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  1. Film screening: Out in the Night

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    Saturday November 15, 2014
    Screening & discussion 5 pm-7:30pm
    Closing party to follow

    Join director blair dorosh-walther and Terrain Dandridge, Patreese Johnson, and Renata Hill of the New Jersey 4 for a screening of Out in the Night.

    Out in the Night is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians from Newark, who were out one night in 2006, in the gay friendly West Village in New York City, when they were violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. They defended themselves and were charged and convicted in the courts, and smeared by the media as a ‘Gang of Killer Lesbians’. Come hear how the NJ 4’s courage and resistance challenges the misogyny, racism, and homophobia of society and the (in)justice system, and sheds light on who is granted the right to self-defense.
    Closing party for the exhibition Self-Determination Inside/Out to follow!

    If you need childcare for the opening or any of the programming for Self-Determination Inside/Out, 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.

  2. The Rare Earth Catalog: invitation to collaborate

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    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Members of the Occuprint collaborative are beginning a new project, which will be published for the climate mobilization happening this September in NYC. Please join us for a general brainstorming session. We’re excited to meet new collaborators and get this project off of the ground! Contributions might include: new writing and/or images, helping to research content, editorial work, graphic design, conceptualization and implementation. We are going to be putting the first issue (a 16-24 page publication) together in mid-September, and from there we’ll see how the project develops. For questions, or if you want to be involved but can’t make it to this event, email rareearthcatalog [at] gmail.com. Continue reading for a description of the project, as it has so far been conceived:

    The Rare Earth Catalog (and Research Group): Tools for Reckoning with the Anthropocene

    The Rare Earth Catalog will present a collection of images and short texts that illuminate the racism, classicism and eco-cidal requirements of industrial-scale life. This collection will explore the latent social and political opportunities that are emerging in the anthropocene, an era of human-induced climate change that is in the process of reconfiguring all life on earth. The catalog will pull together examples of resistance and devastation, as well as tools aimed at challenging and transforming the status quo. We aim to generate a lucid and fearless accounting of the entangled elements constituting our precarious lives on this planet. The original Whole Earth Catalog seized on a moment in time when many in America were seeking to find ways of going ‘back to the land’ in order to create new forms of life ‘outside’ of the dominant capitalist system. The Rare Earth Catalog shifts away from utopian visions of opting-out, embracing instead strategies for making life in the face of an increasingly grim present.

    Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, we live in an era where extraction and radioactive storage and seepage are just as much a part of daily life as the products they make possible. In the global North, a deep-seated culture of denial insulates us from the devastating consequences of our everyday actions. We are asked to believe that so long as we recycle, print double-sided, or “think green,” then we’re doing what we can. An economic order built around the promise of ‘endless growth’ actively traffics in alarmist narratives of scarcity, justifying the reign of the market and its supposedly impartial distribution of resources.

    As a result, there is an ongoing effort to capture whatever remains of the not-yet commodified resources that sustains so much of the life on earth, turning them into inputs for production. One of these inputs, which factors into the production of a wide range of advanced technologies, is a family of minerals called the “rare earth metals.” They are not actually rare in their occurrence on earth, but are costly, complicated, and radioactive to process. We name our catalog after these materials not to single out the extraction of this one resource as somehow worse than others, but to foreground narratives of manufactured scarcity that are so crucial to maintaining the existing economic order.

    The Rare Earth Catalog will be a repository of tools: from the critical, to the conceptual, to the practical, that can help us resist, rework, redefine, and remember the interconnections of our socio-ecological present. In pursuit of new ways of seeing, and ultimately, more sound, just ways of life, we are looking to describe who and what have produced this particular moment on earth, and why this moment matters. We will develop the research group this summer, in preparation for the first issue of the Rare Earth Catalog. The Catalog will be a broadsheet magazine, published in the Fall as an intervention on and resource for the climate mobilization happening in New York City. The first issue will be small, and it will grow from there.

    How to contribute:

    We are seeking collaborators to help us envision and ultimately produce the Catalog. We are also interested in receiving contributions of (short) texts and images that connect specific examples of climate-change related politics and processes to a wide range of themes, such as:

    Living On: land access, housing, commoning, sovereignty, dispossession…

    Putting Away: purity/waste, sacrifice zones, containment, storage/seepage…

    Holding On: preserving, protecting, militarizing, privatizing, remembering, honoring…

    Making Use: extraction, exhaustion, employment, bricolage…

    Fixing Up: repair, restoration, mitigation, adaptation, geo-engineering…

    Creating new: markets, politics, movements, collectives, technologies, imaginaries, lifeforms, geological epochs…

    Using Less: efficiencies, slowdowns, refusals, strikes, sabotage, degrowth, rewilding,…

    Running Out: scarcities, enclosures, escapes, extinctions…

    Betting On: speculation, debt, forecasting, risk-taking, financializing…

    (This list of themes is a starting point. We imagine the project to reconfigure considerably through our collaborations.)

    For more information about the project, to discuss joining our collaboration or contributing materials, please email rareearthcatalog[at]gmail.com.

  3. Librarians and Archivists with Palestine Open House

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    Tuesday June 17, 2014

    Join Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (LAP) for the launch of a new network of information workers in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.

    Come to the open house to find out how you can become a LAP member and to be among the first to see our display of artwork, photos, and zines from a new portfolio created with Booklyn Artists Alliance. Members of the network will share the new website librarianswithpalestine.org, which features profiles on archives, libraries, cultural heritage institutions, and grassroots media projects in Palestine; information about critical issues like barriers to information access and the preservation of material culture; and photos and a compilation of LAP-produced zines and articles.

    This network evolved from Librarians and Archivists to Palestine—a delegation of information workers who traveled to Palestine in the summer of 2013. The group connected with colleagues in libraries, archives, and cultural centers, where they exchanged ideas, shared skills, and began developing concrete relationships based on mutual solidarity. They hope to continue and expand upon this work through the formation of the network Librarians and Archivists with Palestine.

  4. Digital Preservation at Interference

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    Wednesday May 28, 2014

    Join Interference Archive for a discussion about how we’re starting to preserve digital media in addition to our posters, zines, and pamphlets.  As her M.A. capstone project, Bonnie Gordon has worked with the Born Digital & Digitization Working Group to implement an electronic records management plan and prepare Interference to collect born digital objects.  She’ll talk about the work she and the BDDWG have done in the past six months, as well as what digital preservation means for community archives.

  5. Grant from A.J. Muste Memorial Institute!

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    We are excited to announce that Interference Archive just received a $2000 grant from the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute’s Social Justice Fund for our upcoming exhibitions and programming! Thanks A.J. Muste, for your support!

    A.J. Muste Memorial Institute’s  Social Justice Fund is a grant for grassroots activist projects in the US and around the world, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources. They are interested in funding efforts to stop war and militarism, abolish the death penalty,support labor organizing, defend immigrant rights, oppose prison injustice, and expose the dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear power.

  6. From Fukushima to Indian Point – We Are All Connected

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    March 11, 2014 marks the third year anniversary since the beginning of Fukushima Daiichi disaster.   There are actions happening all over the world to demand accountability from TEPCO and the Japanese government, and a call to end to nuclear power.

    Two years ago, Interference Archive and Todos Somos Japon collaborated on an exhibition to show the creative resistance of people fighting against nuclear power called RadioActivity! Anti-nuclear Movements from Three Mile Island to Fukushima.  We explored the culture of anti-nuclear movements and how they have addressed a multitude of issues including feminism, anti-militarism, anti-capitalism, peace, alternative energy, environmentalism, and most important, everyday survival.

    Here are some photos from the show of banners used in demonstrations.  Watch for them in the streets in the coming days:

    Sayonara Nukes, 2012
    311 Action New York
    Fabric banner
    Courtesy of Sanae Maeda

    No Nukes, 2011
    IRA & Toy Story
    Spray paint on fabric banner
    Courtesy of Irregular Rhythm Asylum

    Fuck Nukes, 2011
    Fabric banner
    Courtesy of Irregular Rhythm Asylum
    The 怨 [grudge] was a symbolic word used during the ‘Minamata disease struggles’ in the 1950’s stemming from the mercury poisoning of citizens of Minamata, a small fishing village in Kumamoto Japan.  After the cause of the sickness was discovered, the company responsible and the government minimized the health effects and denied compensation to the victims.  Years later the survivors and victims’ families took their claim to the court in Tokyo, and in the course of the protest the word “grudge” (written in a single letter) began appearing, often a white symbol on a black flag.  The present anti-nuclear protests against the government and TEPCO, is almost a mirror experience from the Minamata struggles, so the “grudge” symbol has been repurposed since the history of the 1950’s resistance has reemerged in people’s consciousness.

    Photos by Yuko Tonohira

  7. Movement and Meter: A Poetry Reading to Celebrate Serve the People

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    Sunday March 23, 2014

    Reading at 5pm, reception at 6pm

    at Interference Archive

    they want me to settle down
    when I have not yet lived
    -Frances Chung

    Join us for a poetry covers reading on the final night of Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York. Poets will pay tribute to their movement peers by reading selected covers of works from that period, paired with contemporary projects to remind us of where the ethos of the movement can be found in today’s Asian American poetry.

    This lively reading will be followed by a reception to celebrate Serve the People.

    Co-sponsored by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College.



  8. Screening: The Great Book Robbery

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    Monday March 3, 2014

    7pm doors, 7:30 screening

    Join members of Librarians and Archivists to Palestine for a screening and discussion of The Great Book Robbery, a documentary about the looting of 70,000 books from private Palestinian libraries during the 1948 war, directed by Benny Brunner.

    This screening is part of Israeli Apartheid Week(IAW), an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness  about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

    About the film: As 725,000 Palestinians were forcibly dispossessed of their land during the Nakba to make way for a Jewish-majority Israeli state, their homes were looted for valuable cultural artifacts. Soldiers and librarians from Israel’s National Library rounded up books, manuscripts and entire libraries belonging to notable Palestinian intellectuals. Many of books were destroyed, while others wound up at the National Library, with 6,000 cataloged under the code “AP” for “Abandoned Property”. Proof of this was discovered only by chance in 2008, when an Israeli graduate student stumbled across documents in the archives describing these acts of systematic cultural theft and destruction. The film interweaves this history with eyewitness accounts, and the testimonies of those struggling to bring this story to light.

  9. Subversiones: Collectively Breaking the Mexican Media Siege

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    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    at Interference Archive

    Join member of Mexican media collective Subversiones, Andalusia Knoll for a a video presentation and discussion about auto-defense groups, political prisoners, migration, and defense of the land.  Subversiones is a entirely volunteer-run media collective that was born 4 years ago and has become an increasingly essential tool for breaking the corporate media siege in Mexico.

    Over the past year, since right wing president Enrique Peña-Nieto took power following a highly disputed elections, repression of social movements has skyrocketed and Subversiones has become a constant presence at street protests.  Subversiones members film, photograph and record both to document police abuse as well as amplify the voices of teachers protesting education reform, residents protesting transit fair hikes and privatization of oil as well as the liberation of political prisoners.  While documenting these events, members of Subversiones have been arbitrarily detained provoking debate about the role and legitimacy of independent media and the lack of freedom of press and expression in Mexico.

    Confronting the drug war crisis that has left tens of thousands of people dead in the last 7 years, thousands of Mexicans in small towns, largely in Michoacan and Guerrero, have formed, self-defense groups, taking up arms to defend their communities against narco-violence often in cahoots with government forces.  Subversiones has travelled to many of these isolated areas to capture the voices of those who have taken security into their own hands.

    In this presentation Andalusia will present spanish language videos subtitled in english covering these issues and also a zine featuring articles and photos on these social movements.  There will be a discussion following the videos and an opportunity to chat via the internet with other collective members of Subversiones. There will also be artwork available by two Mexican art collectives The School of Popular Culture of the Martires of ’68 (ECPM68) and Women Printing Resistance (Mujeres Grabando Resistencias)

  10. From Free Stores to Really Really Free Markets

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    From Free Stores to Really Really Free Markets: Radical political space between “ticketless theater” & the commons

    Monday December 9, 2013

    Join us for a talk with David Spataro, Interference Archive’s first scholar in residence for a presentation on his research on radical spaces and the commons:

    In November 2003 during protests against the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit in Miami global justice activists organized a temporary, horizontal, convivial political space full of free goods and services. Amidst police repression that was notoriously ruthless, which would quickly become known as the “Miami Model” and replicated at subsequent summits, the Really Really Free Market became one of the ‘many yeses’ to compliment the ‘one (immense) no’ to neoliberal globalization. In the same fashion of other tactics like Food Not Bombs, Really Really Free Markets quickly spread to other centers of anti-neoliberal organizing.

    In this talk, I will present research conducted with the New York City Really Really Free Market between 2010 and 2013. The talk begins with the history of the free stores of the San Francisco Diggers. In retelling this history, I look beyond a narrow understanding of them as simply utopian hippie spaces, and instead focus on the blend of theatrical and pragmatic elements in the Diggers’ expansive ‘free’ tactics. From here I will explore the relationship between dramaturgical politics of the past and prefigurative politics of the contemporary moment. And finally I will discuss some of the challenges that the Really Really Free Market tactic faces given what I call a ‘vexed relationship’ between “ticketless theater,” radical space, and urban commoning. We will save plenty of time for a discussion after the short presentation.