Cattamail

In 2001, during the first year of university, I had just started the contemporary art course. In that same period I had a new tool available to me: the mailing list of course members and teachers, used for service and educational communications. The inclusion in the mailing list was simple, it was enough to create an account, without limitations or controls.

I came up with the idea of ​​doing a test: create new accounts using the names of contemporary artists and send "coded" messages to the entire list, to see the reaction of the students and my art professor. Unsurprisingly, a doubling of communication soon took place: on the one hand, the public protests of the students, who saw themselves invaded by messages from complete strangers (the "famous" artists); on the other hand, the complicity established with my art professor, who having decoded the operation, wrote to me in private, trying to discover my true identity.

At the end of the operation, with which I collected and archived all the emails exchanged at group level and between individuals, I found in my hands an object that incorporates multiple reading levels: I re-edited it after 10 years in the form of book-object, with only a few small formal cleaning interventions that facilitate reading.

  • Edition: 2011
  • Pages: 64
  • Size: 15x21 cm
  • Format: PDF (700 KB)
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