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AND NOW? Archaic Social Media

Submitted on February 16, 2017 - 12:18pm
Banner headline for Arts Wire
Banner headline for Arts Wire's front page, the "Hub," November 6, 1992

Arts Wire was the 1989 idea of our current Alum in Residence Anne Focke. It grew to be a significant way for artists and others across the country to share ideas about what was happening in the art world. Now Focke and four interns — Karen Beech (Art History senior), Jessica Capó (3D4M senior), Zach Heinemeyer (3D4M senior), and Lizzie Trelawny-Vernon (Art History junior, British exchange student) — are sorting through Focke's records from the early years of Arts Wire. Focke recently published an essay about their project: "Archaic social media – Arts Wire uncovered."

The students have been working on different ways to share what they have been learning, and much of it begins during the week of February 20, 2017:

A take-over of the School’s Instagram account, Monday–Friday, February 20–24. As of the 20th, find it at #AND_NOW? and watch for an introduction on the 19th.

An exhibition that draws on original materials from Arts Wire mounted at Parnassus, the storied cafe in the Art Building basement. Exhibition opening and party: 6–8 pm, Thursday, February 23; it will be on view through March 10.

A podcast series about Arts Wire — "AND NOW? Archaic Social Media" — includes conversations about its history and interviews with people who were involved. The podcast launches at noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, February 24.

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