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Distance Communication: Edgardo Antonio Vigo's Writings on Mail Art, 1975–1981

These three key texts, selected by Vanessa Davidson, Shawn and Joe Lampe Curator of Latin American Art at the Phoenix Art Museum, outline Argentine experimental artist Edgardo Antonio Vigo's understanding of mail art. Vigo explores what he calls "distance communication" as a new form for the development of art, communication, and political action.

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Edgardo Antonio Vigo

Artist Edgardo Antonio Vigo was born December 28, 1928, in La Plata, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the beginning of the 1950s he went to the High School of Fine Arts at... Read more »
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Distance Communication: Edgardo Antonio Vigo's Writings on Mail Art, 1975–1981

These three key texts, selected by Vanessa Davidson, Shawn and Joe Lampe Curator of Latin American Art at the Phoenix Art Museum, outline Argentine experimental artist Edgardo Antonio Vigo's understanding of mail art. Vigo explores what he calls "distance communication" as a new form for the development of art, communication, and political action.

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These three key texts, selected by Vanessa Davidson, Shawn and Joe Lampe Curator of Latin American Art at the Phoenix Art Museum, outline Argentine experimental artist Edgardo Antonio Vigo's understanding of mail art. Vigo explores what he calls "distance communication" as a new form for the development of art, communication, and political action.

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Arte-Correo: Una nueva forma de expresión (Mail Art: A New Form of Expression)

People communicate by exchanging messages, employing a variety of signs with various meanings. By "vocalizing" our thoughts, we speak words for others.

Our intention here is not to wade into this broad and complex topic but instead to analyze the interaction between two communication systems, each with a clear function and operating in a different sphere.

Sending a letter by mail involves the...

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Artecorreo: Una nueva etapa en el proceso revolucionario de la creación (Mail Art: A New Stage in the Revolutionary Process of Creation)

For BUZON DE ARTE (Art Mailbox)

“While currency instability promotes a flow of capital toward functional goods and furniture, while societies speculating in art are founded and prosper, while the art market undergoes increasing integration with the wider system of capitalist, consumerist exchange, an activity such as this (MAIL ART) escapes the system by avoiding it, questioning it partly by...

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MAIL ART STATEMENT: DO NOT ACCEPTE [sic] CONFORMITY BUT REFUSE PROPOSALS MADE BY SYSTEM

“DISTANCE COMMUNICATION (MAIL ART)” should not only transgress the regulations of the post office. It should also create “COUNTER-INFORMATION,” transforming its practitioner into an “ACTIVE COMBATIVE PARTICIPANT” who denounces the aberrations of the national and international systems that enslave man.

Fighting against torture, subjugation, persecution, death, disappearance, and all the “...

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