Guy BLEUS (Belgium)
Guy Bleus (1950, Hasselt, Belgium) Ц network artist, lingua-artist, performer, curator. He is the editor and publisher of journals-books on the theory and practice of art-communications, on mail-, book-, fax-art: Subterranean II (Gent, 1968-70), Commonpress 56 (Tinen, 1984), Bambu 13 (Wellen, 1982-92), E-PÊLE-MÊLE (Wellen-Hasselt, 1994-95). He has organised and acted as a curator of more than twenty mail-art projects, among them are the following: MAIL-ART pARTy (Leopoldsburg, 1979), Are You Experienced (Brussels, 1981), Telegrams (Hasselt, 1983), Cavellini Festival 1984 (Brussels Ц Tinen Ц Hasselt Ц Eeclo Ц Antwerp, 1984), Aerogrammes/B.T.S. (Tinen, 1984), Communication (Genk, 1989), Mail-Art Manual (Heusden Ц Zolder, 1991), The Timeless Calendar (Hasselt, 1993), Mail-Art Memorabilia (Brussels, 1995) and others, of the four international exhibitions of artistsТ stamp (1986-95, CD-catalogues), of book-art exhibitions Art is Books (Hasselt Ц Zonhoven Ц Zolder Ц Bilzen Ц Genk, 1991-92), Kunstenaarsboeken, Een Feest (Hasselt, 1998), of eight Internet- and fax-projects (1992-96), of four rubber-stamp projects (1979-95). He has conducted a series of network radio projects and audio-peformances, including the following ones: Screams (Hasselt, 1989), Radio-Art & Telephone Networking B.P.S. (Limburg, 1993), The Times Ц They Are Changing: Van Analoog Naar Digitaal (Hasselt, 1996) and others. Bleus arranged about twenty retrospective exhibitions of visual- poetry, mail- and network magazines at the Provinciaal Centrum Voor Beeldende Kunsten (Hasselt), among them are the following retrospects: Doc(k)s (1977-95), Arte Postale! (1979-95), Commonpress (1977-90), Clinch (1982-88), Umbrella (1978-96), Artpool Publications (1970-97), and also more than twenty solo exhibitions of international artists, including such as: Sh. Shimamoto (Japan), J. Held jr. (USA), K. Groh (Germany), C. Padín (Uruguay), B. Vautier (France), A. Banana (Canada) and others. In 1978 he established УThe Administration Centre Ц 42.292Ф life-project-archives of the International Network Culture, that is at present one of the largest in Europe (comprises of works of more than 5000 artists from 60 countries, little press magazines, catalogues, posters, book-, copy-, Internet- and fax-art, etc.) In 1992 650 productions from the archives were exhibited in the P.T.T.-Museum (the Hague). Bleus is the author of numerous publications in the following magazines: kladderadatsch (Holland), Ruimte (Belgium), Aurora Ц tijdschrift voor filosofie (Belgium), Arte Postale! (Italy), Collective Farm (USA), Clinch (Switzerland), Literature International (USA), Doc(k)s (France), Umbrella (USA), A.U. (Japan) and others. Since1979 he has held more than thirty solo exhibitions in Belgium, Italy, USA, Holland, Portugal, Germany, including the ones at: La Galleria DelТOcchio (New-York), Stedelijk Museum (Tinen), Museu Municipal (Fiduera da Foz), Postal Museum (Brussels), P.T.T.-Museum (the Hague), etc. He participated in more than two hundred group communication projects, exhibitions of multimedia and visual poetry in twenty-five countries. Numerous artistТs essays and works are published in more than thirty anthologies on the contemporary art, including such as: Mail Art Handbook (1983), Artists books (1986), An Annotated World bibliography of M.A. (1991), Timbres dТArtistes (1993) and many others. Guy Bleus lives and works in Wellen (Belgium).