MinXus Mail Bag: New Fluxus Word + Asemics by Ruud Janssen (Breda, Netherlands)

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Mail art by Ruud Janssen (Breda, Netherlands)

Commencing in 1988, Ruud Janssen’s Fluxus Words is an enduring, long-running and popular project (or perhaps better described as performance) combining mail art and Fluxus. Janssen distributes his own Fluxus words (others are welcome to invent their own) via his much-admired, hand-painted envelopes. Thus archives and collections across the globe contain these compelling and colorful pieces that doubtless will contribute to the ultimate Fluxus lexicon that must eventually emerge from the project.

We are thrilled to share with you a new Fluxus word we received from Ruud Janssen this autumn. Tenderfoots should not miss a visit to the official Fluxus Words site. You can find documentation of the project as well as the event score that explains the concept and how to participate:


ZILOP will have relevance and resonance to a certain portion of the Mink Ranch audience. ZILOP is a variant of the Fluxus word ZALOP. Circa 2012, Cheryl Penn (South Africa) launched a campaign to promote and define ZALOP, which was very successful and made ZALOP a network phenom (and obsession). The IUOMA-Ning ZALOP group is still in existence:


Among the many tributes to ZALOP (including music and a memorable video by Eduardo Cardoso of Portugal), Michael Orr (USA) curated an entire ZALOP exhibition in 2014, Zalop: Illusory Correspondence Art, at Eyedrum Gallery in Atlanta (Georgia, USA). Several forms of documentation can be found. We liked the Warholesque video in particular:

Thus we are thrilled to contribute another segment of the expansive Fluxus Word project.

Ruud Janssen also kindly included a poster-size print to the mailing with interesting commentary added. Alas, our humble resources do not allow for documentation of the piece without discontinuity in scanning. We are able, however, to provide a close look at the asemics and correspondence:

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“Asemic Google Job” by Ruud Janssen

A non-cut-up version of “Asemic Google Job” can be seen here:


The reverse side of the poster features “digital systems”:

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“digital systems” by Ruud Janssen

Click below to see the full version of “digital systems”:


Many thanks, as ever, to Ruud Janssen!


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