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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
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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