Research by Barbara Galizia
Research by Emil Kowalczyk
Although „current forms of communication“ is mostly referring to digital ones, I couldn’t stop thinking about the oldest, the plain and simple verbal communication. Because of all the forced digital relationships we had to have the past year and the growing longing for analog meetings I felt that talking in person is basically the most contemporary form of communicating.
So I thought about how we can transform it into mail art and combine sound and drawings.
This is a website by Olivia Jack (→) that is translating greyscale images into sound and lets you change some parameters and add drawing to the image.
Maybe it can be an inspiration of how to combine sound and drawings or something very abstract and something that is containing some sort of messages. But I’m not so sure if something that technical is suitable for a task like this.
This is the link to a presentation called „Hacking Verbal Communications“ about how we can improve how we have our conversations.
It is mostly directed at companies who want to improve the communications between technical and non technical people but that makes it so interesting imo.
To see if and how these guidelines for „business use“ can be applied in private settings but also for our task.
When I think of a conversation I think about words and sounds but of course the gestures are a huge part of it (and something mandatory for sign language of course). Maybe something that obvious like hand gestures while talking can be a tool to communicate two very different things. One Message in the sound and a very different in the visual.
Could be a way of turning a messaging-tool (the talking in person) into a form of art. Performance art in the everyday life basically. But I’m not really sure yet if I want to go in that direction.
Research by Nina Gohlke
Research by Helen Silva
An important aspect of mail art are stamps. Although they are small, they create many design opportunities.
Mail art stamps came in different forms such as rubberstamp art and postal paintings which are miniature paintings in the size of stamps like these by Donald Evans. Groups such as Fluxus created conceptual stamps and stamp sheets.
Fake stamps that resembled official stamps such as faux stamps were referred to as Cinderella stamps. These stamps serve another purpose than postage. These types of stamps have artistic and occasionally political purpose.
Rubber stamps were originally used for franking mail (prepaying the stamp on the envelope or package). These rubberstamps were recycled and redesigned by mail artists. Some artists created personalized rubber stamp art to mark and label their work. These kinds of stamps worked like an artist’s signature, such as on these stamps by John Held Jr.
A stamp is a small adhesive piece of paper stuck to something to show that an amount of money has been paid, a postage stamp. Depending on the kind of stamp, they can also share information, like the date of when mail was sent, or the origin country that the mail is being sent from .
In a present form stamps can be found in many areas that we communicate, such as on our devices.
Whether it is a time stamp, a delivered notification, or an email signature. When we send messages we see time stamps, delivered notifications, which day the message was sent and whether the message has been sent. Similarly on emails, we have time stamps and sometimes which device it was sent from.
As well as text, we send and receive images and files on our devices. These all contain metadata. Each image contains information on when it was created, modified and which device it was taken on.
Similar to a rubberstamp, which was used as a personalized artist signature, email signatures can be personalized, designed and created to represent the sender. Images and GIFs can be used to create these digital versions of stamps.