UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts. Founded in 1996 as a repository for avant-garde visual, concrete, and sound poetry, UbuWeb has expanded to become a formidable online collection of visual, audio, and written material that is freely available for noncommercial, educational use.

ACRL’s description…”The diversity of UbuWeb’s content is represented by the categories under which it is organized. “Contemporary” chronicles the transformation of concrete poetry from linear text to text, image, and electronic media, and “focuses on the rich tradition bestowed by the 1950s pioneers in electronic form.” “Ethnopoetics” offers visuals, sound recordings, and discourse on poetry from oral traditions and cultures. “Films” provides a collection of downloadable films. “Historical” provides a historical analysis of visual and concrete poetry, from the 16th century to the 1970s. “MP3 Archive” furnishes an extensive collection of MP3 files featuring music, poetry, and spoken word recordings (including interviews). “Outsiders” is defined by UbuWeb as the work of artists “reflecting broader cultural trends toward the legitimization of Outsider work, be it in the visual, musical, or literary arts.” Collections include music and visual content. “Papers” pulls together written analysis on poetry, sound, ethnopoetics, and radio. “Sound” includes historical and contemporary sound art. “/Ubu Editions” is a collection of full-text publications available for download in PDF.

UbuWeb is a commercial-free, independent site with technical support from SUNY Buffalo, University of Pennsylvania, and West Virginia University. UbuWeb’s digitization policy with respect to copyright is stringent, as exemplified in their FAQ: “If it’s out of print, we feel it’s fair game. If it’s in print, we won’t touch it.”

Read more about UbuWeb here and here.

UbuWeb videos don’t seem to embed into WordPress, but here’s one of their holdings via YouTube


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