mailto: is an exhibition built around the open portal of an email address. For one month, works or messages of any kind sent in the body of an email or as an attachment to the address email@example.com were printed and hung, up through the end of the opening reception. 652 emails, totaling over 2,500 pages were printed and installed. The resulting emails were poems, photographs, spam, notes to gallery visitors, and an entire novella.
mailto: is named after the HTML link for an email address, rarely used today because it so readily attracts spam. Similarly to an open mailto link, this exhibition argues for a curatorial practice akin to chaos theory or aleatoric musical composition — that the initiation of a specific but open structure creates unexpected and diverse results. As the digital files (up until this point infinitely malleable and scalable) reach the printer, they are made manifest as fixed, physical objects; when hung on the gallery wall they each represent a small document in a curatorial process divorced from the geographically-focused perfection of the unique art object.