Letter from Porto | Sebastián Arancibia

 

Based on the author’s personal experiences Letter from Porto is a postal exercise directed to a universal recipient. This exercise of writing from the intimacy to an unknown receptor constitutes one of the absurd fictional acts that are part of this work.

 

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Weight0.1 kg
Dimensions12.5 × 0.2 × 16.5 cm
Language

English, Spanish

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About the author

About the author

Sebastian Arancibia (1988) Santiago, Chile

Architect, editor, and Chilean editorialist. He founded Naranja Publicaciones in 2014. This is a space for commercialization, production and circulation of information of artist books and experimental edition. His work links visual poetry in experimental and editorial formats dealing with nostalgia as a topic from literary and material aspects.

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Associated project

Associated project

Archivo de Carta de Porto

Archive Carta Porto and Dendrites Editions (Archivo Carta Porto y Dendritas Editoriales) is an installation of Mail Art of Naranja Publicaciones that was born under the premise that a letter does not achieve its goal as long as it is answered. Under this assumption, is that the edition of “Carta de Porto” of Sebastian Arancibia and Sebastian Barrante is edited by Naranja Publicaciones as a base for an art-mail project.

Letter from Porto (Carta de Porto) is a writing exercise in the format of letter of universal addressee, that for the development of this project, was delivered to different people-among artists, writers and people related to the area- to invite them to answer in the way they liked it.

Once finished the answer it should be sent by mail to the sender (Naranja) with only one restriction: the answer must fit in the envelope.

After receiving a number of answers, the project turned into an editorial installation in which the file of the received answers was presented, a video as a record of the opening of the answers called “Reading Act”; and Dendrites Editions which are publications of Naranja that work as editorial actions for the received answers.

Archive Carta Porto and Dendrites Edition is proposed as an exercise in constant development. The installation was presented for the first time in the fair “Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair 2018”, in Berlin, Germany during May2018. The edition “Carta Porto” and some “Dendritas Edition” of the file are part of different public and private collections: “Archive Artists Publications” in Munich collections: “Archivo “De Appel in Amsterdam, Centro Nacional de Artes Visuales (CEDOC) of Santiago, Chile; Musèe Legitime in Amsterdam and the private collection of the Uruguayan artist Clemente Padín. 

Based on the author’s personal experiences Letter from Porto is a postal exercise directed to a universal recipient. This exercise of writing from the intimacy to an unknown receptor constitutes one of the absurd fictional acts that are part of this work.

This object sets various situations that are outdated in their material qualities, being expressed as mismatches between what is communicated and how it is communicated, thus generating – after greater reflection – the feeling that the author wants to remove the focus of attention from the text itself.

In the first edition were made 10 unique copies written by typewriter. The Portugal stamps are original.

In the next editions xerox was used for the reproduction of the original letter.

Technical Specifications

Author: Sebastián Arancibia (text), Sebastián Barrante (photograph)

Format: Air envelope with a letter an photography inside.

Publisher: Naranja Publicaciones (Santiago, Chile)

Dimensions: 12,5 x 16,5 x 0,2 cm.

Print run: 2º Edition of 50 copies

Language: English / Spanish

Collections: Artists’ Book Collection Fundação Serralves, Porto, Portugal; AAP Archiv Künstlerpublikatonen, Munich, Germany; Colección Fava, Santiago, Chile; Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection of the School of Art Institute, Chicago, USA; De Appel Archive, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Private collection of Naranja Publicaciones.

Year of publication: 2016, 2017, 2018