What is Interference Archive?

The mission of Interference Archive is to explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements. This work manifests in an open stacks archival collection, publications, a study center, and public programs including exhibitions, workshops, talks, and screenings, all of which encourage critical and creative engagement with the rich history of social movements.

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Walkout: A Brief History of Student Organizing

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June 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

May 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Kent State and Jackson State massacres, which set off a historically large-scale student strike across the nation. With the anniversary as an entry point and frame of reference, this exhibition uses archival material from the Interference Archive collection to examine the broader scope of student movements that both led up to and followed in the wake of May 1970.

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Events

(Un)Block Party

Saturday, October 23, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

Join Interference Archive and the weird art people who hang out at the last street end in Gowanus for an (Un)block Party on October 23rd at 3pm at 2nd avenue and 5th street. During this encounter, we’ll be breaking out the mobile archive bike, printmaking designs made by our friends at Shoestring Press, swaying our […]

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November Admin Working Group meeting

Monday, November 1, 2021 @ 7:00 PM

Our monthly admin working group meeting is open for other folks to join; email us at info@interferencearchive.org for details on joining virtually.

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November Collections Working Group meeting

Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 7:00 PM

Join us in person at Interference Archive for our monthly collections working group meeting; please RSVP to info@interferencearchive.org

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Our Collections

Our collection includes tens of thousands of items created as part of social movements around the world, by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, zines, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, and other materials. For us, making this material accessible to the public is an act of preservation, not only of the physical materials, but of the collective history of those struggling for social change. Learn more about our collections and set up a time to visit them in-person in the archive.

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Audio Interference 82: Dane Michael on Zines & Mutual Aid

Listen on Soundcloud In this episode, we speak with Interference Archive volunteer Dane Michael about his favorite zines in the archive’s collection as well as his interest in collecting radical print materials and mutual aid ephemera, which he regularly donates to the archive. In particular, Dane shares experiences traveling to social centers and radical spaces […]

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News and Updates

Americans Before Columbus: collections that help us think about collecting

In preparation for an event we’re helping with this weekend at the Museum of Art and Design, we’ve been digging through our newspaper collections — specifically, our collection of Indigenous newspapers. A special edition of Americans Before Columbus caught our eye because of an article of “Sacred Objects and Secular Laws,” which discusses repatriation of […]

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10th Anniversary Picnic

Interference Archive celebrated 10 years with a picnic in Prospect Park. Thanks so much to everyone who joined us, and everyone who has helped us get this far!

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