Lost Classic by Ficus strangulensis (Charleston, West Virginia, USA)

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Mail art by Ficus strangulensis (Charleston, West Virginia, USA)

In 2012 acclaimed otherstream writer and artist Ficus strangulensis participated in a mail-art project involving collaborations with Diane Keys (USA), Marie Wintzer (Japan) and De Villo Sloan (USA). The project had visual poetry and performance components. In short, Ficus strangulensis composed what he termed “shotpo” by using work sent him by the participants for rifle target practice in his basement. (He is a skilled marksman.) Results were documented:



A more permanent record can be found in Vessels of Love, a book by Diane Keys published by MinXus-Lynxus:

In this blog, we are pleased to document at long last another artifact from the Ficus strangulensis shotpo project (see top scan). This is the text of a Shakespeare sonnet formatted as a target and mailed to Ficus strangulensis by De Villo Sloan along with other project documents already mentioned. The shotpo was returned to De Villo Sloan in an envelope with this message:

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As an update to the notorious shotpo project, we are also pleased to share with you a remix of the shotpo sonnet, asemicized by De Villo Sloan:

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“Shakespearean Homage to Philip K. Dick – A Sonnet” by Ficus strangulensis & De Villo Sloan

We are very happy to be able to make this lost classic available, and many thanks to Fike for his participation in the shotpo project.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. letterfounder
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 11:58:28

    haven’t written to fike in 4ever..


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