© 2019


Grosskreisentfernung / Great Circle Distance Mail Art

46 artists

12 countries

66,678 km

46 artists from 12 countries collaborated on a Mail Art project that travelled over 66,000 km and was exhibited for the first time in Berlin from 8-20 July 2019 at project space tête.

Grosskreisentfernung / Great Circle Distance Mail Art project relied on the global mail system to create a visual dialogue between 46 artists from 12 countries. Great Circle Distance refers to the shortest distance between two points on the Earth’s surface. The project’s total Great Circle Distance was more than 66,000 km.

Each artist created a new artwork in response to one posted to them by another artist. This sequential process began and ended in Berlin. This global artistic dialogue continued the tradition of Mail Art that dates back to at least the 1940s with Ray Johnson (New York), and the FLUXUS movement of the 1960s and 70s. Despite the ubiquity and instantaneousness of e-mail, there is still an important place for Mail as a means of human communication, and for artworks to be made, exchanged and shared outside the traditional world of white cube galleries and the commercial art market.

Marcus Brownlow
June 2019