FILE Vol. 1, #1 + Vol. 1, #2/3 (Toronto: Art Official, Inc., April- May/June, 1972).
FILE Vol. 1, #1 + Vol. 1, #2/3 (Toronto: Art Official, Inc., April- May/June, 1972).


FILE Vol. 1, #1 + Vol. 1, #2/3 (Toronto: Art Official, Inc., April- May/June, 1972).

Folio. Stapled wrps., 32pp. + 62pp. Ed. AA Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal.

The first three issues (in two) of FILE, a magazine that anticipated punk 'zines, queercore, and the networking possibilities and interactivity of the internet long before the invention of the world wide web.

Informed by William Burroughs's notion of image as virus, it was established in Toronto by the three members of General Idea - Ron Gabe (Felix Partz), Michael Tims (AA Bronson), and George Saia (Jorge Zontal) - with the intention to disseminate images and provide a forum for artists to communicate, in particular the mail/correspondence-art movement. In an appropriation emblematic of its subversive humour (and desire to be a "parasite within the world of magazine distribution"), FILE took its logo and format from LIFE magazine (who at one stage threatened to sue).

The inaugural issue features a front cover photo of Vincent Trasov (Mr. Peanut), and includes news of Ant Farm's documentation of the "famous squashed dog on Interstate 40"; the new frequency setting of La Monte Young's oscilloscope; Yvonne Rainer's recent performance at Hofstra University; artists' fridges; the Vancouver 'Art City' project; Image Bank Artist of the Month; Miss Honey's diaries; and contributions from Gary Lee-Nova (as Art Rat); Roy Ascott; Anne Lee Long (as Anna Banana); Chicken Bank; Robert Cumming; Marcel Dot; The Eternal Network; Bill Gaglione (as Dadaland); Davi Det Hompson; Ray Johnson; and others.

The double issue #2/3 features a front cover colour photo of Mimi Paige (Miss General Idea 1968), demonstrating "her remarkable variation on General Idea's Manipulating the Self Project"; a full-page collage by Anna Banana; Monte Cazazza ('Image Bank's choice for Artist of the Month'); and contributions from Gary Lee-Nova; Foamy Lathers; Eric Metcalfe (as Dr. Brute); Laff Arts; Michael Morris (as Marcel Idea); Twilight Rose; Talkin' Dirty; The Unseen Force; Dave Zack; and many others.

Slight dampstaining to front cover of first issue, with tear to lower part of spine, o/w Very Good (includes the rare 'Ace Space Co' 8pp. colour insert). Double issue #2/3 slightly worn along spine and fore-edge of front cover, o/w Very Good.