Mail Nothing to the Tate Modern by suchenfz

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									                      Mail

                 Nothing

            to the
         Tate Modern
A project by David Horvitz
Curated by Ceci Moss



                             For Rhizome’s participation in the 2010
                             No Soul For Sale at the Tate Modern,
                             London, May 14 – 16.
                        presenting tracking by:


adam katz                           Jonathan bardelline
aidoru                              Jordi Morera
alex synge                          Joshua Fouts
amalia Ulman                        Joshua kit clayton
ann Westerman                       kathy stockman, cincinnati art snob
annegret kellner                    katia prates
bankhead                            Laurel De george
bFFa3ae                             Laurie nye
brian Droitcour                     Lee gibson
carmelle safdie                     Leslie grant
carol brown                         Marie-Jose sondeijker
carsten Meyer                       Marley Freeman
ceci Moss                           Marylea Martha Quintana Madiman
charles Westerman                   Matt Olson
christine Frerichs                  Michele Jaquis
David Hamlow                        Ottercorp new Orleans/Heather Weathers
David Horvitz                       and Jason Chaffin
Dawn arrowsmith                     penelope Umbrico
Diana Wyenn                         reza safavi
Doni silver simons                  rita J. king
Drew Dunlap                         roland reiss
ed steck                            sacha baumann
elizabeth skadden                   scott Lawan
enrique castrejon                   skye gilkerson
Fred Froehlich                      square Fang
gary Holmes                         stacey Moss
geoff tuck/David richards           stefani greenwood
gladys-katherina Hernando           stephanie simek
greg shigeru kozaki                 stephen eichhorn
Heath row & caitlin Dixon           steve kemple
Jacqueline Martinez                 suzie silver
Jamie Locke                         tobias Walther
Jasmine Valandani                   two coats of paint/sharon L. butler
Jeremy J. Quinn
Jill slaymaker
Jon bernad




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        The 2010 No Soul For Sale festival occurred at the Tate Modern
        on the weekend of May 14–16. Rhizome was included among
        the 70 or so participants. Ceci Moss from Rhizome asked me to
        present a project in Rhizome’s space. The project referred to as,
        Mail Nothing to the Tate Modern, was conceived for this event.
        On May 1st Rhizome and myself announced an open-call for
        anyone to mail nothing (empty boxes and empty envelopes) to
        the Tate Modern. This announcement was last minute. There was
        roughly one week for people to mail in nothing. Any mailing
        sent with tracking would have its tracking number posted on
        www.mailnothing.info so that it could be followed live on the
        days preceding the event. During the festival all received mail-
        ings were exhibited in a pile. After the weekend, the entire
        project was donated to Christian Schwarm’s art collection in
        Stuttgart, Germany.
               The website mailnothing.info located these packages
        (all with various points of departure and the same location
        of arrival) at various moments in their transit, allowing one
        to grasp a mental picture of the vast global infrastructure of
        shipping - a breathing system of objects in continuous move-
        ment. The packages sent to the Tate Modern, declared to contain
        “nothing”on their customs-forms as they crossed international
        borders, generated the data of travel with tracking technolo-
        gies. This data became a trace – a trace of nothing (or, of
        something empty). Mail carriers claim these tracking numbers
        (and the data) as their legal property, which were appropriated
        and exhibited in this project.




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sOMe tHOUgHts beFOre                                          anD                   aFter LOnDOn



There are two stories that come to mind      up the sea. This journey out to sea, only    has brought some fruit and flowers. An
that I would like to write here. The first   to return with a bucket of water from        officer inspects these items and deems
story comes from the island of Unst          somewhere over the horizon.                  them harmless. Only flowers. She hands
in the Shetland Islands, the Northerly              The second story is about a paint-    these gifts to him, from her hands to his,
most point of Great Britian. I wanted        ing by Gustave Courbet in the Musee D’       crossing the barrier that divides them.
to travel as far north as I could in the     Orsay. I went to Paris after London, and            I returned to New York from
United Kingdom, and make my way to           saw the painting everyday for the four       Amsterdam. In Schiphol Airport I
London from there. The journey was           days I was there (I found an easy way        bought a bundle of yellow tulips. I car-
as follows: from New York to Paris to        to sneak into the museum through the         ried them from one country to the next,
Aberdeen, a bus and car ride to Scrabster,   exit to avoid paying an entrance fee each    not sure if they would be taken away by
a ferry to Stromness in the Orkneys, a       day). It was a small painting of a bundle    customs. In Holland they were x-rayed
bus to Kirkwall, an overnight ferry to       of flowers. The painting itself was not      with my carry-on luggage before I
Lerwick in the Shetlands, a bus to the       that remarkable, but I was drawn to it.      boarded the plane. In the US, as I was
top of the island, a ferry to the island     There were two reasons for this. The first   about to leave the final customs check,
of Yell, a bus to the top of that island,    was that I was not familiar with flowers     the officer looked at me and asked what
and lastly a ferry to Unst. There is a       painted by Courbet, and was wondering        I was holding. “Flowers,”I told him, and
bakery on the island whose specialty is      why he had painted flowers here. The         he instructed me harshly to go to line 15,
the Oceanic Oatcake – an oatcake made        other was that the wall placard had dated    where I would receive extra inspection.
from the local sea water. I had read about   the painting to 1871 - the year of the       The officers at this line were unsure why
these before and assumed they were an        Paris Commune, the same year in which        I was sent here. They put my luggage
island tradition. I was wrong. They were     Courbet would be jailed for his activities   through another X-ray machine. I held
only a few years old, and were created       as a Communard in the toppling of the        the flowers to my side, out of their view,
to fill the economic hole left when the      Vendome Collumn. I looked closely at the     and walked through the metal detector.
Royal Air Force base on the island closed.   painting and saw the words “St. Pelagie”     I picked up my bag on the other side
Inside the bakery I asked a lady how they    in the lower right corner written in the     of the machine and walked into the
get the sea water for the oatcakes. She      same orange paint as his signature. This     United States.
told me a man takes a small boat some        was the jail he was incarcerated in. He
miles past Muckle Flugga, the lighthouse     had painted this while in jail. From here    Here is a view of Muckle Flugga.
on a rock in the sea off the northern        I return to my question: why flowers?
cliffs of the island. Here, north of all     I close my eyes and it makes sense. I        — DaViD HOrVitz
of Great Britain, where the Atlantic         imagine the painter sitting behind bars.
Ocean converges with the North Sea, he       I imagine someone, perhaps one of his
puts a bucket to the water and scoops        sisters, coming to visit. With her, she




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      eg230993645Us   carmelle safdie                       May 10, 2010 2:13 am at Foreign Delivery Unit great britain
      ec957330556Us   sacha baumann                         May 10, 2010 2:18 am at Foreign Delivery Unit great britain
      eg244806952Us   ceci Moss                             May 10, 2010 2:25 am at Foreign Delivery Unit great britain
      eg222568496Us   stephen eichhorn                      May 10, 2010 2:32 am at Foreign Delivery Unit great britain
      eg400437503Us   gladys-katherina Hernando             May 10, 2010 2:34 am at Foreign Delivery Unit great britain
      eg009585596Us   Jasmine Valandani                     May 10, 2010 2:59 am at Foreign Delivery Unit great britain
      eg273823771Us   stephanie simek                       May 10, 2010 3:01 am at Foreign Delivery Unit great britain
      re071934859Us   Marylea Martha Quintana Madiman       May 10, 2010 9:15 am acceptance neW HaVen , ct 06511
      rb445162698Us   skye gilkerson                        May 10, 2010 11:33 am arrival isc neW yOrk ny(Usps) UniteD states
      rb445162698Us   skye gilkerson                        May 10, 2010 11:39 am international Dispatch isc neW yOrk ny(Usps) UniteD states
      eg230993645Us   carmelle safdie                       May 10, 2010 1:51 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      eg145476954Us   carol brown                           May 10, 2010 1:51 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      eg306975255Us   Dawn arrowsmith                       May 10, 2010 1:51 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      eH745226745Us   Drew Dunlap                           May 10, 2010 1:51 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      eg400437503Us   gladys-katherina Hernando             May 10, 2010 1:51 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      eH933554228Us   Joshua kit clayton                    May 10, 2010 1:51 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      eg134961257Us   reza safavi                           May 10, 2010 1:51 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      eg308036769Us   roland reiss                          May 10, 2010 1:51 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      ec957330556Us   sacha baumann                         May 10, 2010 1:51 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      eg273823771Us   stephanie simek                       May 10, 2010 1:51 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      eg222568496Us   stephen eichhorn                      May 10, 2010 1:51 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      eg134961243Us   tobias Walther                        May 10, 2010 1:51 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      eg244806952Us   ceci Moss                             May 10, 2010 1:52 pm Delivered abroad great britain
      eg009585596Us   Jasmine Valandani                     May 10, 2010 1:52 pm Delivered abroad great britain
         8292155524   Jacqueline Martinez                   processed through sort Facility, May 10, 2010, 3:58 pm, san FranciscO, ca 94128
      eg255245431Us   steve kemple                          May 10, 2010 4:37 pm arrived abroad cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eg253625159Us   brian Droitcour                       May 10, 2010 4:58 pm arrived abroad cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eH605657634Us   two coats of paint/sharon L. butler   May 10, 2010 5:00 pm arrived abroad cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eg395738865Us   Marley Freeman                        May 10, 2010 5:07 pm arrived abroad cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eg253625159Us   brian Droitcour                       May 10, 2010 5:07 pm into Foreign customs cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eg365792942Us   David Horvitz                         May 10, 2010 5:09 pm arrived abroad cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eH605657634Us   two coats of paint/sharon L. butler   May 10, 2010 5:09 pm into Foreign customs cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eH605657634Us   two coats of paint/sharon L. butler   May 10, 2010 5:10 pm into Foreign customs cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eg365792942Us   David Horvitz                         May 10, 2010 5:12 pm Out of Foreign customs cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eg395738865Us   Marley Freeman                        May 10, 2010 5:16 pm into Foreign customs cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
         8292155524   Jacqueline Martinez                   shipment picked Up, May 10, 2010, 5:21 pm, san FranciscO, UniteD states
      eH978540802Us   Matt Olson                            May 10, 2010 5:29 pm arrived abroad cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eH978540802Us   Matt Olson                            May 10, 2010 5:32 pm Out of Foreign customs cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eH674436752Us   enrique castrejon                     May 10, 2010 5:50 pm arrived abroad cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eH674436752Us   enrique castrejon                     May 10, 2010 5:50 pm Out of Foreign customs cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eQ198720832Us   Jeremy J. Quinn                       May 10, 2010 5:57 pm arrived abroad cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eQ198720832Us   Jeremy J. Quinn                       May 10, 2010 6:07 pm into Foreign customs cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
         8292155524   Jacqueline Martinez                   Departing Origin, May 10, 2010, 6:16 pm, san FranciscO, UniteD states
         8292155524   Jacqueline Martinez                   transferred through, May 10, 2010, 6:16 pm, san FranciscO, UniteD states
      eQ198720815Us   Michele Jaquis                        May 10, 2010 6:45 pm arrived abroad cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      eQ198720815Us   Michele Jaquis                        May 10, 2010 6:50 pm Out of Foreign customs cOVentry parceLFOrce great britain
      8292155524      Jacqueline Martinez                   Departing Origin, May 10, 2010, 7:39 pm, san FranciscO, UniteD states




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