Sunday, December 31, 2006

If you want to participate in the next Friour project, please send artistic creations on the theme of

I got the idea at the St Niklaas festival when Pete Spence labelled him and me as the "last 2 laughing agnostics". Laughter is a serious weapon of resistance in the hand of the poor verses the powerful. I invented the stamp "smiling is the rebellion of the poor", so it's a topic that is already a long time in my head. The emperor is naked when you make fun of him. Everybody knows that. Why do you think that the Dalai Lama is always smiling and not the Chinese leaders in their red free market paradises build on the corpses of dead miners?

Free size and medium as usual.

You can send me fun stuff, laughing or smiling self portraits and portraits, red nose communications (thank you Zois & Lynn), group portraits of smiling buffoons for peace, clowns united for peace performances, tape me your laughter and mail it to me so I can make a compilation and so on...
The danger of laughter was the essence of Eco's In the name of the rose. I'm sure that you'll find many connections yourself if you reflect on the issue.

Deadline is April Fools Day 2007.

Exhibition and documentation in the form of another blog.
Have FUN, as much as you can, and those who take themselves too seriously: beware! because you'll be hit by flying pastries (a Belgian speciality by the way....)

Send contributions to:
Guido Vermeulen, Vinçottestreet 81, B-1030 Brussels, BELGIUM.



Si vous avez envie de participer au nouveau projet Friour, envoyez-moi vos créations artistiques autour du thème :

L'idée m'est venue pendant le festival à St Nicolas quand Pete Spence d'Australie me disait qu'on était les « deux derniers agnostiques rigolant ». Oui, le rire est une arme sérieuse de résistance des pauvres contre le pouvoir. J'ai crée jadis l'estampe « le sourire est la rébellion du pauvre » ; donc c'est un sujet qui travaille dans ma tête depuis longtemps. L'empereur est nu quand on se moque de lui, tout le monde le sait depuis toujours. Pourquoi le Dalai Lama est toujours souriant en face des dirigeants chinois immobiles qui ont construit leur empire de marché libre rouge sur les cadavres des mineurs par exemple ?

Format et Techniques Libres

Envoyez moi des trucs amusants, des portraits et autoportraits souriants, de la communication des nez rouges, des portraits de groupes qui rigolent, nous sommes tous des bouffons en face des marchands des canons, nous sommes tous des clowns pour la paix, envoyez moi une cassette SVP avec vos éclatements de rires, etcetera etcetera ..
Le danger du rire était le sujet d'AU NOM DE LA ROSE d'Umberto Eco. Je suis certain que vous trouveriez vous-mêmes pas mal de connections possibles. Monty Python au contre pouvoir ! Always look on the bright side of life (aha)

Date d'échéance : 1° avril 2007

Expo et documentation sous forme de blog.
Amusez-vous le plus possible et ceux qui se prennent vraiment trop au sérieux : faites attention ! Des tartes volantes seront votre sort (et en plus l'entartrage est une spécialité Belge)

Envoyez vos contributions à :
Guido Vermeulen , Rue Vinçotte 81, B-1030 Bruxelles, Belgique.

Thursday, August 31, 2006


Dear Mr Bush,

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket
fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger
and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
The world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists,
the hopes of its children."

President Dwight Eisenhower

I thank Lini Grol who mailed me the quote by D.E.

Here is one of her own poems:


We were strangers
in a darkened room
hesitantly reaching out
yet never touching one another's heart

Then sheer by accident
a name fell between us
and joy flared up like a flame
lighting up tender memories.
a smile flashed from eyes to eyes
and chuckles pronounced the pleasure
in the sharing of this friend.

At once
we too commenced to be friends
we joked and laughed
wile building a fire
to warm others
some day.

(c) Lini Richarda Grol, CANADA

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

This is not a cloud or
how many feet has an albatross?

taking in
the shade
of an albatross
airing its wing
i gape
at the missing cloud!
i fear Magritte
has stolen it
wherever he is!
the cloud
has lost
its trousers
and hides
behind the shade
and teases
a hat
discarded by
the wind.
i lift the hat
no cloud!
a note trickles out

of the hat
"out very much
to lunch" signed
the cloud!
(the scrawl
is as bad
as mine!)
the hat meanwhile
has caught
a cab home
to its rack!
the albatross
moves a few feet!!
i'm still
in the shade.
a blue van
pulls up
a sign
on the van says:
some workmen too
in spotlessly
white overalls
carrying an enormous
roll of canvas
and a highly
extendable ladder
converge into
a heated argument...
who best replace
the cloud?
the concept
or the fabric?

and so it goes
the albatross moves
a few more feet!!
and i'm still
in the shade

(c) Pete Spence, Australia

Thought it was fun to accompany Pete's poem by an older collage I made on how I found Magritte's shoe on the Brussels' flea market

Guido Vermeulen, Belgium

Photo and envelope by Reid Wood, aka State of Being, USA

Postcard by Tamara Wyndham, USA

Postcard by

Adamandia Kapsalis, USA

Adamandia proposes a project on fish.

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Postcard by Nicole Eippers, Belgium

Nicole has an ongoing project on Pigs

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Envelope by Frips, Belgium
Take a look at her own site:

Add & pass mail art sheet started by

Moreno Menarin, Italy

Forwarded by Frips, Belgium