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.
View Stephen Perkin’s entire PowerPoint presentation, HERE.
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”…”
View V.Vale’s entire PowerPoint presentation, HERE.
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.