G.P.O vs G.P-O: A Chronicle of Mail Art on Trial
G.P.O. = General Post Office of Great Britian
G.P-O = Genesis P-Orridge
The case: In 1975, Genesis mails two postcards to friends/fellow artists. The cards exemplified he/r practice of collage and mail art. The cards in question contained images of pornography and the Queen. Scotland Yard confiscated the cards, and the G.P.O. lodged an indecency prosecution against he/r. Thus began a legal battle, a fantastic public discourse on the nature of art, and a durational performance work that embodies many of the artistic issues P-Orridge and others were grappling with at the time. The ephemera (correspondence, legal documents, articles, trial issuances, more mail art) was originally compiled into a 1976 publication by Ecart, and is reproduced here by Primary Information. Edition of 1000.