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Michael Scott was born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1934, where he spent most of his life. His family owned a textile factory, which he inherited after the death of his father. As a businessman, he lived reserved and was a man of secrets. His heart beat for the art, but he had no formal art training. He participated in the mail art since the early 1970s. He had close contacts with Genesis P. Orridge, Robin Crozier and Graciela Gutiérrez Marx and created wonderful letters that he decorated with collages and stamps. His mail art was mainly focused on a “one to one” relationship, but he has also contributed to publications such as Vile, Arte Postale, and Rubber Stamp Madness. Michael Scott was known especially for his 11th Hour Pagescapes, and in 1979 he organized the largest mail art show in the UK, the “Poste restante” at the Liverpool Academy of Arts. In 1988 he committed suicide.

For the 10th anniversary of his death an assembling with contributions by Anna Banana, Roger Radio, John Evans and others, which also contains many facsimiles of his 11th Hour Pagescapes was done. See: http://issuu.com/kollagekid/docs/mscott
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Michael Scott wurde 1934 in Leeds, Yorkshire geboren, wo er den Großteil seines Lebens verbrachte. Seine Familie besaß eine Textilfabrik, die er nach dem Tod des Vaters erbte. Als Geschäftsmann lebte er zurückhaltend und war ein Mann der Geheimnisse. Sein Herz schlug für die Kunst, dabei hatte er keine formale künstlerische Ausbildung. An der Mail Art nahm er seit den frühen 1970er Jahren teil. Er hatte intensive Kontakte zu Genesis P. Orridge, Robin Crozier und Graciela Gutiérrez Marx und schuf herrliche Briefe, die er mit Collagen und Stempeln verzierte. Seine Mail Art war hauptsächlich auf eine “eins zu eins”-Beziehung gerichtet, er hat aber auch an Publikationen wie Vile, Arte Postale und Rubberstampmadness mitgewirkt. Michael Scott war vor allem für seine 11th Hour Pagescapes bekannt, und er organisierte 1979 die größte Mail Art-Show in Großbritannien, die “Poste Restante” in der Liverpooler Academy of Arts. Im Jahr 1988 beging er Selbstmord.

Zum 10. Jahrestag seines Todes entstand ein Assembling mit Beiträgen von Anna Banana, Roger Radio, John Evans und anderen, das auch viele Faksimiles seiner 11th Hour Pagescapes enthält. Siehe unter: http://issuu.com/kollagekid/docs/mscott

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Rod Summers was born in 1943 in Dorset, England. He is a sound, visual, conceptual artist, performance poet, dramatist, mail and book artist, publisher, archivist, and lecturer on intermedia. He lives in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

The results of Summers’ multiple, art-related activities have often appeared as part of his concept of VEC (Visual, Experimental, Concrete), which he originated in 1973.

In 1999 CNN International featured Summers in its Art Club show as a representative of avant-garde art in Holland. In addition, over the last 20 years, Summers has performed his work at various festivals in Europe, including the Reykjavik Art Festival (1991), the Polypoetry Festival of Sound Poetry (Bologna, 1993), and the International Sound Poetry Festival (Bologna, 1997), among others.

Summers is among the “second wave” of intermedia artists. The first wave including Dick Higgins, Vito Acconci, John Cage, Allan Kaprow, and Joseph Beuys. He differs from Higgins and members of the first generation, however, in that he is less theoretical and more experiential in his approach to his art.
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Rod Summers wurde 1943 in Dorset, England geboren. Er ist Sound-, Konzept- und visueller Künstler, Performance Poet, Dramatiker, Mail Artist und Buchkünstler, Publizist, Archivar und Dozent für Intermedialität. Er lebt in Maastricht, Holland.

Die Ergebnisse von Summers vielfältigen Aktivitäten sind Teil seines Konzepts VEC (Visuell, Experimentell, Konkret), das er 1973 begonnen hat.

1999 wurde Summers als Repräsentant der Avantgardekunst Hollands im Art Club von CNN International vorgestellt. Darüber hinaus hat Summers in den letzten 20 Jahren seine Performances auf verschiedenen Festivals in Europa abgehalten, u.a. beim Reykjavik Art Festival (1991), beim Polypoetry Festival of Sound Poetry (Bologna, 1993) und beim International Sound Poetry Festival (Bologna, 1997).

Summers gehört zur “zweiten Welle” der Intermedia-Künstler. Zu denen der ersten Welle gehörten Künstler wie Dick Higgins, Vito Acconci, John Cage, Allan Kaprow und Joseph Beuys. Im Unterschied zu diesen Künstlern ist er weniger theoretisch und mehr experimentell in seinem Umgang mit der Kunst.

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Michael Leigh

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Michael Leigh was born in London in 1947. He studied painting and print making at Southend, Manchester and Chelsea schools of art where he obtained his masters degree in fine art in 1971. He has always made art for a living suported by temporary and part time jobs. In 1980 he discovered the mail art network at the Greenwich Theatre Gallery. He founded the A.1. Waste Paper Company after finding a rubber stamp bearing the name of a defunct company at a flea market. In the mid 1980’s he started making small photo-copied publications that he traded through the post. Curios Thing was the first one. He continued this until 2000, with other publications like Curios Nahpro, Curios Snail, and Curios Radio – some of them together with collaborators.

Leigh curated many mail art projects including “Peace In The World Or The World In Pieces” in 1984, that was shown at the Whitechapel Open in London.  He exchanged postcard and cassettes in projects such as “Handy Postcard Exchange” and “Peace Postcard Exchange”.

More recently he has slimmed down his mail art activities and concentrated on his many blogs and projects on the internet.

Projects/Projekte:

  • 1984 “Peace In The World Or The World In Pieces”

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Michael Leigh wurde 1947 in London geboren. Er studierte Malerei und Grafik an den Kunsthochschulen in Southend, Manchester und Chelsea, wo er 1971 seinen Master in Bildender Kunst machte. Er hat immer von seiner Kunst gelebt, aber vorübergehend auch Teilzeitjobs gemacht. Das Mail Art-Netzwerk entdeckte er 1980 in der Greenwich Theatre Gallery für sich. Er gründete die A.1. Waste Paper Company, wofür er den Stempel einer nicht mehr bestehenden Firma, den er auf einem Flohmarkt fand, benutzte. Mitte der 1980er Jahre begann er, kleine fotokopierte Publikationen zu erstellen, die er über den Postweg austauschte. Curios Thing war die erste. Dies setzte er bis ins Jahr 2000 fort, es entstanden Publikationen wie Curios Nahpro, Curios Snail und Curios Radio – einige zusammen mit anderen Künstlern.

Michael Leigh kuratierte viele Mail Art-Projekte, darunter “Peace In The World Or The World In Pieces”, das 1984 beim Whitechapel Open in London gezeigt wurde. Er tauschte Postkarten und Kassetten in Projekten wie “Handy Postcard Exchange” und “Peace Postcard Exchange” aus.

In letzter Zeit hat er seine Mail Art Aktivitäten zurückgefahren und sich mehr auf Blogs und Projekte im Internet konzentriert.

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Collaborative Stamp Sheet – with Steve Random
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Curios Thing No. 5 (1989)

Curios Things Compendium (2006)

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Robin Crozier

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Robin Crozier was born in Gosforth, Great Britain in 1936. He did concrete and visual poetry, and was a teacher at Sunderland University. He published artistbooks like “Pages” (1970) and ran Phaidon Press. Since 1972 he had been involved in the Mail Art Network. In 1975 he re-drew portraits that various Mail Artists who had never seen him before did of him. Crozier worked with the female alias “Wanda“. He died December 21, 2001.

Project/Projekt:

  • “memo(random)” (1983). Over 6000 pages – (Getty Archiv).

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Robin Crozier wurde 1936 in Gosforth, England geboren. Er unterrichtete an der Sunderland University und arbeitete im Bereich konkrete und visuelle Poesie, gab Künstlerbücher, wie z.B. bereits 1970 “Pages”, heraus. Seit 1972 engagierte er sich im Mail Art Netzwerk. 1975 zeichnete er Portraits, die sich verschiedene Mailartisten unbekannterweise von ihm gemacht haben, ab. Ein anderes Projekt “memo(random)” (1983) umfasste über 6000 Seiten auf denen er Mailartisten dazu aufforderte, sich an einen beliebigen Tag zu erinnern (jetzt im Getty Archiv). Er arbeitete auch unter dem weiblichen alter ego “Wanda”. Crozier starb am 21.12.2001.

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Crozier Portrait Project 1975
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  • Crozier, Robin: “portrait of Robin Crozier”, Sunderland 1975.

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Keith Bates

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Keith Bates was born in Liverpool, England in 1951. He lives in Manchester and worked as an Art & Design teacher until 2009. Since then he has concentrated on designing typefaces and making fonts that are distributed from his website www.k-type.com and elsewhere.

He has contributed to international Mail Art shows since his introduction to networking in 1983 at an Open University “Art & Environment” Summer School and has organised his own Mail Art projects since that time. He is known for his staunchly anti-Tourist stance. The artist’s website at www.keithbates.co.uk includes his recent Mailograms (monogram designs for mailartists),  Erstaz Ephemera ticket artworks, the documentation for his Abstract Realism project, songs with Mail Art themes, and collected essays. The CAMERAderie mailartist photoportrait project was also displayed on the site from 2006 to 2010 and the the Mailart Typeface of 2004 is also available to download along with other Mail Art inspired fonts. In 2011 he collaborated with Italian mailartist Vittore Baroni on rewriting the English Wikipedia page about Mail Art and has recently been a vocal advocate for the greater acceptance of Email Art and digital participation to Mail Art projects.

Projekte/projects:

  • 1983 : Comic to Comic – Comic book documentation of 9 x 9 cm frames contributions from mailartists.
  • 1984 : Another Stamp Album – A stamp album of mailartists’ stamp designs.
  • 1985 : Ticket Art – Artist-designed tickets, collages and found tickets. The mail art show, “Just the Ticket” was displayed at Didsbury Library, Manchester in January 1986.
  • 1986 – 1987 : Elements – Mailartists were asked for a small part of their visual art, their written work and their sound (on audio cassette). The submissions formed the basis of an oil painting, a story booklet (written with Fergus Stewart), songs and sound collage.
  • 1988 : The Eclectic Hermit – Composite booklet.
  • 1990 : Jigsaw – Blank jigsaw pieces were sent to mailartists, worked into and returned for assembly and documentation.
  • 1991 : Jackson Pollock’s Shoes – Accidental masterpieces from famous artists documented as a spoof Christie’s auction catalogue.
  • 1991 : Receipts Project – Lifesize sculpture of the ‘Global Shopper’ and shopping trolley collaged with shopping receipts, made during Activity Week at Joseph Eastham School.
  • 1992 to present : Ersatz Ephemera – Ongoing project collecting and reworking ephemeral objects such as tickets, labels etc.
  • 1993 : The English Suppressionists – Mail Art project about ‘Englishness’. The first English Suppressionist Exhibition held at Brighton Marina Arts Index Gallery.
  • 1995 : Artists’ Cheques – Artist-designed bank cheques culminating in the Artistcheckbooks sent to each participant. Displayed in London, York and in Holland.
  • 1996 : Cuttings for the Studio Floor (Joint project with Leanda Ryan) – Mailartists were asked for a small part of their work for a collaged floor at 2 Ferngate Drive.
  • 1999 : Proxy Tape Cassette Edition of Mail Art inspired music.
  • 2000 : MailBox Friends – Mail Art essays forming the basis of the artist’s website from 2001.
  • 2001 : Our Day Out Mailartists asked to document a Day Trip for an exhibition at Joseph Eastham High School, Salford.
  • 2002 : Abstract Realism – Mailartists invited to join the Abstract Realists, a post post-modern movement of multiple manifestos.
  • 2004 : Mailart Font – Artists invited to send one character for the Mailart Typeface.
  • 2006 – 2010 : CAMERAderie – Web gallery of Mailartist Photoportraits at www.keithbates.co.uk
  • 2012  : Email Art – Mail Art in the Age of the Internet (essay)
  • 2012 to present : Mailograms – Monogram designs for mailartists.

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Keith Bates wurde 1951 in Liverpool, England geboren. Arbeitet als Art & Design-Lehrer an der Salford High School.

Er nimmt an internationalen Mail Art Shows seit 1983 teil, als er damit bei einer Offenen Universitäts “Art & Environment”-Sommerschule in Berührung kam. Er organisiert seitdem auch eigene Projekte. Er ist bekannt für seine Anti-Touristen-Haltung, seinen Künstlernamen ”Eclectic Hermit” und Projekte wie “English Suppressionists and Cuttings for the Studio Floor”. Seine “Ersatz Ephemera”-Stücke verwandeln bescheidene Eintrittskarten in Mail Art und können auf seiner Website www.keithbates.co.uk, zusammen mit einigen von der Mail Art inspirierten Songs und der Dokumentation seiner gegenwärtigen Projekte, angesehen werden. Dort findet man auch Abstrakten Realismus und “The Mail Art Typeface”, eine Mail Art Schriftart, die zum Download bereit steht.

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Bates Fetish Bates Johnson Bates Kunstticket

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