AVANT-POP MANIFESTO:
THREAD BARING ITSELF IN TEN QUICK POSTS (Circa1992-3)


In the late eighties Amerika took over as the editor of an experimental literary journal called Black Ice. Their handle was "Not For Everyone" and they meant it. Of course, that didn't stop a widely distributed network of underground culturati from wanting to read it. Black Ice opened up a whole new audience to experimental work that was at once deeply connected to the literary and artistic sensibilities of the 20th century avant-garde as well as the ever-influential viral effects of the instrusive digital pop culture. Out of this unlikely marriage of self-aware artiness and media literacy grew what came to be known as the Avant-Pop phenomenon. At one point in his Avant-Pop manifesto (itself a gesture back toward a more demonstrative Modernist tactic), Amerika self-reflexively asked: "What would the Futurists have done with an information superhighway?" He helped answer that question himself and was soon dubbed "The Marinetti of the Internet."
 
Avant-Pop Manifesto