TRANSCRIPTION OF THE PBS DOCUMENTARY "POST NO BILLS"
"MAJOR FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY THE
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING THROUGH THE
INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE."

Time Square - taxis speed past.

"NEW YORK CITY
APRIL 7, 1992"

Shots of Robbie Conal gluing on telephone booths.

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Video image:

JOSEPH MCCARTHY
"Are you a communist or have you ever been a member of the communist party?"

WHISPERING V/O

Image of Conal's painting of Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn.

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Conal posting on "Truth" bus shelter.

VIDEO V/O
Colonel, Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth...(cont)

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Video image of Oliver North from Iran/Contra hearings:

VIDEO (cont)
...nothing but the truth so help you god?

OLIVER NORTH
I do.... (Thank you.)

WHISPERING V/O

Shots of Conal's painting of Oliver North and Brendan Sullivan/
newspaper article of Conal "Art Attack"/video image of SPEAK poster of Oliver North.

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Conal posting on Houston street.

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RONALD REAGAN (video)
In spite of the wild and speculative and false stories about arms for hostages... (cont)

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Conal's CONTRA DICTION poster glued to a garbage can.

RONALD REAGAN V/O (cont)
and alleged ransom payments, we did not, repeat, did not, trade weapons...(cont)

Conal in newspaper with CONTRA DICTION posters.

RONALD REAGAN V/O (cont)
or anything else for hostages, nor will we.

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Conal posting on Laguardia Place

PETE WILSON V/O
Ladies and gentlemen, let us show our affection... (cont)

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Barbara Bush, George Bush, Nancy Reagan & Ronald Reagan seated.

PETE WILSON V/O (cont)
appreciation and admiration for Nancy Reagan. (applause)

Nancy stands and waves.

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Robert Berman auctioning WOMEN WITH TEETH poster.

ROBERT BERMAN
I've got eighty, ninety, a hundred dollars, one hundred,
one ten, one ten, one ten, one hundred dollars, right here... (cont)

"POST NO BILLS" - title

ROBERT BERMAN (cont)
(cont) framed, we're selling this signed, Robbie Conal... (cont)

"ROBBIE CONAL" - title

BERMAN (cont)
...rare poster for a hundred dollars, last, one ten, now one twenty.

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PLAN AHEAD posters - day - SoHo, New York City

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Fox Personalities' broadcast lead.

CHALIE ROSE (ON VIDEO)
Robbie Conal, he calls his work "urban beautification."
Others call it a mutant, media fungus.
In any case, there is guerilla artfare in our streets.
The messages are up against the wall and
Robbie Conal is leading the way.
Jim Moret has the story of this pop artist...

music - "controversy"

"LOS ANGELES, CA
AUGUST 31, 1990"

REPORTER SUSANNE LA COCK V/O
Now we're going to do a couple of things here... (cont)

Conal's loft, shot of Sony monitor with Conal in it.

REPORTER SUSANNE LA COCK V/O
First thing were going to do is this thing
called over the shoulder where you just sit where you are and uh,
Rodney, you want me to just go forward rather than you go back up?
I mean, would that work for you?

Conal seated.

ROBBIE CONAL
I love paint. I love to paint. I love to push the stuff around and
I try to make this paint to flesh equivalence and I
like people to see the scale that the paintings are on.

Conal & La Cock with ARTIFICIAL ART OFFICIAL painting.

CONAL
This things we'll never dry but we're trying.

LA COCK
Is it oil?

CONAL
And he's all wet, so.

LA COCK
Is it oil?

CONAL
Yeah.

LA COCK
So oil takes what, a hundred years to dry?

CONAL
Yeah, approximately, give or take fifty. And...

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Typecraft Graphics. Conal and printer Tom Simmons examine ARTIFICIAL ART OFFICIAL poster.

TOM SIMMONS
We have different color paper...

CONAL
Bluer?

SIMMONS
Yeah.
CONAL
This is even cleaner, right?

SIMMONS
I was really surprised to see all the texture in a lot of your work. That really ads to it.

CONAL
Yeah.

PRINTER
This is a really thin sheet.

CONAL
I know it.

PRINTER
And he's up on the top unit and he's got to hit six units before he...

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Conal's Loft.

CAMERA OPERATOR
Start from this side, you guys go back around on the other side, no you're fine...

CONAL
"Men With No Lips" was the first poster.
You know, again it's from four individual paintings just like this is from three and
I put them together in one poster and put one word under each.
Now why I couldn't think of something like that for this I don't know, but, um...

Oh, we're doing the whole thing again?

CAMERA OPERATOR
Uh-huh.

LA COCK
I'm just going to say is "Men With No Lips," but you don't need to say it again.

CONAL
Okay, this is just for.

LA COCK
Yeah, you tell me when you're rolling...
So, this is your third, so is "Men With No Lips" was your first?

CONAL
Yeah, it's the first.

LA COCK
I'm going to do that again, is, was, so this was your first so was...

CONAL
No, no.
LA COCK
No this was your third, so was "Men With No Lips" your first?

CONAL
Yeah, "Men with No lips" was the first.

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Newspaper, "Guerilla Artist Robbie Conal Strikes Again."

CONAL V/O
I never think that my work has any political efficacy whatsoever.
I think it's a total loss actually...(cont)

Conal standing in front of ARTIFICIAL ART OFFICIAL billboard in West Hollywood, CA.

CONAL (cont)
You know, I put it out there and hopefully it might stimulate a little bit of thought or get
people to talk a little bit about, "who is that, you know, ugly old white guy with a hole in his head.
What's he doing in our neighborhood?, you know"...(cont)

Images of ARTIFICIAL ART OFFICIAL billboard.

CONAL (cont)
I never did think and I still don't think my work makes a damn bit of difference in terms
of the results of national or local politics or anything... (cont)

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Washington, D.C. Conal in front of the White House with a PLAN AHEAD poster.

CONAL (cont)
It's just more "info"-tainment more than anything else, if I'm lucky...

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Newsweek photographer shooting SEX DRUGS ROCK & ROLL.

CONAL (cont)
They have become quite popular, one of the reasons is the images...

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Conal's loft.

CONAL (cont)
have been all around the country and lots of people have seen them.
You know, in some way, these are some of the most...

conal (cont video image)
famous paintings of any contemporary artist because
I make you see them whether you want to or not.

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Typecraft - CU printing ARTIFICIAL ART OFFICIAL posters.

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Loft - loading bundles of posters with newscrew following.

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"UNAUTHORIZED HISTORY

PASADENA, CA
SEPTEMBER 5, 1990"

Armory Center for the Arts. Conal and curator Deborah Irmas arranging paintings.

CONAL
Maybe HEAR SEE SPEAK would go right here.

DEBORAH IRMAS
Right? Yeah.
(runs into painting)
Ouch!

Break up Doublespeak and that becomes, you know, the focus,
the major wall or put them together.

CONAL
Well, we'll put something next to them. Let's put them together.
Let's move 'em over, this guy over.

"DEBORAH IRMAS
CURATOR"

IRMAS
Robbie is going to attain mythic proportions as an artist.
I was thinking that he's, he's the quintessential American figure.
He's part Tom Sawyer the way he gets people to grab their brushes
and a bucket of glue and you know... (cont)

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Gorky's Restaurant. Conal displaying ARTIFICIAL ART OFFICIAL poster to crowd.

IRMAS V/O (cont)
"come on gang, let's go out there and paint the fences"
or in this case slap posters up all over town.

CONAL
...put them on the billboard but, to hell with it we'll just
surround the billboard with 'em... (cont)

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Armory. Conal signs Helms' painting.

CONAL V/O (cont)
and then we're off to North Carolina.

Armory. Hanging CONTRA DICTION. Posting CONTRA DICTION.

IRMAS V/O
In as much as this is opening night,
I am hopeful that he will be recognized as a legitimate and significant painter.
But no, he hasn't been recognized as such because the paintings haven't been shown... (cont)

CONAL
Let's try 7 1/2, let's put this here...

IRMAS V/O (cont)
It's actually rare that an artist that's his age would,
it would be this long before he would have his first one person show and,
and as a curator I think that's a major oversight
and I am very proud to be the first person to say
"okay, this guy needs to be looked at. He's a serious painter, he's a good painter."
And unlike a lot of people of his generation who are artists,
he has something compelling and important to say.

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Gorky's Restaurant.

CONAL
In terms of your relationships with big men in blue uniforms
with shiny objects all over their bodies...
They're always very interested in what we're doing.
And as long as you're polite and uh, listen to them... (cont)

Conal and Patti McGuire walking up Cahuenga.

CONAL (cont)
The kind of conversation you're going to have with them is - they talk and you listen.

"HOLLYWOOD, CA"

POSTERER V/O
Bring a poster over here Rob.

Conal gives poster to passer-by.

PASSER-BY
Yeah, thanks.

CONAL
Know what it is?

PASSER-BY
Yeah.

CONAL
What is it?

PASSER-BY
It's that artist who does all these things.
I don't know his name.

CONAL
Who's the guy?

MCGUIRE
Who's the face?

PASSER-BY
Beats me. I don't know.

FEMALE PASSER-BY
I know man, at least three colleges are gong to have this.

CONAL
It's an honor. It's an honor.

MCGUIRE
Thanks.

Conal separates posters that are stuck together

CONAL V/O
uh, Public Works, sent me a certified letter requesting my company at an
administrative hearing about my posters being on public property and
uh, so, course I went and we had a little chat and they... (cont)

Conal seated in loft addressing camera.

CONAL (cont)
basically asked me to cease and assist and to take down all the posters that
I had put up and I politely said, "no" and they asked me to sign a statement.
So I asked them for a copy of the statement and
I took it to my lawyer and we went over it and she quickly...(cont)

Day - ARTIFICIAL ART OFFICIAL posters in various L.A. locations.

CONAL V/O (cont)
...realized that they're asking me to stay off private property was outside of their jurisdiction.
And so that we asked them to re-word it to exclude that part of it and
they did and they told me that, if I didn't sign that they would,
they could recommend prosecution by the City Attorney's office.
I politely declined to sign it and they never did prosecute me.

It's not really part of my program to go around and break the law.
That's not what this is all about. It's really about distribution.

Gunshot.

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Newspaper headline "Casual Drug Users Ought to Be Taken Out and Shot."
Establishing shot of Parker Center/"Chief of Police"

DARYL GATES V/O
Well this, this came up in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and
it was part of probably an hour and a half of testimony before that committee... (cont)

"DARYL F. GATES"

DARYL GATES (cont)
...and my reaction at that time was that casual drug users are at the core
of the problem in the country, have been for a long period of time
and so I wanted to express that in as strong a term as I possibly could because
I did not think that they were giving it the kind of attention that they ought to.
And so I simply said, "well casual drug users ought to be taken out and shot."
That's a way, that's hyperbole, that's a way you get your point across....

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Silk-screening poster of Gates.

GATES V/O (cont)
Because you cannot help as Chief of Police, if you're reasonably outspoken,
to make a few enemies here and there and I've done that and
so this is the time for those who have said, "we'd like to get him out of there"
uh, this is the time for them to close in.

Some who would like to see change and for a variety of reasons.
There are some, some of those who always believed I was going to go into politics
and I was a threat in that arena. There are those who would like to see the complexion of the
department change in a variety of ways and so you build animosity there.

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Conal's Armory Center opening. People looking at paintings.

SPECTATOR'S V/O
I like it. It's uh, not something I would want to put in my living room,
but it's imaginative, very imaginative. I like it.

Newscrew arrives and is taping Conal's paintings.
Conal is being interviewed in front his ARTIFICIAL ART OFFICIAL painting.

FEMALE REPORTER V/O
Do you know that we're actually on camera now? So, I just wanted to tell you that.

CONAL V/O
Okay. Thank you.

FEMALE REPORTER
So, we're here, this is your big opening.
And tell us what led up to it, give us some background information.

CONAL
Well I can tell you that, this is...

CONAL (with e!)
This is kind of my version of "info-tainment."
So, um, it's just to get, to provoke people a little bit, get 'em thinking and uh,
also entertain them on their way to work in the morning or when they come in the gallery...

CONAL (with female reporter)
I've never even seen all the paintings together, in one place.

FEMALE REPORTER
How do you feel, how do you feel about that?

CONAL
I'm, I'm happy to see 'em. You know, I mean, it's educational for me.

CONAL (with E!)
When people talk about art, they talk about art work and when they talk about language,
they talk about word play. So I try to put them together to get a little more play into my work
and uh, entertain people a little more about very serious and sometimes grim subjects.

CONAL (ON VIDEO)
I'm pleased to be in the mainstream. I never felt alienated from the mainstream...

CONAL (WITH E!)
I do take it all over the country in poster form and I've been to New York,
Washington D.C., Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, the Bay Area and uh,
Cincinnati might be good. I think, I think Charlotte, North Carolina might be
interesting to take this down there and see how it plays.

CONAL (ON VIDEO)
I am a professional painter and painting is very important to me,
it's the way I generate my torque. You know, I can't get these affects in anything but paint,
it's the only thing I know how to do. So I like people to be able to see them.

CONAL (WITH E!)
No, I don't need N.E.A. funding. I do, I put up my stuff with my own money and..

CONAL (on video)
uh, the focus of my work is really on abuses of power, by people who have the power.
Now, I've mainly uh, focused on political power,
but there are all kinds of power, media power for instance...

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Video: Rodney King beating. Helicopter sound.

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Conal's loft. Conal counting Gates' posters.

CONAL
One, two, three, four, five...

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Conal driving on the freeway.

CONAL
Because it skirts so close to being a mirror image of the problems that
I'm uh, decrying, you know, it's almost like, you know, one of the classic cases
of anti-pornography propaganda is that, as soon as you use pornography in your critique,
you become part of the problem so...

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Conal in loft.

CONAL
I'm concerned that I'm protected in a certain way by the first amendment,
at least by the spirit of the first amendment when I put up posters on the streets, um,
but, if it's construed by, if this poster's construed as inciting other people to violate this
person's first amendment rights or civil rights in any way, then um,
my protections are abrogated, and uh our protections are abrogated and...

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Shot of City Hall, Conal in car looking at map of L.A..

CONAL
Where is Alyso?

CONAL V/O
Also, because we're going out into Daryl's department's streets in the middle of the night,
where they rule, with a poster about him... (cont)

Conal in loft.

CONAL (cont)
...I think it's a little more dangerous than us just going out "ha, ha'ing" Dan Quayle
or Jesse Helms or George Bush himself.

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Canter's Restaurant. Conal addressing crowd.

CONAL
What I'd like to do with, I'll show you what we're doing with this, is go infiltrate um,
City Hall and the Civic Center, Parker Center, uh around uh,
I have a little map for you actually. For each of you.
And, and a phone number on the back of a bail bondsman I know very well...
Actually, actually, it is the phone number of a lawyer so, uh, my lawyer, a great lawyer.

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Conal in car looking at map of Los Angeles.

CONAL
Main, Los Angeles, so we're right here.
(driving by Parker Center)
Parker Center here we go, good...

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Conal speaking at Canter's.

CONAL
Maybe he just thinks with his mouth and he doesn't do that very well, you know,
but he just actually did say "casual drug users ought to be taken out and shot."
So we kind of updated it, considering what's been happening while we've been
working on it, to take, (cont)

CONAL (cont on video)
he must have meant "taken out and beaten," cause, you know, within and inch of their
lives or something cause that's kind of what the guys did to Rodney King, (cont)

CONAL (cont)
so we've graffitied it and updated it a little bit. I think it's a little more relevant now.
I feel a lot better about the whole thing and Pat does too, right?

Pat's been working on this a long time.
I've been working on it with him, and um,
the situation has been escalating as we've been fiddling with this poster
so it's pretty hot right now and um, you know I think,
it's the biggest poster we've done.
It's probably the toughest poster we've done
and it's one of the toughest problems we've had.
So uh, holding these guys accountable somehow... (cont)

CONAL (cont on video)
within the system is very important to our safety uh, and also very
important to the safety of democracy, so.

CONAL
I want you to be very careful and um, I want you to just go put up your posters and
get out of the neighborhood, go to your neighborhood and do the same thing in yours.

And please when you're done with this and you're home and nice and safely, throw it away.

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Fox News' Broadcast lead.

FEMALE REPORTER (ON VIDEO)
Well a daring art campaign was launched earlier this week against
Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates. Henry Schipper was there for the midnight run.

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Conal posting with Patti McGuire, Fox News and his still photographer.

CONAL
(posting poster)
Watch out for your arm. Okay.

MCGUIRE
Cool.

CONAL
Welcome to Patti's neighborhood.

MCGUIRE
Hope it stays up.

CONAL
Yeah.

Posting downtown across the street from Parker Center.

CONAL
Okay, get Patti.

MCGUIRE
Got the brush handy?

CONAL
Yeah.

MCGUIRE
It's ready for you.

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Video, static sound - cop takes poster down.

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Images of Gates' poster in various L.A. locations.

GATES
Well, I, frankly I think it's uh, it's, it's a viscous play on, on words and art.
Anyone with any common sense today who spends any time reading
what's happening in our world, uh recognizes that when you give people
ideas like this, uh, quite likely there's some person with an aberrant behavior
that is liable to take you up on it.

And uh, so to paint a, put my picture and paint a target on it,
and then talk about shooting is something that's far too suggestive and uh,
and so I think it's the worst kind of art and the worst kind of suggestive art.

I've got enough and have had enough problems with people threatening my
life now and so I know there's a lot of nuts out there and uh, to give them this
message I think is highly inappropriate.

Sure my civil rights are violated but as Chief of Police you don't get
involved in civil suits of that kind. No.

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"SAN FRANCISCO, CA
APRIL 4, 1992"

Conal posting ARTIFICIAL ART OFFICIAL at night in San Francisco.

CONAL V/O
Every time I go to San Francisco, first of all, San Francisco just gives me a stomach ache you know
I lived there for so long, I was a hippy there from the time I was just turning eighteen and I landed
right in the Haight-Ashbury just about.

And every place I go in San Francisco something happened to me, I broke up with this girlfriend,
had a fight with this person, you know, beat somebody in a drug deal over there or you know,
had a wonderful experience over here, it's just haunted for me, I didn't poster San Francisco
for years because I just didn't want to deal with the ghosts...

But I know sometime around 1970, '71, I had come back from Canada, I had no job, no nothing,
and I went and got a job as a cab driver with Yellow working the graveyard shift,
I think we came on at 7:30 the evening and drove 'til 4:30 in the morning.

It was very wild at that time... I had long hair, you know, down to my shoulders,
flies buzzing around my head. I, went through a couple of pack of cigarettes a night,
roaring around, sweat bursting out of my veins and pouring out of my ears and
just tearing around San Francisco...

There's a bunch of us tearing around San Francisco like maniacs, you know, killer bees in
bananas or something, you know, it was just unbelievable, unreal...

and...

what we were doing at that time, was, aside from free love and drugs and rock-n-roll
was staying out of the draft and staying out of Vietnam which was a pretty good idea I think.
I figure I wasted a lot of time... (cont)

Day - Conal seated at outside cafe in front of two ARTIFICIAL ART OFFICIAL posters.

CONAL (cont)
I'm very thrilled that I lived through that actually and uh, I got to meet lots and lots of
very strange people, including myself...

CONAL V/O (different location)
and two, uh, just to deflect, like now I've got such a... (cont)

Conal crouched over a "Casual Drug Users..." poster at the Rena Bransten Gallery.

CONAL (cont)
...signature style that when people look at a new poster, before they even or at the same time
they're saying "oh, that's about Daryl Gates" they say "oh, that's another one of the poster guy's
things." So, they just don't look at the image and the subject directly.
It's mediated by their consciousness of me, you know.

So, just give 'em a moment, maybe we get a moment there. Maybe we get just a little moment of
opportunity when they just think about him and the image and don't think "oh, that's Robbie's stuff."

CONAL (cont)
We're gonna, we'll sell these to finance the project. That's the way we do.

Typecraft graphics. Close-up shot of posters being printed. Shots of individual cutting the Gates' posters down to size.

RADIO V/O
Return to Washington on his schedule, Baker is making himself available for shuttle
diplomacy if remaining in the Middle East the...

RADIO V/O
It's been a month now since a resident cameraman trying out his new video camera
captured the beating of Rodney King. The incident has received national condemnation.

The officers charged in the case say King,
who was stopped on an alleged traffic violation, resisted arrest.

Conal and Tom Simmons rolling posters.

CONAL
You know the "Artificial Art Official" is on thinner stock that uh,
I don't think it has coating the way this does.

Took 'em to the Rose (Cafe) and the woman at the Rose was giving me all this
trouble about how much the cost and so forth and so on.
Three hours later she called me and said "Okay, we're all out."

SIMMONS
Did she really?

CONAL
Yeah.

SIMMONS
Wow.

Santa Anita Firing Range. April 16, 1991. Conal, Simmons and Patrick Crowley are shooting the Gates' poster with a .44 magnum handgun.

GATES
...and I still come back to this because he's, he's, he may be an artist but he's
not thinking and he's not up to date on current events. As soon as I finish this
I'm going to go in and talk to "48 hours" and one of the things we're going to talk
about is the whole phenomena of "stalking," people who, for one reason or
another have a fixation on an individual and stalk that person and
then it often it creates, it, it, it, it uh, ends in some kind of violent act,
movie stars that are shot, people in public life who are killed, and this is the
kind of thing that creates that and uh, so he's, he's not thinking.

And my view is what he did it was the shock value.
That's exactly what he did it for, to get attention.
He realized that uh, this was an opportunity to trade on some of the
attention that was being given to this whole incident, national publicity,
and that's what he was doing. That's the only thing he was doing. (cont)

GATES V/O (cont)
Probably no one ever heard of him (gunshot) outside of of a very small circle.

CONAL
I think we should stay away from his head. It's getting gruesome.

SIMMONS
Well we have enough for two more full rounds. We've got fourteen shots left.

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Images of paint tubes, Conal painting Nixon, Conal working on lithograph of Nixon.

CONAL V/O
Herbert Marcuso was at U.C.S.D. teaching graduate classes there in philosophy
and he and my father became friends and through that relationship
I became friends with Marcuso's graduate students who became my buddies for life.

So when I would come down from psychedelic San Francisco,
I would run around with these guys who were just brilliant Marxist philosophy students.

When they were graduating they got offered teaching jobs at the University of Saskatchewan,
kind of in a package deal. And they accepted it and they said, "we're going to bring our pal along,"
they said, "Robbie do you want to go, four five of us are gonna go up and you wanna to go?"
We were all going out of school, and we were all vulnerable to the draft.

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Conal in his classroom at Otis Parson's School of Design, Los Angeles.

CONAL V/O
For whatever reasons we went to Regina, Saskatchewan, you can imagine this invasion you know,
it was a serious situation and you've got to remember it was 1968, '69,
all over the western world, students and especially you know,
kids at universities were kind of revolting, in both senses of the word.

CONAL
Bermashave is a brand name kind of like band-aid, and if a company does really well,
the actual generic product I mean, if you see one of these things...

CONAL V/O
You know, it was a good position to be in, across the border just in case and
also it was an adventure for us.

CONAL
Make a sentence for me. I'm not going to ask you to write a novella,
not going to ask you to write a paragraph...

CONAL V/O
So, it was kind of like, "here they come, you know, Marcuso's graduate students, this,
this arty type," and there really wasn't a job for me, we had to make up one.
So I found myself teaching some night class, Sociology 101 or something, and some art class...

CONAL
Got any ideas? Tell me what you're thinking, you know, I mean, Rebecca
what what you do something about?

STUDENT
I don't have any idea right now.

CONAL
Just say anything. Okay, that's good. I like that one.

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Typecraft - pushing posters.

CONAL V/O
When I got my draft notice, to come to my pre-induction physical, my draft board was in
Plentywood, Montana, and so I went with my friends, drove me down and... (cont)

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Loft - people assembling to put up the Gates' poster.

CONAL V/O (cont)
we walk into this town and we're hold up in a hotel with the other draftees and all of them,
I was twenty-four, and these kids were eighteen, seventeen, no eighteen I guess, they were eighteen,
nineteen, something like that. And they were scared to death, so we spent the whole night with our
doors open, sitting on our beds, we had these two double beds in the room, just fielding these kids
who wanted to come in and talk to us about their lives and about how scared they were and what
was gonna to happen and we just ended up counseling them for, the rest of the night,

CONAL
...how many clowns get out of the car...

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Conal working on litho, painting...

CONAL V/O
And when I finally went into my physical, and of course I refused to sign a loyalty oath,
and I got shunted off, you know into a room with a guy who said, "what are you, crazy!?
I think you're crazy, we're gonna to send you to our army psychiatrist!" I said, "okay."
As it turns out the army psychiatrist was in Missoula, Montana and I had to go there and
wait a week to get an appointment with the guy 'cause I guess a lot of people were...

When I finally went in there and talked to the guy, it was the first intelligent person I
had met in this whole chain of events.

He said to me, "so, you take a lot of drugs?"...(cont)

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Conal posting Gates' poster near Rhino Records, West Hollywood, CA.

CONAL V/O (cont)
I said, "Well, I took some drugs." He said, "what'd you take? any psychedelic drugs?"
I said, "yeah, I took some." He said, "well, what've you taken?" So I told him, and he said,
"oh, psilocybin, you took psilocybin?" I said, "yeah." He said, "spell it."

So I spelled it for him and he looked it up in the book and said, "Okay, now describe what it
was like." I described it to him and he, I don't know what he was doing, ha, ha, ha,
and we just worked out a deal.

He said, "okay, fine, I'll write you a 'One Y.' It's a psychologically unfit.
He said uh, "you're probably a recovering drug addict, anyway, right?" And I said, "right."
He said, "GOOD, good, okay.... don't worry about it, you know, it would just be a mess, for you
and the army if you were in the army, we don't really want you anyway, so." (cont)

Police car stops Conal.

CONAL V/O (cont)
I was doing what I had to do, sure, I mean it wasn't like, if I didn't have to, what I was trying to do was avoid having to cut and run you know, and cut off my U.S. citizenship. I would go as far as I could go with the process and see if I could work out, or work some way out of it, that if it didn't, you know, I could figure out my way back so that was the idea anyway...

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Gulf War homecoming parade. Mayor Tom Bradley waving from his open limousine.

ANNOUNCER
The mayor of the city of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley. Good day mayor.

"TOM BRADLEY
MAYOR"

Tom Bradley (ON video)
I hope that Chief Gates upon further reflection will also follow the Commission's
recommendations. According to the Christopher Commission, Chief Gates should now
commence the transition to a new Chief of Police.

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Conal driving through Santa Monica, Venice and Los Angeles checking the shredded remains of his posters.

CONAL
There you go, what's left of 'em...

...look at that, sideways,

Well, I always said we could have made our first two headed monster with this poster.
If we had really been smart, put Bradley and Gates on it, both cops, both about the same
generation, same amount of smarts. (cont)

CONAL (cont)
Isn't Gates Bradley's evil twin? Isn't that kind of a black and white issue?

Oh it's so small you can hardly read it. "Recall Tom Bradley." Oh, and that's a nice pun with,
left his telephone number, ha, ha. Or it could just be "remember Tom Bradley."

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Conal loft, Mike Gerrard is handed a bundle of posters.

MIKE GERRARD V/O
The majority of the people don't even notice when they're
driving the trees or the mountains so... (cont)

"MIKE GERRARD"

GERRARD V/O (cont)
they're not going to notice a poster on the side of a wooden wall except for the
people that are out there looking. (cont)

Gerrard at bus stop. Riding bus.

GERRARD V/O (cont)
And those people who usually look at the trees and the mountains and the sky
and the moon in the daytime, those are the people, usually the one percent that knows
what's going on and that will appreciate the poster in the first place. So, that's, a definite.

Gerrard posting PLAN AHEAD, CASUAL DRUG USERS, ARTIFICIAL ART OFFICIAL...

GERRARD V/O (cont)
Um, I don't think that the majority of the people realize what the posters are really about.
But it is the people, the one percent that does understand, is who it's for.
Really, because it gives them hope that um, there are other people out there that are
thinking the way they are thinking 'cause if you really get down to it there's not very
many people out there and that's what it's, that's what it's for, really...

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Sean McCarthy peeling off various Conal's posters Mid-Wilshire district, Los Angeles.

"SEAN MCCARTHY"

SEAN MCCARTHY
This is a good example as I can see of the trashing of L.A. Robbie Conal style.
He's taking full advantage of the fact that he's getting a free ride from the City of Los Angeles
and the Department of Public Works in as much as they're not taking his stuff down.

This was one of the first posters he put up which I think he started putting these
up back in uh, March or April.

You can see it's been defaced as well. Somebody's come along and made their own political
comment on here. Not only was this poster put up but there were three more that were put up
along the front of this construction barrier. Uh, the developer was able to paint over those but hasn't
gotten around to painting over this. With that, you've got graffiti that starts to collect over here.

Shot of MINER graffiti tag on a lightpost stand.

"MINER"

MINER
To me, I think it's stating something, like uh, it's art, it's artistic like.
It looks good I think, on different places... (cont)

Miner and friend, VEX, posting the Gates' poster.

MINER V/O (cont)
Other people may say that it's polluting the city with uh, paper, site pollution.
I don't know, site pollution. You can say it's just vandalism. I think it's okay.

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Conal driving in Santa Monica.

CONAL
If the city, if the city wanted to do anything about all of the non-sanctioned
signage that's up, they know how to do it.

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Sean McCarthy cleaning graffiti off a garbage dumpster.

McCARTHY
As you, can see, as I put this on, you don't want to get too close.
You can see it actually melts this paint.
Yeah, you don't even want to get a mist on you, really. This is tough stuff.
You can see how easily this stuff comes off.

You can see it's already worked its way through the initial layer.
In fact it's working its way right through the paint on the trash can as well.

It all comes off. You know, people get frustrated.
They say, "oh, it'll be back again and again and again and again. So what?
You know, death and taxes. Those are inevitable as well. Everybody accepts those.
Why should they accept the fact that uh, people are gonna...

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Los Angeles City Hall - hologram of Tom Bradley frowning which changes to a smile as the applause starts.

Daryl Gates enters City Council chambers to the applause of many people.

MALE REPORTER
Check studio time, Gates just walked in.

"JULY 22, 1991
DARYL GATES ANNOUNCES
RETIREMENT DATE"

DARYL GATES
Well first of all, thank you all for those comments. I appreciate them and um,
hopefully uh, this is perhaps the end of an era for one Chief, but we'll go forward
with a very strong Chief in the future and um...

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Conal standing in the doorway of his loft.

CONAL
The difference between doing a satirical poster like this, about a local official as
opposed to a national figure, you know. Seems like it's taken a little more seriously,
the more local you get ha, ha. Which is interesting...

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GATES
So that is moving forward, we're changing our training significantly, already.
We were looking at it before, we're looking at it now...

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Sean McCarthy cleaning off Gates poster.

McCARTHY
See it has to be able to penetrate it and the glue underneath it.
It will not come off. It'll take a little bit of the ink off, and it'll maybe weaken the
paper somewhat, but I have to come in later with a, with a putty knife or with some sort
of a scraper and try to remove this. But see since it's on wood, the glue penetrates the
wood that much better than it does steel and so this is going to stay up here.

There's only two ways of removing this at this point.
And that's either in fact to go in and remove it with some sort of a uh, with some
sort of a scraper or to paint right over it.

He's in fact contributing to damaging the environment. That's really what he's doing.
This stuff is, they call it "So-Safe" but I gotta guarantee you, I don't think it's very safe at all.

There's no reason to use it other than the fact that stuff like this is going on.

You know, I see him as nothing more than a vandal.

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CONAL
It's just a criticism of him, you, know, a satirical criticism of him, um,
I don't, it's not a call for his resignation or, or anything like that, it doesn't say that
he should resign, it uh, just criticizes him for, uh, a statement that he's made and uh,
the result and actions of his officers. I,...

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GATES
My sense of it being that, that uh, if you become too complemented, too complicated,
too many issues, uh, that you're gonna loose and I think it needs to be crystal clear on
what the voters are going to vote for...

OFFSCREEN VOICE
Uh-uh, stand right there now.

Gates leaves amidst a sea of reporters.

2 seconds of black.

"JOEL WACHS
L.A. CITY COUNCIL"

Joel Wachs in his office at City Hall. In the foreground is the L.A. Times article of the Gates' poster on his desk and in the background is the city produced "No Graffiti" sign.

JOEL WACHS
He is not permitted to put his work in certain places and if he is observed doing that,
uh, he will, he will be fined like anyone else and he has been fined in the past and
I assume if he continues to do it, he will.

On the other hand, that is not, it is not inconsistent to say your work is really great and it
should be out there an if you can find a legal place to do it,
we'll assist you and the billboard is... (cont)

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Newspaper "'Guerilla' artist given City Grant"/"...A chance to go deeper than one liners."'

WACHS V/O (cont)
...the billboard is the meaningful alternative uh, as far as I am concerned.
Is one of the meaningful alternatives to putting it on traffic signs or a utility
box or something like that.

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Metromedia Graphics. Conal and newscrew climb stairs to see his billboard.
Cameraman films billboard.

CONAL
And here we're rolling the image and we're going to take it outside and it's going to be huge.
And I think next were going to take it to Connecticut and put it up there and go all around
the country with this giant image.

AL NODAL V/O
The people at Public Works (cont)

"AL NODAL
L.A. CULTURAL AFFAIRS DEPT."

Al Nodal at City Hall standing in front of the hologram of Tom Bradley.

NODAL (cont)
I think, are grateful that we are trying to move him off the street where he is illegal stuff,
putting posters all over the place. Get him to put his energies into something else.

So, we're not funding him to do illegal posters. We're funding him to do a legal, quote,
unquote, billboard in the city and that's what we're about.

We don't condone illegal activity, we don't condone things that are negative for the City.
We condone positive activities and we condone supporting artists and that's what we're doing.

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Metromedia.

CONAL
If I wanted to get arrested, if I wanted a forum in the courts and to make this a legal issue,
I could do that at anytime, this is just my way of distributing ideas about issues that concern me.
And making art about it. You know, it's not propaganda, its just art,
heaven forbid somebody should agree with me.

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WACHS
So, I don't, I see that uh, you know, uh, separate issues here. I see there's uh, uh...

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KTLA Live.

ERIC SPILLMAN (ON video)
Is it art, is it art or graffiti? You'll get a chance to judge for yourself in about an hour
when his latest work goes up on that billboard back there. Barbara.

(split screen)

FEMALE REPORTER (ON VIDEO)
Eric, does the artist himself see this as legitimatizing his work?

SPILLMAN (ON VIDEO)
He does. Uh, he feels that this is his access. He doesn't put things up in museums,
he puts 'em up in places where people can see them on street corners and things like that and
this provides him with that and it gives him a wider audience.

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WACHS
Uh, so, I think that he could actually be paid to put it in one place and penalized for
putting it in another place and that's to show that this is content neutral.
Uh, but there are different issues involved as to where you can put your work and where
you can't. I maybe a great admirer of an artist,
I'd like to have a Robbie Conal work but on the other hand...

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KTLA Live.

MALE REPORTER (ON VIDEO)
Well to some, Robbie Conal is a brilliant artist, to others, he's little more than a graffiti vandal.
You've seen the work of this so called "guerilla artist" throughout Los Angeles.
Daryl Gates, Ronald Reagan and other public figures have been his subjects.

Right now, Eric Spillman is at Lafayette Park near downtown Los Angeles where
Conal's latest work is about to be unveiled. Eric.

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Conal interviewed in front of his DOUBLESPEAK billboard.

SPILLMAN (ON VIDEO)
Carlos, actually it was just unveiled a few seconds ago, Robbie Conal joins me.
Good morning to you.

CONAL (ON VIDEO)
Good morning.

SPILLMAN (ON VIDEO)
Why don't you tell us a little bit about what we have here on this billboard.

CONAL (ON VIDEO)
This is uh, cautionary tale about abuses of power by public officials using the smoke-screen
or DOUBLESPEAK of national security to hide what they're doing.

One of my ideas is that um, there are loopholes within our system of government,
um checks and balances and so forth, not really working...

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WACHS
And I think that it's not inconsistent really, to support a person's endeavors and
yet to say they have to respect other people's rights as well.

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SPILLMAN
Robbie, Robbie Conal and his latest work a billboard here at Wilshire Boulevard and Hoover.
It's sure to inspire some curiosity this morning. Carlos and Barbara...

Thank you, that worked just fine. Very good luck to you.
You know, it's interesting what you do and I like the idea of taking it out of the
museum and putting it outside

CONAL
Yeah, yeah, it gets lot more people see it.

SPILLMAN
I mean, and this is what you have to do now as the museums have sort of become effete
and who has the money? A lot of people don't have the money to, you know and,

CONAL
Or the time.

SPILLMAN
If more people were able to utilize you methods, then that really is the answer.
The problem is of course, money.

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"OLIVER NORTH"

OLIVER NORTH V/O
Trust me...

Reporter for Channel 9 is holding Conal's book displaying the DOUBLESPEAK billboard.

NORTH'S BROTHER
Hi, how are you doing?

CHANNEL 9 REPORTER
Good, the film crew just wants to get the Colonel's the response on the billboard there.

North's brother
That's the one that was in the Post.

NORTH
Yeah, I saw it somewhere. Where did I see it? I guess it was in the Washington Post....
Who's this for.

NORTH'S BROTHER
You said Jack on that right?

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Conal's loft. Conal painting image of Dan Quayle next to SPEAK painting of Oliver North.

NORTH V/O
Who's this for?

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Make-up room. Woman applying make-up to Conal's face. music.

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Conal painting Quayle.

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Make-up room.

CONAL
Everyone that comes through?

MAKE-UP WOMAN
I do everyone on this show that comes through...

Conal
Yeah.

MAKE-UP WOMAN
...that comes through here, all the guests. Not at this studio.
This is the only show I'm doing here...

CONAL
Here.

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Conal's loft. Conal is showing his artwork to actor Tim Robbins.

CONAL
Here's our inspiration.

ROBBINS
The saint Dick.

"TIM ROBBINS"

CONAL
And a few of his crooks, pals. We can just put Bob in.

ROBBINS
Close personal friends.

CONAL
Yeah, it's an icon. It's an altar piece actually.

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Make-up room.

CONAL
As long as you like it, you keep doing it?

MAKE-UP WOMAN
Unless it gets cancelled or if it's over. Sure. Or, unless, I get, like,
sometimes if you get something better, you know.

CONAL
Yeah.

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Robbins looking at ARTIFICIAL ARTIFICIAL lithograph.

ROBBINS
Yeah, I like that. Really nice. What a brainless fool he is.

CONAL
Oh yeah. You know, he's, he's picking on the right people though.
The government, a hundred and seventy one million dollars for the N.E.A..
it's like peanuts to them and for his constituency, he's just making so much hey.

ROBBINS
Sure.

CONAL
Picking on them. And he can't loose. But um, he's really a dangerous guy.
Maximum Bob. (Bob Roberts - Robbins' new movie)

ROBBINS
Maximum, Bob.

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Make-up room. Sound of hair-drier. Conal stands and leaves.

CONAL
Thank you very much. See you next time.

MAKE-UP WOMAN
See you out there Conal.

CONAL
Oh, okay, thanks.

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Robbins signs check and hands it to Conal.

CONAL
Great, thank you.

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Walking into show.

SHOW's PRODUCER
It's uh, it's a photo by Mapplethorpe.

CONAL
Oh, is he going to be on the show?

PRODUCER
Not in any form. I'll see you guys in a minute.

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Conal walking into Typecraft Graphics.

CONTROL ROOM V/O (sound montage)
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, roll playback.

John F. Kennedy - "Ask not what your country to do for you."

Malcolm X - "The white man is the oppressor."

Richard Nixon - "Well I'm not a crook."

Muhammad Ali - "I am the greatest."

Jesse Jackson - "I am somebody."

George Bush - "Read my lips."

Space Shuttle - "the vehicle has exploded"

Martin Luther King, Jr. - "I have a dream."

Astronauts on the moon - "One small step..."

Ronald Reagan - "The planes left Iranian airspace..."

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"THE RON REAGAN SHOW"

RON REAGAN (on monitor)
Thank you very much. Thank you, I'm Ron Reagan.

Artists have always presented their personal vision of the world.
That vision can be beautiful and enlightening or insulting and outrages and sometimes a combination of the above...

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RON REAGAN (control room)
...but many artists seem to be coming under attack these days. Are artists working harder at being more offensive or is the public and the government becoming more intolerant?

TECHNICIANS
Stay there Jack. Roll it! Roll it!

Ron Reagan (ON VIDEO)
(applause)
Robbie Conal is a Los Angeles artist whose posters and billboards make
fun of rich and powerful people. Robbie feels the problem is that artists don't let
themselves get into enough trouble... (cont)

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RON REAGAN (control room)
Tim Miller is one of the N.E.A. 4, performance artists who were denied funding by the
National Endowment for the Arts because of the controversial nature of their work.

TECHNICIANS
Wider 5, wide, wide, wide, wide, wide...

RON REAGAN (ON VIDEO)
Thank you. (applause)

Was that, was that a decent job of pronouncing your name?
Conal. Like Suez Conal?

CONAL (ON VIDEO)
You did that very well.

REAGAN (ON VIDEO)
Good, cause you never know. Is it the job of an artist to be a provocateur?

CONAL (ON VIDEO)
Well I think it's uh, one of the jobs of some artists and certainly art needs a good job
and that's a job. A lot of people need jobs really, ha, ha.

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Typecraft Graphics. Conal overlooks DAMAGE CONTROL poster of Dan Quayle

CONAL
I always get a little jumpy about how its going to play.
You know, you put in all of this work for a one liner, you know, and you get
this big painting and you get all this stuff. And um...

TOM SIMMONS
It'll work.

CONAL
Especially with Dan, but this, I think is a little exercise,
Zen exercise in nothingness being everythingness.

SIMMONS
I'm very happy for you.

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Reagan show.

CONAL (on video)
Then maybe just as citizens it's incumbent upon them to try to change the government.

REAGAN (ON VIDEO)
While not taking money from the government? I mean, is there a hypocrisy there if
you want to trash the government but you want to get your hands in their pockets of them?

CONAL (ON VIDEO/control room)
I didn't say trash the government, I said maybe vote for somebody else, ha, ha.
We're talking about a political process.

I think, one of the things about artists-as-citizens is that uh, maybe the art establishment
as a whole for awhile has uh, as a result of cultural propaganda that maybe dates back through
the 19th century uh, think that they're the hot line to the sublime.

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Typecraft. DAMAGE CONTROL posters being printed. Conal and Simmons stacking posters.

CONAL
We're going to take some out to the Batman II set, Friday.
Some people over there want them so,

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Reagan show. On-stage.

CONAL
This is my wife Debbie, Ron Reagan, my friend Lenny, Ron Reagan.

PRODUCER
Robbie would you sign this poster for Ron?

REAGAN
For Me? (giggles)

CONAL
For you. (giggles)
(signs poster, Reagan stands over him)
(hands poster to Reagan)
There you go. Wear it well.

REAGAN
Thanks a lot for coming on the show.

CONAL
My pleasure.

REAGAN
I'm sorry you didn't get to say more.

CONAL
Oh that's okay. Maybe that was for the best, ha, ha.

Conal signs posters for a group of people.

LENNY SILVERBERG
This is what they have you here for.

CONAL
Yeah, I knew I had a...

SILVERBERG
...a purpose, right.

SPECTATOR
Robbie, will you come to our play?

CONAL
Of course.

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Oliver North holding up his Under Fire book.

NORTH
Who's this for? Thanks.

PHOTOGRAPHER
Just give me 10 seconds...

BOOK BUYER
Can you make that Don and Linda?

NORTH
What do you got stock in Kodak?

PHOTOGRAPHER
Fuji.

Ronald reagan V/O
...in a few days more than 6 millions pages of documentation pertaining to
my administration will be released to the public... (cont)

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"RONALD REAGAN"

REAGAN (cont)
In time more than 50 million pages will be made available for researchers.
But if the Reagan library is anything like its counterparts...(cont)

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New York City. Conal and "guerillas" entering gallery doors.

REAGAN V/O (cont)
most of those who enter these doors will not be academics.
No, they will be ordinary people of all ages, background and political persuasions
eager to examine their past and...(cont)

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Conal walking through gallery.

REAGAN V/O (cont)
so I say, come and learn from it.

"NEW YORK CITY
OCTOBER 17, 1991"

Jane Baum Gallery - hanging exhibit/distributing posters

CONAL V/O
I mean, you know, art and uh, you know, the political economy of art, I mean, you know,
we're talking about big business. We're talking about a business that is quite ephemeral however.

It's not really selling the thing that you have made, it's selling the idea of the thing you've made
and it's, it's very abstract in the sense that when you get into the art business, doesn't matter
whether it's a beer can, you know, or a toilet bowl or a picture of an ugly old white man in a suit
and tie um, that you are selling, it's more selling the idea of art and the buzz that's created around
the object...(cont)

Gallery opening.

CONAL V/O (cont)
One of the things I'm interested in is people actually seeing the paintings, I mean, it's not
that there isn't that, I mean, you know, I do want people to come into the gallery and look at the
pictures and have some kind of intercourse with the pictures but, as opposed to... (cont)

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Conal and accomplice posting on the street.

CONAL V/O (cont)
...with the posters on the street.

A police car sounds its siren.

COPS
Yo! (siren)

CONAL
Take it off the phone?

COPS
Don't put on the phone!

CONAL
Okay, construction sites okay?

COPS
They're gonna come by and clean these every night, they don't want this stuff.
That's a paid advertisement.

CONAL
Okay, okay.

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Gallery opening. Conal posing for photo with Brian Wilson of the "Beach Boys."

CONAL V/O
I like to play and I like to play politics and I am interested in it and, I'm definitely interested
in people buying my art for as much money as I can get for it. I need the money and you know,
besides it's kind of Un-American, you know, not to make a profit on your products, so,
and I am a red blooded American boy... (cont)

static shots of paintings

CONAL V/O (cont)
and a lot of people have no idea that I make paintings or that there is anything to sell at
all or buy so, in hard terms, in business terms, um, it's very important to let
my virgin markets know that there's a... (cont)

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Conal posting poster on telephone booth.

CONAL V/O (cont)
...product.

CONAL
See that's lovely.

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Conal has been stopped by the police.

CONAL
It's legal to poster?

POSTER POLICEMAN
Illegal to post.

CONAL
We didn't post that one.

POSTER POLICEMAN
Would you stop the camera please.

CONAL
We didn't post that one. We don't post on buildings. We just post on construction sites.

POSTER POLICEMAN
You just post on construction sites?

CONAL
Yeah, is that okay?

POSTER POLICEMAN
You're not supposed to be posting period.

CONAL
Not at all? But there's posters everywhere. I mean I'm from Los Angeles, we do it all the time.
We just came here. I won't do it if you tell me not to do it. I mean we'll stop.

POSTER POLICEMAN
Would you tell him to turn that camera off?

CONAL
He's doing a documentary on me, I'm, I'm an artist and uh, we're having a show.
I'm having a painting show.

POSTER POLICEMAN
So you're cluttering up the city, right?

CONAL
Excuse me?

POSTER POLICEMAN
So you're cluttering up the city with uh?

CONAL
Well, I do it all over the country but if you tell me not to I won't but see, what about all of
these things. Are they all illegal?

POSTER POLICEMAN
Right.

CONAL
I didn't know that. I swear, ha. But if you tell me not to, I'll stop. I mean, we can go home
right now. I don't need to be out in the middle of the night here doing this.

We're just having a big art show, and uh, you know, just do it everywhere so nobody ever,
I've never seen guys like you, ha...

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DAMAGE CONTROL posters, New York City day.

CONAL V/O
One thing about American politics and American morality in the larger sense is that (cont)

Shot of DAMAGE CONTROL poster in front of Gallery, camera tilts up to Gallery's window.

CONAL V/O (cont)
uh, its, our's is one of the most hypocritical, popular structures, you know of
fabricated morality...(cont)

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Conal in lobby of gallery with poster behind him.

CONAL (cont)
On the one hand it's this wild and woolly country where everybody knows that anything goes
and it's all for profit and based on profit of the individual by exploiting other people

On the other hand, we have this uh, kind of fake, fabricated, uh, ethical system that uh, we pretend
is functioning and we participate in this hypocrisy if we don't hold these people accountable
and watch them all the time.

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Robert Berman auctioning Gates' poster.

ROBERT BERMAN
75A in your addendum "Drug Dealers should be be taken out and shot."
Here it comes, what will you give me, this is sold unframed, this is sold unframed.
What will you give me, the bidding is on at five hundred dollars.

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Ext. - street. Daryl Gates and his bodyguard approach the camera.

GATES
Ever decide whether that's art or not?

BLACK DEMONSTRATOR
Gates Must Go!

WALKER
Huh?

DEMONSTRATOR
Gates Must go!

GATES
Have you had any decision...

DEMONSTRATOR
Gates Must Go!

GATES
...on whether that's art or not?

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Berman Gallery auction.

BERMAN
...it's an edition of 30. It's sold out. It's got bullet holes, five hundred dollars, five hundred?
Five hundred? Five hundred. Now six.

GATES
It's really ("Gates Must Go! "Gates Must Go!) not a real good likeness actually.
Ha, ha, ha. ("Gates Must Go!)

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Berman auction.

BERMAN
I've got 500 dollars, now six, Six hundred. Five fifty? Five fifty?

I've got five hundred dollars going once, 500 dollars in the front going twice...

GATES
Anyway, I hope you do well with ("Gates Must Go!") your project.

WALKER
Thank you.

Gates walks back into Parker Center.

DEMONSTRATOR
Gates must go! (whistle)
Gates must go! (whistle)
Gates must go! (whistle)
Gates must go! (whistle)
Gates must go! (whistle)
Gates must go! (whistle)

BERMAN V/O
Five hundred dollars.

DEMONSTRATOR
Gates must go! (whistle)

BERMAN V/O
It's sold out.

DEMONSTRATOR
Gates must go! (whistle)

BERMAN
Any advance on five hundred dollars?

DEMONSTRATOR
Gates must go! (whistle)

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BERMAN
Sold, (strikes gavel) five hundred dollars. You're bidder number 128.

There's one more available, does anyone want it at 500 dollars?
One more available. No? Okay. Move on to the next.

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RONALD REAGAN
My fondest hope is that Americans will travel the road extending forward from
the arch of experience... (cont)

Images the Time Square CNN screen of North saluting with caption
"North says he was scapegoat in the Iran/Contra Affair," DOUBLESPEAK Billboard,
DAMAGE CONTROL, ARTIFICIAL ART OFFICIAL, CASUAL DRUG USERS...

REAGAN V/O (cont)
...never forgetting our heroic origins, never failing to seek divine guidance as we march boldly bravely into a future limited only by our capacity to dream.

May everyday be a new beginning and every dawn bring us closer
to that shining city up on a hill. Thank you. (cont)

REAGAN (cont)
God bless you all and God bless America.

Applause.

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George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford & Richard Nixon standing.

Music - "Hail to the Chief!"

credits:

Produced, directed,
photographed & edited by
Clay Walker

Co-produced and sound by
Marianne Dissard


ALSO APPEARING:

Susanne La Cock - Tom Simmons - Ben Skerker
Patrick Crowley - Deborah Ross - Lenny Silverberg
Alan Shaffer - Patti McGuire - Stephanie Taylor
Vex - Eric Spillman - Jeff Wasserman
Jimmy Carter - Gerald R. Ford - Richard Nixon - George Bush
Barbara Bush - the voice of Pete Wilson.


SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Mar Elepaño
John Starr
Cara Mertes at Independent Focus WNET-13 New York
Gail Silva and the Film Arts Foundation
Jon Jost and Henry Rosenthal
Alberto Garcia and the Sundance Institute
The Ron Reagan show
Larry Moten
Michael Renov

Carol Wells, Center for the Study of Political Graphics
Ramona Ripston and the A.C.L.U. of Southern California
Leon Golub and Nancy Spero
Riley Forsythe and John Forsythe
Robert Valdez and the Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works

Yukari Saito, Raymond Koehler, Raymond Roker,
Robert Atkins, Paul Slansky, James O. Harris,
Doug Minkler, Alex Mantelzak and Wendel Riggins

Gale Anne Hurd and Pacific Western Productions
Dave Williams and Film Threat magazine
Bruni Burres and Human Rights Watch
Ed Asner, Alena Tam and Tracy Fullerton.

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