Last December the Interference Archive (IA) opened its doors in Brooklyn, providing access to to a wide collection of social movement culture and ephemera to the public. Consisting of posters, flyers, publications, photographs, moving images, audio recordings, clothing, and other printed matter, the archive grew out of the personal collections of Josh MacPhee and Dara Greenwald. It has since expanded through donations by artists and activists internationally as well as served as a space for cultural production of new objects.
In the last eight months IA has held exhibitions, screenings,
collaborative poster-making sessions, meetings, and multiple public
talks. Some highlights include:
• Our recent collaboration and installation with the Montreal-based
poster making group of student strikers Ècole de la Montagne Rouge
• A presentation on the history of anti-war posters and graphics by
archivist Carol Wells
• A poster critique and design charrette with Occuprint around Mayday
• A screening of Maggots and Men, a queer reinterpretation of both the
filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein and the Krondstadt rebellion.
All of these activities have been free and open to the public!
Through this programming, the histories of people mobilizing for
social transformation have become animated and part of the present.
While still in its infancy, the archive has big plans to continue this
work and expand its reach. This includes becoming a non-profit
organization, opening to the public with much expanded hours, and the
development of a online database of the collection which will allow
for effective research and sharing of materials.
We would like to invite you to a series of open houses to personally
introduce you to the archive and our future plans. Currently the
archive is staffed by Josh, Molly Fair, and Kevin Caplicki, among
others. Come meet them and learn all the ways the collection can be
used and explored!
Additionally, we are also looking to develop a modest membership model
where interested individuals donate a small monthly amount. This will
allow us to keep IA open to the public as we develop our
infrastructure. Regardless if you decide to become a member or not,
our main goal is to share our work, and to spread the word that this
new archive of radical histories exists here in Brooklyn!
Open Houses are scheduled for the following dates from 5:30-7:30pm:
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
131 8th St. #4, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (2 blocks from the f/g/r trains at 4th ave. and 9th st.)