TOMPKINS SQUARE PROTEST POLICE RIOT
by ELSA RENSAA and CLAYTON PATTERSON
A Streets of New York Production | New York 1988 | trailer 5 min
Tompkins Square Park Police Riot August 1988 [90 min] The controversial videomaker that has been the focus of the Court battle between the authorities and its maker. The tape was first shown at a special showing at the Millennium on September 19th to an overflow crowd. It wasn't a cliff hanger, but few fell asleep last night at a public screening of a videotape of the Tompkins Square Park Riot. Patterson said: "I want to show the tape to the public so that the People would be the Grand Jury. This was a military action on the Streets of New York and you can see that." - Sharon Broussard (Daily News, Sept. 20, 1988) This is the shortened version of the 'Riot' - the original is 3 hrs and 33 mins.
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CLAYTON PATTERSON, born October 9, 1948, in Calgary, Canada. Studies of art and design at various universities. Since moving to New York City in 1979, his work has focused almost exclusively on documenting the art, life and times of the Lower East Side [LES] in Manhattan. Fights against the injustice of state-authorities. In 1994 he organized the first NO!art show in his gallery after 20 NO!years. Took part in the NO!art-box multiple at Edition Hundertmark 1996, and in the NO!art-show at Janos Gat Gallery in New York in 1998. Works as Documentary-, Libertarian-, and Tattoo-artist in New York together with his wife Elsa Rensaa and various social groups. Owns and runs the most voluminous and important NO!art video-archive. Lives in New York and leads the NO!art headquarters west. ►more