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HAROLD H. CHANNER: Im Gespräch mit Clayton Patterson [2010]
By Cable Television Systems in Manhattan | New York | February 2, 2010 | 58 min
Channel 34 of the Time/Warner | Channel 83 of the RCN | Channel 33 of the Verizon FiOS
Conversation on January 26, 2010 |  Air date February 2, 2010 | 11 am to noon

PLOT: With all of the hype and drama that goes into the New York art world, it's easy to forget that much of the creative energy in the city actually comes from lessor or unknown artists making art on the community level. This is why we loved seeing this article on Clayton Patterson.

Patterson a photographer and filmmaker, has spent much of the past 25 years obsessively documenting the artists, drag queens, heroin addicts, rabbis, dealers, and new immigrants of the Lower East Side. Originally from Canada, Patterson and his wife came to the Lower East Side in 1978, after fleeing the "too suburban" Brooklyn (one can only imagine what he thinks of it now). Once there, Patterson opened the Clayton Gallery in 1986, where he has shown everything from work by a Hasidic Jew to work by the leader of the Satan Sinners Nomad gang. He even started a "Wall of Fame," where he would take pictures of local kids from the tenements or the nearby projects who came by the gallery, and then display them in the gallery's front window.During this same time, Patterson was also busy documenting the rest of the motley community around him, as well as participating in the activist politics around him by filming police interventions in the area. This political documentation eventually led to 13 arrests, he claims, "just for taking pictures."There is a ton of other interesting stuff in the article, but we have to say the ending hit home in a particularly depressing way:"History" is the key word, he said. "For over a hundred years, the Lower East Side was a magic crucible where people were inspired to great art and ideas. The Lower East Side probably changed the history of America five hundred times."

In just the last decade he believes, he has seen the end of that era, as soaring real estate prices have largely emptied the area of its artists, bohemians, radicals and immigrants. The third annual Howl! Festival of East Village Arts, now through Sunday, seems to him as much a nostalgia trip as a celebration of current artistic and intellectual life."What we have here now is bars and college students vomiting on the streets," Mr. Patterson sighs. "Nothing will rise out of it. It's all vacuous and lacking substance. When I go out my door now, I don't see anyone I know. I see the loss of a community."Some of Patterson's photographs can be seen in "Captured: A Film/Video History of the Lower East Side," a collection of interviews and essays documenting the neighborhood's role in the history of film and video. He is also working on a book about the political history of the area.

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ÜBER HAROLD CHANNER: Fernsehproduzent und Gesprächsforscher: Ungefähr 2.700 ausführliche Gespräche wurden aufgezeichnet und in der 1973 ins Leben gerufenen öffentlich zugänglichen Kabelfernsehserie "Conversations with Harold Hudson Channer" ausgestrahlt. Zu den Aufgaben gehörten alle Aspekte der Verwaltung, darunter: Vorläufige Recherchen zur Identifizierung potenzieller Gäste - Kontaktaufnahme und Einladung potenzieller Gäste zur Teilnahme - Intensive Recherchen nach Annahme der Einladung - Aufzeichnung der Gespräche im Studio oder vor Ort - Nachbearbeitung und grafische Aufwertung des Programms - Aushandlung und Sicherstellung der Ausstrahlung von Gesprächsprogrammen - Führung eines angemessenen kontinuierlichen Schriftverkehrs mit den Gästen. Zu den Gästen gehörten eine Vielzahl führender Persönlichkeiten aus Wirtschaft, Regierung, Wissenschaft und Kultur. | FRÜHERE TÄTIGKEITEN: UNIVERSITÄTSPROFESSOR FÜR GEOGRAFIE, New York State University, New Paltz, New York 1968-71, California State University, Long Beach, Kalifornien 1967-68, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1966-67, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1965-66, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois 1963-64 | AUSBILDUNG: Ph.D. (ABD) Abschluss. Politische und wirtschaftliche Geographie - Indiana University. Bloomington, Indiana 1963, Abschluss als Master of Arts. Physische und historische Geographie - Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan - 1961, Bachelor of Arts. Geschichte und Geographie - Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan 1959.

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CLAYTON PATTERSON, geboren am 9. Oktober 1948 in Calgary, Kanada. Kämpft gegen die Ungerechtigkeit der Regierungsformen von seiner Geburt an. Kunst- und Designstudium an verschiedenen Universitäten. Organisierte 1994 nach langer Zeit die erste NO!art Ausstellung in New York in seinem OUTLAW ART MUSEUM. Arbeitet mit Elsa Rensaa als freier Künstler, Dokumentarist und Tattooist in der Lower East Side zusammen mit sozialen Randgruppen. Führt das umfangreichste Videoarchiv über die Aktivitäten von Boris Lurie sowie das NO!art headquarter-West. — Lebt in New York Lower East Side. mehr

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