Welcome to the archiveThe Mogens Otto Nielsen mail art archive contains around 16.000 pieces of mail art from more than 600 artists around the world. At KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg in Denmark, it is my job to sort it out, to categorize it, and to make sense of it, without tearing it apart, making it fit too well, or to make sense where there should have been nonsense. I will keep you posted.
- Andrzej Dudek-Dürer Anna Banana archaeology Artpool Atmosphere Controlled banknotes Belgium Berlin Bernd Olbrich Bjørn Bennike Bodo Berheide bureaucracy Canada Carsten Schmidt-Olsen Chuck Welch Clemente Padin collage Copy-Left Crackerjack Kid Denmark East Germany envelope Finland France Francesc Abad Germany Guy Bleus György Galántai H.R. Fricker Hanneke Clappers heart Henning Mittendorf Henryk Gajewski Hungary Italy Japan Juppitter-Larsen Jürgen O. Olbrich Karla Sachse Keith Bates KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Leif Eriksson Lon Spiegelman mail art mail art exhibition map mapping Masao Kanai matchbook Mogens Otto Nielsen money music nature Netherlands network New York nuclear personal greetings photography Poland Ray Johnson Robin Crozier Rod Summers rubberstamp Ruggero Maggi Ruud Janssen Ryosuke Cohen stamps Stasi Sweden Switzerland TAM USA Vittore Baroni West Germany
In the archive files, I once stumbled upon this mail art piece by the Danish artist Mogens Otto Nielsen. The piece is a picture of an “asphalt igloo”, the word “Supertanker” meaning either “super tanker” or “super thoughts” in Danish, and one of the artist’s recurrent rubberstamps that reads:
ALL REPRODUCTION • MODIFICATION • DERIVATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF THIS OBJECT IS PERMITTED
Mogens Otto Nielsen’s rubberstamp is a parody of the postal and governmental bureaucracy, but it is nonetheless a sincere statement. By stamping it, the artwork is open for change, copying, additions etc., thus spelling out the mail art network’s intention to creating and facilitating open-ended, ever-changing works of art. So, Mogens Otto Nielsen’s small “Supertanker” is one of these ideas meant to be circulated, copied and absorbed in other people’s work.
Pawel Petasz’ (Poland) contribution from 1990 to Mogens Otto Nielsen’s mail art archive. A print from the early days of computer printing. This small pieces was among a lot of other Petasz material in a file folder with prints, collages etc.
Volker Hamann’s (Germany) contribution to Mogens Otto Nielsen’s mail art archive. Soon, we will transcribe the text on the light bulb. The best way to do it would probably be to put the light bulb in a socket, turn it on and read the text on the walls.
Postcard (top): Robert Charles Rudine’s, also known as Dogfish, contribution to “Send a piece of your nature. Card with ear hair, beard hair, pubic hair, tears, sneeze, a fingernail and flatulent vapors. Accompanied by the text: “I would like to send something of a bio-regional nature. But I realized if I sent some bodyparts + juices it would be from a world natur”.
Postcard (below): Sonja van der Burg’s (artist alias Sunecho) contribution to “Send a piece of your nature”. Card with a piece af green plastic glued on to it. A Sticker from a tube of oil paint reading; “dunkelgelb”, a feather and two symmetrically placed pieces of string.