G.P.O. v G.P-O : Mail Action - Genesis P-Orridge
G.P.O. v G.P-O : Mail Action
Art Metropole, 2002
Second edition (1st ed : 1976)
105 pp., 21.5 × 28 cm
Xerox - Softcover
Edition size unknown
Very scarce book by the late Genesis P-Orridge. "G.P.O. v G.P-O: Mail Action" was the second in a series of "bootleg" publications (made in collaboration with the artists) produced by Art Metropole that also included Sonic Youth and Scott Treleaven. This xeroxed book is a facsimile reprint of a long-out-of-print title published by Ecart Publications in Geneva, in 1976. A third edition, also not available anymore, was produced in 2013 by Primary Information.
In the spring of that year P-Orridge was charged by the General Post Office of Great Britain with disseminating “indecent and offensive material” through the post the year prior. His mail art at the time featured postcards collaged with pornographic imagery, erotic texts, and "confrontational" images of the Queen. P-Orridge took the trial as an opportunity to turn the case into another performance. The contents of the book reprint the artist’s collection of official investigation documents from the post office, the police, the courts, and correspondence from artists, writers, lawyers, and friends, such as author William S. Burroughs.