A comment from comrade PAKI.TV:
The situation of 1970 was described by Michelle Wallace, who was articulate about a possibility to mount a concerted attack againt biennialisation through unionisation:
But I was first struck by the true dimensions of that problem in 1970, when Faith and I attened a guerilla art action protest against Art Strike, which was itself a protest against ‘racism, war and repression’. A group of famous white male artists led by Robert Morris decided to withdraw their work from the Venice Biennale, a prestigious international exhibition, in order to protest US bombing of Cambodia and the murder of college students at Kent, Jackson and and Augusta. Although the protest was supposed to be against ‘Racism, War, and Repression’ (sexism was not yet on their agenda), Art Strike then expected to mount a counter-Biennale in New York without altering the all-white male composition of the show. This seems to be the key to understanding the intrinsic limits of Western cultural avant-gardism: while it can no longer deny its own white male supremacist presuppositions it canot be rid of them either.
In the first years of our feminism, working through an organization that we founded called Women Students and Artists for Black Art Liberation (WSABAL), Faith and others succeeded in opening this exhibition to women and people of color. WSABAL was also influential in the subsequent development of Ad Hoc Women Artists, led by Lucy Lippard. This group repeated WSABAL’s 50 per cent women demand in their protest against the Whitney Biennial, which was in the habit of including white male artists almost exclusively. Specifically because of Faith’s research and support of Ad Hoc, black women artists Barbara Chase Riboud and Bettye Saar were included in the next Whitney Biennial.
Albeit a little late, we greet the arrival of Psycho Active Kinetic International. Trans Veralism material! Invaluable addition to our funky set-up features numerous video pieces, and sound (de)collage material which is to be featured in the Party this coming Friday (tomorrow, 4 May), which at 8pm right after we hold a presentation by the representatives of POLARIS INTERNATIONAL limited. See you tomorrow!!!
For the time being, videos are available online: http://www.youtube.com/pakitv?gl=GB&hl=en-GB
Panjab Afghania Kashmir TV = Psycho Active Kinetic Trans Versalist = Psychic proletArIan KollecTiVe started at the Antisystemic Library at LARC before they were expelled as the centre became a London Anarcho Racist Centre, these videos show paki.tv in its various guises and collaborations from as and with the LPA, evoL PsychogeogrAphix, the Peoples Global Action, West Essex Zapatista, Inqalab and most recently with Karen Karnak and DAMTP
PAKITV was formed to counter the institutional racism inherent in the western European centred left politics of the so-called revolutionary left and anarchist scene in London – we worked most closely with the Voice refugee forum in London and the University of openness as the faculty of decolonisation. We also worked with various other groups including the wombles, the spacehijackers, pga, larc, no borders, noii. After being expelled from larc for challenging the user groups on their institutional racism of the pga – which lead to the voice refugee forum also leaving and then the founding of no borders London in their absence, we continued work at limehouse town hall. PAKITV is now also part of the DAMTP especially in the form of the AMKAAK