26 November 2013

I Got up At...

On Kawara is a Japanese artist living in New York. Between 1968 and 1979 he created and sent several series of mail named I'm still Alive and I Got Up At. In the postcards he wrote or rubber-stamped the artist's time of getting up, the date, the place where the postcards was sent from.

The length of each series ranged from a single piece of mail to hundreds sent consecutively over a period of months.

Not exactly boring correspondence! For instance, in 1973 alone he sent postcards from twenty-eight cities.


  1. Oh! How fascinating -- I never knew about him. I wonder, does he have a book of the mail art? Thanks for sharing this.

    1. I don't know if there is a book, I must check. I think it's an amazing project, but I can't imagine myself doing that. I mean... I need to write a lot in every single postcard! :)

    2. I looked for a book but couldn't find one. I can't imagine doing it either but what a cool project.


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