Friday, April 18, 2008

Johnny Boy: what happened to you as a person and a mail artist in these 10 plus years.

Well, Johnny, a lot happenened. The Mail-Interview project stopped because there was not enought time to do all and some interviews never seem to get finished. You are asking the samen mail-artists some questions 10+ years later. In a way very funny. I always asked the questions one by one. That way the next question is always a reaction to the answer. In a questionaire like you sent the people just tend to sum things up and the results are less revealing. Who would have thought up a question like "Why do you live in a church" which I asked Dick Higgins. Because he revealed this hidden in one of his answers.....

As A Person:

Yes, changes. Moved to another city, got married, changed job, and that are mostly large changes for a person. Getting older means make dessicions before life itself takes over.

In Mail-Art:

Also here a lot changed. Because of the Internet the communication is shifting to electronic forms. Blogs, online shows, digital publications, etc. The old-fashioned mail-art is scarce thing these days. The old generation sometimes really treasures the snail-mail though, and so do I. But sending out a lot isn't that easy anymore. Time in these fast years, the costs of mailing an envelope, the vanished old generation of mail-artists I used to be in contact with. The mail-art network has changed. Newcomers discover mail-art again and start mailing too. That is the most fascinating thing I guess. Mail-Art starts a discovery course for someones life.

1 comment:

Ruud Janssen said...

These questions arrived by e-mail. Johnny Boy wants to redo the interview from the Mail-Interview project 10 years later to discover what has changed. He writes: Almost 15 years have passed since Ruud Jannsen launched his m.a. interview project, and I'd like to see what the original participants think about the Network after all this time. Would you like to contribute to this project?
This is what I'd like you to write:
- what happened to you as a person and a mail artist in these 10 plus years.
- are you still networking, and why.
- has your opinion about the network changed, and if yes, why.
- anything else you may want to add.
I may ask you some more questions after I read your text.
Also, if possible, please send me some easy-to-copy visuals to be included in the final documentation. Either snail mail or e-mail is OK.
Hope I'm not bothering you with this and look forward to hearing fron you.


PS - It would be best if you could send me your text as a Word.doc file