AS-AP

Survey: aleXander Hirka

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Organization: 
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1951
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
artist, publisher
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Printed Periodical / Publication
Other
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
To bring to the eye what only the mind can see.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Smegma the Magazine was published in New York City between 1978 and 1981 and is included in the library of the Museum of Modern Art. As the punk music scene exploded, this New York City publication burst onto the local art world seeming to express the same creative, anarchic, playful energy in print. While it certainly would be listed among the very first montage-style punkzines, it’s creativity, innovation and scope went far beyond the others - with original artwork contributions including original drawings by Tuli Kupferberg (of the Fugs), a Lance Loud (star of first reality tv show "An American Family") interview, poetry, and works by now famous correspondence artists Buster Cleveland, John Evans, E.F.Higgins III, Ray Johnson, G. A. Cavellini, and many, many others. The third issue included a 2-sided flexidisc recording, an audio montage called "Hot Dog, You Bet!", which was voted as a favorite in November 1980 by music critic Lester Bangs in the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll. The first issue was printed in a limited edition of only 500.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History: 
http://www.alexhirka.com/smegmart.html
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Alex Hirka obladida@adelphia.net
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Yes
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
Yes
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
For-Profit
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
For-Profit
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
Yes
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
2.
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
Yes
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
Yes
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Space Concerns
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
No
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Unknown
Where are these locations?: 
Where are these locations? [I.E. Home / Office of Private Individual(s) (i.e. Former Board, Staff, Funders, etc)]
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
No
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IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
No
Part 10e.
10e. Under what circumstances would access to archives be allowed.: 
SPecific special requests.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Correspondence
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Photographs
Unique Art Objects
Other Artwork. Please describe below.
Other:: 
mail-art
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other:: 
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Brochures
Broadsides / Small Press
Commercially Published Materials
Other:: 
Other Printed Publications
Other:: 
Other
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
1970-1979
1980-1989
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
None
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
1 - 10
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
1 - 10
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
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14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
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or: 
I don’t know
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
No
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
No
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
No
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
No System
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
None or Limited
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
No or minimal climate controls [i.e. in an attic, basement, unheated / uncooled storage area, etc.]
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
begin archiving
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
time
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
find university or other site to adopt
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
1.
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
find a safe permanent home
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$15,001 - $20,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
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Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
No
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
Looking for a permanent home for a vast archive of mail-art and remaining information and copies of Smegma the Magazine.
Finish
survey_field_150: 
Alex Hirka
Who executed this survey.: 
Alex Hirka
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: 
Yes