“Another experience with networking comes from my participation in ‘ARTCOMNET’ (ART COMmunication NETwork), a group activity centered around a xeroxed newsletter organized by Larry Smith in 1982. For five years and 25 issues, Smith adhered to the principle of reproducing everything that was sent in by group participants: notes, announcements, letters, poems, visuals, etc. We could have called him accumulator rather than editor, had it not been for a process of “editorial networking,” that is, addition of comments that tie all pieces together in some way. I think that this seemingly impossible mediation of the ‘ARTCOMNET’ newsletter was both skillful and successful, and served as an unpretentious forum for ideas, monologues, and chats about the struggles of artists in search of their art.
The existence of ‘ARTCOMNET’ helped establish distinct relationships among some of the participating artists, who started correspondences and interactions outside the framework of the newsletter. However, ‘ARTCOMNET’ had no identity or direction as a group in terms of artistic or aesthetic concepts. In Smith’s words, “I decided to try to set up a situation in which unacquainted artists could communicate back and forth, allowing their thoughts to be shared openly and unrestricted by formality.”” — Joachim Frank: The Expanding Network: Toward the Global Village in: Eternal Network. A Mail Art Anthology, University of Calgary Press, Calgary, 1995, pp. 112–116. (Ed. by Chuck Welch)
East Freedom (PA): (Self-published), 1986.
First edition 4to (27.9 × 21.7 cm) Softcover Unpaginated [20 pp, incl. wrps] Texts in English Single side-stapled. Xerox printed. Yellow envelope.
Near fine. Rusty staples and a light crease on one page, otherwise fine. Item ID: 1429.