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 beating machine Belgium Berlin Bernd Olbrich Bjørn Bennike Bodo Berheide camera Canada Carsten Schmidt-Olsen Chuck Welch Clemente Padin collage Copy-Left Crackerjack Kid Denmark East Germany envelope Finland France Francesc Abad grass 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 Leif Eriksson Lon Spiegelman mail art mail art exhibition map mapping Marianne Rønnow Masao Kanai matchbook Mogens Otto Nielsen money music nature Netherlands network New York personal greetings photography Poland Ray Johnson Razor Robin Crozier Rod Summers rubberstamp Ruggero Maggi Ruud Janssen Ryosuke Cohen stamps Sweden Switzerland TAM USA Vittore Baroni West Germany
A big part of the archive is documentation of mail artists’ work (work that would not fit into an envelope), for example this scan of a letter from Japanese artist Seiei Nishimura. Of course, this kind of documentation often becomes a mail art collage.
This gallery contains 35 photos.
A few of Karla Sache’s (GER) photographs and stripes of text about the Stasi prison on Penzlauer Allé in Berlin.
An interaction designer made a short film about “Mapping the Archive”, the digital mapping project that experiment with new ways of visualizing and presenting archives and collections. Mapping and visualizing a digital version of Mogens Otto Nielsen’s mail art archive might show us new ways to organize and visualize other messy collections. Update: The audio is in Danish, but the video has English subtitles.
These photos of Mogens Otto Nielsen’s E A R T H / H E A R T icesculptures was filed under “Crackerjack Kid” in the archive. Probably by mistake.
Is this the world’s smallest museum? Mogens Otto Nielsen’s “Pocket Museum” (1984-1985) contains pocket objects from a little more than a hundred artists in the mail art network. Photos: Niels Fabæk.