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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Exhibitions / Defund

Defend / Defund

October 8, 2022 – January 29, 2023

Exhibition opening: October 8, 3-8pm || Defend / Defund looks at resistance to policing and police brutality in the 20th and 21st centuries in the United States. This exhibition focuses on the work of Black organizers and the families of victims of police violence who have fought the often brutal occupation of their communities.

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Events / Working Groups /

December Education Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 @ 6:30 PM

The Education Working Group meets up to plan education-oriented events and to support class visits to Interference Archive. Email classes@interferencearchive.org to find out if we’ll be meeting in person or on zoom.

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December Collections Working Group meeting

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

The Collections Working Group meets monthly on the second Wednesday evening to talk about collections-related projects, discuss collection policy decisions, and do hands-on work. Meetings are in person at the archive. Feel free to join us! RSVP to info@interferencearchive.org

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Black and Pink Holiday Card 2022
Events / Workshop / Defund

Holiday Card Writing Party with Black & Pink + Abolitionist Reading Series

Sunday, December 18, 2022 @ 4:00 PM

Join Interference Archive and Black and Pink for a reading and discussion event on carceral justice and holiday card writing session on December 18th from 4-7pm. This is the first event of a reading series we’ve organized in conjunction with our current Defund / Defend exhibition about the history of activism against police brutality.  We’ll […]

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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 83: Sister Serpents and Generative Archiving

In this episode, volunteer Jen Hoyer explains how the archive is using donated materials to create an online presence for noteworthy, but digitally absent groups like Sister Serpents. But generating new materials and new discussions is not without a few risks. Stay tuned to find out more. To learn more about Sister Serpents, check out […]

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News & Updates
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News and Updates

Celebrating Interference: an art project reflecting on our first decade

Since 2011, Interference Archive has existed as an all-volunteer, collectively organized archive of material produced by social movements around the world. Our work as an archive includes caring for material collections donated to us; providing access through regular open hours; and activating the archive through free exhibitions and programming. More broadly, our work as a […]

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aBOOlition zines

We spent some time on Halloween this year making zines that helped us think about what real terror looks like — how our communities, especially Black communities, are policed and surveilled by the state — and thinking through the community safety we can build through abolition. We hope you’ll download and make your own zines […]

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