October 2020: Notes On Another Memory
Founded in Southwest Ohio in 2003, my aspiration in creating semantikon/Three Fools Press, was to develop an online community media co-operative highlighting midwest artists while also work to help artists navigate the widening digital divide by providing free technology services, new media training and general consultative services for artists. In the 6 years semantikon was actively publishing, we produced over 60 original features of visual art, literature, opinion and film as well as 9 original e-Books. In addition to our site features, we also hosted our own server based web tv station (via the now defunct Miro Platform), radio station (Via the now Live 365), blog (Hypergraphia) and, collaborated to produce 8 community events to support and highlight our features and operations. In June of 2009, Semantikon/Three Fools Press published its last feature, in July, posted its last blog post, a review of Magnolia Electric Co. Austin show. The reasons are numerous and frankly, too amorphous to detail here. Suffice the initial goals of highlighting midwest artists and helping them traverse the widest arc of the digital divide, was met with praise and considered by some to be, a precocious achievement considering it was during the time before push button publishing, smart phones and broadband. In my own terms, the success of semantikon, is best summed up by the following exchange. Q: "What is semantikon is trying to do?" A: Create space where there is none."
In the Winter of 2019, after a series of meetings with former co-op members on what should happen to the website and archives, Semantikon/Three Fools Press moved to form a partnership with curator and archivist Kelly O'Donnel. Kelly's passionate work documenting the Southwest Ohio Arts community over the past 25 years, including many of the folks we worked with, made this an ideal partnership. At the time of this publication, the entire semantikon website and archives will be collated with her larger archives, packaged and come to rest at the Cincinnati Art Museum for future generations to enjoy and hopefully, draw inspiration from. To that end, we sent an invitation to all former Ohio-rooted features to write a retrospective essay on their experiences with semantikon, the arts community during the time it was active and, their views on online publishing today. For our final feature, enjoy six retrospective essays by former features, collated in historical order by the writers 1st publication date. In addition, find a timely reiteration of the cut-up poem, "Quelle Horreur", by our first literary feature, the dearly missed Aralee Strange.
For those who were there from the beginning, we thank you. To those who read and learn about our work in some future time, we thank you for your careful consideration of our story and, and aspirations to speak for and about, our time.
Founder, Editor and Community Manager
Semantikon/Three Fools Press
October 5, 2020
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