Thursday, March 06, 2008

Fishing line



For a short while in the late 1990's and early naughties I sent out an occasional fax sheet called Fishing Line. The subject of this one sheet newspaper tended to be fine art topics of the day combined with scratchy drawings. The faxes were sent unsolicited to various art mags and galleries. All looking rather quaint now here is an example or two.









8 comments:

Steven Ball said...

PDFs?

ps said...

They were originally claris docs and then were turned into faxes on the old performa 6400

Steven Ball said...

Yes I meant if you reproduced them as PDFs then one could download higher resolution (and readable!) copies (and print them out), also the PDF has sorta become the default digital equivalent to the fax. Claris, ha, takes me back. Speaking of Tracey have you seen her latest idea, that by buying up property in Shoreditch she is keeping the 'tradition' (since the '80s) of artists' presence in the area. Erm the presence of millionaire artists perhaps, i.e. her, meanwhile pushing the prices up even further. Astonishingly stupid selfish wrong-headed thinking even by her standards.

Steven Ball said...

Also who did you fax them to? Was it solicited or fax spam?

ps said...

All I have at my disposal are the jpegs. I do have the originals somewhere.(?)...I agree they are a bit tricky to read as is.
They were sent anonymously so yes fax spam if you will. I know they used to enjoy them at the Pump House Gallery but who knows what they made of them elsewhere....

Steven Ball said...

A lot more interesting than the usual fax spam selling inkjet cartridges or your logo on T-shirts and baseball caps.

ps said...

Yes when I started Fishing Line email Spam was already well established and yes when you came into the office on a Monday morning the fax roll would be spooled on the floor with endless ink and holiday offers. Still there was soemthing nice about a faxout as the receiver could not help but look at it, even if all but briefly. I have always liked the idea of these"chance" exhibition opportinities. Do people still even have fax machines in offices anymore?

Steven Ball said...

we used to have one at the SC, left it behind when we moved, all we ever received was faxspam, shocking waste of paper and ink. Old experimental filmmakers often still have fax machines, it's analogue email innit.