A Live Mail Art Piece

Sunday, 24. November 2013

After the first parcel to Nabeel Rajab was stopped at Dubai customs, we have started a second attempt to reach Nabeel today.

The first parcel was sent from Julian Assange in London on Monday, 28. October. After a four day odyssey in the UK, the parcel finally traveled through Paris and reached Dubai on the fifth day of its journey. It disappeared 24 hours later on 02. November 2013 at 12:55 local time at Dubai Airport customs.

A second – identical – parcel was posted at a local Dubai post office today at 20:03. So we are resuming the journey from where the first parcel abruptly disappeared in Dubai.

Monday, 28. October 2013

«Delivery for Mr. Rajab» is a live mail art piece. A parcel with a hidden camera is sent by post from Julian Assange to Nabeel Rajab. Through a hole in the parcel, the camera documents and live-tweets its journey through the postal system, letting anyone online follow the parcels status in real-time. The images captured by the camera are transferred to this website and the Bitnk Twitter account in realtime. So, as the parcel slowly makes its way to Jaw Prison in Bahrain, anyone online can follow the parcel's status in realtime.

The recipient, Nabeel Rajab, is a Bahraini human rights activist, opposition leader and protest leader. He was arrested several times in 2011 and 2012 during the ongoing national uprising in Bahrain. Currently, he is serving a two year prison sentence for protest-related charges and has been jailed at Jaw Prison in the South province of Bahrain since August 2012.

«Delivery for Mr. Rajab» is the continuation of «Delivery for Mr. Assange». In January 2013, !Mediengruppe Bitnik sent Wikileaks-founder Julian Assange a parcel containing a hidden camera. After 32 hours and a tantalizing and intense journey, sharing over 9000 images of postal bags, vans and delivery centres, the camera arrived and Julian Assange performed for the several thousand people watching.

Enclosed inside the parcel are appeals for Nabeel Rajabs release and the photo Free Nabeel Rajab signed by Julian Assange. The parcel was posted from the Ecuadorian embassy in West-London at 16:12 GMT on October 28, 2013. And is due to arrive at its destination within 48 hours. Should the first parcel fail to reach Nabeel Rajab, a second parcel will follow within the next few days.

-!Mediengruppe Bitnik