Mobius, Inc. Records, 1968 -- 2019

Overview

Title: Mobius, Inc. Records
Dates: 1968 -- 2019
Bulk Dates: 1977 -- 2006
Creator: Mobius, Inc.
Call Number: MS208
Size: 136 Linear Feet, 1 Artifact(s), 14 Digital Object(s), 1 Web sites
Language(s): English  
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10427/009013
Location:
    Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University
    archives@tufts.edu
    https://dca.tufts.edu/

Description

This collection contains the records of Mobius, Inc., dating back to its founding in 1977. The records document the administration and activities of the artists group, including its many projects and works. Major projects include Orpheus; Persephone and Hades; annual ArtRages events; and international exchange with artists focused on site-specific works in Macedonia, Croatia, Poland, and Taiwan. Works span a wide range of live performances, new media, and installations created both individually and in collaboration with other Mobius members, and beyond.

The Mobius, Inc. records document the experimental arts scene in Boston in general, and arts activism in Fort Point in particular, as the neighborhood transformed from a warehouse district to New England's largest artists' community, and finally to valuable real estate marked for redevelopment.

Included are administration files; newsletters and calendars; press materials promoting the group's work; project files; fundraising records; financial records; photographs, slides, audio, and video documentation of events; and artifacts.

Arrangement

This collection is organized in ten series: Administration files; Newsletters and strip calendars; Press materials; Project files; Fundraising records; Financial records; Photographic materials; Audiovisual materials; Artifacts; and Unprocessed accessions.

These series reflect Mobius's own system of organization.

Biography/History

Biographical / Historical

Founded by Marilyn Arsem in 1977, Mobius, Inc. is a Boston-based non-profit, artist-run organization, whose mission is to generate, shape and test experimental art. The group incorporates a wide range of visual, performing, and media arts into innovative live performance, video, installation and intermedia works. Mobius has produced hundreds of original works that have attained critical acclaim in Boston, nationally and internationally. Works created at Mobius have been presented throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see "Reproductions and Use" on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Any intellectual property rights that the donor possesses have not been transferred to Tufts University. Requests for display, loan, or publication must be referred to the donor.

Collection History

Processing Notes

This collection is processed.

Custodial History

The Mobius, Inc. records arrived at Digital Collections and Archives in multiple accessions. In spring 2013, Jed Speare, Director of Mobius, deeded the group's inactive records to DCA. These records had been in storage since 2007, while Mobius occupied several temporary spaces. At the same time, Marilyn Arsem, founder of Mobius, deeded photographic and video documentation of the group's work taken by Bob Raymond, her late husband. The first boxes arrived at DCA in fall 2013. By this time Daniel DeLuca had replaced Speare as Director, and helped coordinate the transfer. In spring 2014, Liz Francis, Records Archivist, retrieved Raymond's slides, audio, and video recordings from the home of Marilyn Arsem. In summer 2015, Francis returned with Margaret Peachy, Digital Archivist, to retrieve digital photographs and video from Raymond's home computer. Jack Mello, friend of Mobius, assisted with the digital transfer. Further accruals are expected.

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Administration files, 1977 -- 2006

    Administration files include histories and studies of the organization; lists of volunteers, interns, and staff; surveys and assessments; long-range planning documents; agendas, minutes, and notes from board, staff, and all-Mobius meetings; insurance and tenant information for 354 Congress Street and 381 Congress Street art spaces; and some fundraising files. This series also includes the records of the Mobius-affiliated Boston Coalition for Freedom of Expression (BCFE), circa 1985-1995, and files documenting Mobius's engagement with arts organizations including the National Association of Artists' Organizations (NAAO), Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, & Humanities (MAASH), and Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC).

    See Series 005 for additional fundraising records.

  2. Newsletters and strip calendars, 1981 -- 2002

    A complete run of Mobius newsletters, 1983-2002; strip calendars listing Mobius events at the 354 Congress Street art space, 1990-2003; and a few undated strip calendars. The newsletter invited scheduled artists to speak for themselves, describing their works directly to the reader. Each volume of the newsletter covers one Mobius "season," generally beginning in September and ending in June the following year. The number of issues per volume varies, with as few as one and as many as seven issues per volume. The final issue printed was Volume 19, Issue 1 in the 2001-2002 season. Also included in this series are newsletter layout, copy, and original submissions from artists.

  3. Press materials, 1977 -- 2007

    Press releases, 1981-1998; previews, reviews, and articles, 1977-2004; press photos, 1981-1997; brochures for Mobius Performance Group (MPG), 1985-1986; press contact lists; audience comment books; posters and programs from Mobius 25 (25th anniversary event) and posters promoting performances and fundraising events, 1979-2006. Also included are copies of Art New England issues featuring Mobius artists. Materials related to the unfinished Mobius book project, including recordings and transcripts of panel discussions of the history of performance art in Boston, 1973-1993, can also be found in this series.

  4. Project files, 1975 -- 2005

    Project files documenting individual works, 1977-2006; and Mobius Performance Group (MPG) and Mobius Artist Group (MAG) touring files, circa 1985-1995. Generally, each work has a single project file, and includes the artist's resume or portfolio, project proposal, correspondence with Mobius, postcards and promotional materials, programs, and ticket sales statistics.

  5. Fundraising records, 1979 -- 2008

    Fundraising files documenting development of individual donors, including letters to donors, 1979-2000; foundation applications and correspondence, 1991-2006; government grant applications and administration, 1984-2004; and fundraising events and parties, 1985-2004. Government grant files include the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities (MCAH).

  6. Financial records, 1979 -- 2003

    Annual reports and financial statements, 1979-2003; tax and insurance files, 1984-1996; budgets, 1983-1998; and contracts for grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), 1986-1992.

  7. Photographic materials , 1975 -- 2005

    Negatives, contact sheets, photographic prints, slides, and digital images of local and international works, practices, workshops, meetings, fundraisers, and community life of the Mobius Performance Group from 1977-2003. Most photographs were taken by Bob Raymond. Included are Raymond's records documenting the creation and process of his photo archive, including photo logs and inventories. Also included are slides and records pertaining to the Fort Point Public Art Series including correspondence, artists' statements, and notes.

    See also Series 008 for audio and video recordings of these works.

    1. 7.1. Negatives and prints, 1977 -- 2005

      This subseries contains negatives, prints, contact sheets, panoramic photos, and inventories of works, practices, international performances, workshops, meetings, fundraisers, and community life of the Mobius Performance Group and affiliated groups from 1977-1999. Included are Bob Raymond's records documenting the creation and process of his photo archive, including photo logs and inventories.

    2. 7.2. Slides, 1975 -- 2004

      This subseries contains slides of works, practices, international performances, workshops, meetings, fundraisers, and community life of the Mobius Performance Group from 1975-2003. Also included are collections of artists' slides, performances of Mobius and non-Mobius collaborative works as well as duplicate slides which were not inventoried. This series also includes slides, artists' statements, correspondence, project statements, and notes, 2000-2004, related to the Fort Point Cultural Coalition Public Art Project.

  8. Audiovisual materials, 1968 -- 2009

    This series contains approximately 1000 audio and video recordings of events, circa 1974-2009. Formats include VHS, U-matic, Beta, audio cassettes, DAT, DV, Mini-DV, Hi-8, and open reel magnetic audiotapes. Recordings document local and international works, festivals, experimental music performances, artists' compilations, planning meetings, and works in progress. Also included are interviews with individual artists, panels, and compilations of artists' work.

    Notable performances include Persephone and Hades, performed annually,1980-1996; Works in Progress (WIP), circa 1983-2000, in which a variety of artists informally present developing work in a public forum; Drought ,1988, a collaborative project recorded in many formats; and Mobius 25 , May-June 2003, a two-week festival marking Mobius' 25th anniversary and the end of the group's 20-year tenure at 354 Congress Street.

    See also Series 007 for photographs and slides of these events. Many performances were recorded in more than one format. It may be necessary to search in more than one format to find complete representation of a performance. Access to these materials may be limited depending on availability of appropriate playback equipment. Please contact the archives for details.

    1. 8.1. Large format U-matic and Betacam, 1976 -- 1998

      This subseries contains recordings on large format U-matic and Beta-cam cassettes, circa 1976-1998. Recordings document local and international works, artists' compilations, and artists' interviews. Also included is television coverage of Mobius projects.

      Artists represented include Nancy Adams, Marilyn Arsem, Ben Britton,Jessie Davis, Scott DeLaHunta, Dennis Downey, Katherine Finkelpearl, Joan Gale, Sarah Hickler, Dennis Hylinsky Milan Kohout, Manning, Aleksandar Milev, David Miller, Mario Paoli, Steve Picker, Tom Plsek, Alan Powell, Cathy Nolan, Mari Novotny-Jones, Bob Raymond, Bart Uchida, Frank Vasello, Ean White, and James Williams, among others.

      Access to these materials may be limited depending on availability of appropriate playback equipment. Please contact the archives for details.

    2. 8.2. VHS, U-matic and Beta-cam, 1968 -- 2003

      This subseries contains recordings on U-matic, Beta, Betacam, and VHS cassettes, circa 1974-2003. Recordings document local and international works, planning meetings, and works in progress. Also included are local television interviews with artists, panels, artists' compilations, and recordings of international works acquired overseas.

      Artists represented include Marilyn Arsem, Harris Barron, Marc Battier, Odell Bowman, Ben Britton, John Cale, Jean-Paul Curtay, Moniek Darge, Meredith Davis, Susan Davis, Scott DeLaHunta, John Driscoll, Douglas Ewart, Karry Fefer, Mary Fleming, Linda Fischer, Ivan Ladislav Galeta, Hans Geofors, Raymond Ghirardo, Susanna Grillo, Earl Howard, Jerry Hunt, Thomas Janzen, Larry Jonson, Ron Kuivila, Dan Lang, Daniel Lentz, Laurie Liveman, Jessica Love, Albert Mayer, Dallas Miller, Davis Miller, David Moss, Mari Novotny-Jones, Andrew Neumann, Mario Paoli, Mark Pugh, Tom Plsek, Godfried-Willem Raes, Bob Raymond, Curtis Roads, Megan Roberts, Ellen Rothenberg, Steve Sciscenti, Matt Smotzer, Michael Timpson, Yvette Torrel, David Tudor, and Victor Young, among others.

      Access to these materials may be limited depending on availability of appropriate playback equipment. Please contact the archives for details.

    3. 8.3. DV and mini-DV, 1996 -- 2009

      This subseries contains recordings on DV (digital video) and Mini-DV cassettes, circa 1996-2009. Recordings document local and international works, international exchanges (including Macedonia and Croatia), festivals, panels, symposia, and works in progress. Also included is footage of the Mobius 25 25th anniversary festival, May-June 2003.

      Artists represented include Marilyn Arsem, Amais, Alexander, Margaret Bellafiore, Decordova, Lewis Gesner, LS Johnson, DP Miller, Marjorie Morgan, Vela Phelan, Tom Plsek, Bob Raymond, Joanne Rice, Seiji Shimoda, and Margaret Tittemore, among others.

      Access to these materials may be limited depending on availability of appropriate playback equipment. Please contact the archives for details.

    4. 8.4. Hi-8, 1987 -- 2001

      This subseries contains recordings on Hi-8 cassettes, 1994-2000. Recordings document local and international works, international exchanges, festivals, presentations, forums, and other events.

      Collaborations represented include the Macedonian exchange, the Macedonian admin exchange, the Liquor Amnii project in Providence, 5 North, Image Lab, and multi MAG. Individual artists represented include Marilyn Arsem, Susan Baltozer, Donna Coppola Scott DeLaHunta, Rochelle Fabb, Ruth Fitzgerald, David Franklin, J. Kohoot, Yin Peet, Tom Plsek, WM.Pope, Bob Raymond, Margaret Tittemore, Frank Vaselllo, and Ruth Zaporah, among others.

      Access to these materials may be limited depending on availability of appropriate playback equipment. Please contact the archives for details.

    5. 8.5. Audio cassettes and DAT, 1971 -- 2003

      This subseries contains recordings on audio cassettes and DAT, circa 1978-2000. Recordings document works, interviews with artists, panel discussions, audience reactions, individual artists' grant applications, sound used in performances, experimental music performances, and Mobius workshops.

      Artists represented include Marilyn Arsem, The.art.re.grup, Ellen Band, Marc Battier, Johnnny Blood, Joseph Celli, Jean-Paul Curtay Meredith Davis, Scott DeLaHunta, John Driscoll, Gary Duehr, Richard Dunlap, Douglas Ewart, Karry Fefer, Linda Fisher, Fischer, Ivan Ladislav Galeta ,Hans Gefors, Ghirardo, Jane Gillooly, Goldhart, Malcolm Goldstein, Jerry Hunt,Thomas E Jansen, Larry Johnson, Ron Kuilvila,Dan Lang, Neil Leonard, Daniel Lentz, G.E. Lewis Liquor Amnii , Logos Duo, Lowe, Drake Mabry, David Mahler, Albert Mayr, Taylor McLean, David Miller, David Moss, Gina Mullen,Thomas Murray, Mari Novotny-Jones Billie Jo Joy,Morgan O'hara, Pauline Oliveros, Panhuysen ,Mario Paoli, David Peck, Charlie Pennel, Steve Picker, Tom Plsek, Bob Raymond, John H Rieger, Curtis Roads, Megan Roberts, Landon Rose, Ned Rothenberg, Srijan India Dance Co, Julius Sound, Emile Tobenteld, Michael Timpson, David Tudor, Bart Uchida, Frank Vasello, Vollenweider, Ron Wallace, James Williams, and Ken Winokur, among others.

      Access to these materials may be limited depending on availability of appropriate playback equipment. Please contact the archives for details.

    6. 8.6. Open-reel, 1978 -- 1990

      This subseries contains recordings on open reel audio tape, 1978-1986. Recordings capture the sound of local and international works and experimental music performances.

      Artists represented include Bob Raymond, Dan Lang, Mario Paolli, Jude Aronstein, Victor Young, Julie Rochlin, and Marc Battier.

      Access to these materials may be limited depending on availability of appropriate playback equipment. Please contact the archives for details.

  9. Artifacts, 1990 -- 2003

    This series contains a variety of three-dimensional objects, including gifts presented to Mobius, objects used in performances, and promotional items. Included are a number of artifacts used in performances during the 25th anniversary program, "Mobius 25:" boots worn by William Pope L, "A Collection of Images to Consider a Question" used by Donald Burgy, and a suitcase (with jumpsuit) used by Dillon Paul.

  10. Additional accessions, 1983 -- 2015

    This series comprises unprocessed accessions, not yet added to the first nine series. The majority of unprocessed materials are digital photographs and video of performances, 2003-2011. Also included are an interview with Bob Raymond, 1984; electronic copies of printed newsletters, 1983-2002; programs, postcards, and strip calendars, circa 1983-1996; artists' videos, circa 1987-1994; audio recordings of book project interviews, including panel discussions of Mobius history, 1993-1994; WBZ Channel 4 News coverage (video) of Reports from Afield, 2001; and the book This moment: Missives from another world: Thirty years of performances photographed by Bob Raymond, 2015.

  11. Website, 2015-2019

    Webite crawled by DCA to document the presence of Mobius on the web. The website in this series is crawled on an annual basis.