Minden - April 2004
"MAIL ART I NO MAIL ART"
Mail art auctions & other crazy things
I have always thought Mail Art as a fantastic medium of creative communication, free from any mercantilist scheme:acquisition, sale, selection, ... . I have spent almost 30 years of my life in this apparent illusion. Today some "network guru" ara pontificating on Mail Art trying to trace new, delirious ways partecipating to art biennials selecting artists, asking money, promoting auction sales citing the ... mayorage of the network... ali in name of MailArt! Luckily Mail Art trascends their raving statements.
The problem is always the same: it's necessary to recognize the real Mail Art from the false one And to remember the old citation by Lon Spiegelmann: "Don't mix money and Mail Art" (better it would be: "Don't mix ever money and Mail Art") and my "Mail Art uses institutions in the places of institutions against institutions". l'm inviting all you to send by e-mail art or on paper to the organizers of eventual, future Mail Art auctions some sincere, genuine, unadulterated Mail Art virus wich contaminate and spread, by the own networking creative imagination, real germs of salutary madness!
Museo Internazionale Mail Art by Claudio Grandinetti Via Popilia n° 208/B 87100 Cosenza ITALIA