Audio Archives

Kitchen, The

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

N (Contains information on all art forms)

Sponsoring Person or Institution

very long list of: Individual donors, Corporate Support, as well as support from the Endowment for the Arts, New York state council on the Arts, etc.Please see

Site URL

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General Description of Archive

Archive of sound, video, music, dance, performance, film and literature. It also showcases upcoming art events, as well as providing digital materials for contemporary artists.

Description of archive history or URL

The Kitchen started in the early 1970's as an artist collective. It collected over 500 audio tapes and 3,600 videotapes, which are now being digitized, catalogued and preserved. Their long term goal is to provide a working archive for experimental art.

Contact information

512 West 19th Street, New York, NY, 10011 (212) 255-5793. Debra Singer, Executive Director and Chief Curator.

Searchable options

No searchable options, and archived items are only available as "features" instead of a browsable resource.

Relation from the audio to the text

No transcriptions. There are no recordings on their website yet that are strictly audio, though they do explain that they have hundreds of hours of audio that has been digitized.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

When available, date and context of the performance is given.

Author bios and context within literary history

None given.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

Most items on this archive are video, Youtube performances.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

Video and photos are dispersed around this site where appropriate.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)


Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)


UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Mobile access is possible, but the website does not cater to mobile devices. Functionality may vary depending on the device.


Browsing is limited, as there are no search options, only blog-like posting lists of items are provided.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features


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