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Keeping it Cool: a Benefit for Interference Archive

September 29, 2018, 4:00-9:00pm

You’re invited to Interference Archive’s (almost) annual benefit! It’ll be a fun night filled with friends, refreshments, and social movement history, celebrating one year in our new home on 7th Street. There will even be special programming for kids in the first half of the evening, from 4-6pm.

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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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Beyond the Good Muslim/Bad Muslim Binary: Understanding Islamophobia

Tuesday, September 25, 7-9pm

This interactive workshop asks participants to engage in and question the narratives that frame the way Muslims are talked about in the West. The workshop will use the British context to explain and ask questions about the way pseudoscientific narratives that stem from colonial times are used to justify today’s racist and dehumanising practices by the state in a range of ways. It asks us to consider Islamophobia beyond the individual’s prejudice or “phobia” and more broadly as a formally sustained and encoded way of thinking about certain people as less human than others, justifying systems and apparatuses of surveillance, the unmaking of citizens and (ironically) the jeopardisation of democracy and increasing authoritarianism that threaten’s everybody’s rights.  

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Interference, Absurdity, Performance, and Political Change: A Workshop Series

Thursdays 7-9pm,
September 27-October 18

In this series of (no)work(no)shops, we will collectively discuss ‘the absurd’, how this intersects with political action and performance, and how this relates to the specific context of New York City in 2018. Drawing from a selection of readings and materials from Interference Archive, we will learn about historical and contemporary absurdist/anarchist/dadaist/ni hilist/(t)errorist political performance. Following these explorations, we will build new transgressive, anti-normative characters and creatures and conspire in the creation of new performances and disruptions.

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Silvia Federici: Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women

Sunday, September 30, 5-7pm

Join Common Notions and Silvia Federici in the launch of her latest book, Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women. In this new work that revisits some of the main themes of Caliban and the Witch, Silvia Federici examines the root causes of a new surge of interpersonal and institutional violence against women, including new witch hunts. This surge of violence has occurred alongside an expansion of capitalist social relations.

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Propaganda Party: LOVE AND PROTECT EACH OTHER

Saturday, November 17, 1-5pm

Interference Archive and Hate-Free Zone Queens (HFZ) are excited for our second collaboration producing propaganda to spread HFZ’s message. Join us on Saturday, November 17 from 1:30-5:30pm at Interference Archive (314 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11225) 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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Audio Interference 54: Just Leadership USA

“There’s only a certain amount of time that a person can languish in prison while they prepare for a trial.”

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Free Education! The Free University of New York, Alternate U., and Learning Liberation

October 11, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Opening reception: October 11, 6-9pm

Rooted in an examination of the history of the Free University of New York (FUNY), a 1960s experiment in radical education, this exhibition and event series reflects on the questions: What is a university? What does the university have that we want? What does the university have that we don’t want? How would a university look if we could build one from scratch?

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Social Justice Book Club: How Not to Be a Boy

Tuesday, October 16th, 6:45pm

Join us at our next meeting to discuss How Not to Be a Boy by Robert Webb. Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh, and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life. 

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Propaganda Party: Brooklyn Defense Committee

Saturday, September 22, 2-5pm

Interference Archive and Brooklyn Defense Committee (BDC) are excited to collaborate on a propaganda party. Join us on Saturday, September 22nd from 2-5pm at Interference Archive (314 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11225) to make posters, a banner banners, buttons, and more. Brooklyn Defense Committee is a group of concerned Brooklyn residents coming together to address the violence of deportations affecting our loved ones and communities.

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SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS WATCH: Documents from Interference Archive

Travelling Exhibition on view through December 16, 2018

Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

Committed to creating space for open dialogue on current human rights issues, the Gund Gallery features this special exhibition of pamphlets, posters and newspapers produced for the The School of the Americas Watch (SOAW), a nonviolent grassroots movement and the largest Latin American solidarity organization in the United States, which strives to end U.S. militarization, oppressive U.S. policies and other forms of state violence in the Americas. Accompanied by SOAW activists Maria Luisa Rosal and Devora Gonzalez, this exhibition seeks to foster greater understanding and interest among campus and community members about topical issues surrounding the immigration crisis, border control, and US relations with Latin America.

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Radical Press Fest

September 15, 12-5pm

You’re invited to an all-day festival of radical books, zines, prints, and more! “The Radical Press Fest”  will bring together publishers working in different genres and on various scales to give a sampling of what radical publishing looks like. Vendors include Common Notions, Radix Media, Justseeds, the Operating System, Interference Archives, Rebozo, Ink Cap Press, EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Program, and more!

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Panel Discussion: Publishing as a Tool of Resistance

Saturday, September 15, 5pm
Organized by Common Notions 

Please join us in conversation as we discuss how publishing can be used as a tool for resistance and movement-building. The Feminist Press Publicity Manager Jisu Kim, The Operating System Founder and Publisher Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Radix Media Publisher Lantz Arroyo, and El Rebozo Palapa Editorial Publisher Pio will discuss their approach to publishing and the role of independent publishing within building social movements. Moderated by journalist and editor Audrea Lim.

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Propaganda Party: Families for Safe Streets

Sunday, September 16, 2-5pm

Interference Archive and Families for Safe Streets (FSS) are excited to collaborate on an upcoming propaganda party to create materials for the World Day of Remembrance, commemorating lives lost in traffic crashes across New York City. Join us on Sunday, September 16th from 2-5pm at Interference Archive (314 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11225) to make posters, memorial banners, buttons, and more. FSS is comprised of a group of individuals who have lost loved ones or have been injured in traffic crashes. Their mission is to channel grief into action and through grassroots campaigns, help realize a city where pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles safely co-exist.

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Film Screening: Far From Poland

Tuesday, September 11, 7pm

In 1980, American filmmaker Jill Godmilow was coincidentally in Poland when a shipyard strike led to a social movement around the first independent labor union in a Soviet-bloc country. But when Godmilow tried to return to Poland to film, her visa entry was denied. In Far From Poland, she sets out to literally reinvent the documentary form by scrutinizing her original intention to make agitprop. The resulting film depicts the workers movement against the “workers state” and points to futures outside the absurd duality of the Cold War.

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Screening of What Farocki Taught and Conversation with Filmmaker Jill Godmilow

Saturday, September 8, 7pm

Interference is thrilled to bring in acclaimed filmmaker Jill Godmilow for a screening of her 1998 short What Farocki Taught, followed by an open discussion about agitprop film and its evolution throughout her career. This will be a treat for anyone who creates or consumes political media. Her feature film Far from Poland will also be screened at Interference Archive on Tuesday Sept 11.

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The Archive is Closed on September 9

We’ll be closed on September 9th for our quarterly volunteer retreat. Feel free to visit us during our open hours another day. Interested in getting involved as a volunteer? Send us an email!

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Social Justice Book Club: Teaching to Transgress

Thursday, August 23rd, 7 – 9 pm

At our August book club meeting we will be discussing Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks. In this book, the author shares her philosophy of the classroom, offering ideas about teaching that fundamentally rethink democratic participation. She writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom. Come join us!

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Poster Launch Party and Film Screening: Stand With Global Indigenous Resistance #CODEDIvive!

Friday, August 31, 6-8pm

The organization and struggle of the indigenous pueblos has been an example and inspiration for all of us, a resource to better understand how we can defend life and struggle with dignity walking the path of autonomy. Join us for this event in solidarity with CODEDI and the dozens of Oaxacan pueblos that organize, resist and fight together to build autonomy and defend their land.

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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.