Postal-Collage Project No. 2

The Postal-Collage Project No. 2 comprised more than 70 participants in 12 countries; The UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Canada, and the USA. The project ran from the beginning of September 2012 through the end of February 2013. There were three exhibitions in Berkeley and San Francisco, (California, USA) from March through June.

Images of COMPLETED COLLAGES

Images from Exhibitions: BERKELEY and SAN FRANCISCO

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION (August 2012)

Assembled in working-groups of five members each, with each group arranged in a circular sequence, participants will send and receive works-in-progress, and contribute to that progress. Each participant will be the principal author of one collage, and a contributing author of four others.

The completed collages will be exhibited in Berkeley and San Francisco (California, USA) in early 2013.

PREPARATION

Before collage work begins, working-groups will be formed. Working-groups may be self-organized, or, participants may be assigned to groups by the project coordinator. When a group has been assembled, a delivery pattern and sequence will be determined, and mailing addresses will be exchanged. Then, collage work may begin.

THE PROCESS IN STAGES

STAGE ONE [INITIATION]

  • Each participant will begin a collage, and will thereafter be called the Initiator of that work-in-progress. On a separate piece of paper, each Initiator will write their name, the date, and any expressive, strategic, or documentary information they wish to pass along.

FIRST PASS

  • Each Initiator will deliver the new work-in-progress and the accompanying informational sheet to the group-member who follows them in the sequence. Thus, each will receive a work-in-progress and info sheet from the group-member who precedes them in the sequence.

STAGE TWO [CONTRIBUTION]

  • Each participant will contribute to the collage they’ve received. They will add their name and the date to the accompanying informational sheet, along with any additional information they wish to include.

SECOND PASS

  • Each participant will, like before, deliver the work-in-progress and info sheet to the next group-member.

STAGE THREE [CONTRIBUTION]
See Stage Two
THIRD PASS
See Second Pass
STAGE FOUR [CONTRIBUTION]
See Stage Two
FOURTH PASS
See Second Pass
STAGE FIVE [CONTRIBUTION]
See Stage Two

FIFTH PASS

  • See Second Pass. At this point when the work is delivered, each participant will receive back the collage they, themselves, initiated, now transformed by contributions of the group.

STAGE SIX [COMPLETION]

  • Each participant will complete the piece they initiated, and send it to Berkeley for exhibition.

Each participant is considered the principal author of the work they initiate and complete, and a contributing author of the rest.

SCHEDULE

•    On September 1, collage work begins
•    On or before September 15, first post sent
•    By October 1, first post received
•    On or before October 15, second post sent
•    By November 1, second post received
•    On or before November 15, third post sent
•    By December 1, third post received
•    On or before December 15, fourth post sent
•    By January 1, fourth post received
•    On or before January 15, fifth post sent
•    By February 1, fifth post received (full circle)
•    On or before February 15, collages are completed and sent to Berkeley
•    By March 1, finished collages received
•    Exhibition dates TBA

NOTES

SIZE AND WEIGHT

In order to keep postal costs down, dimensions are limited to 9X12″ (229 x 305 mm) or smaller, and the use of flat, lightweight materials, such as paper and fabric, is requested. Fold-outs and pop-ups are fine, as long as they fold/flatten down to 9X12″ or smaller, and are mailable in an envelope (not a box).

DOCUMENTATION

Participants are encouraged to take documentary photographs and upload them to the Round Table Network. At the exhibitions in Berkeley and San Francisco, a slide-show featuring images of works-in-progress and of mail boxes, post offices, and work spaces will accompany the completed collages.

COMMITMENT

Participation requires a modest, though not insignificant commitment. Please carefully consider the following, before starting:
•    Participants can expect to spend several hours and several dollars over the course of several months.
•    Consistent, dependable deliveries will be required in order to complete the delivery pattern and achieve the characteristic return of each piece to its originator.
•    Each participant accepts responsibility for the completion of the piece they initiate, and agrees to deliver that piece for exhibition.

COMMUNICATION

Over the course of several months, people’s schedules change, sometimes suddenly, and in unforeseen ways. Project participants are encouraged to use the Round Table Network to keep one another apprised of progress and delays.

AUTHORSHIP

Each collaborator will be the principal author of one collage, and a contributing author of four others.

A contributing author, while making their contribution, has sole authority regarding aesthetic development of the work-in-progress. When the contribution is made, and the work is passed along, that authority is relinquished to the next contributor.

A principal author, while completing the collage they started, has sole authority regarding aesthetic development and completion of the piece.

OWNERSHIP

Each collage, upon completion, becomes the property of its principal author. Principal authors agree to exhibit the collage as part of the complete project in at least two exhibitions (Berkeley and San Francisco, early 2013).

Participants include:

W.T. Richards, UK
Kevin Jackson, UK
McGrath Family, USA
Chaz Reetz-Laiolo, USA
Marty McCutcheon, USA
Mik Godley, UK
Israel Forbes, USA
Jocelyn Jones, USA
Daniel McKeon, Ireland
Annelise Barriga, USA
Amanda Quiroz, USA
Toby Paige, USA
Keiran Best, USA
Jan Kather, USA
48073, Netherlands
Michael Chang, Denmark
Ellen McAuslan, UK
Niki Hare, UK
Jonathan Hunt, USA
Lisa Awrey, USA
Ramon’s Tailor, USA
Greg Johnson, USA
Peri Rachel Levin, USA
Ben Hoz, USA
Theo Wise, USA
Zach Beutter, USA
Cora de Lang, Germany/Argentina
Joas Sebastian Nebe, Germany
Hans Manner-Jakobsen, Denmark
Travis Schirmer, USA
Adrian Rotzscher, USA
Christina Stork, USA
Pennie Steel, Australia
Mike Hinc, France
Judy Weaver, USA
Finnegan Phillips, USA
Dana McCutcheon, USA
Yuko Frohlich, USA
Kyrie Panton, USA
Cristina McCutcheon, USA
Ingrid Ekström, USA
Maile Beers-Arthur, USA
Sharon Riley, USA
Sandi Arthur, USA
dadadreams, USA
E Kerr, Canada
Mo Hamilton, Canada
Clara Mata, Spain
Hollie Chastain, USA
karolyn morovati, Portugal
Alberto Oliveira, Brazil
Sabina Hahn, USA
Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, USA
Lisa Ekström, USA
Kate Phillips, USA
Aimee Porter, USA
Laura Beutter, USA
Lorenzo Spencer, USA
Ian Stiles, USA
Bar Lowenberg, USA
Everett Forbes, USA
Emma Rose Forbes, USA
Mattias Hoz, USA
Graham McDougal, USA
Molly McCall, USA

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