Pro Arts hosts an evening of presentations by two Bay Area cultural icons: editor, publisher, and subcultural maven, V. Vale, and arts provocateur, Stephen Perkins.
Friday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
We begin the evening with a presentation by Stephen Perkins, entitled “On the passage of a few persons through a rather brief period of time in San Francisco between 1985-1990.” During his talk, Stephen Perkins will zero in on the Festivals of Plagiarism, Art Strike, Neoism and Multiple Names.
After brief intermission, V. Vale (RE/Search) will talk about his personal experience in how he “discovered” situationism and by luck met one of the local Berkeley-based point-blank situationist groups. In V. Vale’s words: “Mind you, this is in the context of previously being obsessed with SURREALISM (& Dada of course its predecessor) which I’m positive situationism “grew out of”…”
Stephen Perkins: Bio
I was born in London, England in 1953. I attended art school in the UK and attended the first creative photography program at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham. A couple of years later I completed a post-graduate program in art therapy and I worked for a number of years as an art therapist in the National Health Service. In 1980 I moved to San Francisco and completed an MA in art after studying with the visual anthropologist John Collier, Jr. For the remaining decade I played in an industrial performance band, published a couple of art magazines, was active in the international mail art community, was doing Xerox street art & collecting it, continued photographing my community of artists and political events in SF, collaboratively organized the Festival of Plagiarism and the Art Strike (199-1993), curated shows in alternative spaces and generally tried to create trouble.
In 1990 I moved to Iowa City to do a PhD in the Art History department at the University of Iowa with a specialty in artists’ periodicals and alternative printed matter with an emphasis on Fluxus periodicals. In 2000, I was hired as the curator of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery. I continued in that position until 2015 when I retired and I have recently moved to Madison. I continue writing about artists’ periodicals and am presently working on a sourcebook on artists’ periodicals with a French colleague. I’m an advocate of artists’ accordion books and have a blog dedicated to this unique publishing genre, and I continue my own work in photography and assorted printed matter interventions and have just started a new home-based gallery in my home in Madison called Subspace.
V. Vale: Bio
In 1977 V. Vale founded Search & Destroy, San Francisco’s first Punk Rock publication. It was published at City Lights Bookstore, where V. Vale worked, and was funded by $100 each from Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. In 1980, V. Vale launched RE/SEARCH. V. Vale is most likely the longest lasting (and still active) Punk publisher. Although Vale released books which include Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Lydia Lunch, and many other Punk notables, RE/SEARCH is actually best known for its impact on the total world of underground culture.
RE/SEARCH has remained at the same address in San Francisco since 1979. The company is a sole proprietorship owned by V. Vale. Aside from being a book/magazine publisher, it is also a mail-order company selling its own wares, which include underground T-shirts, books, DVDs, music, and other merchandise. RE/SEARCH TV produces a monthly cable TV program titled “The Counter Culture Hour” which is produced by Marian Wallace. RE/Search has produced specialty videos (notably, on J.G. Ballard and W.S. Burroughs) and done live presentations, panels and workshops all over the world.
Read more about RE/SEARCH HERE!
Pro Arts’ The New Situationists project is made possible with a generous grant from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.