Sampling # 2. This is mail art groups a series of MACBA Archive contents linked to artistic practices that have used mail delivery as a distribution system. Although multiple essays can be found with the postal medium during the avant-garde era, the use of the term mail art-art by mail or postal art-did not extend into the field of artistic experimentation until well into the 1960s. At the outset, these creations of artists for artists are conceived as trade-free exchanges and distributed outside institutional circuits through international collaborative networks. Envelopes, postcards and stamps are used as creative supports along with photocopies, prints and collages that play not only with the language and aesthetics of the official mail, but also with the communication logics of this system. Both formally and conceptually they maintain many links with Dadaism, Fluxus and experimental poetry. Between absurdity and activism, these practices have developed more intensely in environments subjected to repressive political regimes, with special relevance in Latin America. Also included in the sample are those publications generated from collective calls, as well as those magazines distributed according to the philosophy of postal art. They are materials pertaining to the pertanyents al Fons Pere Sousa, al Fons Nervo Óptico / Espaço N.O. and to the documentary collection Edgardo Antonio Vigo, along with other documents of the documentary collection of the archive.
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