Hans-Reudi Fricker

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H.R. Fricker (b. 1947) is a Swiss conceptual artist that has been involved in the movement at an international level since 1981. Ten years prior he had begun to use the mail for artistic purposes on a regional level. He is the creator of mail art’s first ism, “Tourism.” This term refers to mail artists traveling to meet other mail-artists. Networker-Hotel is an example of one of his tourism projects from 1990. In 1985 he and Volker Hamann formed a group of networking addicts called Mail-Artists Anonymous (sometimes abbreviated MAA). He organized The Decentralized World-Wide Mail Art Congress in 1986 with fellow Swiss mail artist Günther Ruch. This was the first of such congresses that have continued into the present.


Tourism review. Trogen, Switzerkand : H.R. Fricker, [1985]-. - Periodical

H.R. Fricker, Networkingmaterial : Spuren künstlerischer Umtriebe per Post / Bernd Löbach (Hrsg.) Cremlingen/Weddel : Designbuch Verlag, c1986. – Exhibition Catalog

I am a Networker (sometimes) : Mail-Art und Tourism im Network der 80er Jahre [Redaktion, Roland Wäspe, H.R. Fricker]. Gallen : Vexer, c1989. – Exhibition Catalog

Mail-art : Netzwerk der Künstler = reseau d’artistes : mail art network, PTT Museum Bern, 23.2-29.5.94 / [Text: H.R. Fricker ... [et al.]]. Bern : PTT-Museum, [1994] – Exhibition Catalog

Sophie Taeuber Arp : Kindheit und Jugend in Trogen [Herausgeber, Kronengesellschaft Trogen].Zürich : Fink, c1995.

Sources for obtaining more information about the artist:

Janssen, Ruud. The Mail-Interview with H.R. Fricker. 1994 http://www.iuoma.org/fricker.html

Rutishauser, Georg, 1963- Gespräche, Inserts. Wien : Triton, c1998. (interviews)

Perneczky, Geza. Network Atlas: World and Publications by the People of the First Network. Soft Geometry, Cologne. http://www.c3.hu/~perneczky/atlas.html (updated April 2003). Vol. 1, pp. 154-156.

Date of birth from “The International Directory of Artistamp Creators” http://jas.faximum.com/library/idac/idac_0094.html accessed on May 7, 2005


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