Hebrew School

Kenneth Goldsmith and UbuWeb

Writer, poet, critic, visual artist, radio DJ, and UPenn professor Kenneth Goldsmith– or Kenny G. as he is called on WFMU– seems to have harnessed the improbable for the purposes of everything that’s good about the art world.  Goldsmith is the founding editor of UbuWeb, a large free library of avant-garde text, images, sound, and video. Because of the marginality of much of the content, and its ephemeral nature as commodity, Ubu hosts gigabytes (could it be terabytes?) of content without permission of artists and publishers, while exposing us to amazing works that would otherwise be overlooked.

Some of Ken’s sound works:

Kenneth Goldsmith Sings Roland Barthes (13:05)
Music by The Allman Brothers
Recorded at the WFMU studios, Jersey City, New Jersey, 2006

More on co-host PennSound (I like Traffic, a 3-hour-long 1010 WINS traffic report, and The Weather)

more from Ubu:

Gherasim Luca – Romanian Jewish surrealist

Jerome Rothenberg

Yoko Ono – (film)


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