Ruud Janssen (b. Tilburg July 29, 1959) is a Dutch Fluxus and mail artist currently living in Breda in the Netherlands.
Ruud Janssen studied Physics and Mathematics. He became active with mail art in 1980 and did several international mail art projects. From 1994 till 2002 he has conducted interviews with Fluxus and mail artists in different communication forms; the results have been published in booklets and on the internet since 1996. In later years he focused more on acrylic painting and individual correspondences. He always maintains his site with the latest details of his work.
Janssen publishes articles, magazines and booklets with his TAM-Publications and participates in international mail art projects, collaborations and exhibitions. He founded IUOMA (International Union of Mail-Artists) in 1988 and is also the curator of the TAM-Rubberstamp Archive, the result of a Mail Art collection that has been accumulated by him from 1983 till now. The archive contains prints, original rubberstamps, magazines and literature. It is the longest time a mail art project has run ever (details see link to latest online catalogue). In 1994 he started with his Mail-interviews which have been published as booklets and online. The interviews have a new concept where the question is sent in a specific communicationform and the interviewed person chooses his own way to get the answer back. This way the factor time is involved in each specific interview. Samples of interviewed persons are: Ray Johnson, D*** Higgins, Ken Friedman, Anna Banana, Mark Bloch, Patricia Tavenner, Michael Leigh, Alison Knowles and Guy Bleus. Since 2008 the mail-interviews appear in a series of six books.
In 2003 Litsa Spathi founded together with Ruud Janssen the Fluxus Heidelberg Center for which they are building up a collection of Fluxus material and where they also publish their own works.
Hello Ruud, happy to see you here. not sure that I fully understand the site's workings yet, and am a bit overtaxed as I recently took a job as reporter on a daily newspaper --jaysus I had no idea journalists work so hard! I'm hoping I get a lot more efficient . . .
did you know that there is a bed and breakfast in your town which is called lieu de ruse . they have given this name to their little hotel after they bought one of my little signs in watou some years ago ? LIEU THE RUSE / place of ruse. greetings hr