Processed World Nos. 1-32 [Complete, with] Fake Program Cover for the 1982 Office Automation Conference. Processed World Collective.

Processed World Nos. 1-32 [Complete, with] Fake Program Cover for the 1982 Office Automation Conference

San Francisco: Processed World, 1981-1994. Nos. 1-13 each an 8vo in saddle-stapled card wraps. Subsequent issues each a saddle-stapled 4to, save for Nos 26-32, which are perfect bound.

All print issues of the paradigmatic zine of 80's officeplace dissatisfaction. Processed World arose out of the ashes of the Union of Concerned Commies, the umbrella organization for a number of Bay Area anarchist, post-marxist, and post-situationist groups such as World to Win, Red-Eye, Abalone Alliance, Community Memory Project, etc. The zine focused on the absurdities of the new milieu of the white-collar office and temp environment. The zine became widely read by office workers in the Bay Area, and became one of the most visible zines of the eighties and early nineties, though not without controversy.

In 1982 members of Processed World costumed themselves and formed a picket line outside of the 1982 Office Automation Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As part of the protest, they printed up fake covers, and used these covers to doctor the official program for the event, renaming it the "International Conference for the Perpetuation of a Vacuous Existence." The text satiricizes the motives behind increased automation in the workforce. Also included is a scarce example of one of these booklet covers. Item #28081

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