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’80s THEN

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DAN CAMERON: In the late ’70s, wasn’t there a sense that object making as a form of art production had sort of run its course? Was there a new way of being involved in culture that was somehow summed up for you by the music scene?

JULIE AULT: Well, I wouldn’t say object making had run its course. But the definitions of art and being an artist were in question in a very productive and stimulating way. I arrived in New York in 1976 from Maine, and as a teenager got to experience punk, and a bit later rap. The music scene downtown really transformed art culture, and the DIY atmosphere across a number of fields encouraged many of us to create rather than simply consume culture. The East Village, specifically, represented a very exciting mix. It was an example in recent history of how art was not isolated. Also, the larger question of cultural access influenced our desire to develop a collaborative

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