Neoist World Congress plus Neoist World’s Fair – OCTOBER 2005
Call for Avant-Garde Art
Dear prospective participant,
You might have asked yourself many times: What is Neoism, and how can I become a Neoist? The Neoist World’s Fair now gives you the multiple opportunity to become a Neoist as well as a member of the International Post Dogmatist Group, The Fluxnexus, The International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists and the Massurrealist Society of Mexico.
During October of 2005 (exact dates and times to be announced) both a World Festival of Neoism and a Conference about the present and future state of this century’s Neoist Art is taking place at the Conservatory of the The Ontological Museum in conjunction with the Royal Embassy to Mexico and Central America of the Principality of New Utopia in Cuernavaca, Mexico, The International Post Dogmatist Group, The Fluxnexus, The International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists and the Massurrealist Society of Mexico.
Everybody is kindly invited to compose, create and construct Neoist artworks, soundworks or performances. Although it is in no way necessary to know anything about Neoism in order to create Neoist (anti-)artworks or to proclaim a Neoist manifesto you might appreciate some basic information on the subject…
It was in Portland, Oregon, USA in the late 70ies where Neoism emerged out of the Mail Art scene. Then, (anti-)art of the 80ies was heavily influenced by a number of Neoist Apartment Festivals. Neoism was defined as prefix and a suffix without anything in-between. The peak of historic Neoism was reached when an Art Strike was proclaimed by Karen Eliot in 1990. For three years no work of art was produced by Neoist anti-artists what eventually lead to the collapse of the art market in the early 90ies.
A central Neoist strategy is the use of multiple names, especially of "Monty Cantsin" and "Karen Eliot". Whoever uadopts these names becomes a Neoist. Whereas Monty Cantsin is conceived as multiple Pop-Star, Karen Eliot can rather be described as multiple signature for any form of (anti-)art.
In the year 2000, found abandoned and near death in a dumpster in Tepoztlan, Mexico, Neoism was taken over by and absorbed into the the International Post-Dogmtist Group (founded in 1987) as a subsidiary of the IPDG. Neoism may or may not continue along its historical trajectory since it starts over fresh on a daily basis.
If you want to take part in this Latin American based Neoist World’s Fair in October of 2005 (exact dates and times to be announced) please fill out this form and send it in (via e-mail or snail mail). We guarantee the acceptance of every single entry as long as there is enough space left in the Conservatory of the The Ontological Museum and time left in Oct. 2005. The only condition for the acceptance of (anti-)art works/performances is the use of the signature "Karen Eliot" and respectively the multiple name "Monty Cantsin".
a) I want to take part in the "Neoist World fair" under the multiple signature "Karen Eliot" with a work of (anti-)art. I declare to agree with my work bearing the signature "Karen Eliot" and being donated to The Ontological Museum, Cuernavaca, after the end of exhibition. prospective title of work:
b) I want to use space and/or infrastructure of the The Ontological Museum during the month of October for the following anti- or non artistic activities under the name of Monty Cantsin: organizing discussions, holding political assemblies (illegal for foreign visitors), playing dominos, destroying Neoist art-works, eating, gluing posters to city walls, inventing bumper sticker slogans, etc.
c) I want to declare a Neoist manifesto (max. 5 min.) under the name of Monty Cantsin: prospective title of manifesto:
d) Could you arrange a reservation at Casa del Artista (http://casadelartista.com) or otherwise finding a cheap accommodation for me?
e) I want to take part in the 5 day Neoist montage/collage art workshop ($500.00USD tuition and materials cost)
f) I am or am not a Neoist.
All (anti-)artworks will become a part of the The Ontological Museum’s Collection of Neoist Art – after prior announcement/arrangement via the form above – or can be installed by the respective Karen Eliots themselves during the Fair. The Ontological Museum guarantees the acceptance of every work of (anti-)art, performance/activity and paper. The artifacts generated for the Fair will be exhibited on line on the neoist.org website.
Please send the filled out form via email to The Ontological Museum or contact us for further information:
The Ontological Museum
5-B Privada Pericon APT 4
Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico 62700
Tel: + 646-405-7232 (NYC)
Join us if you dare.