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Agitate! Educate! Organize! Agit Prop into the 21st Century

Exhibition Dates: June 12 — September 30, 2018
Exhibition Opening: Tuesday, June 12, 6-9pm

Our daily lives are saturated with information; we consume supposedly “neutral” media that implicitly supports existing power structures, yet we simultaneously fear “fake news” without critically analyzing the truths and biases that coexist in every message we see or hear. The reality is that all media has an agenda: for hundreds of years, people have used art, culture, graphics, performance, and design as central elements of social and political organizing across all realms of the political spectrum, to spread information and reimagine reality. This exhibition reflects historic and current uses of agitprop, or agitational propaganda, at the intersection of design and political organizing.

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Power Lines Film Screening & Discussion with Director Klee Benally

Friday July 27, 7:30pm- 9:30pm

Halee (Nezbahe Ragdoll) is a 16 year old Diné (Navajo) relocation refugee who uses fierce poetry to escape from her painful past and present. When Halee’s abusive father (Tony Skrelunas) crosses a line, her best friend Selma (Kayla Dailey) helps her runaway. Their journey to Halee’s homeland takes a turn when she discovers her father has been hiding a secret that has the power to change Halee’s life forever. 

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Propaganda Party with Hate-Free Zone Queens

Saturday, July 28, 1-5pm

Interference Archive and Hate-Free Zone Queens (HFZ) are excited to collaborate on an upcoming propaganda party in support of HFZ. Join us on July 28th at Interference Archive to make posters, t-shirts, buttons, and more.  HFZ proactively builds a strong community defense system that centers those most impacted by current discriminatory policies and actions.

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Our Comics, Ourselves Comic Book Club

Saturday, July 14, 10am-12pm

Do you read comics all the time and have insights you want to share and discuss with a group? Are you a critical thinker, and curious about the genre of comics? Join our Comic Book Club! Each month we’ll select one or two comics or graphic novels to read, and then come together for an exploratory, critical, and spirited discussion.

This month we’ll discuss: Epileptic, by David B. and
Gaylord Phoenix, by Edie Fake

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Social Justice Book Club: July

Saturday, July 14th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Social Justice Book Club in July. We’re reading our first graphic novel: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. It will be a great, quick read.

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Audio Interference 53: Appalachian Movement Press

“They saw this region as affected by a kind of colonial influence from the larger urban areas, sort of extracting resources from Central Appalachia historically, for over a hundred years, and not giving anything back.”

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Armed Love: A Screening

Friday, June 29, 2018
7:30–9:30pm

Interference Archive is excited to be screening the new short film, Armed Love, by Sean Stewart. The film is a meditative look at and discussion with Ben Morea about his role in the groups Black Mask and Up Against the Wall, Motherfucker!. Ben will be present for a free-flowing discussion after the film.

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Audio Interference 52: SisterSerpents

“We were exploding and we were asking women all over to explode with us.” – Jeramy Turner

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Social Justice Book Club

Sunday, June 24, 2-4pm

Join the Social Justice Book Club for a discussion on Roxane Gay’s searing memoir, Hunger. Hunger builds on Gay’s writing about feminism, women’s bodies, and rape culture to unflinchingly tackle personal experiences. Hunger is about weight gained and lost and gained. It’s also about so much more: the body she built to shield herself from the contempt of men and her own sense of shame, her complex relationship with parents who took great interest in solving her weight “problem,” and what it has meant for her to be highly visible and yet feel unseen. Please RSVP if you’d like to join us.

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Film Screening: My Country Occupied

Wednesday, June 13, 7pm

Join us for a screening of My Country Occupied (Newsreel #151, 1971, 30 minutes), with filmmakers Tami Gold and Heather (Lewis) Archibald. In this moving film, the personal testimonies of Guatemalan Indians, peasants, and guerrillas are dramatized to provide the narration for a powerful overview of the history of U.S. destabilization of democracy in Central America.​ ​This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. 

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Audio Interference 51: Adjunctification at CUNY

“Adjunctification is really this process of replacing full time academic positions with part time academic positions at lower wages and usually inferior, if any, benefits as a cost saving measure.”

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Radical Discipline: Exploring the Reasons Children Are Punished, and Alternative Suggestions

Saturday, June 16, 2018
3pm-4:30pm

RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 16: Radical Playdate presents an open and personal caregiver discussion about disciplining and punishing children—is there ever a need to punish children? How were we punished as children, and what repercussions did that have on us? What are some alternative models for punishment that we can employ as radical caregivers? To frame our discussion, China Martens has generously shared an issue of her exploratory zine on radical parenting, The Future Generation #5, Part II: Discipline. Download it here.

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From Below: Poetry and Social Justice II

Thursday, May 31, 7pm

How do we make the world we want to live in? How does art help us re-imagine social and political reality? We want to answer these question by exploring the places where poetry and political activism intersect — and, maybe just as crucially, interrogating places where they don’t. From Below is a poetry and discussion series that aims to get this conversation started. Join Interference Archive for a public reading and discussion on intersections of poetry and labor organizing with Mark Nowak of the Worker Writers School, members of Retail Action Project, and local community college students and retail workers. The reading will be proceeded by a writing workshop for local community college students who work in retail or service industries.

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Weed and Seed Walk with Next Epoch Seed Library

Saturday, June 2, 2pm

The Next Epoch Seed Library has reimagined your typical seed bank in the face of climate change; their library collects plant species that live in close association with humans, but that have not been planted or maintained purposefully; in short, weeds! Join Interference Archive and the Next Epoch Seed Library on Saturday, June 2nd for an afternoon weed walk through Gowanus. Interested in walking with us? RSVP to info@interferencearchive.org so we can share details on our starting point for the walk.

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An Agitprop Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, June 5, 7-9pm

Our upcoming exhibition, Educate Agitate Organize!, looks at several different facets of the creation of agitprop. One thing we’re excited to explore is the way that the same symbols are reused across time and place by various movements, as acts of solidarity, as a way to create identity, and to communicate similar or disparate messages. We want you to help us explore this! Join us on June 5 for an agitprop scavenger hunt. We’ll give you a short list of symbols to hunt for, and we’ll provide an orientation on how to find material in the archive. Then it’ll be your turn to explore and see what you can find!

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Disruption: a podcast listening party with Willie Mae Rock Camp

Thursday, June 7, 6-8pm

Join participants from the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Arts & Activism program at this podcast listening party to celebrate the work they’ve produced this year. These podcasts look at ways that participants want to ‘Disrupt!’ various systems; join us to diginto everything from colorism in communities of color, the Japanese idol industry, the role of white people in fighting racism, and so so so much more…!

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Our Comics, Ourselves Comic Book Club

Saturday, June 9, 12-2pm

Do you read comics all the time and have insights you want to share and discuss with a group? Are you a critical thinker, and curious about the genre of comics? Join our Comic Book Club! Each month we’ll select one or two comics or graphic novels to read, and then come together for an exploratory, critical, and spirited discussion.

This month we’ll discuss Black AF: America’s Sweetheart, by Kwanza Osajyefo and The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories, by Marguerite Dabaie

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Audio Interference 50: Center for the Study of Political Graphics

“It’s like we’re always reinventing the wheel, but some of these posters tell you what worked and what didn’t work a generation ago or more.” – Carol Wells

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La Lutte Continue…The Struggle Continues …Lotta Continua…La Lucha Continúa…

April 29–May 26, 2018
Opening Sunday, April 29, 2-8pm

An exhibition and event series about the 50-year-legacy of the global uprisings in 1968.

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The Sounds of 1968

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
6:30–9pm

A journey into politicized sound! Collective listening and discussion of vinyl records produced by and documenting 1968 movements, with music, experimental sound, field recordings, and radio reportage.