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  1. Off-site: Right to Wynwood screening

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    Wednesday, December 3
    8pm
    at Sunview Luncheonette
    221 Nassau Ave
    Brooklyn

    596 Acres, Sunview Luncheonette & the Interference Archive present a film and conversation on art outside and the right to shape our neighborhoods.

    Right to Wynwood (http://righttowynwood.wordpress.com/) is an investigative documentary that explores the causes and effects of gentrification in Wynwood, Miami FL. Through interviews with developers, gallerists, artists, community leaders, and members of the local Puerto Rican population, Right to Wynwood seeks to tell the story of how Wynwood went from Miami’s oldest Puerto Rican community to its largest art district, and what that means for the future of the neighborhood.

    The film is 22 minutes long and will screen promptly at 8:20pm.

    There will be appropriate snacks and a conversation with Niki Singleton (http://www.nikisingletonstudio.com/) and Erick Lyle (http://onthelowerfrequencies.com/bio/) after we share it.

    We’ll check in on our Brooklyn reality. If you’re a painter of walls or a builder of houses or an eater of food or a dreamer of futures, please join us!

    http://596acres.org/
    http://thesunview.org/
    http://interferencearchive.org/

  2. Todays processing- Autonomía newpapers

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    Trying to put a dent in a large donation of materials from Latin America in the range of 2002-2007.
    These Autonomía newspapers were published in Mexico City, edited by the Colectivo Autonómo Magonista (CAMA) in 2005/2006. They’re well designed and contain a lot of well cited graphics and illustrations from artists like Rini Templeton (pictured below) and Eric Drooker. The work of these two artists is quite recognizable to most in radical left cultures. Their work is frequently reproduced in print, on shirts, banners and many other mediums that it is nearly part of the commons. It is this kind of relationship of art and politics that inspire groups like Justseeds to continue producing art.

    If you aren’t familiar with either of the aforementioned artists, drop by during open hours for a lesson. We have books, prints and other resources on them, and many others. As for the newspapers I’ll be filing them in our wooden flat file where our periodicals live. Come by and check em out

    Autonomia Newspaper

    Strike! poster from some May Day 2014 materials.

  3. POZ blogs cover Self-Determination Inside/Out exhibition

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    The following is a review from POZ of our current exhibition.

    Self-Determination Inside/Out is a new exhibition of cultural materials made by prisoners and their supporters as they struggled for justice within the prison system. The exhibit, which is at Interference Archive in Brooklyn, spans decades of history and sheds new light on both incarceration and the incarcerated. One of the curators is former POZ senior editor Laura Whitehorn, who became an advocate for prisoners while serving a 14-year sentence.

    On display are publications, printed materials, and audio, film and video recordings made by people in and out of prison as they advocated for numerous causes, including the struggles of women and transgender people in prison. HIV/AIDS is part of that story, and the exhibit includes a 1988 press release by Mujahid Farid, one of the founders of the Prisoners Education Project on AIDS (PEPA). Farid sent out the press release following the transfer of PEPA co-founder David Gilbert to another prison “to punish him for the crime of helping to organize a prisoner-empowerment group,” Whitehorn says. “PEPA was seen by the prison administration as posing a threat of prisoner organizing; after punishing the organizers, the administration eventually adopted the PEPA model, now known as PACE (Prisoners AIDS Counseling and Education).”

    Also on display are issues of POZ magazine that profile the HIV advocacy work of incarcerated people. “Each [issue] shows some way incarcerated people affect HIV/AIDS work on the outside,” says Whitehorn. “A theme of the show is that social justice movements have been affected deeply by struggles in the prisons.”

  4. Create Your Own Book Bloc!

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    Sunday, April 14, noon–5 pm

    From Italy to England, Sweden to Spain, Oakland to New York, the book bloc has surfaced as a street protest tactic in which people create and use shields that resemble giant books. These shields are both practical and symbolic in asserting the power and importance of culture, while protecting protesters from the police.

    Join students, educators, community organizers, artists, and others for an interactive afternoon of two book bloc artshops and a slideshow discussion.

    12-2pm: book bloc artshop session #1

    2-3pm: slideshow discussion of book bloc histories & practices

    3-5pm: book bloc artshop session #2

    * Please bring your own markers, scissors, clear tape, one old bike inner tube or slender bungee cord, and at least two pieces of approx 2.5 feet by 3 feet cardboard

  5. Insurgence (film) and Le fond de l’air est rouge (zine)

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    US premier of documentary and zine about the Quebec student strike!

    Join the filmmakers of Insurgence for a screening and discussion on

    Friday, April 5
    7 – 10 pm
    Interference Archive

    Saturday, April 6
    7 – 10 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
    Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square, Lower Level 1

    $5 suggested donation (but no one turned away for lack of funds)

    Insurgence (Canada, 141 mins., color, French with English subtitles), made by a collective of filmmakers and film craftspeople Épopée, is a documentary about the vast social mobilization in Quebec during the spring of 2012. Initially propeled by the student strike for accessible education, the scope of the movement soon broadened to take on the government, the impunity and violence of the Montreal police force, the exploitation of untapped natural resources, and the current economic system.

    Right after Insurgence premiered in Montreal, Adam Szymanski observed in a blog post: “[The] screening was electric. Insurgence takes radical vérité approach that bears witness to the student strike from an act of solidarity. The film feels utterly authentic. Perhaps this authenticity comes from its collective approach. It’s a film by he épopée action collective, not Rodrigue Jean. As a collective work, the film inserts itself into the dialectic of social struggle and the creative decisions pertaining to the production of film form and content grow out of this working from within. Insurgence is an innervating film that re-energized the sold out crowd who saw itself — and its political labour from the last six months — on screen in an intelligent way for the first time since the strike began. As my colleague DL remarked afterwards: ‘It’s like cinema is dangerous again.’ . . . There’s a reason the cops came to bust up the congregation outside afterwards” (photo below by Thien).

    Épopée was created during the making of Men for Sale, a documentary about the lives of drug users and sex workers in Montreal. The group was also formed in the context of the digital revolution and the takeover of national cinemas by television and large distributors. Épopée reclaims the means of film production through a newfound creative and collective process. Between 2009 and 2012, Épopée set up a project in collaboration with sex workers and drug users in Montreal’s Centre-Sud neighborhood. The project resulted in a Web site (epopee.me), two feature films (The State of the Moment and The State of the World), and several gallery installations. A new feature film, Love in a Time of Civil War, written during the epopee.me writing workshops, began shooting in November 2012.

    http://insurgence.me/

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    Also, US premier of Le fond de l’air est rouge zine
    by Stefan Christoff (Howl arts collective)

    Le fond de l’air est rouge is a collection of texts about the 2012 Quebec student uprising by Montreal artist and activist Stefan Christoff. writer, musician, and revolutionary. Written between spring 2011 and summer 2012, this series of articles includes first hand accounts of the incredible street protests in Montreal and reflections on the student strike within the context of Quebec revolutionary history. Published by the Howl! arts collective (www.howlarts.net), this zine brings movement-based reporting originally published online into a physical format. The goal of this zine is to create a piece of cultural documentation on a key moment in Quebec popular history.

    For sale during the screenings/discussions.

    Insurgence and Le fond de l’air est rouge are both presented in conjunction with Interference Archive’s exhibition Book Bloc!
    Opening: Tuesday, April 2, 7–10 pm
    Runs through Wednesday, April 24

     

  6. Book Bloc!

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    Shields from CUNY and Cooper Union

    April 2–24, 2013

    Opening Reception:
    Tuesday, April 2
    7–10 pm

    Book blocs in their present-day incarnation first appeared in Rome in November 2010 as part of demonstrations against drastic budget cuts to the country’s public university system. Italian students began actions, occupations, and blockades by using oversize, handmade, padded book covers as banners and shields. The tactic quickly spread to other parts of Europe, the United States, and elsewhere. As a book bloc press release from London in 2010 explains, “The book bloc joins the student and public sector workers’ protest to affirm and defend what is under attack: Our universities and public libraries, literacy, thought, culture and jobs. . . . When the police kettle us, baton us, or charge us, we will not only see police violence against individuals but the state’s violence against free thought, expression, and education. Books are our tools–we teach with them, we learn with them, we play with them, we create with them, we make love with them, and sometimes, we must fight with them.”

    Interference Archive’s Book Bloc! exhibit features shields made here in New York by CUNY and Cooper Union students in their current struggles against tuition increases and instituting tuition, respectively, and in assertion of “free education for all.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  7. Films about the Underground Press

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    Wednesday, March 13, 2013
    7 pm

    The Vietnam War, class inequality, black liberation, and women’s struggles—against this backdrop of social upheaval, a rebellious counterculture produced a vibrant underground newspaper scene. In four short years, from 1965 to 1969, the underground press grew from five small newspapers in as many cities in the United States to over five hundred newspapers—with millions of readers—all over the world. Completely circumventing (and subverting) establishment media by utilizing its own news service and freely sharing content among the papers, the underground press at its height became the unifying institution for the alternative culture of the 1960s and 1970s.

    In conjunction with Rebel Newsprint, an exhibition of over 100 underground papers curated by Sean Stewart, Interference Archive will screen films about this time period, and the political and social conditions that lead to the development of the underground newspaper scene.  The films will be followed by open discussion.

  8. Liberation Libations

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    Listening to and singing movement songs

    Friday, February 22, 2013
    8– 10 pm

    Join us for songs from the Interference Archive collection of movement media, and the voices and strings of A’yen Tran, Zeke Healy, Phil Andrews, and you. We’ll learn and sing some group songs, listen to some records, and enjoy the resonance of voices in movements.

  9. Rebel Newsprint Poster

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    Exhibition poster for Interference Archive’s Rebel Newsprint: The Underground Press exhibition, curated by Sean Stewart. It was designed by Josh MacPhee and hand-printed by Kevin Caplicki at Bushwick Print Lab. The design of the poster, and it’s split-fountain color scheme, reflects the aesthetics of the late 1960s/early 1970s underground press. Each poster is unique in terms of the background color variation.

    2 color screenprint
    100 lb. cover stock
    12.5″ x 19″
    Signed and numbered edition of 120

    $15

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  10. Rebel Newsprint: The Underground Press

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    February 21 – March 24, 2013
    Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21 , 2013
    7 – 10 pm

    The Vietnam War, class inequality, black liberation, and women’s struggles—against this backdrop of social upheaval, a rebellious counterculture produced a vibrant underground newspaper scene. In four short years, from 1965 to 1969, the underground press grew from five small newspapers in as many cities in the United States to over five hundred newspapers—with millions of readers—all over the world. Completely circumventing (and subverting) establishment media by utilizing its own news service and freely sharing content among the papers, the underground press at its height became the unifying institution for the alternative culture of the 1960s and 1970s. It also allowed for all sorts of intriguing and compelling art, design, and writing on its pages.

    Interference Archive is pleased to host the exhibition Rebel Newsprint: The Underground Press, curated by Sean Stewart, editor of On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S. (PM Press, 2011). The show features original copies from Sean’s growing collection of underground newspapers, such as Basta Ya, Berkeley Barb, Berkeley Tribe, Chicago Seed, Helix, It Ain’t Me Babe, Los Angeles Free Press, Osawatomie, Rat Subterranean News, San Francisco Express Times, San Francisco Oracle, Screw: The Sex Review, Black Panther, East Village Other, and Realist, and related artifacts to illustrate the process, graphic sensibilities, historical context, and debates shaping these periodicals.

    For more info contact: Cindy Milstein, cbmilstein@yahoo.com

    Sean Stewart grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, and is the former owner of Babylon Falling, a bookstore and gallery in San Francisco. He now lives in Brooklyn.