. WHO: an introduction to the network by Anna Banana. WHY: to spread the gospel according to Saint Vigo, Saint Johnson, and Saint Joki and demonstrate the inherent silliness of art analysis.
WHEN: on Friday 13th March and November 1998. WHERE: a place of normality (like a town square). WHAT: all participants will shout abusive remarks to normal passers-by. WHO: minority groups (race, gender, disability). WHY: to make everyone else feel crap for a moment, before going on unaffected by the meeting. To try and raise a sense of oneness.
LET'S TAKE THE GREASE OFF
WHEN: Saturday 21st March 1998.
WHERE: in front or sending to the head office of the italian political party Forza Italia, Viale Monza 137, 20125 Milano. WHAT: partecipate by mailing or attending in person with a bottle of soap for dishes. Replace the soap label with the wording "Sgrassiamo l'unto" (let's take the grease off).
WHO: a call from Mauro Ceolin and Abbot area . WHY: Silvio Berlusconi is certain to be the champion of the "religion of freedom", he said he is "the Lord's Anointed", let's take the grease off!!!
1000 HAIKUS IN A SINGLE DREAM/SMILE
WHEN: from 11 to 12 PM of March 30, 1998. WHERE: wherever you are, I'll be with you. WHAT: visualize a blue flower, with a green and gold eye inside, gaze deeply and transform it into your strongest wish. Give it to me with all your creativity.
WHO: Claudio Parentela c/o Galiano, via Milano 10, 88100 Catanzaro, Italy. WHY: March 30 is my birthday and I want to be at the same time in the spirit of all my mail friends and of my sweet mother earth.
A MEETING OF INCONGRUOUS WALKERS
WHEN: on April 1st 1998, around midday.
WHERE: next to the best known public urinal in your town (or the next thing to a public urinal you can find).
WHAT: keep walking in circles around the urinal, making your walk more and more bizarre, bring dada manifestos to read, rip and eat while walking, try to socialize with other funny walkers that may turn up on the occasion. WHO: a multiple announcement by Luther Blissett. WHY: to forget the nth multiple of Duchamp's "Fountain" and to remember Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks.
MEETING ON THE GATE
WHEN: April 2nd, 1998, hr. 6 PM.
WHERE: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. WHAT: a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. WHO: John Held, Jr. & friends.
WHY: a birthday celebration for Max Ernst.
WHEN: in the night of 12 April 1998, Easter Sunday. WHERE: find your own place.
WHAT: all european somnambulists install illegally in a public area a plaque with the message "ONEHUNDRED PLAQUES IN EUROPE AT EASTER 1998 SPRING FULLMOON". Send map and photo-documentation to the address below, before 9 July 1998.
WHO: Birger Jesch, Friedhofstrasse 15, 99444 Blankenhain, Germany. WHY: an hommage to the Spring Fullmoon.
BOB KAUFMAN POETRY DAY
WHEN: April 18th, 1998.
WHERE: Albany, NY, USA, in various locations to be announced. WHAT: poetry readings, readings of Bob Kaufman's poems and original work by local poets.
WHO: Dan Wilcox/Poetry Motel Foundation (280 S. Main Ave., Albany NY, 12208-2301 USA).
WHY: to commemorate Bob Kaufman's birth on april 18, 1925 and to celebrate National Poetry Month.
CURRICULUM VITAE END OF THE ROADSHOW
WHEN: April 25th, 1998, 7 pm.
WHERE: Mis Cafe, 1252 Liberty St., Franklin, PA, USA. WHAT: gathering of zine editors and spoken word performers. WHO: Dittman.
WHY: to network, piss & moan. Oh yeah, we'll listen to spoken word artists and drink beer afterward.
GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION
WHEN: week of June 1, 1998.
WHERE: Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador.
WHAT: Third Annual Demonstration on Directional Flow of H20 at Equator. WHO: Our Lady of Latex, 1003 Boston Circle, Schaumburg, IL 60193-4249 USA. WHY: to celebrate gravity and magnetic attraction. Commemora-tive sunprints will be created at the site.
ANTI-TIME NEOIST DAY
WHEN: 6th June 1998, at 6pm.
WHERE: wherever two Monty Cantsins meet. WHAT: destroy the clocks and watches of the planet with a flaming iron. WHO: Frater Rudolph Von Prden-heim.
WHY: Ahora Neoismo Siempre!
A FLOWER BLOOMS IN THE AIR
WHEN: in the night of June 21st, 1998.
WHERE: I'll be in my bed, you wherever you are. WHAT: I will meditate deeply on your names and on the materials that I received from the network in all these years. If you see colours, send them to me, I will answer you.
WHO: Franco Piri Focardi, Crash, via XX Settembre 18, 50067 Rignano s/Arno, Italy.
WHY: in mail art you only need to be on the same wavelenght, to know that you can meet.
WHEN: June 23rd, 1998, from 0:01 AM.
WHERE: via Odoacre 14, Ravenna, Italy.
WHAT: show, installations, performances (and more). WHO: Giovanni Strada and other networkers. WHY: contact...
A MID-YEAR'S DREAM MEETING
WHEN: on June 30st 1998, at midnight.
WHERE: anywhere you rest your head.
WHAT: concentrate your mind on meeting someone in dream, then set an alarm clock to ring at midnight and go to bed early: on waking up, write down what you remember of your oneiric meeting. WHO: Vittore Baroni/E.O.N., who will publish your dreams in the IM98 catalogue.
WHY: to find a place where dreams can meet.
DRIFTING IMAGES OF POSTAL TIME
WHEN: before July 1st, 1998, from morning to evening. WHERE: in Rome, through the channels of postal time. WHAT: send to the address below an incongruous image of your incongruous self following an incongruous iconography. WHO: Stefano Franci, via C. Sereni 15, 00146 Roma, Italy. WHY: for a subjective reinterpretation of the incongruous Self.
THERE'RE ONLY TWO SEASONS IN MAINE,
WINTER AND THE 4TH OF JULY
WHEN: July 4th,1998.
WHERE: 216 Post Road, Bowdoinham, Maine 04008 USA. WHAT: build a fascinating snowman and ice sculptures. Conclude with a snow ball fight followed by fireworks.
WHO: Carlo Pittore.
WHY: time is fleeting: waste not, want not.
WHEN: on July 5th, 1998.
WHERE: underwater, in the wild prairie, in the country fair... WHAT: establish a peaceful form of communication with a non-human lifeform (fish, bird, insect, plant, whatever). Document this communication. WHO: Mister Bizarro, renegade pimp for the Church of the SubGenius . WHY: to find new terraqueous allies, on the day the Xists will land on this planet.
"BREAK ON THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE" (Promenade-concert for Raymond Roussel)
WHEN: July 14th, 1998, hr. 3 PM.
WHERE: Paris, Phre Lachaise Cemetery, starting from Jim Morrison's tomb (Division 6).
WHAT: a journey with stops and background music (sound collage: send a cassette with five minutes of your own music) and performances in front of the tombs of musicians and singers (Chopin, Ives Montand, Edith Piaf, etc.).
WHO: everyone can participate but please contact first Gianni Broi, C.P. 684, 50123 Firenze, Italy - e-mail <email@example.com>. WHY: to remember, to extend mail art to "the other side", beyond death, commemorating with Roussel all the mail art friends "returned to sender".
MORANDI CONSPIRACY MOVEMENT
WHEN: July 20th, 1998.
WHERE: at Artestudio/Afterstudio, via San Bernardino 88, 24028 Ponte Nossa, BG, Italy.
WHAT: all networkers can visit and consult materials about the "Morandi Conspiracy Movement".
WHO: Emilio Morandi.
WHY: to testify belonging to the family of independent artists, no more isolated, and the continuity of the researches in the network.
WHEN: July 20th, 1998.
WHERE: B|kk National Park, Miskolc, Hungary. WHAT: International Mail Art Exhibition in the open air. Send before July works in any technique and any size with short CV, anything accepted by the post (no returns, photo documentation to participants). Then come and meet in Marcelland! Marcelland will be the "forest of desires", everybody will have a tree.
WHO: Tibor Vass, Miskolc Art Workshop, Matyas kiraly ut 13. 7/1, H-3525 Miskolc, Hungary.
WHY: everybody has his/her own Marcell/Marcella: man/woman of the dream. Let's collect and exhibit them in a beautiful spot of the B|kk mountains, let them breath some fresh air.
VEC SUMMER EVENT
WHEN: on a mid summer night.
WHERE: Baula mountain, Iceland, on the road to Middalir (the name "Baula" is the sound made by a lost cow in icelandic). WHAT: 1 - search for lost cows; 2 - perfect the bovine lobotomy machine; 3 - frighten away the darkness.
WHO: the VEC inner circle + friends.
WHY: because somebody has to keep the darkness of nighttime under control whilst the world watches soccer on TV.
ONE WORLD ORGASM
WHEN: August 8th, 1998 (and on that date every year from now on). WHERE: Wherever this message is heard... from Alaska to Zaire (in range of alphabet and temperature).
WHAT: International Orgasm Day: the whole world joining together to celebrate orgasm... solo, in couples, in groups... monosexually, bisexually, homosexually, heterosexually... focusing on positive energy celebration... What will you do?
WHO: Alex Igloo (who is collecting information on planned events as well as doing documentation afterwards of all consumated orgasmic events, so do something fun and unusual). Send your info now or later to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or A. Igloo, 91 East Street, Bristol, Vermont 05443 USA.
WHY: to celebrate body energy, ecstacy, pleasure, delight... (maybe even a little less crime/war/violence for a day also). T-shirts, bumper-stickers, etc. available soon!
STONES WITH PC
WHEN: September 10th, 1998, hr. 10 AM, at the opening of the show of stones sent to the project "Mail-stones for Meana Sardo". WHERE: Meana Sardo near Nuoro, Sardegna, Italy, under the Nolza "nuraghe" (3 km. from the town).
WHAT: computerized mail-artists and prehistoric mail-artists will battle in performance.
WHO: Gianni Broi and Annamaria Caracciolo (Free Dog Club) who launched the challenge "computerized friends, how will you send us stones with your PC?". Sandwiches and soft drinks for all. Contact: C.P. 684, 50123 Firenze, Italy - e-mail <email@example.com>.
WHY: because dear old mail art will not disappear without giving battle.
THE REVOLUTION HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE DAY WHEN: September 18th 1998 (from 0 to 24 hr). WHERE: any fucking where.
WHAT: on this day everyone will behave as if the revolution had already happened. There will be no good ones and bad ones, no judgement, no restraint and no violence (remember? It has already happened). In the full respect for the others, everyone shall behave as it pleases him/her. Bring your own condoms, drugs and music.The key number will be 39. WHO: all the persons that, like Sergio Messina/RadioGladio, believe that any real change will begin within one's own body/mind. WHY: to prove that anything is still possible.
WHEN: 19 October-1 November 1998.
WHERE: NUBS Gallery, Mitropolita Petra 8, Beograd, Yugoslavia. WHAT: exhibition by Emilio Morandi + Giovanni Strada, cooperative performances with Dobrica Kamperelic (and our wives) and the rest of the people here...
WHY: our friendship growing, we have the same opinions about art and art activities.
WHEN: on October 22nd, 1998.
WHERE: at your nearest xerox machine.
WHAT: meet a photocopying machine and together make a work celebrating the first xerox print 60 years ago. Photocopy your hand, stick it on a card, cut round it, add stamp & address below, send to me. Documentation to all. WHO: A.1. Waste Paper Co. Ltd., 71 Lambeth Walk, London SE11, England, UK. WHY: to remember a great man, and a great invention.
CABBAGES FOR A SNACK
WHEN: October 23rd, at tea break time.
WHERE: in front of the most useless Faculty in your town (or nearest University town).
WHAT: several individuals meet bringing radios, blasters, cassette-recorders transmitting loud noises, and eat cabbages for a snack (italian saying for "it has nothing to do with the subject"). WHO: an invite from the New Plagiarist Alliance, Rome. WHY: eating cabbages as a snack is really disturbing.
AN ACTION FOR YVES KLEIN
WHEN: for 24 hrs on Friday, November 27, 1998. WHERE: World wide.
WHAT: an incongruous leap into the void, a jump into space. Document this action by having someone take a photograph of you leaping/jumping into space. Send a copy to the address below, for inclusion in documentation and the final gathering of this incongruous meeting. WHO: Stephen Perkins, 1816 E. College St., Iowa City, IA 52245, Usa. WHY: November 27, 1998 is the anniversary of the publication of Yves Klein's one day newspaper, "Dimanche" (Sunday, Nov. 27, 1960). In this newspaper was the first publication of the famous photography of Klein leaping into the void.
ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS
WHEN: December 31st 1998.
WHERE: in front of the Museum of Museums, Bouckaerstraat 8, 8790 Waregem, Belgium.
WHO: Johan Van Geluwe/A.R.T. (Art Recycling Terminal). WHY: L'art poor l'art / Mort pour l'art / L'or pour l'art.
SZTUKA FABRYKA IM98 IN LONDON
WHEN: Thursday the 31st of December 1998, start at 11 pm. WHERE: in London, England, at Trafalgar Square under (or near) Nelson's column.
WHAT: celebrating another fine start of a new year all together with some mail artists. Bring mail art symbols of recognition on bannes of all sizes. WHO: Sztuka Fabryka (Geert De Decker, Kerkstraat 290, 9140 Tielrode, Belgium. Phone/Fax ++32(0)3-7708464) and all who want to participate. WHY: to be part of a Mail Art New Years Eve meeting in one of the most beautiful cities of the world.
A-WAKE FOR THE MAIL ART SPIRIT
WHEN: on December 31st 1998, from dusk till dawn. WHERE: in front of the Art Museum of your town (or the nearest Art Museum). WHAT: all networkers will meet and light candles, incenses, crackers, burn money or perform other impromptu incongruences, waiting for the insidious 6661 reversed.
WHO: anonymous multiple invite.
WHY: a-wake for the survival of the "mail art spirit" of open, uncompetitive, ethereal, unruly & free exchange.
NOW INVENT YOUR CONVOCATION:
CHOOSE A DAY
CHOOSE A PLACE
CHOOSE A REASON
FILL IN THE FORM ABOVE
& ORGANIZE AN INCONGRUOUS MEETING IN 1998!
Think up, write down, print and distribute your own convocation. Do not forget (if you want) to mail a clean copy to: E.O.N., via C. Battisti 339, 55049 Viareggio, Italy phone-fax +39 584 963918 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org that will help circulating it world-wide.
ORGANIZE+PARTICIPATE+DOCUMENT (yes, it is as easy as that!)
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