Author Archives: Theis Vallø

Inspecting Venus

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You Have the Right to Copy, Change and Destroy

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, … Continue reading

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Pulped Mail Art

 

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Bananas in the USSR

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.

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Ants and Mail Art

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Enlightened

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 … Continue reading

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A Bio-regional Nature

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 … Continue reading

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New Romanticism

A postcard from German artist Joseph W. Huber (year unknown): A printet collage of an image of factories and a copy of German artist Caspar David Friedrich’s painting of “Two Men Contemplating the Moon”, ca. 1825–30.

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From the Stasi Archives

Today, going through my copies from my research in the Stasi Archives in Berlin, I noticed that a small red strip of paper was stuck between the copies. Somehow, the small strip must have found its way from the original … Continue reading

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Paper Bag Art

A scan of a page from Mogens Otto Nielsen’s artist book/assembly “Smile” from 1984.

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Stamp-Eat-Stamp

   

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Nuclear Family Tragedy

No one saw the bulldozer coming. Gincarlo Martina (Italy): “Trax of Poland” from 1983.

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Selected Pocket Objects from The Pocket Museum (III)

Volker Hamann’s (Germany) contribution to Mogens Otto Nielsen’s Pocket Museum (1983-84). See more about the museum here: Everyone has a museum in their pocket.

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Selected Pocket Objects from The Pocket Museum (II)

Pocket objects from Mogens Otto Nielsen’s Pocket Museum (1983-84) with contributions from around 100 artists around the world. Here: Knud Pedersen (Denmark) and Guy Bleus (Belgium). See more about the museum here: Everyone has a museum in their pocket.

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CHAOS M.A.P.

A small piece from an unknown sender picturing Brandenburger Tor in Berlin. Probably from 1988 and from a German artist. This is one of many, many untitled pieces from unknown senders/artists.

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Old News

Visiting New York in the spring I saw this commercial in the subway. The text was “What’s next? An art museum in your pocket” and was an add for an app guide to all the artworks on display (and hidden) … Continue reading

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The First Entry

A 1 Waste Paper’s contribution (year unknown) to Mogens Otto Nielsen’s mail art archive. They are now the first entry in the database (which is just a spreadsheet now, but soon (hopefully) this will feed a visual digital map of … Continue reading

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Selected Pocket Objects from The Pocket Museum (I)

Pocket objects from Mogens Otto Nielsen’s Pocket Museum (1983-84) with contributions from around 100 artists around the world. Here: Ryosuke Cohen (Japan) and Gincarlo Martina (Italy). See more about the museum here: Everyone has a museum in their pocket.

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Send a piece of your nature (II)

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More images from Mogens Otto Nielsen’s “Send a piece of your nature (1985-1990): Al Hansen and Carlo Pittore. See previous post about this chunk in the archive.  

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Send a piece of your nature

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We have now photographed one of the big chunks in Mogens Otto Nielsen’s mail art archive – “Send a piece of your nature” from 1985-1990 (with pieces dating back to 1982). The mail art project contains 190 contributions from about … Continue reading

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