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'''Panmag''' is a [[zine]] from New York, New York.
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'''Mark Bloch''' (born [[January 23]], [[1956]]), also known as Pan, P.A.N., Panman, Panpost and the Post Art Network, is an American multi-media artist from [[Cleveland, Ohio]], [[United States]]. Since 1982 he has lived in [[New York City]]. He is a [[conceptual art]]ist in the tradition of [[Dada]], the [[Surrealist]]s, [[Marcel Duchamp]], the [[Fluxus]] group and [[Ray Johnson]].  
  
[[Mail art]]ist, [[Mark Bloch]], created the xeroxed zine '''Panmag''' in 1979 when he was living in Orange County, California with the first issue number 391, a tribute to [[Francis Picabia]]'s zine of that name, [[391]]. Bloch's next issue was number 451, published in conjunction with an art performance at a bookstore in Laguna Beach called Farenheit 451. Issue number 452 followed with most of the same material. '''Panmag''' then appeared with an issue number 2 published in conjunction with another art performance-- this time at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo in which Bloch dressed upo as Guglielem Achille Cavellini the legendary mail artist. Bloch gave a lecture with Barry Berg of San Clemente who contributed mail art material for this new edition of the Zine. Panmag continues to be published today, some 39 years later bioth opnline and on hard copy. Recently Bloch released number 57 as part of his webiste Panmodern.com. Most issues of '''Panmag''' deal with the [[mail art]] scene.
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Bloch has been interested in [[digital electronics]] since 1977 when he created his first computer-related artwork. His [[art]] uses the [[mail|postal]] system as well as other [[Telecommunication|communications]] media. In 1989, after over a decade working in [[mail art]], he began to work on the [[Internet]] and soon after created a "digital performance artwork in progress" called Panscan for Echo Communications.
==External links==
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*[http://www.panmodern.com Bloch's website]
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Bloch has done [[video]], [[performance art]] and [[experimental music]] since the late 1970s and also works with [[computer network|networks]], [[e-mail]] art, [[postcard]]s, [['artistamps']], coded [[envelopes]], [[information theory]], [[mass media]], [[Public speaking|speaking]], [[journalism]] and [[broadcasting]].
  
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He became active with [[mail art]] in 1977 and created several international postal art, post-art games including the infamous Last Mail Art Show which created controversy. He also raises eyebrows by eschewing institutionalized [[Anarchism|anarchy]] such as [[Neoism]], preferring instead the strategies of [[Arthur Cravan]]. However, he supports the work of Neoists and other traffickers in [[Externality]] everywhere and is an advocate for artists' rights and against the mythic stereotype of the "starving artist." He adheres to principles originated with [[Situationism]], [[DIY]] and other forms of [[Postmodernism]] in his theoretical approach to issues of [[art]] and [[commerce]] but refers to it in his writings as "Pan-Modern."
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For the past 14 years, since embarking on his personal [[Art Strike]], Bloch creates a new [[manifesto]] every day upon waking. These writings remain unpublished.
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Bloch also creates articles, pamphlets, books, and [[mail art]]-related projects in the tradition of [[Johann Gutenberg]], [[William Blake]], [[William Morris]], [[Thomas Paine]], and [[El Lissitzky]]. He recently revived his irregularly issued [[fanzine]] called Panmag in the form of a cable TV in New York show called Panscan TV.
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Bloch's formative years were spent in [[Kent, Ohio]], where he was influenced by the performance artist in residence Joan Jonas and faculty members Adrian deWit and Robert Culley. Bloch founded an offshoot of the punk rock movement called The New Irreverence which also included Kim Kristensen, Daniel M. Lewis, and Michael Heaton, and a group of painters that later came to be known as [[M'bwebwe]] in New York City.
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==External links==
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*[http://www.panmodern.com/ Official site of Mark Bloch.]
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*[http://www.panmodern.com/wordstrike.html The Word Strike.]
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*[http://jas.faximum.com//library/tam/tam_23a.htm Interview with Mark Bloch.]
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*[http://www.panmodern.com/newobservations.html Mark Bloch on Mail Art and the Internet.]
  
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Revision as of 12:32, 14 April 2009

Mark Bloch (born January 23, 1956), also known as Pan, P.A.N., Panman, Panpost and the Post Art Network, is an American multi-media artist from Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Since 1982 he has lived in New York City. He is a conceptual artist in the tradition of Dada, the Surrealists, Marcel Duchamp, the Fluxus group and Ray Johnson.

Bloch has been interested in digital electronics since 1977 when he created his first computer-related artwork. His art uses the postal system as well as other communications media. In 1989, after over a decade working in mail art, he began to work on the Internet and soon after created a "digital performance artwork in progress" called Panscan for Echo Communications.

Bloch has done video, performance art and experimental music since the late 1970s and also works with networks, e-mail art, postcards, 'artistamps', coded envelopes, information theory, mass media, speaking, journalism and broadcasting.

He became active with mail art in 1977 and created several international postal art, post-art games including the infamous Last Mail Art Show which created controversy. He also raises eyebrows by eschewing institutionalized anarchy such as Neoism, preferring instead the strategies of Arthur Cravan. However, he supports the work of Neoists and other traffickers in Externality everywhere and is an advocate for artists' rights and against the mythic stereotype of the "starving artist." He adheres to principles originated with Situationism, DIY and other forms of Postmodernism in his theoretical approach to issues of art and commerce but refers to it in his writings as "Pan-Modern."

For the past 14 years, since embarking on his personal Art Strike, Bloch creates a new manifesto every day upon waking. These writings remain unpublished.

Bloch also creates articles, pamphlets, books, and mail art-related projects in the tradition of Johann Gutenberg, William Blake, William Morris, Thomas Paine, and El Lissitzky. He recently revived his irregularly issued fanzine called Panmag in the form of a cable TV in New York show called Panscan TV.

Bloch's formative years were spent in Kent, Ohio, where he was influenced by the performance artist in residence Joan Jonas and faculty members Adrian deWit and Robert Culley. Bloch founded an offshoot of the punk rock movement called The New Irreverence which also included Kim Kristensen, Daniel M. Lewis, and Michael Heaton, and a group of painters that later came to be known as M'bwebwe in New York City.

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