Continuing with my usual praxis of doing interviews on Mail Art to my regular contacts, today I present the last epistolary exchanges with Jürgen O. Olbrich.
How did you start in Mail Art? What was your first contact with this movement?
I started Mail Art in 1972. My first contacts were: Arno Arts (some postcards-collaborations in this post), Vittore Baroni, Chuck Stake and Anna Banana.
I’m still in contact with them, only Arno died this year.
Do you think it still makes sense?
Always: Mail Art makes sense, because it opens heart + mind!
I don’t have words
I don’t have words
For a few years I have maintained regular postal contact with Catherine Mehrl Bennett. Receiving mail from Cathy always makes me very happy because her art is full of creativity and a great sense of humor. For her art and attitude is one of my favorite artists and for this reason I wanted to know more about it, especially in relation to Mail Art, and here I had all the answers to my questions.
A enigmatic message on the back (a John M. Bennett poem)
She has been able to make four postcards:
I have received Mail Art from Pedro Bericat,
specifically it is the CD
"1 minute autohypnosis sex war noise faith white truth light europe death seed red net Jung dollar neo time love-in city twenty new Cage zen self LSD dose Tesla sea place breaking-up father x-ray future loud blood sweat tears hope hero endless Pilar".
The release is framed within the series
"1 minute autohypnosis ..."
a sound project of the aforementioned artist, which can be accessed here:
Pedro Bericat (www.mutesound.org) is a Spanish artist (sound art, performance, mail art, ...) who has been developing his activities since the 80's, at least that I have knowledge. My first contact with his work was in the middle of that time through the magazine Particular Motors, published by the S.T.I. (Zaragoza, Spain) and since then I have been a great admirer of his work, having the luck and pleasure of collaborating with Pedro on several occasions, as is the case on this CD.
On the website where it is possible to listen to and download this CD, Pedro Bericat has kindly uploaded the cassette that I sent him and from which the extract included in the CD was obtained. I remember that for the cassette I used, apart from my own material (especially anti-records and cassette manipulation), sound material sent by Pedro Bericat and EC member Nicolas Malevitsis.
It is possible that in the future I can show you more sound works from Pedro Bericat and my own works for Mute Sound that I have in my archives... it's just a matter of finding the necessary wires and the required expertise to digitize it. A whole world inhospitable to me, but I'm brave, I think.