Repertorium: UbuWeb

Collection Title:

UbuWeb

Identification/URL:

http://ubu.com/

Creator:

Kenneth Goldsmith

Abstract:

UbuWeb is the largest non-profit online archive of avant-garde art. It was created and is co-ordinated by the artist Kenneth Goldsmith. It is a curated repository. It offers visual, concrete and sound poetry, expanding to include film and sound art mp3 archives. Beyond its repository of works, UbuWeb features curated sections including /ubu Editions, UbuWeb: Ethnopoetics, UbuWeb: Papers and UbuWeb:Outsiders. UbuWeb, although still informal, has grown into a relevant and recognized critical institution of contemporary art. Artists want to see their work included in its catalog and thus agree to a relationship with UbuWeb that has no formal contractual obligations.

Acquisition Information:

Courtesy of Kenneth Goldsmith.

Conditions Governing Access:

Freely available online.

Biographical/Historical Information:

Kenneth Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry and the founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb. An hour-long documentary on his work, “Sucking on Words” premiered at the British Library in 2007. From 1996-2009, Goldsmith was the host of a weekly radio show on New York City’s WFMU. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. He held the The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Professorship in American Studies at Princeton University for 2009-10 and received the Qwartz Electronic Music Award in Paris in 2009. In 2011, he co-edited, Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing and published a book essays, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age. In 2013, he was appointed the Museum of Modern Art’s first Poet Laureate.

Subjects:

avant-garde, curation, poetry, archive