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From Below: Poetry and Social Justice

Thursday, April 26, 7-9pm
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 us for our inaugural event featuring poet and disability rights activist Cyrée Jarnelle Johnson and interdisciplinary creator Lynn DeSilva Johnson

Mayday Propaganda Party

Sunday, April 29, 2018
2–6pm

Join us on the Sunday before Mayday for a Propaganda Party featuring militant 1968 graphics revamped for contemporary struggles. We’ll be screenprinting, block-printing, sign making, and button making. Bring ideas, shirts, fabric for patches, and anything else you want to contribute.

Feminist Urbanism

Wednesday, May 2nd, 7-9pm
and Saturday, May 5th 3-6pm

As New York City becomes increasingly polarized and unequal, displacement and lack of opportunities have become daily struggles for most of its dwellers. Within this context, various resistance practices attempting to conceptualize alternative forms of producing and appropriating space have been working to reclaim our Right to the City. The goal of this two-part workshop is to create a collective definition of Feminist Urbanism using Interference Archive’s material.

Archive That Comrade! Left Memory Politics, Toxic Fame, and the Populist Archive

Thursday, May 10, 2018
7pm

Author Phil Cohen and participants will look at recent controversies surrounding public memorials, monuments, and archives in both the UK and United States in order to discuss how far “the archive” can serve as a platform for dialogue and debate between different generations of activists in a culture that fetishizes the evanescent present, practices a profound amnesia about its past, and forecloses the sociological imagination of an alternative future?

May 1968 – May 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018
12–10pm

Join us for a day-long gathering looking at the impact of the global uprisings of 1968 on our lives and communities in 2018.

Situationist Speakeasy

Friday, May 18, 2018
7-10pm

Come join Interference Archive and Common Notions Publishing for themed-drinks and snacks while we watch détourned and Situ-films, including Can Dialectics Break Bricks? (René Viénet, 1973), Society of the Spectacle (Guy Debord, 1973), and more.

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.

Bones of Contention: A Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, April 17, 7pm

Please join filmmaker Andrea Weiss and Paul Julian Smith, Distinguished Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, for a screening and discussion of Weiss’s recent film, Bones of Contention (2017). Bones of Contention is the first nonfiction feature film to explore the theme of historical memory in Spain, focusing on the repression of lesbians and gays under Franquismo. Lining the roads of Spain, masked by miles and miles of pine trees, are unmarked graves in which over a hundred twenty thousand victims of the Franco regime are buried. Today the families of the desaparecidos lead a grassroots effort to uncover and identify the bones of their loved ones, despite opposition from the Spanish government.

Geofuturism, or learning to let go and love other worlds: a discussion of sociotechnical possibilities and life beyond fossil capitalism

Thursday, April 19, 7-9pm

Join us for the launch of Jesse Goldstein’s book Planetary Improvement: Cleantech Entrepreneurship and the Contradictions of Green Capitalism. Jesse will share a bit about his book, and then lead us through an interactive exercise and discussion about the many ways that our own sense of a good life is inextricably linked to unsustainable material and energetic flows. This is not meant to make us feel bad about ourselves, but to open up a collective imagining of truly radical possibilities for socially and ecologically vibrant futures.

Cruel Design/Disobedient Design – The Art and Politics of Designing for Social Justice

Thursday, April 5th 7-9pm
A talk with Dr. Anna Feigenbaum, Minute Works, and Dr. Gavin Grindon

From drones, border walls, and riot control weapons to protest banners and DIY tear gas masks, design practices are used for both social control and social change. In this free talk we explore how design practices are implemented in the creation of objects used for repression and harm.