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Type of site
Digital library
Available inEnglish
EditorKenneth Goldsmith
Alexa rank126,002 (as of June 2018)[1]
Current statusOnline

UbuWeb is a large web-based educational resource for avant-garde material available on the internet, founded in 1996 by poet Kenneth Goldsmith. It offers visual, concrete and sound poetry, expanding to include film and sound art mp3 archives.


UbuWeb was founded in response to the marginal distribution of crucial avant-garde material. It remains non-commercial and operates on a gift economy.[2] UbuWeb ensures educational open access to out-of-print works that find a second life through digital art reprint while also representing the work of contemporaries. It addresses problems in the distribution of and access to intellectual materials.

Distribution policy[edit]

UbuWeb does not distribute commercially viable works but rather resurrects avant-garde sound art, video and textual works through their translation into a digital art web environment - re-contextualising them with current academic commentary and contemporary practice.[3] It houses and distributes freely the entire archive of the Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine project.


Beyond its repository of works, UbuWeb features curated sections including /ubu Editions book-length editions of contemporary poetry, selected and introduced by the poet Brian Kim Stefans. UbuWeb: Ethnopoetics, curated by Jerome Rothenberg, is fusing the avant-garde with traditional ethnic practices. UbuWeb: Papers a series of contextual academic essays. UbuWeb:Outsiders considers the legitimization of Outsider works and features The 365 Days Project curated by Otis Fodder.


UbuWeb is not affiliated to any academic institution, instead relying on alliances of interest and benefiting from bandwidth donations from its partnerships with GreyLodge, WFMU, PennSound, The Electronic Poetry Center, The Center for Literary Computing, and ArtMob.

UbuWeb's board of directors includes the poets Charles Bernstein, Darren Wershler-Henry and critic Marjorie Perloff.


  1. ^ "ubu.com Site Info". Alexa Internet, Inc. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  2. ^ Kenneth Goldsmith, "Ubuweb Wants to be Free" Open Letter, 2001
  3. ^ Damon Krukowski, "Free Verses: Kenneth Goldsmith and UbuWeb", Artforum, March 2008

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