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V. Vale’s RE/Search Newsletter #159, April-May 2017: Europe tour, Berkeley punk talk, Miss Meatface

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1A. EDITORIAL by V. Vale: Free Presentation on San Francisco Punk Wed April 19 noon at BAM/PFA. April 19 7:30pm meet RE/Search at dorkbot sf! April 22-23 Don Buchla Memorial Concerts Marathon; not to be missed! May 13-26 RE/Search Europe tour; come meet us! Also: new Jello Biafra zine, Incredibly Strange Films book release, more!

1B. Zora Burden interviews Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface
2. The Counter Culture Hour: watch for new online presence
2b: RE/Search Conversations Podcast Series on researchpubs.com or iTunes
3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS:
4. OUR PAST LIFE: Books/CDs/DVDs we’ve been given, Experiences, etc.
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1A. EDITORIAL by V. Vale: Free Presentation on San Francisco Punk Wed April 19 at BAM/PFA. April 22-23 Don Buchla Memorial Concerts Marathon; not to be missed! RE/Search Europe Tour May 13-26—meet us there! Also: new Jello Biafra zine, Incredibly Strange Films book release, more!

 
Natasha Boas has curated the best series of free presentations (“California Countercultures”) ever to hit the Bay Area in many years: Wednesdays at noon-1:30pm at BAM-PFA Auditorium in Berkeley. To quote: “We will use the “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia” exhibition at BAMPFA as springboard to ask: What is a counterculture? What kind of culture does a counterculture counter? Can culture be a space of political opposition? Can culture be revolutionary?…local and national activists and artists help us seek out new ideas and new art forms while struggling to create a new world within the shell of the old.”
The series started Wed Jan 25 and topics and speakers included: “From the Rat Bastards to the Mission School,” Iain Boal, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, Leigh Raiford (photography of black social movements), Greg Castillo (countercultural design in the ’60s), Michael Cohen, Dena Beard (showcasing new artists), Ishmael Reed, Laura Perez on Ana Mendieta, Stephanie Syjuco on “From Punk to Occupy,” Peter Coyote on “Diggers, Communes,” bringing us to Wed April 19: San Francisco Punk with V. Vale, which will also include a new film by Marian Wallace which is an homage to Bruce Conner titled “It’s All True.” Wed April 26 brings the redoubtable Mark Pauline presenting on SRL (Survival Research Laboratories) along with his wife Amy Critchett of Bay Lights. http://arts.berkeley.edu/thinking-through-the-arts-and-design-at-berkeley-california-countercultures/
 
A mammoth avant-garde music festival is coming right up Sat-Sun April 22-23 curated by Naut Humon (Rhythm and Noise, featured in our Industrial Culture Handbook) and taking place at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, 2665 Mission St/23rd St, SF. This event is world-class, presenting artists from all over the world; it’s titled “DON BUCHLA MEMORIAL CONCERTS.” A full schedule/weekend pass is only $45 and tickets are at https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?936717
Recombinant Media Labs (RML), Associates of Don Buchla, Gray Area, and Obscura Digital are your hosts. Amazingly, Morton Subotnick himself is headlining—in person. Here’s a concert lineup:
Saturday Night Concert: Doors 7:00pm
Morton Subotnick – Wow!
David Rosenboom
Richard Devine
Laetitia Sonami
Marielle V. Jakobsons
Bob Ostertag
Thomas Dimuzio
Maggi Payne
Laurie Spiegel (Tape Music – Premiere)
George Lewis (Tape Music distilled) Wow!

Sunday Night Concert: Doors 7:00pm
Alessandro Cortini – Yes!
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Suzanne Ciani
Curtis Roads
Antimatter (Xopher Davidson)
Jessica Rylan
Ami Radunskaya
Layne (Rachel Aiello) (a RE/Search favorite!)
bran (…) pos

 
Your $45 pass entitles you to Saturday and Sunday afternoon concerts, panel discussions, films, and so much more—the mind reels at the thought of all the ideas and music and tech concentrated in one room!  This will definitely be a legendary event talked about for years to come. There’s also a Facebook page: tinyurl.com/n8orou7
 
() MAY 13-26, 2017 RE/SEARCH EUROPE TOUR—COME MEET US! The May Newsletter will have a detailed schedule, but for now, plan to meet RE/Search in person at Copenhagen/Denmark, Germany (Dusseldorf, Berlin, Karlsruhe, Braunschweig, Hamburg) and Vienna/Austria. Email us at info@researchpubs.com if you can show up, and if you want any RE/Search “books/T-shirts” tell us what to bring to you, so you can save the overseas shipping cost!
() After what seems like years of toil (also; it’s been years since it was available), Incredibly Strange Films is released in an 8×10″ paperback version suitable for the new age of short-run digital book printing. Upon reading, the book seems not only FUN but amazingly relevant for today’s new generation of independent filmmakers and videomakers. All kinds of suggestions and inspirations are geared toward making all its readers at least want to make a film!
 
() “A Visit from Jello Biafra and Eric Debris, aka Jello Biafra on the Coming Trumpocalypse.”
On February 14, 2017, Jello Biafra and Eric Debris came to the RE/Search office at 8pm and stayed until 2am. Eric Debris, Metal Urbain founder, was in town to participate in an erotic photography show at SOMARTS, staying at Jello Biafra’s house. The 6-hour taping was too long to transcribe, so we are giving you some highlights in this color zine, augmented by a photograph signed by V. Vale. This zine with (1) color photograph is $20 plus $5 shipping (or $10 shipping overseas). There is a version with (3) photographs signed by V. Vale for $30. Specify which one you want!
 
() BRUCE CONNER: The Afternoon Interviews by V. Vale. Introduction by Natasha Boas. Cover & super-fast book production by Marian Wallace. 128pp, original photos by Vale. If you liked Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews, you’ll like this latest RE/Search book rush-released to make it in time for the Oct 29, 2016 Bruce Conner Retrospective at SFMOMA (the show came from MOMA NY, and is on its way to Barcelona, Spain). Order direct from RE/Search & receive a BONUS 4×6″ color photo print of Bruce Conner, signed by V. Vale.
 
() We produced a tiny number of a partially-color 11×17″ paper, stapled comics zine by Krusty Wheatfield on V. Vale’s life/biography, titled SEARCH FOR WEIRD (a bio-comic). Excellent drawings! $15 plus $5 shipping ($10 overseas shipping)
 
() Terminal Punk / Philosophy of Punk, 7th edition by V. Vale (interviews, quotes, etc: why “Punk” is the last philosophy you’ll ever need; it may even help you survive the apocalypse!). The new COLOR 7th edition zine may be had for a mere $10 plus $5 shipping ($10 overseas), or come by our office and score your copy! You might also want to score a rare RE/Search T-shirt; we’re already running out of the “small” and XL sizes! Other options are our William S. Burroughs T-shirt (M,L only), and our Mr. Death T-shirt (S,M,L,XL).
 
() Lost Angels of Los Angeles: 12 photographs by Danielle Neu, fiction captions by V. Vale. A one-sheet folded to make a 12-panel zine! Write info@researchpubs.com if you want a copy ($3 postpaid USA; $5 foreign). www.danielleneu.com
 
() New Industrial Culture zine + poster in 2 versions!
Artists of the Industrial Scene – Printed in France! Color Zine in French and English! Interviews with Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle/ Psychic TV), Mark Pauline (Survival Research Laboratories), Johanna Went, Jim Thirlwell (foetus), Ryoichi Kurokawa, Ilpo Väisänen and Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic), Peter Christopherson (Throbbing Gristle), Graeme Revell (SPK), Naut Humon (Rhythm & Noise), Gerald V. Casale (DEVO). $20 plus $5 ship ($10 overseas)
 
() Color Poster from Paris show! 2 versions! With Monte Cazazza image! Check it out! $20 plus $7 ship; $20 to ship overseas)
AND a (2-sided deluxe version! – 2 copies only; write for details) 
 
() New JG Ballard zine in color; printed in England! (includes our last interview, never before in print. Plus color photograph of JGB signed by V. Vale). $20 plus $5 shipping (shipping $10 overseas). Also a few copies: 11×14 JG Ballard Color Poster – write if interested! This zine came about because V. Vale and Marian Wallace were invited to participate in the first “J.G. Ballard Day” at Birmingham City University; Vale did a talk/Q&A, and Marian Wallace showed her film on J.G. Ballard: Aesthetics. Faye Ballard (one of J.G. Ballard’s two daughters) stood up and gave an unexpected tribute: “I just want to say: it’s fantastic having you here. It was worth you coming. Your presence here is felt by all of us, even if we’re a very select group. It’s important that you’re here. I also want to say that my father is indebted to you for publishing The Atrocity Exhibition. He always talked about you as the publisher of The Atrocity Exhibition. And he loved your book RE/Search 8/9: JG Ballard. He loved it! You’ve made a major contribution. You supported him when he was alive. It’s very well, now that he’s dead, for us all to say “what a marvellous man, he’s inthe canon of literature”. But when you supported him he wasn’t necessarily in the mainstream, he wasn’t in that canon. You gave him a huge amount of support when it was needed. We’re all grateful. I think it’s important to acknowledge you and what you’ve done.” (Wow, Thank You So Much, Faye Ballard!…We also thank Bea Ballard for just being alive and being supportive of RE/Search, too!)
 
() We uncovered (2) copies of a rare zine by Kathy Acker, made by her and presented to V. Vale in 1980. It was an appropriation of the first RE/Search tabloid overlaid with her own text! The newsprint is fading, but it’s poignant. Cost: a whopping $100 (free shipping in USA). But, this has got to be as rare as hen’s teeth. Of course, sales of RE/Search “anything” help keep us going; look at any purchase as really a sponsorship of what we do…
 
To order a zine, email V. Vale at info@researchpubs.com, or snail-telephone 415-362-1465. Overseas readers who want to order more than one book: please email V. Vale so he can try to figure out the cheapest shipping to your country! Also available: limited JGB Photographic Print Poster 11×17″ color $25 plus $10 ship/$23 shipping overseas; write for details.
 
1B. Zora Burden Interviews Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface
 
Zora Burden: What artistic background do you have, and when did you begin working as “Miss Meatface” creating fetish photography and performance pieces?


Kat Toronto: I grew up in two very eclectic and artistic households. My father is a photographer and my mother is a textile artist, so I suppose it was only natural that I ended up as an artist as well.
I went to CCA in Oakland for three years, where I studied both textile arts and photography. I then took a year off and ended up receiving my BFA in textile design from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO.

I was handed a camera at a very early age and from that point on, I was interested in telling a narrative with photographs.
My fascination with self-portraiture began when I took my first photography class at CCA in 2001 and was introduced to the work of Joel Peter-Witkin, E.J. Bellocq, Cindy Sherman and Diane Arbus. I loved the dark sensuality of Joel Peter-Witkin and E.J. Bellocq’s work, the feminine cinematic narratives of Cindy Sherman and the vulnerable, eccentric characters that Arbus captured.
My “Miss Meatface” persona did not appear until 2014. This was a year after I’d undergone a full hysterectomy—after finding out that I had a rare form of cervical cancer at the age of 29. I’d also been in a 13-year relationship with someone who was unhappy that I was exploring my sexuality through my photography. So, during those years, I focused on other mediums that I enjoyed working in, like fashion design and millinery.
But it is photography that is my ultimate medium. So at the end of that relationship, I once again picked up the camera and started shooting. I began taking self-portraits that reflected how I felt inside: emotionally battered, bruised, and beaten down. I took up the art of special-effects makeup and gave myself bloody gaping wounds on my face; black eyes; and bloody noses. I used all of the outward signs of domestic violence in order to make a visual statement about how I felt on the inside.
It was at this point that I came up with the name “Miss Meatface.” At first it was just a bit of a joke between a friend and I. Then I changed my name on Instagram from Kat Toronto to Miss Meatface and it just seemed to stick.
To me it felt like a wonderful jab at our culture’s obsession with beauty. I wanted to make a statement showing everyone that I didn’t give a fuck about beauty… while at the same time trying to test the boundaries of what was “sexy” and what was disgusting. Could the disgusting be sexy? How did my grotesque images make the viewer feel?
Most often I got comments from people along the lines of: “Why do you use the name ‘Miss Meatface’? You’re such a beautiful girl—and that’s such a horrific name!”
 I found it exciting to receive these comments—I felt it was proof that I must be doing something right… forcing people to look at my name, and to look at my work, and ask questions: of the artist, of themselves, and of society as a whole.

ZB: Your work recreated a vintage aesthetic from 1960s and ‘70s fetish magazines, in which the photos were incredibly intimate and personal—usually taken by amateurs within their own homes. Which vintage fetish magazines, books, erotica are you inspired by?

KT: Vintage fetish magazines like Atom Age, Bizarre, and Dressing for Pleasure have been a huge influence. The old magazines had a wonderful, intimate and sincerely voyeuristic feel. To me, it feels like looking through old family photo albums. Everyone seems to be having a lovely time with one another in the comfort of their own homes, their backyards, or on a hike through the local meadow.

It’s this wonderful combination of sincerity and sexuality that attracts me to the images in these early magazines. To me, this is exactly what “fetish” is.
I find that the newer fetish aesthetic lacks this wonderful, genuine sincerity. To me, it feels as if fetish is now all about the fashionable side of it. You can turn on MTV and at any moment catch a pop star wearing an ensemble directly influenced by a fetish. I think that if you were to ask a 20-year-old on the street what popped into their head when they heard the word “fetish,” they would probably answer with “Fifty Shades of Grey” or “Lady Gaga”. There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that a certain kind of “aesthetic” traditionally comes into play with fetish and BD/SM.
Now, I appreciate the incredible melding of fetish and fashion by designers such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Thierry Mugler, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. It is only “natural” that each go hand in hand… but it feels to me that the word “fetish” has been watered down and turned into a marketable product for mass consumption—which saddens me.
Along similar lines of “sincere” or “genuine” fetish vs. “fashionable” fetish, I had this realization a few months ago: the reason I adore the smell of kid leather gloves so much, is because when I was a child I would smell the leather gloves in my grandmother’s dresser drawer. They would not only have that delicious smell of old leather, but they would also smell of her perfume!
Now, whenever I find a pair of vintage kid leather gloves in a thrift shop, it is that fantastic smell of old leather and perfume that makes me swoon and gives me an amazing sense of comfort and calm. I’d love to make a full enclosure hood out of vintage kid leather gloves, so that I could wear it when I’m stressed out. I know it would immediately calm me and put me in my “happy place”!
I find that on the whole, I am happier putting myself and Miss Meatface into environments that simulate those of my grandmother’s house: doilies and knitted objects, vinyl fabrics, vintage perfumes, gloves, hair spray, wigs, Jello molds, tea towels, baked goods, lipstick, roses, textures, smells. All of these things play an important role in my Meatface work and in my own personal life. 

ZB: After working for many years in a fetish and BD/SM business, it was fascinating to observe the psychology behind many fetishes. It seems they come from early sexual experiences and associations of pleasure. What is your opinion about how fetishes are formed?

KT: I believe that this varies from person to person based on their life experiences. I’ve found that for myself, personally, that I fetishize items, smells, textures, etc. because they make me feel safe. Once I am in this safe space, then I am able to fully let go of the stresses of everyday life and immerse myself completely in the realms of sexual fantasy and play. For me, it is things like my grandmother’s kid leather gloves, the smell of old perfume, etc. that are the catalysts leading to the feeling of comfort and safety—the ultimate feeling of love and tenderness and sentimentality.

I feel like I’m continuously in the process of learning to trust and to let go. I learned a lot about these things at the end of my last relationship, which was the beginning of Miss Meatface. “Meatface” allowed me to step out of Kat Toronto and become an “other” who could do a lot of things that “Kat” would be too wary or scared of doing.
In the beginning, I admit that the lines between Kat and Miss Meatface were blurry and would cross occasionally. But this was something I think had to happen in order for me to let go of the past, open myself up to the present, and be as vulnerable as possible. Even if it meant I had to get hurt—in both the physical and psychological sense—I put myself through a rigorous series of tests to see what I could live through and what I could handle. Because if I could handle those things, then I could get through the horrible things that I was facing in everyday life (at that time).
The past four years have been a huge test of strengths for me, and Miss Meatface and fetish and BD/SM themes I explored in my work and personal life were the main things that helped me to survive them.

ZB: How has your work as both subject and photographer helped to create a safe place for you to fully play with and explore your sexuality and gender identity roles? Are you able to achieve a sense of radical liberation through your work?

KT: The development of Miss Meatface has helped me immensely in exploring and discovering more about my sexuality. She has given me a safe outlet to delve into subjects, emotions, fascinations, and obsessions that I’ve held my entire life… but until recently haven’t felt comfortable enough to tap into.

When I put on a latex hood, Kat Toronto immediately disappears, and I become a blank slate on which I am able to become whomever or whatever I desire—without any kind of self-consciousness or other fears getting in the way. The hood is really the key. With the hood, I am able to immediately step into the shoes of Miss Meatface and become her—and this is an immensely freeing feeling.
We tend to think in this day and age that gender role stereotypes no longer exist to the same extent that they did fifty, or even twenty years ago. But what I’ve discovered through my Meatface work (in particular with the recent work I’ve been doing for my current series, and the Meatface etiquette book), is that many of these stereotypes do indeed still exist—just hidden in different, newly-evolved forms. 
With this in mind, I enjoy taking Meatface and playing with gender roles, having fun with them, making them humorous and turning them completely on their heads, while at the same time hoping that I can get through to the audience: not only keep them entertained with the images, but also get them to question their own concept of what place gender roles hold in current society, as well as how past gender roles have influenced the present-day.

ZB: Where do you acquire your props and unique fetish clothing seen in each piece?

KT: One of my favorite things in the world to do is go shopping at thrift stores (or charity shops, as are they are called in the UK). Many of my Meatface “shoots” begin when I am in a thrift shop and stumble upon something amazing. Then that one item will spark the inspiration for an entire shoot!

I have an obsession with doilies, granny square blankets, and vintage kid leather gloves. This came out of a lifetime of trips to thrift stores! A large part of the wardrobe I use in Meatface shoots is sourced from thrift shops in the U.S. and the U.K.
When I began shooting Miss Meatface, a lot of people were quite confused and didn’t know how to categorize it, because it wasn’t pure fetish photography and it wasn’t what you might consider fine art photography. I love the aesthetic of mixing vintage clothing pieces with fetish and BD/SM pieces, polyester dresses with BD/SM harnesses and a latex hood, stitching doilies over a shiny black latex catsuit, etc. This combination seems to occasionally throw people for a loop—but for me this is just another tool with which I am able to create a visual narrative within my work.
Because of the expensive nature of latex clothing, most of the time I purchase items when they are on sale. I’m also incredibly lucky to have friends who are latex designers—occasionally they give me pieces that are pre-used or sample stock. This isn’t to say that I wouldn’t love to have a custom Meatface latex wardrobe created for every shoot, but that’s just not a financially-viable option at this point in time.

ZB: Each photograph is accompanied by anecdotes that use dark humor and satire—within the context of advice on manners or etiquette—to create a contradictory narrative. What was the inspiration for this, and will we see these manifest into an actual book? 

KT: Along with my fascination for doilies and granny squares, I also have a penchant for old cookbooks and etiquette books from the 1940’s-1960’s, wherein a housewife learns how to host the perfect dinner party as well as whip up a lovely, say, “Under-the-Sea” salad from lime-green gelatin. Halfway through my “Dolls in the House of Venus” series, I came to realize that I was creating my own “atomic age housewife” narratives—but through the eyes of Miss Meatface—and that this narrative could be pushed even further if paired with etiquette and entertaining quotes directly picked from those eras.

At first I thought I would purchase as many vintage etiquette and entertaining books as I could find on my thrift store outings, and then cull the very best bits and pieces out of them to attach to my images. But I soon realized I could take inspiration from one or two of these books and make my own quotes to suit each image—it’s a bit more fun this way, too! 
Over the past six months or so, I’ve been pairing Meatface images with advice and wisdom on everything from etiquette to interior decorating. Soon I’ll be compiling all of these images and quotes into book form. The final product will be something akin to the plastic spiral-bound cookbooks that were so popular with women’s clubs back in the day.
This book was something that I’d been wanting to do for some time, but the financial side of the project was holding me back. Amazingly, I was contacted by Sandy Glaze from the alt-home decor company Sin in Linen, and she said that she would like to publish a limited-edition number of the books. We are looking at a late spring release date. It is currently untitled, but I imagine it will be called something along the lines of Miss Meatface on Etiquette, Entertaining and Beauty.

ZB: Will you talk about the type of film you use for the shoots? How do you choose the locations, and what is your process in creating the theme(s) for each scene?

KT: During each Meatface shoot, I switch back and forth between using a traditional digital camera and vintage Polaroid cameras. I love having that visual variety within my images.

For the Polaroid cameras, because Polaroid no longer manufactures film, I use Impossible Project film. Impossible doesn’t use the same chemical formulas as Polaroid did, so photographs aren’t exactly instant. After the photo is taken, you have to wait between 10 minutes to an hour for the image to fully develop. But because of Impossible’s unique chemical formulas, you are able to get images that look wonderfully dated and vintage—which I’ve found lends itself perfectly to my aesthetic.
The Meatface shoots come together in a variety of ways. Sometimes I’ll find an item and plan an entire shoot around that item; other times I search for specific locations online—like old hotels—and book a room there for a night. People know my aesthetic now, and friends call me up to suggest fantastic future Meatface locations.
The lovely Florence Druart at Torture Garden Clothing created a very special Miss Meatface hood for me, which you can see in many of the recent Meatface photographs. Dolenta Debarna at Breathless Latex has been incredibly kind and generous, as have Amy Day of AmStatik Latex, Rose at Rose Noir Designs, and Debbie and Marnie at Libidex.
One location that proved particularly magical for me (and ultimately inspired the Meatface series “Dolls in the House of Venus”) was the tiny island just off the south coast of England called the Isle of Wight. A dear friend of mine owns a house there, and he very kindly opened it up to me to shoot in. I fell in love with the island on my very first visit, and my husband and I are now hoping to eventually buy a home there.
I also adore Bath, and have shot in a few small hotels there—I am a sucker for large four-poster beds!
I am also planning a trip to shoot Meatface in the small town of Portmeirion, where the television show The Prisoner was filmed.
I love kitsch, so it was only natural that I visit the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo and shoot there. Many times, friends have opened up their homes for me to shoot in. I’ve also shot a considerable amount in my father’s house, my aunt’s house, and my grandmother’s house. I quite enjoy quietly dipping into the domestic life of others for my Meatface shoots.

ZB: Your art and performances can be seen in everything from fine art galleries to underground venues like Torture Garden. Will you talk about some of your shows, and how you transition your work into performance?

KT: I feel that it’s important for people to experience firsthand what goes on in one of my shoots. I love the idea of the audience voyeuristically peeking through an invisible window into my living room or parlor, whilst I sit drinking tea with my latex doily maid or taking self-portraits with my creepy vintage dolls. Photographs are good, but if people can witness a Miss Meatface shoot happening live in front of them, that adds a whole other level to the viewing experience.

At my solo exhibitions, it’s imperative for me to create an installation within the room and then hold a photo shoot performance. My dream Meatface exhibition would be one hung within a richly decorated Georgian mansion or 1970’s-era suburban home. How wonderful it would be to hold an exhibition in a fully immersive environment, where there would be framed Meatface photographs hung on the walls, between lush velveteen curtains and gaudy wallpaper. I would be there in full Meatface costume going about my everyday business: whipping up a batch of cookies in the kitchen with my latex scullery maid, sitting in the living room watching television while crocheting someone into a doily suit, lounging in my bedroom as I have my lady’s maid polish my boot collection… as people walked through
A recent show I did was the “Love Hurts” event at Valentines Ball at the legendary Torture Garden, London (and The Coronet, London). I entered the room as Miss Meatface with my partner who was clad head-to-toe in a black latex catsuit and hood. We sat down at a small table set for tea, complete with lace tablecloth and full tea service. I then proceeded to stitch doilies onto my partner, while taking sips of tea—stepping away once in a while to photographically document my process with a vintage Polaroid Impulse camera. This was an hour-long piece.
Recently there was the UPRISE/ANGRY WOMEN: A Group Exhibition of Female Artists at The Untitled Space, NYC, which featured women artists exploring the current political climate in America. My piece in this show was a large size (16″x20″) Meatface photo print that commented on the political state of affairs—not only in the United States, but in the United Kingdom as well. I shot the image two nights after the US election, as I felt compelled to express what I’d been feeling over the last 48 hours about my half-and-half life between the US and Britain… and my desire to not let despair and sadness drag me down… but to take CONTROL, to show my POWER over it, and to never stop fighting.
Also, the “Dolls in the House of Venus” (a solo exhibition at Resistance Gallery, London, U.K.) was the culmination of a series of photographs and short films I had been working on, continuing my exploration of gender and identity using Miss Meatface as my creative implement.

ZB: Will there be a Miss Meatface book out soon (based on your photographs and performance art)? Where can people see your work  and buy prints?

KT: Yes, indeed there will! I am extremely excited to be working on that Miss Meatface photo and etiquette book that is set to be published in late spring. There will also be a photo exhibition in conjunction with the release of the book, most likely in the SF Bay Area or Los Angeles. In the meantime, if anyone would like to purchase prints and other goodies, I have a website: www.missmeatface.com. [end]

 
 
2. Counter Culture Hour
for current information email us at info@researchpubs.com 
See RE/Search channel on youtube: “researchpubs”

2b. RE/Search Conversations: podcast series
Most of us are too busy to sit down and watch a “TV show,” so now you can listen to some of the conversations that happen around the table at the RE/Search office. 

New podcasts with David J (Bauhaus), Diane DiPrima, Dirk Dirksen (2 parts), Mike Watt https://researchconversations.simplecast.fm
For Jarett Kobek’s podcast-visit http://www.researchpubs.com/category/podcast/  as well as at the Apple podcast ‘store’ (they’re free and available to all who can find them). Here’s the link to the offerings to date (Penny Rimbaud, Rudy Rucker, Lyle Tuttle, and now Parts 1 AND 2 of Daniel Miller!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/re-search-conversations/id1071988559
Please send us feedback if you listen to these podcasts so we’ll know someone out there is listening!!
For the brand-new Christopher Coppola podcast, visit http://www.researchpubs.com/2016/08/research-conversations-9-christopher-coppola/
And for the Thorsten Schutte podcast [director of Frank Zappa documentary “Eat That Question” go to: http://www.researchpubs.com/2016/07/research-conversations-8-thorsten-schutte/

3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted) 
 
() FREE Wed April 19, noon-1:30pm **BERKELEY**  V. Vale presents on “San Francisco Punk and earlier countercultures” and Marian Wallace shows her latest film on Bruce Conner titled “It’s All True.” RE/Search books will be available from the stage! BAM-PFA Auditorium, Berkeley, CA.
 
() $ Wed April 19, 7pm http://dorkbotsf.org RE/Search will have a book table; come meet us! Only 60 seats; first come first served! Lightrail Demo Space, 1028 Market St/6-7th Sts. George Zisiadis & Ben Davis/Illuminate – LIGHTRAIL – and more!
 
() $ Sat-Sun April 22-23: 2 day festival includes Don Buchla Memorial Concerts at Gray Area, 2665 Mission St. Huge lineup including Morton Subotnick! https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?936717
 
() $$ Berkeley BAMPFA Great films, one after another, in February! http://bampfa.org/program/hippie-modernism-cinema-and-counterculture
 
() Support the Roxie Theater: great programming EVERY NIGHT (our opinion). http://www.roxie.com Also support the Castro Theater! A beautiful Film Palace!

() S.F. EVENTS to Check Out Regularly: Long Now Foundation. Hypnodrome/Thrill Peddlars now R.I.P. (they need a new space; can you help?!?). Goethe Institute. The List (Punk Rock). Dorkbot. Bottom of the Hill. INdependent. Thee Parkside. The Chapel. Brick & Mortar. ATA Gallery (last “underground” film place?). The Lab under Dena Beard. Southern Exposure Gallery under Patricia Maloney. Mule Gallery.
 
 
() FREE Wed April 19 Noon-1:30pm RE/Search will be giving a presentation  (“San Francisco Punk with V. Vale”) at BAM-PFA Auditorium, Berkeley
 
() FREE Sat April 22, 3-6pm Walter Robinson talks at Catherine Clark Gallery, 248 Utah St
 
 
() SOLD OUT Wed April 26, 730pm John Waters talks (new book: Make Trouble) at Green Apple Books, 9th Ave location
 
() FREE Wed April 26 noon-1:30pm Mark Pauline presents on SRL (Survival Research Laboratories) at BAM-PFA Auditorium, Berkeley (along w/his wife Amy Critchett).
 
() FREE Thur May 4, 6-10pm ART SHOW with Gracie T (one of our favorite tattoo artists & zine creators), plus other artists. Fleet Wood SF, 839 Larkin St
 
() Fri-Mon May 5-8 FILM NOIR FESTIVAL at Roxie Theater RE/Search will try to attend! http://roxie.com
 
() $ Sat May 20 Big Brother & the Holding Company at Great American Music Hall
 
() FREE Sunday May 21 **OAKLAND** Oakland Book Festival (google to find)
 
() FREE Sat-Sun June 3-4 downtown Berkeley: Bay Area Book Festival  www.baybookfest.org (please write us if you can help RE/Search get an “affordable” zine table there! – write: info@researchpubs.com )
 
() $ Sat June 24 **Berkeley** Nick Cave plays the Greek Theatre at U.C. Berkeley. Google to find tickets!
 
() Fri-Sat July 28-29 **CLEVELAND, OHIO** huge DEVO event at Beachland Ballroom. Sun July 30 DEVO Race in Akron, OH. http://devo-obsesso.com/html/news_pgs/devotional2017-promo.html
 
 
 
4. OUR PAST LIFE: What We’ve Received, Liked, Experienced:
 
() Again: Leigh Markopoulos R.I.P. hit by a truck in Los Angeles, we heard! (Beware of crossing the street!) Was there a memorial service? We still are in shock! Also, Mika Vainio of Pan Sonic died April 12; he was in Marian Wallace’s film “Artists of the Industrial Scene” (also published as a color zine by RE/Search). For some of Leigh Markopoulos’s reviews, go to: http://www.art-agenda.com/reviews/?auth=11658 And, we definitely are still in shock over Ara Jo perishing in that Ghost Ship fire…Ara Jo forever!
 
() SCAM Magazine, new giant issue – send $10 plus $5 shipping (total $15) to Erick Lyle, 1011 Bedford Ave #3, Brooklyn NY 11205. Email newscamadventures@gmail.com
 
() Liked the recent Alice Bag CD – google to find it!
 
() March-April was the cruelest month for all the events we missed: Martin Creed at The Lab 3/17/17; Lawrence English at The Lab 3/29/17; Kal Spelletich’s three performances at The Lab and two at Pro Arts in Oakland; The Damned at the Fillmore; Avengers at Bottom of the Hill; Chris-Artemisia opening Fleet Wood Gallery, 839 Larkin St, April 6. At least we managed to see Nick Zedd at ATA 3/20 (great), Michael Gendreau at ATA (3/25; 3-D stills amazing) and Diamanda Galas at The Masonic Auditorium 4/8 (great). 
 

5. LINKS (Send Us Some!)
 
() First release from La Mère, avante garde music project from Marian “RE/Search” Wallace: “Can’t Miss It” now available on Bandcamp. Take a listen for free!
 
() https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/13/john-waters-on-multiple-maniacs-reissue – John Waters: “A new kind of anarchy is going to happen next”—sent by Andrew B.
 
() from Don Ed Hardy: “I’ve never had a site focusing on my personal art. Finally got one done with the help of a great web designer—paintings and works in other media, but not prints as yet. donedhardyart.com – also see https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/arts/design/tattooed-new-york-mohawk-chiefs-bowery-denizens-inking-artists.html
 
() from V in London: https://techgnosis.com/talismanic-bookseller/ (Talismanic Bookseller – Techgnosis)
– Richard Bishop at The Lost Church, 65 Capp St, Tue May 2, http://www.songkick.com/concerts/29506534-sir-richard-bishop-at-lost-church
 
() Elvia Wilk is doing a steampunk book project and if you know something about the early “movement” write: elviapw@gmail.com
 
() from Natasha Boas: “Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Please spread the word to students, activists, innovators, luminaries, writers, artists, educators and friends about our Big Ideas course @CAL@BAMPFA which started on 12-25-2016. First big lecture was on 1/18/2017 Wed noon.
Thank you and looking forward to seeing you— Yours, Natasha”
 
() See excerpts from Marian Wallace’s funny/spicy documentary on painter Sharon Leong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRNs2RpTfcQ
 
() Steven Gray reviews Bruce Conner films:  https://drylandlit.org/2017/01/27/the-films-of-bruce-conner/
 
 
() ** FULLERTON, CALIF** April 8 through May 20: Joe Coleman Art Show at Cal State Fullerton
 
() Check out Sandie West’s website: http://www.beachdancerfilms.com
 
() Thrillpeddlers’ space is gone but we hope a new place will materialize for them! (Thrillpeddlers: one of San Francisco’s greatest independent theater/performance cultural nexus locales; we had many a memorable night there) Meanwhile check out these videos: –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbKSk601_Xg&ct=t(Newsletter_October_201610_5_2016)
 
() Natalia Mount is a mover-and-shaker who staged a whole series of “New Situationists” events at Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland 94612. c: 510-309-3205. natalia@proartsgallery.org  www.proartsgallery.org – there are still some more events happening. Disclosure: V. Vale appeared on March 31 Fri night.
 
() Rexroth’s greatest interview: http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/meltzer.htm 
 
() Instagram: pablomusique
 
() Cosey Fanni Tutti new book ART SEX MUSIC comes out May 1! google to find it!
 
() Monet Clark (who worked with Helios Creed of Chrome, etc) has a new website: http://monetclark.com/
 
() Check out Bana Haffar on soundcloud – she bought a book from us at LAABF! Bana also did a Moog promo and a MakeNoise promo or two on YouTube.
 
() Winston Smith’s new (white letters on black) T-shirt “Trump Hates Me” — google to find!
 
 
 
6. QUOTATIONS
 
3-word phrases:
– “Seek the Causes”
– “Privilege Confers Blinders”
– “Everything Is Personal”
– “Friends Encourage You!”
– “Journey Is Destination!”
– “Daily Visible Progress!”
– “Leisure Produces Ideas!”
– “Invent New Language!”
– “Walk Every Day!”
and from Penny Rimbaud: “Look Good, Sound Good!” (uhm, we might add: “Smell Good!”)
and from William S. Burroughs: “Avoid criminals and con-men!” and “Language is a virus from Outer Space”
 
 
 

7. LETTERS FROM READERS:
 
() “Thanks for passing on that email – I’ve never seen that news piece [Weekender, Friday 27 January 1984] about that SPK show Sat 28th Seaview Ballroom, long ago. It was a crazy show – I was  7 months pregnant.
Rocked onto stage .I remember at a gig in Sydney at Trade Union Club – Graeme smashing an assemblage of glass bottles on stage. He had a net of shade cloth to protect the audience.
I was singing out front & saw our hired drummer huddled in the wings with his drum kit. Scaredy cat.. I’m not payin’ You!  haha. – Sinan Revell”
 

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7. Paul L. many many thanks!! Also, thanks much to Dave S. and Billy H.

APRIL-MAY 2017 RE/Search eNewsletter #159 written by V. Vale & other contributors. RE/Search website poweredbyhttp://www.laughingsquid.com.  Add us (“info@researchpubs.com“) to Your Address Book++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Physical Address since May 1979: RE/SEARCH | 20 Romolo #B | San Francisco CA 94133-4041 | 415.362.1465 http://www.researchpubs.com | http://www.myspace.com/researchpubs | info@researchpubs.com  facebook: “RE/Search Fan Page”    twitter: @valeRESearch  Instagram: Vale_Research

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