Yesterday in the mail Jo.Ann Hill sent, there was this copy on a text written by Monty Cantsin. I don't know where the text is from but I read it a few times and I found it rather interesting. I've seen on different boards comments about Add & Pass, but I think, this one is the best so far.
I often questioned myself about participating to Add & Pass. I most of the time feel obliged to answer since the person who sent me the Add & Pass first, made an effort to send it and second, spent money on stamps. But at the end of the day, Add & Pass is not something I am inspired about (more like a burden).
I often challenged originators of Add & Pass about where the completed sheets were going and for what purpose. I was ( I am still...) trying to understand the purpose of Add & Pass. I never got any answers back except once. This guy was producing a sort of topical zine by presenting the completed (when a sheet is completed?) sheets received/returned, and sending copies to participants.
Anyways, I was never warm to answer or forward Add & Pass and I made the decision to never participe anymore. When I receive Add & Pass, they will go in my archives unanswered.
This opens a full can of worms. For those of you familiar with ATCs, as far I am concerned, JAM cards fall into the same category as Add & Pass sheets.
Comments? Here's the text:
ADD & PASS MEANS ADDICTION AND PASSIVITY
ADD & PASS EQUALS ADDICTION & PASSIVITY
By Monty Cantsin
I receive add & pass sheets in the mail all the time. To those fortunatly ignorant, a pass & add sheet is a piece of paper filled with rubber stamps, stickers and clippings. At the bottom of the page is a list of addresses to show the providence of said paper. It has been here and it has been there.
This compulsive passivity is the pseudo-activity of merely pasting a photo or stamping a stamp on a prearranged sheet. The addiction is manifested in the need to return to the post office to perpetuate this fraud disguised (and often praised) as ''creativity''.
What does it matter that one add and pass sheet is mailed? The add & pass sheet is devoid of any personality or ideas beyond a linked hyper-monotony. No ideas, no entrees, no communication about who the sender IS only an advertisement for self that indicates egotism as these future baton wielding cultural policemen trot from mailbox to post office. Add and pass sheets are determined to continue the status quo by turning a cultural form based on communication into an advertisement of the alleged gifts shining forth from the name of the ''artist''. These people are right wing counter strategists designed to infiltrate the network by their suggestive passivity - oh this is what I have to say (my name & address) I say pass on this Very important ''statement'' to you, who have been ''chosen''...do not think, tape address here, rubber stamp there, shove in envelope send.
The tyranny is adding and passing. Add and pass is shorthand for addiction and passivity. Those who live by add and pass die by add and pass, that is addiction and passivity. Correspondence art is the exchange of ideas through the state sponsored medium of postal awareness, of postal ubiquity.
Correspondence art is about corresponding, it is about tessellation, the link up of ideas and images. Mail art is exactly that, mail: cancelled checks and receipts, mail is/are/was physical assemblages being exchanged, male art is phallic dominance-the erection of a pyramid of stamps spurting its cosmic identity (sperm) (return address) (gooey). You've been stained...
I throw all add and pass sheets into the garbage can thoughfully provided by my local post office. I never correspond with anyone who sends an add and pass sheet. I never contact anyone who has ever been part of an add and pass sheet as they are obviously collaborators determined to destroy all aspects of freedom. I urge all correspondence ''artists'' to boycott all who participate int he vile detritus that is add and pass. Let those scum have their own network where they can cozily kiss and exchange their addresses...