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  1. RadioActivity! Antinuclear Movements from Three Mile Island to Fukushima

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    A collaborative exhibition between Interference Archive and Todos Somos Japon

    October 4 – November 4, 2012

    Opening Reception:
    October 4
    7 – 10 pm

    RadioActivity! Antinuclear Movements from Three Mile Island to Fukushima explores the culture of antinuclear movements around the globe, past and present. We have assembled posters, publications, moving images, and ephemera that reveal the many creative forms of resistance that have emerged. From the disaster at Three Mile Island that galvanized the movement in the 1970s to the meltdown at Fukushima in 2011, antinuclear groups have addressed a multitude of issues including feminism, antimilitarism, anticapitalism, peace, alternative energy, environmentalism, and most important, everyday survival.

    Todos Somos Japon is a New York City-based, international coordination and solidarity project, in the post-3/11 world (3/11/2011: the day of massive earthquake that triggered Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan).

  2. Freedom through Football

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    Tuesday, September 25, 2012
    7 – 10 pm

    Book release
    Freedom through Football: The Story of the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls
    by Will Simpson and Malcolm McMahon
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  3. Detournement

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    Four political shorts constructed from found footage

    September 20, 2012
    7:30 – 9:30 pm

    An fun night of repurposed pop culture, these four short films take the detritus of a lifetime of television and film and rebuild strange and fabulous critiques of the status quo. Alice in Wonderland, or Who Is Guy Debord? was originally created as a media activist project, and spliced onto the end of existing Disney VHS tapes being rented at Blockbuster. Manifestoon is a hilarious visualization of the Communist Manifesto brought to life entirely through 1950s’ and 1960s’ cartoons. Capitalism Is an Ism slogs through capitalist propaganda films and popular culture alike to create a strange and caustic brew. Wüstenspringmaus brings us the history of capitalism and colonialism through the joint eyes of Hollywood and a gerbil. (more…)

  4. Interference Archive Open House!

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    Last December the Interference Archive (IA) opened its doors in Brooklyn, providing access to to a wide collection of social movement culture and ephemera to the public. Consisting of posters, flyers, publications, photographs, moving images, audio recordings, clothing, and other printed matter, the archive grew out of the personal collections of Josh MacPhee and Dara Greenwald. It has since expanded through donations by artists and activists internationally as well as served as a space for cultural production of new objects. (more…)

  5. SIGNAL: 02

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    Book Release Party!
    August 23rd, 2012
    7-10 p.m. 

    Join Alec Dunn and Josh MacPhee as they celebrate the release of the second issue of Signal, A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture. Signal is an ongoing book series dedicated to documenting and sharing political graphics, creative projects, and cultural production of international resistance and liberation struggles. Signal digs deep through our common history to unearth this often-overlooked but essential role art and culture have played in struggles the world over.

  6. Àvenir [Future]

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    A collaborative exhibition with Interference Archive and Ècole de la Montagne Rouge

    August 9 – September 20, 2012

    Opening Reception:
    Thursday, August 9
    7 – 10 pm

    The École de la Montagne Rouge (EDLMR)—an initiative of young, socially-engaged artists who are mainly from the bachelor of graphic design program at École de Design – UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal)—is collaborating with the Interference Archive to experiment with ways of using the spaces of the gallery as a location for gathering, image production, and exchange and discussion on students protest in Québec and all around the world. Through its actions, thoughts and research in the area of graphics, EDLMR offers a unique aesthetic approach to revolutionary movements and an alternative way of helping the Quebec Spring makes it mark:

    “We and thousands of other students across Quebec believe that education is a right, not a privilege reserved for the well-off. The tuition increase jeopardizes access to higher learning for our generation and future generations. Sensing that an unlimited general strike is looming, many protest movements and pressure tactics are being organized across Quebec. This is an opportunity for all students to show solidarity, defend our points of view and get involved so that we can create a balance of power in relations with the government. Our victory depends on the daily efforts made by each and every one of you.”

    Credit (image to the left): Ècole de la Montagne Rouge, Promesses Libérales, screen print, 2012.
  7. “Who Will Maintain the Archives of Occupy Wall Street?”

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    Sunday, August 5, 2012
    5 – 7 pm

    A solutions-oriented discussion for dealing with the collection of physical items from Occupy Wall Street; this collection includes signs, pamphlets, flyers, meeting notes, sculptures and other art objects that span 10 months of the Occupy Movement, collected by the working group mostly in and around Liberty Plaza in New York City.

    To be clear, while members of OWS Archives have drawn on personal resources to steward this collection in storage, this is not a sustainable solution given our current resources and it does not achieve our objective to provide a functioning archive for the movement.

    Currently, our primary option to ensure the long-term preservation and open access to the OWS Archives is donating the collection to the Tamiment Archive at New York University, with whom many other OWS working groups have worked successfully. Tamiment collections document the history of radical politics, the political Left, social movements, and the labor struggle in NYC and its core mission is to preserve the history of the Left and multi-faceted movements for social change; in addition, Tamiment has access to an excellent preservation department, stable funding sources, and a good organizational structure.

    Still, we encourage you to explore your resource networks and bring practical and realizable solutions that can help us faithfully maintain, preserve, and provide access to this collection and/or donate items to one or several acceptable archival institutions. We expect to find an acceptable decision based on consensus — if not, then 9/10ths majority — by the conclusion of this meeting.

  8. The Power of Posters to Educate, Agitate, and Inspire

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    A Visual Presentation by Carol A. Wells

    August 15, 2012
    7:00 p.m.

    From the Russian Revolution to the current wars, posters have been central to winning the hearts and minds of the people who pay the costs of war with their lives and their tax dollars. This presentation will show how posters have been used to promote and oppose wars throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on posters that oppose diverse U.S. interventions.

    Carol A. Wells is an art historian, curator, writer, and poster collector. She writes and lectures extensively on art and politics. In 1988, Carol founded the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), an educational and research archive with more than 80,000 diverse social movement posters from the 19th century to the present, including the largest collection of post WWII protest posters in the United States. She believes that the power of graphics can combat public apathy and feelings of helplessness, and help open up a truly democratic arena for political debate.

    politicalgraphics.org

  9. Preview: École de Montagne Rouge

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    We’re organizing an exhibition to open August 9th of prints and posters from Quebec’s Maple Spring (and Summer). Here’s a preview, with posters from the École de Montagne Rouge. Members of the École will be coming to Brooklyn to help install the show, and present their work.

  10. Maggots and Men

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    Screening Thursday, July 26, 2012
    7:30 pm

    dir. Cary Cronenwett, 2009, 54 min.
    (in Russian & English)

    Maggots and Men tells the story of the 1921 rebellion of the Kronstadt sailors against the Bolshevik government, and an imagined love story between their leader, Stepan Petrichenko and another sailor.

    “Set in a mythologized post-revolutionary Russia but based on actual historical events, Maggots marshals early Soviet cinema, the gutter erotics of Jean Genet, and what at times seems like a transgender cast of thousands to build its case for the necessity of queer utopias.” – Matt Sussman, SF Bay Guardian, 2009

    Free!