MinXus Mail Bag: World’s longest running add & pass from Ruud Janssen (Netherlands) via Mail-Art Martha (UK)

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We are deeply honored that Mail-Art Martha (Beckenham Kent, UK) chose us to receive this historic Add & Pass (a copy) being circulated by Ruud Janssen (Breda, Netherlands). As you can see, this document originated with David Zack (one of the founders of Neoism) in 1983 and was sent to legendary UK correspondent Robin Crozier. Latin American visual poet Clemente Padin sent it to Ruud Janssen in 1984. After a very long hiatus, this incredible document is circulating again. Here is the rest of the list:

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We immediately decided John M. Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA) would be an ideal recipient and thought he might really enjoy seeing this. John, among many other contributions, was an architect of Neoism and likely corresponded with many people who signed the document. We are thrilled the piece is back in circulation. Mail-Art Martha also enclosed some wonderful material:

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Mail-Art Martha re-purposed Ruud Janssen’s envelopes:

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This presents a small tribute to Rain Rien Nevermind. And the reverse:

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Deepest thanks to Mail-Art Martha for the great work and for the opportunity to participate in a historic project.

MinXus-Lynxus Publishing Division Releases New Title

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Rare documentation of a performance by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE (Murraygate Shopping Mall, Dundee, Scotland, August 13, 1988)

“The Portable booed usic Busking Unit was a battery powered portable concrete mixing studio that I designed & built w/ the aid of my friend Dave Guercio. In 1988 & 1989 I performed many a guerrilla action w/ it [in] such far-flung places as London, Edinburgh, Dundee, the North Sea, & San Francisco – bringing my booed usic to the unprepared public whether they liked it or not. Here’s footage from the best documented of these actions: a collaborative performance in a shopping mall in Dundee, Scotland.”

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MinXus-Lynxus Officially Approves Gonzo Library of the Indie Outlaw

Tenderfoots interested in zines, micro presses, chapbooks, and ephemera related to mail-art might be interested in the Gonzo Library of the Indie Outlaw. A large collection of material is being assembled ranging from obscure Beat generation material to classics from the Age of Zines and beyond:

http://www.outlawlibrary.blogspot.com/

MinXus Mail Bag: Charles Bukowski’s Typer & Pig Breeding Info in an Exclusive Hollywood Report by Nadine Wendell-Mojica (Burbank, California, USA)

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Charles Bukowski postcard from Nadine Wendell-Mojica (Burbank, California, USA)

We were giddy with excitement when we reached deep into the MinXus Mail Bag to find an exclusive report from our MinXus-Lynxus Hollywood correspondent Nadine Wendell-Mojica. This installment consists mainly of unaltered, found materials. Their juxtaposition allows for some unusual associations. First, we are thrilled to have this Charles Bukowski postcard. Here is the reverse side with a tiny note from Nadine:

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Charles Bukowski is certainly famous for working on his “typer.” Nadine Wendell-Mojica invokes the era of the typewriter, inherently a part of literature, that produced not only Bukowski’s masterpieces but much classic concrete poetry and other typographical compositions such as Kerouac’s On the Road, which is forever associated with visionary cosmic light year line associative speed rant typing. And Los Angeles, after all, is Bukowski’s city muse. Characterizing type-writing, Truman Capote famously wrote about On the Road: “That’s not writing. It’s typing.” Then our exclusive Hollywood report takes a turn with pages about prize pigs and pig breeding:

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What are we to take away from this DaDa signification of Bukowski and prize pigs? We have here a great confusion worthy of the Neoists. Pig breeding certainly fits well with MinXus-Lynxus themes and the Mink Ranch. We also know Nadine Wendell-Mojica toured the great USA Midwest recently. Perhaps that inspired the elevation of hog marketing to art. Perhaps this is an expressionist vision of So Cal life. We consider it indeterminate, but we surely do like it. Nadine Wendell-Mojica is also skilled with caricatures, which are displayed on the envelope:

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And the reverse:

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Many thanks to our Hollywood correspondent Nadine Wendell-Mojica, sleuthing the gritty streets of L.A. so that we might know the truth.

MinXus Mail Bag: Theoism stamps from Theo Nelson (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

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Mail-art by Theo Nelson (Calgary, Canada)

Tenderfoots currently participating in the Eternal Network are very likely familiar with the whimsical, charming and slightly tipsy world of Theo Nelson. In most cases, access is provided through Theo’s imaginative postcards that include rhyming verse. This dog-gerel is very cat-hartic, if you catch our drift. Here at the Mink Ranch, we have come to call this phenom Theoism (after Neoism) and sometimes like to refer to Theo Nelson as Neo Thelson.  Neo Theo outdid himself by sending this sumptuous medley of artist stamps that, taken together, provide a map of his highly imaginative and always inviting alternative universe.

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Theo Nelson has established an engaging, sometimes amusing, mail-art persona. He included a very kind note with this tremendous package:

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We can certainly find a use for these, Theo. Here are even more stamps included in this remarkably generous mailing:

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The mailing was enclosed in a great envelope:

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And the reverse:

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As ever, many thanks to our correspondent in Calgary, Theo Nelson.

MinXus-Lynxus Who Has The Best Hair Contest – Contestant #21 – Luther Blissett (Adelaide, Australia)

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MinXus-Lynxus Who Has The Best Hair Contest – Contestant #13 – tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

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More, if you dare:

http://idioideo.pleintekst.nl/Haircuts.html

“SMILE Magazine: Collective Identities and the Mechanics of Historicization” by Stephen Perkins

Despite stated intentions to “demolish serious culture” and defy the mechanisms of institutions and academies, Neoism is being historicized and analyzed by the very culprits who were the objects of its most pointed attacks. This is an old story. Need we mention Fluxus? Borderline Grafix brought this article to our attention, and we simultaneously abhor it and find it interesting. Tenderfoots unfamiliar with Neoism and veterans alike might glean some interesting information from this. We both denounce and recommend it:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/88406844/Stephen-Perkins

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MinXus Tele-vison – Blaster Al Ackerman documentary by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/video/letter-to-kem

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