Grosskreisentfernung / Great Circle Distance Mail Art project relies 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 is more than 66,000 km.
Each artist has created a new artwork in response to one posted to them by another artist. This sequential process began and ends in Berlin. This global artistic dialogue continues 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.
Visitors to the exhibition are invited to explore the way that the stimulus of one work has been used to create the response of the next work; how visual elements arise then disappear, only to reappear later in the series; and how 46 visual artists have used the thrill of receiving a parcel in the post to create something new, and then send it off into the world.