From the Stasi Archives

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 files to my copies. Only the archivists in the archives are permitted to take copies for researchers, so it is not my misdoing. I can’t help but feel a bit eery anyway. The text on the strip: “HENNING MITTENDORF POSTFACH 50 11 37 D – 6000 FRANKFURTH /M. 50″. The strip was from Robert Rehfeldt’s file, and the name on the strip – Henning Mittendorf – is also in Mogens Otto Nielsen’s mail art archive.

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Paper Bag Art

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

Edward Voodman's (UK) contribution to "Send a piece of your nature". Envelope with rubberstamps: "Obsolete Ideology", "Rootine Art Co" and "Post Art Communion 18 november 19$6". A photography showing a man kneeling down in front of a desk at a postoffice; on his shaved head rubberstamps and on the tip of his tongue a stamp.

Edward Voodman’s (UK) contribution to “Send a piece of your nature”. Envelope with rubberstamps: “Obsolete Ideology”, “Rootine Art Co” and “Post Art Communion 18 november 19$6″. A photography showing a man kneeling down in front of a desk at a postoffice; on his shaved head rubberstamps and on the tip of his tongue a stamp.

 

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Nuclear Family Tragedy

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 Pocket_Object_07-001HamannPocket Object_2Volker 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.HamannPocket Object_3

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Selected Pocket Objects from The Pocket Museum (II)

Selected Pocket Objects from The Pocket Museum (II)

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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.

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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