Spread. http://spreadophilia.com - Dedicated to the fiercely few independent authors and artists around the world who seek a more openly renegade and inclusively experimental platform to freely contribute their current efforts and explorations in underground exploratory art and literature in the new medium.

We welcome all manner of works and in-the-works— no matter if prominent or emergent, raw or rare, revered or reviled— including and most especially those that attempt to extend the frontiers of method and content: New visions and new voices that seek to engender new dimensions of thought, sense, and transcendence.

Founded on July 21, 2000, This, Man, Is, Spread.

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Call for Spread

Not too long ago, across what was then called the World Wild Web, there spread Spread, or what the late Samsa, given half the chance, might have, willy-nilly, described as "almost animal, more likely amoeba, but always anomaly." Which is, of course, longcode for "beautiful freak."

Or so we would like to believe.

Still, this much was set in stone: Here was an 8-bit, third world "homepage" calling for the global propagation of what it refers to as underground exploratory art and literature" to create, curate, and celebrate in the then "new" medium.

Yeah. Right. Tough luck. Fat chance. But, Not, For, Long.

By 2010, a full decade's sweep, reap, and heap of exciting, eclectic esoterica served by a motley mob of maverick wordsmiths and swordsmiths, foraging and forging whatever possible and impossible sentence and sentience, have since graced and grazed the pages of Spread.

In the seemingly indefinite interim that ensued, the sixteen-issue stint comprising the sum of what was and what finally became of Spread seemed to have sufficed to pronounce the stunt a success, the experiment conclusive, and the case close — the charge/hypothesis/premise of artists/writers and audiences/readers of diverse interests and inclinations either collectively or independently conspiring to define and refine a common zeitgeist.

Spread is dead! Long live Spread!

Yet, inevitably so, comes now, from coma to comma, this all-too familiar call or recall to hopefully engage, enrol, and enlist past, present, and future surveyors and purveyors of the intrepid and the inspired to — once again and, this time, with feelings! — spread it out, deep and wide and good.

Because, as the old rascallion puts it: "The good always comes back."

This, here, serves as an open invitation, as it was then and as it is now, to all artists and writers of free thought and technique, who are unceasingly challenging and exhausting the breadth and spread of the interwebs in which to stage and wage their labors of love.

Everything and nothing has changed. The scheme of things with Spread has simply charged nth degrees up for still the sheer love of immersing into and spreading new underground exploratory love in the same endearingly hyphenated hypertextual-digital-virtual-metaphysical-conceptual-surreal body electronic.

We're back.

For Good.

Now please do let it spread with warm wild creative juices flowing—

Notes from the New Underground

 

About Spread

Who We Are/What We Are

We are a loosely informal, unofficial, noncommercial, interdisciplinary arts and literary collective with an international contributing cast of independent authors, artists, coders, and creatives who have chosen to name the "gravity" that informs our varying aesthetic orbits, this proudly precarious and eternally emergent core movement of ours — this animal, vegetable, mineral: goddess or golem — Spread.

Vision/Mission

Our vision/mission (as it was in the past and as it is in the present):

"This site is a gesture dedicated to the free creation, propagation, and dissemination of new underground exploratory art and literature. This site is an attempt — sustained by the promise of new technologies and summoned by the premise that art, or perhaps more aptly, the grave and grand gasp and grasp of the humanities, must cease not to pick, to pry, to probe, to plough down the fences — to provide a free clearinghouse for artists, artisans, authors, and auteurs of whatever merit, method, or manner who boldly share the same boundless verve and verb for experimentation, exploration, and innovation, in seeking to extend the frontiers of form, function, and content, in order to establish or cause to establish a parallel portal or a platform, if you will, where one might, through one's work, be free to engender one's truth, engage and empower intellect and intuition: to turn on, tune in, spread out. Foma, foma, foma... Here and now, we have chosen to name this gesture and attempt: spread."

spread screenshot circa 2003Spread Screenshot in 2003 via the Internet Archive

The Spreading

Spread is also the name we give to this Website, which is shortcode for Spreadophilia (read: "spread the love"), which now sublimates and spreads at spreadophilia.com, and which shall, heretofore, serve as home, showroom, library, gallery, repository, sandbox, soup kitchen, halfhouse, grindhouse, and clearinghouse for any and all manner of works and in-the-works that stand up and answer to billing "New Underground Exploratory Art + Literature.

Full disclosure #1. This not-for-profit homepage, created for the record on August 5, 2013 (b. Aiken, Armstrong), is actually and currently the 2nd incarnation (read: version 2.0) of an earlier and older Spread or spreadhead, as it was originally called, officially launched on July 21, 2000 (b. Hemingway, McLuhan).

Full disclosure #2. Spawned between the time it first made itself manifest from out of the webwork in 2000 and up until it was last seen online on October 6, 2010 when it dutifully went on a 3-year hiatus were 16 vestal issues spanning a decade's worth of creative harvest:

Issue #01: Wave
Issue #02: Flight
Issue #03: Blink
Issue #04: Germ
Issue #05: Rogue
Issue #06: Hash
Issue #07: Coil
Issue #08: Slug
Issue #09: Dig
Issue #10: Bruise
Issue #11: Score
Issue #12: Cream
Issue #13: Squeeze
Issue #14: Grab
Issue #15: Hit
Issue #16: Spill
 

Full disclosure #3: Call it what you will: revival, resurrection, or a rebirthing-of-sorts, this prodigal site, this frankensite, this Lazarus-of-a-website serves as a testimony to the power of personal passion and independent philanthropy. We are back. And weather-willing, for good.

Titus Toledo
Founder-in-Memoriam

Rosendo M. Makabali
Editor-in-Chief

Papa Osmubal
Managing Editor

The Authors/Artists of Spread

The following is a partial alphabetical listing of authors and artists who have chosen to share and contribute their works for the spreading:

Mike Paul-Anthony
Erlene R. Arinbuyutan
Ma. Theresa M. Bernabe
Jake Berry
Tom Bradley
Mez Breeze
Luke Buckham
Randall W. Collier
Carla Maria Concepcion
Gibbs Cuevas
Ranielle Cunanan
Kevin L. Donihe
Petter Eklov
Emmet
Ann Erickson
Neil Grimmett
Drazan Gunjaca
Kristine Grace P. Hamoy
Homer Jose
David Kessel
Sean Kilpatrick
Irene Koronas
Gary Lehman
Laurie Lipton
M.A. Littler
Anne D. Mabanta
Rosendo M. Makabali
Jojo Pasion Malig
Sedfrey Manabat
Jaime Mendoza
Henri d'Mescan
Charlton Metcalf
Jayson Michel
Colin Momeyer
Rigor Mortis
Tony Nesca
Teknikal Nova
Maurice Oliver
Stephen Oliver
Papa Osmubal
Claudio Parentela
Justin Parinello
Dmitri V. Poltavski
Ian Pyper
Asim Rizki
Jake Anthony Lucas Sampana
Mylen Salamat
Killian Scarre
Dan Schneider
Davis Schneiderman
Savannah Schroll
Julie Ann Sempio
Lucinda Sin
Rejilah C. Siron
Natalie Sliskovic
Jeremiah Stansbury
Brent Matthew Surrat
Aimee Suzara
Doug Tanoury
Juan Carlo Toledo
Titus Toledo
Pow Tuazon
Jerry Vilhotti
D. Garcia-Wahl
Lester Whisk
D. Harlan Wilson
Wayne W.H. Wolfson
Liz Worth
Durdén Ysephï