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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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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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An Agitprop Skillshare

Saturday, August 18, 2-5pm

Join our Education Working Group to learn some of the basic skills for making agitprop materials like we see on display in our current exhibition, Agitate! Educate! Organize! Agit Prop into the 21st Century. We’ll talk about simple ways to get started with screen printing, block printing, and stencil making. And best of all, we’ll make things!

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Film Screening: Little Voices from Fukushima

Sunday, August 19, 6:30PM-9:30PM

Join us for a joint screening of Little Voices from Fukushima by Sloths Against Nuclear State and the Radiation Monitoring Project. The screening will be followed by a discussion and a short presentation about a radiation monitoring efforts in the United States.  

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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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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.

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Power Lines Film Screening & Discussion with Director Klee Benally

Friday July 27, 7:30pm- 9:30pm

Halee (Nezbahe Ragdoll) is a 16 year old Diné (Navajo) relocation refugee who uses fierce poetry to escape from her painful past and present. When Halee’s abusive father (Tony Skrelunas) crosses a line, her best friend Selma (Kayla Dailey) helps her runaway. Their journey to Halee’s homeland takes a turn when she discovers her father has been hiding a secret that has the power to change Halee’s life forever. 

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Screening the Red Army Faction: a discussion with Christina Gerhardt

Friday, August 10, 8pm

Screening the Red Army Faction explores representations of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in print media, film and art. The book contributes both a new history and a new cultural history of post-fascist era West Germany that grapples with the fledgling republic’s most pivotal debates about the nature of democracy and authority; about violence, its motivations and regulation; and about its cultural afterlife. At the heart of this project rest questions about what role media playing in social movements. Author Christina Gerhardt will lead a discussion about corporate representations of social movements as well as the self-presentation of movements, with a focus on West Berlin, in the late sixties.

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NO RNC Oral History Listening Party

Tuesday, August 7, 7pm

Before there was “The Resistance” there was mass resistance to the Republican policy-agenda during the George W. Bush administration. During this previous wave of anti-Republican Party resistance, activists aligned with the Global Justice Movement regularly mobilized mass street demonstrations at party conventions and economic summits. The NO RNC 2004 Oral History Project documents the organizing efforts that led to a month’s worth of events and demonstrations in New York City during August and September 2004. Join us for a listening party to hear audio from the project’s first 15 interviews and an exploration of visual materials from the demonstrations.

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Our Comics, Ourselves Comic Book Club

Saturday, July 14, 10am-12pm

Do you read comics all the time and have insights you want to share and discuss with a group? Are you a critical thinker, and curious about the genre of comics? Join our Comic Book Club! Each month we’ll select one or two comics or graphic novels to read, and then come together for an exploratory, critical, and spirited discussion.

This month we’ll discuss: Epileptic, by David B. and
Gaylord Phoenix, by Edie Fake

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Social Justice Book Club: July

Saturday, July 14th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Social Justice Book Club in July. We’re reading our first graphic novel: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. It will be a great, quick read.

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Audio Interference 53: Appalachian Movement Press

“They saw this region as affected by a kind of colonial influence from the larger urban areas, sort of extracting resources from Central Appalachia historically, for over a hundred years, and not giving anything back.”

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Armed Love: A Screening

Friday, June 29, 2018
7:30–9:30pm

Interference Archive is excited to be screening the new short film, Armed Love, by Sean Stewart. The film is a meditative look at and discussion with Ben Morea about his role in the groups Black Mask and Up Against the Wall, Motherfucker!. Ben will be present for a free-flowing discussion after the film.

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Audio Interference 52: SisterSerpents

“We were exploding and we were asking women all over to explode with us.” – Jeramy Turner

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Social Justice Book Club

Sunday, June 24, 2-4pm

Join the Social Justice Book Club for a discussion on Roxane Gay’s searing memoir, Hunger. Hunger builds on Gay’s writing about feminism, women’s bodies, and rape culture to unflinchingly tackle personal experiences. Hunger is about weight gained and lost and gained. It’s also about so much more: the body she built to shield herself from the contempt of men and her own sense of shame, her complex relationship with parents who took great interest in solving her weight “problem,” and what it has meant for her to be highly visible and yet feel unseen. Please RSVP if you’d like to join us.

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Film Screening: My Country Occupied

Wednesday, June 13, 7pm

Join us for a screening of My Country Occupied (Newsreel #151, 1971, 30 minutes), with filmmakers Tami Gold and Heather (Lewis) Archibald. In this moving film, the personal testimonies of Guatemalan Indians, peasants, and guerrillas are dramatized to provide the narration for a powerful overview of the history of U.S. destabilization of democracy in Central America.​ ​This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. 

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Audio Interference 51: Adjunctification at CUNY

“Adjunctification is really this process of replacing full time academic positions with part time academic positions at lower wages and usually inferior, if any, benefits as a cost saving measure.”

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Radical Discipline: Exploring the Reasons Children Are Punished, and Alternative Suggestions

Saturday, June 16, 2018
3pm-4:30pm

RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 16: Radical Playdate presents an open and personal caregiver discussion about disciplining and punishing children—is there ever a need to punish children? How were we punished as children, and what repercussions did that have on us? What are some alternative models for punishment that we can employ as radical caregivers? To frame our discussion, China Martens has generously shared an issue of her exploratory zine on radical parenting, The Future Generation #5, Part II: Discipline. Download it here.

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From Below: Poetry and Social Justice II

Thursday, May 31, 7pm

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 Interference Archive for a public reading and discussion on intersections of poetry and labor organizing with Mark Nowak of the Worker Writers School, members of Retail Action Project, and local community college students and retail workers. The reading will be proceeded by a writing workshop for local community college students who work in retail or service industries.

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Weed and Seed Walk with Next Epoch Seed Library

Saturday, June 2, 2pm

The Next Epoch Seed Library has reimagined your typical seed bank in the face of climate change; their library collects plant species that live in close association with humans, but that have not been planted or maintained purposefully; in short, weeds! Join Interference Archive and the Next Epoch Seed Library on Saturday, June 2nd for an afternoon weed walk through Gowanus. Interested in walking with us? RSVP to info@interferencearchive.org so we can share details on our starting point for the walk.