Ylem: Artists Using Science and Technology was grass roots.
What is it about?
Ylem or YLEM served early tech artists, who wanted a way for people to meet face to face and share ideas. For distant members, the YLEM Newsletter filled their needs. It was a low-budget, all volunteer organization outside of academia, corporate grants or the commercial art market. This memoir, written by its founder, gives the flavor of the days when no personal computers, email exchanges, web sites, or online publishing were available to ordinary people. In nearly 30 years, it witnessed many changes. Friendships were made across diverse disciplines. Its publication and exhibits gave validity to their work when the Art World was still hostile or indifferent.
Why is it important?
"Keeping watch on the cultural frontier" was the byword of Stephen Wilson, who was a decades-long supporter, because it was doing this. With its informality, it made this fun. It serves as one model for grass-roots arts organizing today.
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