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Improper NamesCollective Pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous$
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Marco Deseriis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694860

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694860.001.0001

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Monty Cantsin, the Open Pop Star

Monty Cantsin, the Open Pop Star

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Improper Names

Marco Deseriis

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter is dedicated to Monty Cantsin, a multiple-use name adopted by North American and European mail artists as a personification of their collaborative practices. Because Monty Cantsin was released with no instructions for use, it became subjected to individual appropriations that compromised its communal character.

Keywords:   Monty Cantsin, open pop star, Neoism, mail artist, appropriation, pseudonym, artistic collaboration, authorship

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