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  1. Free Education? Contemporary Struggles – Roundtables & Film Screening

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    Sunday, January 27, 2pm-6pm

    Closing event for Free Education! The Free University of New York, Alternate U, and Learning Liberation. Organized by Common Notions, Free University of New York City, and Interference Archive/Jakob Jakobsen.

    Film Screening: Who Teaches Them?
    2:00-2:45

    Screening of the episode Who Teaches Them? (1966) from the WGBH series Radical Americans. This TV program presents interviews with the founding trio of the Free University of New York, Sharon Krebs, James Mellen and Allen Krebs. The program describes FUNY as a radical left wing school in opposition to right wing patriotic and free market schools such as Rampart College and Harding College. Who Teaches Them? opens up the social, political and educational landscape of the mid 1960s.

    Introduced by Jakob Jakobsen.

    Wages for Students Roundtable
    2:45-3:45

    With George Caffentzis, Silvia Federici, and Wilson Sherwin. Moderated by Malav Kanuga and Jakob Jakobsen.

    Wages for Students was an affront and a campaign against the neoliberalization of the university, at a time in the mid 1970s when this process was just beginning. Forty years later, the highly profitable business of education not only continues to exploit the unpaid labor of the students, but now also makes them pay for it. Today, as the student debt crisis reaches staggering proportions, and when students around the world are refusing to continue this collaborationism, the pamphlet’s central call resounds as loudly as ever: “for education against education!”

    Wages for Students was written and published anonymously by activists linked to the journal Zerowork during student strikes in the fall of 1975. Deeply influenced by the Wages for Housework Campaign’s analysis of capitalism and emerging in relation to struggles such as Black Power, anticolonial resistance, and the antiwar movements, the authors sought to fight against the role of universities as conceived by capital and its state. The pamphlet debates the strategies of the student movement at the time and denounces the regime of forced unpaid work imposed everyday upon millions of students.

    This round table will discuss these and other critical questions with one of the original authors of the Wages for Students perspective as well as fellow travelers. Wages for Students was republished in 2016 by Common Notions with a new introduction by the original authors, George Caffentzis, Monty Neill, and John Willshire-Carrera, alongside a transcript of a collective discussion at 16 Beaver following a public reading of the pamphlet.

    PLEASE NOTE: There will be a study group reading of Wages for Students at Interference Archive on January 20th 2pm-4pm with one of the original authors, George Caffentzis. Those joining our study group will have a discount price of Wages for Students courtesy of Common Notions (RSVP & copies will be available in advance at the Interference Archive and you can write to info@commonnotions.org to reserve your copy).

    George Caffentzis is a political philosopher and autonomist Marxist. He is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine and a founding member of the Midnight Notes Collective. His most recent book is In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines, and the Crisis of Capitalism (Common Notions/PM Press, 2013).

    Silvia Federici is a long-time feminist, writer, and teacher living in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Italy, Federici has lectured and taught widely in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the U.S. She has participated in numerous international movements and social struggles, including feminist, education, anti-death penalty, as well as anti-nuclear and anti-globalization

    Wilson Sherwin—former translator, documentary film producer, electrician—is a Doctoral Candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center completing her dissertation “Rich in Needs: the radical imaginary of the national welfare rights movement.” She is also a member of CUNY Struggle, a militant rank-and-file caucus of the PSC committed to challenging academic precarity.

    Malav Kanuga is a cultural anthropologist trained at the City University of New York and founding editor of Common Notions Publishing House.

    Jakob Jakobsen is a visual artist and political organizer. He has worked with autonomous education the last 20 years and has curated the current exhibition Free Education! at Interference Archive together with Bonnie Gordon, Jen Hoyer, and Josh MacPhee. He edited the 2016 Wages for Students together with Maria Berrios and Malav Kanuga

    To transform NYC, start with CUNY – Free University of New York City roundtable
    4:00-5:30

    With Amelia Fortunato, Sarah Gee, Shayhan Lewis, and Sabrina Rich. Moderated by Conor Tomás Reed.

    The City University of New York has long acted as a locus of broader struggles for working people’s right to thrive in New York City. At present, multiple campaigns are co-emerging to transform the university and the city with a potential impact not seen in decades. CUNY adjunct faculty’s demand for “$7k or Strike” in the current union contract is amassing the power to strike so as to double their salaries and move toward pay equity. CUNY and NYC opposition to Amazon’s proposed $3 billion headquarters in Queens could overturn the mayor and governor’s decision before construction begins. In the face of bigoted faculty members hiding behind “free speech,” women students of color-led coalitions are using media and Black feminist pedagogies to resist how “academic freedom” and Title IX policies may actually protect hate speech. As well, nearing the 50th anniversary of the 1969 City College Strike that created a wave of CUNY Ethnic Studies programs, students are reviving demands to reinstate or defend existing Ethnic Studies to decolonize our curriculum.

    In this special roundtable hosted by the Free University of New York City, we will hear from the following:

    Amelia Fortunato (she/her) is a CUNY Graduate Center PhD student, John Jay College faculty, and member of CUNY Struggle. Amelia will contextualize the “$7k or Strike” campaign, briefly outlining the history of this rank-and-file rebellion at CUNY; explain the current organizing goals, strategy, and tactics; and discuss the challenges of organizing a strike with union leadership support while navigating the anti-strike Taylor Law.

    Sarah Gee (she/they) is a Brooklyn College student and member of the Brooklyn College Student Union, Students for Justice in Palestine, and Fuck Off Amazon. Sarah will discuss the groundswell opposition to Amazon HQ2, which could bring gentrification, over-policing, and displacement, while multiple city services like NYCHA, the MTA, CUNY, and the K-12 public schools system fall apart from disinvestment.

    Shayhan Lewis (she/her) is a Brooklyn College student and member of the Brooklyn College Student Union. Shayhan will share how campus coalitions were built to foreground women students of color in the face of racist and sexist faculty statements, and how documentary media and Black feminist pedagogies contribute to raising an intersectional framework of social justice towards fundamentally changing the university.

    Sabrina Rich (she/her) is a Hunter College student and member of The Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH). Sabrina will focus on the fight for an Asian American Studies Department at Hunter College, and will also discuss how the underfunding of Ethnic Studies goes hand in hand with the exploitation of adjuncts and the severe lack of resources for students of color.

    Conor Tomás Reed (no pronouns), who will moderate the roundtable, is a CUNY Graduate Center PhD student, Brooklyn College faculty, and co-founding participant in the Free University of New York City.

    Closing Discussion
    5:30-6:00
    Final discussion with all participants.

    This event is part of a project sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant. Any views expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  2. Gay Liberation Front, Come Out!, and Gay Dance Parties at Alternate U and Beyond

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    Thursday, January 24, 7pm

    Come and join us for an evening of Gay Liberation at Interference Archive. Flavia Rando and Perry Brass will discuss their personal experiences during the early years of the struggle for gay rights in New York. Flavia and Perry were two of the gay activists who used the Alternate U as a meeting place for organizing as well as a liberated space hosting the world’s first public gay dances, including women’s dances. Alternate U became a meeting place for gay activists mobilizing after the Stonewall riots in 1969. The Gay Liberation Front published the first issue of Come Out! A Newspaper by and for the Gay Community from Alternate U in 1969. The front-page manifesto of Come Out! says:

    “Come Out for Freedom! Come Out Now! Gay Power to Gay People! Come Out of the Closet before the Door is Nailed Shut! — Come Out!, a Newspaper for the Gay Community, dedicates itself to the joy, the humor, and the dignity of the homosexual male and female.”

    Hear about how the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) emerged as a militant movement fighting for gay rights – and how the underground newspaper Come Out! was established as a voice of the GLF, promoting gay rights, lesbian feminism, and anti-sexism within the Movement and beyond. Come Out! was a part of a whole movement of underground, liberation newspapers published in this era. Flavia and Perry will also share their insights on the debates and conflicts that were an integrated part of establishing a front of very diverse lgbt people against the enforced sexual norms of mainstream society.

    Flavia Rando, Ph.D., is an art historian who teaches Lesbian, Women’s and LGBTQ Studies. She is a coordinator of the Lesbian Herstory Archives. In 2011, she inaugurated the Lesbian Studies Institute at the Archives and will be teaching her ninth year of classes. To mark Stonewall 50, she and Elvis Bakatitis are preparing a course studying the first generation of Lesbian activists and how they bring their activism to the experience of aging.

    Perry Brass has published 19 books, including poetry, fiction, science fiction, and advice books. His work stems from a visionary attitude toward all human sexuality coming from a core involvement with human values and equality derived from his involvement with the Gay Liberation Front which he joined in Nov, 1969, a few months after his 22nd birthday. In 1972, with 2 friends, he co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Project Clinic, the first clinic specifically for gay men on the East Coast, still surviving as the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center.

    This event is part of a project sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant. Any views expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  3. Radical Psychology at Alternate U and Beyond

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    Wednesday, December 12, 6pm

    Radical psychology and the politics of mental illness were an important part of social movements in the 1970s and 1980s, and central issues in free education experiments, including Alternate U. In 1970, Keith Brooks ran a course called Towards a Radical Psychology, centered around psychology in the context of the global liberation struggle and the questions of “what is its role and whose side is it on?” Phil Brown ran a course called Demystification of Contemporary Psychology, challenging what he called the “Myth of Mental Illness.”

    We are thrilled to host a talk with Keith Brooks and Phil Brown on December 12th at 6pm. They will share their experiences in the critical psychology movement that was a part of the revolutionary environment at Alternate U. Phil and Keith helped set up the organization Psychologists for a Democratic Society, which published a newspaper under the same name. They will introduce the work of this offshoot from the Students for a Democratic Society.

    The radical psychology movement was an attack on institutionalized psychology—which isolated mental illness within the individual. They wanted to place psychology and psychiatry within a social framework and attempted to expose the external structures of society that caused mental illness, rather than blaming the internal structures of the individual. One of Phil Brown’s workshops considered “the revolution as therapy,” as well as looking into “the psychology of racism and male supremacy.” Together with Phil and Keith we will use these activities to shine light on the situation of mental health and care today.

    Keith Brooks was a co-founder of Psychologists for a Democratic Society, and has written for a wide variety of political and social science publications. He taught at Richmond college from 1970-’75, teaching much of the same content he taught at Alternate U. He went on to do labor and community organizing as well as teach in the NYC Alternative high school division until retiring in 2015. He’s currently writing a book entitled Mythamerica.

    Phil Brown is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Science at Northeastern University, where he directs the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute. He was very involved in Psychologists for a Democratic Society and in the Radical Therapist collective. During that period he wrote Toward a Marxist Psychology and edited the volume Radical Psychology, as well as two collections of work from The Radical Therapist/Rough Times. In his later work in environmental health, he is the author of No Safe Place: Toxic Waste, Leukemia, and Community Action, and Toxic Exposures: Contested Illnesses and the Environmental Health Movement, and co-editor of Social Movements in Health, and Contested Illnesses: Citizens, Science and Health Social Movements. He is on the National Advisory Environmental Health Science Council, which advises the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

    This event is part of a project sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant. Any views expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  4. No More Deaths: Our View From the Border

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    Saturday, February 11th, 6pm

    Odds are you’ve seen some form of immigration coverage on the local, evening, or cable news. You’ve probably been bombarded with repeated images of shadowy figures being led away in cuffs, running across tracts of land, or hopping fences. You’ve probably heard pundits and politicians call immigrants criminals even terrorists. However, humanitarian aid group, No More Deaths has a very different view of the border—one in which cartel violence and macroeconomic policies compel people’s northward migration, one in which US border enforcement strategies result in thousands of deaths and the needless suffering of countless more. Their vantage allows them a clear view of the racial profiling laws that have deported and separated more than 1.5 million families.

    Please join desert aid workers from No More Deaths as they present: Our View From the Border. This 45 minute presentation will offer firsthand accounts of trends in migration; human rights abuse documentation in Nogales, Sonora; migrant support in the Sonoran desert; and allied movement building in communities throughout Arizona. In addition to the presentation there will be time for questions during which we look forward to opening a more comprehensive dialogue about our southern border.

  5. We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in New York City

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    [en espanol]

    Opening March 26, 2015
    7-10pm

    Exhibition dates: March 26 – June 15, 2015

    Interference Archive presents We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in New York City, an exploration of collective action by NYC tenants for decent and affordable housing from the 1940s to the present. The creation and subsequent dismantling of the rent regulation system forms the backdrop to a rich history of tenant struggle, including: neighborhood resistance to urban renewal in the South Bronx, integration struggles at Stuyvesant Town and in Brooklyn, rent strikes in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, the coordinated takeover of vacant housing during Operation Move-In, and repeated campaigns to renew and strengthen the rent laws. In addition to highlighting the diverse array of tactics employed by tenant organizers, the exhibition situates the fight for affordable housing within racial and economic justice struggles. Through these campaigns New Yorkers have claimed the right to live in a city that is integrated and affordable. The exhibition brings together materials from tenant organizations, community archives and institutions to present flyers, posters, photographs, newspaper clippings and audio recordings from past and present tenant organizing.

    The final section of the exhibition, developed in collaboration with tenant organizations from across the city, examines current campaigns against tenant harassment, predatory equity, luxury housing, the cluster site shelter program, and gentrification-driven policing. With New York’s rent laws set to expire in June 2015, this exhibition showcases our city’s continuous history of effective and militant tenant action for housing justice.

    Organized by Maggie Schreiner with Ash Bayer, Bonnie Gordon, Lani Hanna, Jen Hoyer, Karen Hwang, and Greg Mihalko

    Program Series
    A program series accompanying the exhibition will provide trainings to build the power of new and old tenant organizers, and connect participants with current housing justice campaigns. Check back here regularly for updates to our list of related programming.

    Download a PDF flier with details about these events.

    All programming is at Interference Archive (131 8th St #4, Brooklyn NY 11215) unless otherwise stated.

    Admission for all programming is by donation.

    Screening and Discussion: My Brooklyn
    Saturday April 4th, 7pm
    with Director Kelly Anderson

    Workshop: Strengthening Rent Regulation
    Friday April 10th, 3pm
    with Tenants and Neighbors

    This workshop will explore the loopholes in the rent regulation system and how they cause gentrification in our communities. Participants will also learn about the current campaign for a stronger rent regulation system.

    Panel Discussion on Policing and Gentrification
    Thursday April 30th, 7pm
    **New Location: Verso Books, 20 Jay St., Brooklyn
    Introduction by: Christina Hanhardt, author of Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence. Panelists from: Equality for Flatbush, GOLES, Picture the Homeless

    This panel brings together organizers, residents and academics to discuss the intersections between policing and housing policy. Topics include policing in public housing, in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods, and of people experiencing marginal housing.

    Workshop: Know Your Rights for Tenants
    Wednesday May 6th, 7pm
    with Mario Mazzoni (Penn South Mutual Redevelopment Houses)

    This workshop will give an overview of the basic rights for all NYC tenants. Learn about how to determine what type of housing you live in, and how to fight for your rights as a tenant.

    Housing Justice in NYC: Tenant Organizers in Conversation
    Saturday May 16th, 4pm
    **Location: Brooklyn Public Library: Central Library, Info Commons Lab
    Panelists from: CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, Community Action for Safe Apartments, Cooper Square Committee, Crown Heights Tenant Union, Equality for Flatbush, Flatbush Tenant Coalition, Met Council on Housing, Tenants and Neighbors.

    Please join us for an informal conversation with tenant organizers and leaders from across the city. This event is an opportunity to learn about what is happening in different neighborhoods, as well as getting to know the organizations and individuals fighting for housing justice in NYC.

    Panel: The Role of Law and Legal Work in the New York City Housing Movement
    Thursday, May 21, 7-9pm
    Panelists include: Afua Atta-Mensah, director of litigation at the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center; Paris Baldacci, professor and director of the Housing Rights Clinic at Cardozo Law School; and Pavita Krishnaswamy, deputy director of litigation at South Brooklyn Legal Services.  This panel is moderated by Jean Stevens, staff attorney at CAMBA Legal Services in Brooklyn

    Join us to explore the possibilities and limitations of law, litigation, and policy change in effecting true housing justice in NYC. Our panel will discuss the role that attorneys can and should play in the movement, and whether housing justice is possible in a city where housing is a human right but property rights are king.

    We Won’t Move! Exhibit Tour
    Saturday May 30th, 1pm
    Join the curators for a tour and discussion of We Won’t Move!

    Closing Party! Short Films and Discussion
    Sunday, June 14th, 4pm

    Join us for an afternoon of short films about housing justice in NYC to celebrate the closing of this exhibition after a great three months! We will screen Heart of Loisaida (1979, 30 minutes), Fenced OUT (2001, 28 minutes), and Rezoning Harlem (2008, 40 minutes).

     

    Education and Class Visits
    We Won’t Move offers tenant organizations, as well as high school- and college-level classes, the opportunity to visit the exhibition. Courses or organizing groups focused on Geography, Urban Planning, Architecture, U.S. History and Politics, Race, and Gender are particularly well suited. We are most able to organize visits during our regular open hours: Thursdays from 1-9pm, and Friday/Saturday/Sunday from 12-5pm. To arrange a visit, contact classes@interferencearchive.org

    Childcare
    If you need childcare for the opening or any of the programming for We Won’t Move, please email info@interferencearchive.org with “childcare” in the subject line. Let us know what your needs are, how many kids, their ages, and please give us at least a week’s notice if possible.

     

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    Interference Archive presenta “No nos mudaremos: Los inquilinos de la ciudad de Nueva York se organizan”, una exploración de la acción colectiva de los inquilinos de Nueva York –desde 1940 hasta el presente–, por una vivienda digna y monetariamente asequible. La creación y posterior desmantelamiento del sistema de regulación de alquileres forman el telón de fondo de una rica historia de lucha de los inquilinos, incluyendo: resistencia del barrio ante la renovación urbana en el Sur del Bronx; luchas de integración en Stuyvesant Town y en Brooklyn; huelgas de alquiler en Harlem y Bedford-Stuyvesant; la toma coordinada de viviendas vacantes durante la “Operación Mudanza”; y las repetidas campañas para renovar y fortalecer las leyes de alquiler. Además de destacar la gran variedad de tácticas empleadas por los organizadores de inquilinos, la exposición sitúa la lucha por la vivienda asequible dentro de las luchas por la justicia racial y económica. A través de estas campañas los neoyorquinos han reclamado el derecho a vivir en una ciudad que sea integrada y monetariamente asequible. La exposición reúne materiales de organizaciones de inquilinos, archivos de la comunidad y de las instituciones, para exponer volantes, carteles, fotografías, recortes de periódicos y grabaciones de audio del pasado y presente de los inquilinos organizándose.

    La última sección de la exposición, desarrollada en colaboración con organizaciones de inquilinos de toda la ciudad, examina las actuales campañas contra el acoso de inquilinos, la inversion financiera depredadora, las viviendas de lujo, el programa para alojamiento de refugio en grupos [the cluster site shelter program], y la política orientada a la “gentrificación”. Con las leyes de alquiler de Nueva York a punto de expirar en junio de 2015, esta exposición muestra la historia continua de una acción efectiva y militante del inquilino por la justicia de la vivienda en nuestra ciudad.

    Serie de programas
    Una serie de programas al margen de la exposición proporcionará entrenamiento para capacitar a los nuevos y antiguos organizadores de inquilinos, y conectar a los participantes con las campañas de vivienda justa actuales. En www.interferencearchive.org se encuentra una lista completa de programas relacionados.

    Recepción de apertura
    Marzo 26, 7pm
    Únase a nosotros para celebrar la apertura de No nos mudaremos

    Proyección y discusión: My Brooklyn
    Sábado, 4 de Abril, 7pm
    Con directora Kelly Anderson

    Taller: A fortalecer la regulación de alquileres con inquilinos y vecinos
    Jueves, 10 de Abril, 3pm
    Este taller explorará los pretextos para eludir obligaciones en el sistema de regulación de alquileres, y cómo es que éstos promueven la “gentrificación” en nuestras comunidades. Los participantes también aprenderán sobre la campaña actual por un sistema de regulación de alquileres más fuerte.

    Panel de discusión: La actividad policial y la “gentrificación”
    Viernes 30 de Abril, 7pm
    Moderado por: Christina Hanhardt
    Miembros del panel: Equality for Flatbush, GOLES, Picture the Homeless, CAAAV, Sunset Park Cop Watch.
    Los barrios de NYC mas afectados por las tácticas del NYPD, tales como stop-and-frisk, son también los barrios más rápidamente afectados por la “gentrificación”. Este panel combina organizadores, residentes y académicos, para discutir las conexiones entre las actividades policiales y la política de la vivienda.

     Taller: Conozca sus derechos como inquilino, con Mario Mazzoni (Penn south mutual redevelopment houses)
    Miércoles, 6 de Mayo, 7pm
    Este taller dará una visión de conjunto de los derechos básicos para todos los inquilinos de NYC. Aprenda a determinar en qué tipo de vivienda está usted, y cómo luchar por sus derechos como inquilino.

    Justicia para la vivienda en NYC: Organizadores de inquilinos en conversación
    Sábado, 16 de Mayo, 4pm
    ***Sera localizado en Brooklyn Public Library: Central Library, Info Commons Lab
    Con: CAAAV, Organizing Asian Communities, Community Action for Safe Apartments, Cooper Square Committee, Crown Heights Tenant Union, Equality for Flatbush, Flatbush Tenant Coalition, Met Council on Housing, Tenants and Neighbors
    Por favor únase a nosotros para conversar informalmente con organizadores de inquilinos y líderes de toda la ciudad. Este evento es una oportunidad para aprender qué está pasando en barrios diferentes, y conocer organizaciones e individuos que luchan por justicia en la vivienda en NYC. Antes de la discusión habrá un open house [casa abierta] de la exposición.

    Educación y visitas por clases escolares
    No nos mudaremos ofrece la oportunidad de visitar la exposición a organizaciones de inquilinos y a clases de escuela secundaria o universitaria. Son particularmente adecuados los cursos o grupos organizadores centrados en geografía, planificación urbana, arquitectura, historia de los EE.UU., así como en política, raza, y género. Podemos organizar visitas durante nuestras horas regulares de puertas abiertas: jueves de 1-9 pm, viernes, sábado y domingo de 12-5 pm.  Para arreglar visitas, contactar a: classes@interferencearchive.org

    Cuidado de los niños, guardería
    Si usted necesita cuidado de sus niños durante la inauguración o cualquiera de los programas de No nos mudaremos, por favor escriba a info@interferencearchive.org con “childcare” como asunto de la carta. Díganos cuáles son sus necesidades, cuántos niños, sus edades y si es posible háganos saber con una semana de anticipación sobre cuándo necesita el servicio.

     

    This project is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

     

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  6. Film Screening: Unseen War

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    Monday, July 21, 2014

    7-9pm

    How much do we need to know to care or act? What needs to be in place to make the invisible visible? Unseen War explores what one can gather from all the available data, evidence and information, challenging the existing narratives of just war, collateral damage and economy of warfare in the case of US-deployed drone strikes in the tribal area of Pakistan (FATA). The film explores how we can escape the ignorance imposed on us through a carefully sustained lack of accountability and transparency by the main actors of the conflict: the US and Pakistani militaries. How is it possible that such a long running war (it started in 2004) remains invisible? How has it resisted existing legal frameworks and media scrutiny?

    Unseen War starts from the short history of the FATA, its relationship to Pakistan and the US, and the use of drone technology to target militants. It features a range of political actors working both inside and outside of Pakistan, who talk about the ways they understand the issue and the efforts being made by journalists, activists and artists to shift power and expose information about what is happening there and why.

    The screening will be followed by a discussion with Marek Tuszynski, Director of Technology and Programmes at the Tactical Technology Collective. Tactical Tech is an organisation dedicated to the use of information in activism. Their mission is to advance the skills, tools and techniques of rights advocates, empowering them to use information and communications to help marginalized communities understand and effect progressive social, environmental and political change.

    Tactical Tech recently published Visualising Information for Advocacy (http://visualisingadvocacy.org/), a book about how advocates and activists use visual elements in their campaigns. This 170-page guide features over 60 case studies from around the world to provide an introduction to understanding visual information and a framework for using images for influence. Copies of Visualising Information for Advocacy will be available and co-author Stephanie Hankey as well!