Mail Art Chro No Logy
Art. Rimbaud, project

Organizer(s):

Location: Museum Narodowe, Poznan, Poland

Date: May, 1985

Number of participants: 97, 19 countries

Document(s): Call, Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Call, Catalog

“it all seems to boil down to the quality of the contact not the quantity.” Perkins, Stephen: Magazine Reviews, Box of Water, No. 2, 1986

La Biennale opero, 3a edizione

Organizer(s):

Location: Galleria Hatria, Bergamo, Italy

Date: 21 September–4 October, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Catalog, Article

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog, Article

Bibliography: De Santis, Antonio: Da Villa di Serio una pacifica “bomba” per conquistare il mondo con l’arte, Il giornale di Bergamo-oggi, 10 Aogosto, 1985, p. 8
De Santis, Antonio: I massimi esponenti della “mail art” presenti alla mostra di Villa di Serio, Il giornale di Bergamo-oggi, 15 Aogosto, 1985, p. 10
Si conclude oggi la 3a Biennale all’insegna mondiale “mail art”, Il giornale di Bergamo-oggi, 25 Aogosto, 1985, p. 8

Box of Water, magazine

Author(s)/Editor(s): Perkins, Stephen

Publisher: Stephen Perkins, Almelo, Netherlands

Date: 1985–1988

Number of participants:

Document(s): Issue Nos. 1–4

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Issue Nos. 1, 2

“I got involved in the ma-network in 1984 while I was living in San Francisco. […]Inspired by all this activity I decided in early 1985 to start my own magazine. I put out a call for submissions to Box of Water and things just started to flood into my mailbox. At this point I became well and truly hooked on the whole activity. I realized that it was more than just a distribution system but a whole alternative culture that had a history and philosophy as well. Aside from being excited by the visual submissions‑I was particularly seeking image/text work, the other magazines from the network that people sent for review really excited me. The range of magazines, the different activities covered and the fact that they came from many countries really inspired me and I fell in love with them and with this whole underground publishing culture. The first issue of Box of Water came out sometime in the middle of that year (1985) and I was pleased with the response and immediately started collecting material for the next one. Slowly I also became aware of other people in the San Francisco area who were publishing work from the same network and I became aware of being part of a local community of publishers and artists as well as being part of a larger international community of like‑minded people. “ Janssen, Ruud: The Mail-Interview With Stephen Perkins, IUOMA, 1996

The Bright Red Briefcase, project

Organizer(s): Bennink, Sylvia

Location: Almelo, Netherlands

Date: 1985

Number of participants: 5

Document(s): Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

Business Card Show

Organizer(s): Ashworth, Robert (Thinker)

Location: Bellingham, Washington, USA

Date: May, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): List of Participants

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: List of Participants

Campioni d’Archivio di Arte Postale, exhibition

Organizer(s): Maggi, Ruggero

Location: Centro Civico di Piazza Ferretto, Mestre, Italy

Date: 13–24 April, 1985

Number of participants: 200+

Document(s): Poster, Postcard, List of Participants

Source(s) of the listed documents: Held, Lomholt

Available for research at Artpool:

The Canadian Correspondence Art Gallery: Cycle One, exhibition

Organizer(s): Stake, Chuck

Location: CCAG, Nelson Building, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date: May, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Call, List of Participants

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Call, List of Participants

Contrast, exhibition

Organizer(s): Dressler, Uwe

Location: Cottbus, East-Germany

Date: 1985

Number of participants: 257

Document(s): Article, Interview, Postcard

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Dittert, Held [TAM (Summer 1985)], Horch und Guck

Available for research at Artpool: Article, Postcard

Bibliography: Dittert, Franziska: Mail-Art in der DDR: eine intermediale Subkultur im Kontext der Avantgarde, Logos Verlag, Berlin, 2010, p. 278
Das DRESDNER Mail Art-Gespr äch vom 4.5.2002 in der Galerie kraussERBEN, Horch und Guck. Zeitschrift der Gedenkstätte Museum in der “Runden Ecke” Leipzig, Heft 40/2002, pp. 37–40.

“Aufgrund seiner Mail Art-Aktivitaten wird Dressler lange von der Staatssicherheit beobachtet und die Post, die er verschikt und erhalt, wird geöffnet und kopiert. Die von ihm 1985 organisierte Ausstellung seines Mail Art-Projekts “Contrast” soll zunachst verboten werden, kann letzlich aber doch gezeigt werden.Die Mitarbeiter der Staatssicherheit bespitzeln die Ausstellung jedoch intensiv. Der Druck eines Mail Art-Plkates wird Dressler als Ordnungswidrigkeit ausgelegt und er wird dafür mit einer Geldstrafe belangt.” Dittert, Franziska: Mail-Art in der DDR: eine intermediale Subkultur im Kontext der Avantgarde, Logos Verlag, Berlin, 2010, p. 278

First Fundart International Exhibition of Mail Art. I Exposicao Internacional Fundart De Arte Postal

Organizer(s):

Location: Araraquara, Brazil

Date: 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): List of Participants

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: List of Participants, Call

1st International Biennial of Visual & Experimental Poetry in Mexico. Primera bienal de poesia visual y experimental en Mexico

Organizer(s): Post-Arte – César Espinosa

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Date: October–November, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Call, List of Participants, Article

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Kaldron

Available for research at Artpool: Call, List of Participants

Biblography: Espinoza, César: The Biennials of Visual and Experimental Poetry in Mexico, Kaldron On-Line, 1998

“Artists who are constantly active in different countries of Europe and North America, like Enzo Minarelli and Fernando Aguiar, have emphasized the importance of the Mexican biennial, observing that while the European festivals are more restricted and are limited to one or two aspects, here room has been made to unfold the broad spread of experimental poetry comprising performance and sound poetry, videopoetry, street actions with the public, exhibitions of graphic/visual and concrete poetry, theoretical/documentary colloquia, and sessions of dance and musical experimentation.” Espinoza, César: The Biennials of Visual and Experimental Poetry in Mexico, Kaldron On-Line, 1998

1st International Mail-Art Exhibition. 1.a Exposicao Internacional de arte-postal

Organizer(s): Emerenciano – Escola Preparatória De Valbom

Location: Valbom, Portugal

Date: 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

“In the course of the ‘2.a Semana Cultural da Escola Preparatória e Secundária de Valbom’ an international Mail-Art exhibition was organized on the theme ‘Youth and the Future’.”

The First Ten: Mail Art, exhibition

Organizer(s): Stake, Chuck

Location: Off Centre Centre, Calgary, Canada

Date: 19 February–15 March, 1985

Number of participants: 25

Document(s): List of Participants, Article, Invitation, Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Specific Object

Available for research at Artpool: List of Participants, Article, Invitation

Hommage a Liberty, exhibition

Organizer(s): Joki Mail Art (Jo Klaffki)

Location: Kulturszene Fabrik e.V., Minden, Germany

Date: 9 February–5 March, 1985

Number of participants: 72

Document(s): Catalog, Poster

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

Hoje-Hoja-Hoy, magazine

Organizer(s): Marx, Graciela Gutierrez

Location: La Plata, Argentina

Date: 1985–1992

Number of participants:

Document(s): Issue Nos. 1–9.

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Lomholt

Available for research at Artpool: Issue Nos. 1–9.

Images of Peace

Organizer(s): Ring House Gallery

Location: Ring House Gallery – Galleria of Rutherford Library, University of Alberta, Canada, 5 December, 1985–5 January, 1986; The True North Strong and Free, Edmonton, 8–9 November, 1986

Date: 1985–1986

Number of participants:

Document(s): List of Participants

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: List of Participants

“Images of Peace is the Second Annual Global Mail Art Exhibition organized by the Ring House Gallery (the first being Peace Earth Peace, which is currently touring Canada).”

International Artist Cooperation: Mail Art Shows, 1970–1985, exhibition

Organizer(s): Held, John, Jr.

Location: Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas, USA

Date: 11 September–31 October, 1985

Number of participants: 200+

Document(s): Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

International Artists’ Postage Stamps Exhibition Weddel 1985

Organizer(s): Galerie für Visuelle Erlebnisse – Otty & Bernd Löbach – Museum für moderne Kunst Weddel

Location: Gallery of Visual Experience, West Germany

Date: 25 January–28 March, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

International Day Art Exhibition. Nemzetközi Day Art Kiállítás

Organizer(s): Soós, Tamás

Location: Liget Galéria, Budapest, Hungary, 15 November–6 December, 1985; Kortárs Művészeti Fórum, Budapest, Hungary, 26 November–13 December, 1985

Date: 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Poster (List of Participants)

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Poster (List of Participants)

International “Experimental Art” Exhibition Budapest 1985. Nemzetközi “kísérleti művészet” kiállítás Budapest 1985

Organizer(s): Club of Young Artists (FMK) – Vásárhelyi Antal

Location: Petőfi Csarnok, Budapest, Hungary

Date: 21 October–21 November, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

International Mail Copier Art Exhibition

Organizer(s): Jackson, Sarah – Doug Barron – Ken Word

Location: Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada

Date: 1985

Number of participants: 240

Document(s): Catalog, Article, Letter

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog, Article, Letter

[Sarah Jackson] “arranged international copy art festivals and mail art exhibitions, believing that this could lead to an ideal democratic interchange between artists and the public, without regard to political, economic or cultural barriers. Jackson documented these with published catalogues including the 1985 ‘International Mail/Copier Art Exhibition’ catalogue which received an award of excellence from the Art Museum Association of America. The assembled works were displayed both in London in 1987 and at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1992 and became part of the collection of the Canadian Postal Museum.” Wikipedia

International Moneyart-Show

Organizer(s): Klaffki, Jo (Joki)

Location: Kulturszene Fabrik, Minden, Germany

Date: November–December, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): List of Participants

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: List of Participants

International Stamp-Art Show

Organizer(s): Klaffki, Jo (Joki)

Location: Kulturszene Fabrik, Minden, Germany

Date: 1985

Number of participants: 120

Document(s): Catalog, Letter

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog, Letter

Life/Art/Celebrate, exhibition

Organizer(s): Calvert, Peggy L.

Location: La Mirada Festival, California, USA

Date: Summer, 1985

Number of participants: 208 participants, 23 countries

Document(s): Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

Long Life to the Arts – Long Life to the Earth, exhibition

Organizer(s): Mascheroni, Roberto Maria

Location: Centro Congressi “Villa Ponti”, Varese, Italy

Date: 27 November–8 December, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

Mail Art. Czyli Sztuka Poczty, publication

Author(s)/Editor(s): Rypson, Piotr

Publisher: Akademia Ruchu, Warsawa, Poland

Date: 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Book

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Book

Mail Art Performance Party

Organizer(s): Olbrich, Jürgen O. – Students of the Academy of Arts

Location: Artspace, Kassel, Germany

Date: 3 July, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Call, Catalog, Poster, Photo

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held, Lomholt

Available for research at Artpool: Photo

Mail Art Seconda Edizione 1985, exhibition

Organizer(s): Caravita, Lamberto

Location: Chiesa del Carmine, Massa Lombarda, Italy

Date: 1–7 September, 1985

Number of participants: 130, 27 countries

Document(s): Invitation

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Invitation

Mani Art, exhibition

Organizer(s): Lenoir, Pascal

Location: A.S.C.A., Beauvois, France

Date: 10 December, 1985–10 January, 1986

Number of participants: 250+

Document(s): Call, Catalog, Poster

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Call, Catalog, Poster

Comment: See also the issues of the assembling magazine.

Money, exhibition

Organizer(s): Kierspel, Jürgen

Location: Galerie Kröger, Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany

Date: 18 August–20 September, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): List of Participants

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: List of Participants

Night. Nacht, exhibition

Organizer(s): Fox, Michael – Goethegymnasium Hildesheim

Location: Stadttheater Hildesheim, Hildesheim, Germany

Date: June–July, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

Nicaragua Patria o Muerte, exhibition

Organizer(s): Asociacion Uruguaya de Artistas Correo

Location: AEBU, Montevideo, Uruguay

Date: 19 July–?, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): List of Participants, Article, Invitation

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: List of Participants, Article, Invitation

Scripta Volante, exhibition

Organizer(s): Baroni, Vittore – Arci-Poesia

Location: Ottovolante ’85, Circuito di produzione di poesia, Palazzo Gaddi, Florence, Italy

Date: 1–31 March, 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

The Scroll Unrolls. First Israel Mail Art Show

Organizer(s): Cole, David

Location: Janco-Dada Museum, Ein-Hod, Israel

Date: July–October, 1985

Number of participants: 600

Document(s): Call, Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held, Lomholt

Available for research at Artpool: Call, Catalog

Smile, periodical

Author(s)/Editor(s): Klaffki, Josef (Joki)

Publisher: Joki Mail Art, Minden, Germany

Date: 1985–1997

Number of participants:

Document(s): Issues No. 1–13

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Tentatively a Convenience

Available for research at Artpool: Issues No. 2–6, 8, 13

“Sometime between February & April of 1984, Stewart Home started a magazine called ‘SMILE’. In it, he encouraged everyone to call their magazine SMILE.” Tentatively a Convenience

Spiral, exhibition

Organizer(s): Dicey, Mark

Location: The Canadian Correspondence Gallery (CCAG), Calgary, Canada

Date: 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): List of Participants, Photos

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: List of Participants, Photos

Tasteless Texas Mail Art Show

Organizer(s): Thomas, Kay

Location: Rockwall Texas High School Art Department, Rockwall, Texas, USA

Date: 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Letter

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held [Creative Thing]

Available for research at Artpool: Letter

War, Peace and Something Else, exhibition

Organizer(s): Anelli, Salvatore – Rodolfo Granafei

Location: Cultural Center of Comiso, Italy

Date: 1985

Number of participants:

Document(s): Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

Comment: This catalog also contains some documents related to the International Shadow Project.

“The United States Air Force deployed Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM) to Comiso Air Base in June 1983. Women from Italy, Europe, and other parts of the world created a peace camp in Comiso in 1983 to protest the building of the base. They were inspired by women activists at the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp in England.

The missiles were eventually dismantled after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was signed by the former Soviet Union and the United States on 8 December 1987. The last 16 GLCMs left Comiso Air Base in 1991 and the American-occupied part of the base was returned to Italian control.” Wikipedia

Wellcomet Mr. Halley, exhibition

Organizer(s): Prado, Gilberto

Location: Bloco C, Galeria do Centro de Convivencia Cultural de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil, 8 August–1 September, 1985; Paco Das Artes, Sao Paulo, Brazília, 04–26 february, 1986

Date: 1985–1986

Number of participants: 240, 31 countries

Document(s): Posters (List of Participants), Invitation

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Posters (List of Participants), Invitation

When I Was a Cowboy, exhibition

Organizer(s): Steak, Chuck – Mark Dicey

Location: Off Centre Centre, Calgary, Canada, 3–20 July 1985; Modern Realism Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA, September 1985; AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, January, 1986

Date: 1985

Number of participants: 350

Document(s): Call, Catalog, Invitation

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Call, Catalog, Invitation

Xerographica. International Copy Art Show

Organizer(s): Baroni, Vittore – Piermario Ciani – P. Vannozzi

Location: Modern Art Museum, Forte dei Marmi, Italy

Date: 1–30, August, 1985

Number of participants: 17

Document(s): Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

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