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The Mail Art /
especially communication networks
that are perceived to be distant.
Artists impart attitudes, values,
and sensibilities in their shared
coupled with social hierarchy and
economic inequality, create media
networking attempts to soar above
these distances, to fly beyond all
media boundaries-to telenetlink!
Mail art is communication that travels a physical/spiritual
distance between senders and recipients. For nearly forty years
mail artists have been enjoying interactive mail characterized
by free, open, often spirited visual/textual correspondances.
Mail artists have worked hard to abolish copyrights through
dispersed authorship. In the distant, parallel world of high
technology, telecommunication artists often work in the same
collaborative fabric interwoven with mail art. But emailartists
network online in a simulated, textual, paperless world. No
wonder there are mail artists who prefer the tangible, tactile,
handcrafted encounter of pen.
It is true that some postal artists
are suspicious of art and technology.
These mail artists find the timelag of postal delivery a desirable
antiquated, and expensive postal
between these communication forms,
especially by the stilted influences
of normative art standards. Such
attitudes obscure the notion that
art communication is an intermedia
Distance between mail art and
more imagined than real. The
notion that mail artists are
is one common misconception.
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