Welcome to "Artery - The AIDS Forum." "Artery" intends to be more than a
web-zine. Its subtitle, "AIDS - The AIDS Forum" suggests its hybrid status
as a virtual meeting place, as well as a journal. Like
the "Virtual Collection", the
data base of more than 3000 images by visual artists who have died of, or
are living with, complications of HIV--"Artery" is also produced
by The Estate Project and intends to
take full advantage of its digital nature.
Why an online site at the
intersection of AIDS and the arts? As one of the participants in the our
first symposium observed: "The influence of AIDS-related art is huge--too
large to see clearly and yet pervasive." In addition to chronicling
AIDS-related arts of all kinds from dance to video, "Artery" will assess
the nature and reach of that pervasive cultural influence. Examining the
broad cultural and social issues raised by AIDS-art also means looking at
the work of artists who address HIV/AIDS in their work, while not
themselves (literally) infected with the virus.
Here at "Artery," we
hunger for two-way communication. Do you take issue with filmmaker
Gregg Bordowitz's motives for revealing
personal information about himself in his work? Or perhaps you'd like to
know more about his front-line documentation of AIDS demos and actions?
Access Gregg--and your fellow site visitors--by creating, or joining, a
bulletin-board conversation. (Click on the simple-to-use "Send
to the Visitor Forum" buttons located alongside each article or feature.)
We hope that four critics critiquing themselves might stir up a tiny fuss
in our critics'
important, we'd love it if sometimes you just want to talk among
yourselves. Do you need to find a print dealer in the upper Midwest
undaunted by AIDS-related imagery? Or just a high-quality laser printer?
Solicit a recommendation from our bulletin boards.
In typical, online
fashion, "Artery" is being launched in-process. Not all of the interactive
features or planned editorial resources have been developed yet. In the
near-future expect to see photo-essays, book reviews, a people's
history--or timeline--of two decades' of AIDS-arts, as well as more of
what's available now: Writers Craig
Lucas and Sarah
Schulman talking (loudly) with Michael Bronski; Robert Atkins explaining
why the iconic images and symbols of the AIDS epidemic are
public artworks, not made-for-TV movies or schmaltzy pop songs; Gregg
Bordowitz talking about politics, representation and activism; four
Holden (movies), Eileen Myles
(poetry and fiction) and Nancy
art)--holding forth in our symposium; and precisely directed links
expanding all of the subjects under discussion.
If you've enjoyed what you've seen and would like to be notified by email when more
material is posted in the coming months. Click
here to join our mailing list. We'd also welcome your suggestions and comments-pro and con. So don't be a
stranger. After all, what's a community without you?
Editor/Producer of "Artery"