Andrej Tisma (b.1952) is a Yugoslavian mail-artist, poet, writer, performer,
net artist – born and living in Novi Sad. In 1971, Tisma began
contact with Mail-Art through Bogdanka Poznanovic, a pioneer of Yugoslavian
Mail-Art. In 1972 he began by writing concrete poetry and by transcribing
different found texts from books, newspapers, medications, comics etc.
The concrete poetry was published in 1980 in a book entitled Document.
By using the pseudonym Andrej Zivor he has published more then ten
books of prose and poetry since 1980 in Yugoslavia, but also in the
U.S.A. and France. He sees the Mail-Art network as a good model for
the future world, because it is based on collaboration, love, exchange,
tolerance, cosmopolitism. He coined the term “No-ism” in
1986 to describe his definition of networking. When the war in Yugoslavia
was beginning, Tisma launched the ‘Love Offensive’ campaign
and rubberstamp, as reaction to hatred, nationalism and destruction.
In November of the same year he started the ‘Institute of spreading
of love’ as a continuation of previous activities for peace.
Love/Ljubav is a bulletin Tisma has published since 1992 concerning
this project. Tisma wrote widely on the subject anti-embargo and published
anti-embargo articles all over the world, he made more then twenty
anti-embargo rubberstamps and organized many anti-embargo exhibitions
in collaboration with Aleksandar Jovanovic. One of his important anti-embargo
actions is the Mail-Art project ‘Fax HeART.’ A book was
printed about the project in 1995. In the nineties he had many ‘(spi)rituals’ focusing
on stopping the war in Iraq, former Yugoslavia and against the cultural
isolation of his country. Since 1991 he has referred to the act of
spiritual exchange when two or people meet as Encounter Art.
Privatni zıivot me?unarodna izlozıba mejl-arta = Private life, international
mail-art show / organizator, Savremena galerija, Zrenjanin ; Trz "GRAFO-ARS" Cıacıak
; autor projekta, Andrej Tisıma ; sezona 1986-1987. Zrenjanin : Savremena
SIDA & raj : SPC "Vojvodina", Novi Sad 20-25. januar 1987 : 130
autora iz 27 zemalja : Me?unarodna izlozıba mejl-arta = AIDS & paradise :
International Mail-Art Show.[Serbia] : Foto kino savez Vojvodine,  (author
of the show and catalogue) – Exhibition Catalog
Alter : alternativni radovi (1972-1982) = alternative works (1972-1982). translated
from the Serbo-Croatian by Aleksandar Nejgebauer. Vrsıac : Literary Commune of
Prioda Daje... Yugoslavia : [Novi Sad] 1992
Fax HeART (1995)
Web.art's Nature” Translated by: Gordana Perc. 1998. Voice Argentina
Source for obtaining more information about the artist:
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. 2, pp. 118-120.
Janssen, Ruud. Mail-interview with Andrej Tisma (Yugoslavia). Tilburg,
Netherlands : TAM-Publications, . http://jas.faximum.com//library/tam/tam_45a.htm
Some biographical information obtained from Sztuka Fabryka (2005). Mail-Art
Encyclopaedia. http://www.sztuka-fabryka.be accessed in April 2005.