“The city had so many buildings, it had no ability to manage them themselves, no ability to even outsource the management…if you were alive and breathing and raised your hand, you could have a building in the city of New York.” — Charles Laven
“The city had so many buildings, it had no ability to manage them themselves, no ability to even outsource the management…if you were alive and breathing and raised your hand, you could have a building in the city of New York.” — Charles Laven
We love having classes visit Interference Archive. It provides us with an easy way to meet our mission of engaging the public with the cultural production of social movements, and we are so grateful for every opportunity to introduce students to a different kind of archive: one where use is a form of preservation; one | More »
In this episode, we hear “A Quarter of a Century,” a song by Ivie, a comrade on the inside whose story is uplifted by Survived and Punished. It references her campaign to free herself from a 25 to life sentence and was recorded over the phone from Bedford Hills prison, a maximum security correctional facility in Bedford Hills, NY. In the middle of the song, you’ll hear an accompanying rap by another comrade, Sassi, who is also incarcerated at Bedford Hills. The episode stems from a collaboration with Survived and Punished New York.
In this episode of Audio Interference, we’re sharing reflections from Alisha Walker, a survivor on the inside. The episode stems from a collaboration with Survived and Punished New York, a grassroots, abolitionist group that works to eradicate the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and the culture of violence that contributes to it.
In this episode, we hear from Annette Farrell, a contributor to Survived and Punished’s Inside-Outside Newsletter about her experiences as an incarcerated person and her thoughts on justice and abolition.
Letters from Comrades on the Inside: In this episode, we hear from Andrea Benson, a contributor to Survived and Punished’s Inside-Outside Newsletter about her experiences as an incarcerated person and her thoughts on justice and abolition. This episode of Audio Interference is part of a series in collaboration with Survived and Punished, a coalition of | More »
In this episode of Audio Interference, we’re sharing reflections from Jessica Paradiso, a survivor on the inside. The episode stems from a collaboration with Survived and Punished New York, a grassroots, abolitionist group that works to eradicate the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and the culture of violence that contributes to it.
This episode of Audio Interference is about Survived and Punished, a coalition of defense campaigns and grassroots groups committed to eradicating the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and the culture of violence that contributes to it. We’re speaking with two members of the New York chapter of the group, Will Willis and Maureen Silverman.
The Sanctuary City Project collects stories of immigration, detention, and resistance and then shares those narratives with the public through video projections, installations, mobile food projects, billboards, banners, and pop-up print shops.
“Polls showed that the majority of Americans thought that the National Guard did the right thing at Kent State.”
Were you hoping to visit our exhibit, Climate Justice in Print, in spring 2020? We’re excited to share this video of a virtual tour, curator’s talk and discussion hosted by our friends at Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY through their Peer Learning Exchange program. Thank you to Raquel de Anda, Caron Atlas, Emily Ahn Levy, | More »
“We plant gardens in vacant lots…we turn abandoned buildings into homes, we turn street corners into liberated zones…For a moment, for an hour, for a year, for a decade..A space opens up and we are in control, We the people seize control of public space, seize control of housing, seize control of those things that make up our lives”
We love having classes visit Interference Archive. It provides us with an easy way to meet our mission of engaging the public with the cultural production of social movements, and we are so grateful for every opportunity to introduce students to a different kind of archive: one where use is a form of preservation; one where multiple forms of knowledge, skill, and experience are valued and shared within non-hierarchical structures; one where everyone is welcomed as an archivist.
We’ve watched as education institutions transition to online instruction, and we’re eager as a community archive to support that continued learning. Please let us know if we can provide a virtual class visit for you and your students.
In this episode, we speak with Ellen Belcher and Steve Scofield of Ghost Bikes, a volunteer group that installs street memorials for cyclists who have been killed in traffic violence.
“Areas that are now very affluent in London like Notting Hill or Camden Town, these would have been full of squatted places. Literally streets, like whole blocks of terraced housing that were squatted. From the 1960-70s onward there’s lots of people that ended up in possession of properties having initially squatted there.”
In this episode, we speak with Vanessa Nosie, activist, and Carrie Curley, activist and artist, about the Apache Stronghold and their spiritual movement to protect Oak Flat from the foreign mining company Resolution Copper.
AK Thompson speaks about citation and the role of archivists in social movements.
November 28, 2019
We’re open today, 11/28 from 1-9pm for regular open hours.
Check out our anti-colonialism and indigenous social movements material today or in the near future !
“we never used the term pirate radio …what we are doing is legit we are legit we are community radio station and more important we are an undocumented radio station.. that’s how we talked about it…—we are not illegal we are undocumented”
In this episode, we’re sharing excerpts from an event at Interference Archive in July, which featured a conversation between David Goren and Joan Martinez about Haitian pirate radio stations of Brooklyn.
Audio Interference is excited to be bringing you an episode from a guest podcast, Radio Survivor. Interference volunteers Elena Levi and Celia Easton Koehler appeared on the podcast to talk about our current exhibition, Resistance Radio: The People’s Airwaves.
In this episode of Audio Interference, we’re speaking with activists, organizers, musicians and artists who are a part of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
Saturday, July 13, 5pm
Join us for a conversation with radio broadcasters, activists, and academics about the microbroadcasting movement in the US and its legacy and influence today.
None of us volunteer at Interference Archive because we love accounting, but as tax season rolls around, we thought we’d share some of the numbers that we’ve pulled together to paint a picture of what it costs to keep this archive alive.
We’re back to continue our series on radical, community libraries! In this episode, we chat with Ola Ronke Akinmowo of the Free Black Women’s Library, Dev Aujla of Sorted Library, and Jen Hoyer and Daniel Pecoraro from our own Interference Archive library.
This episode features an interview with artist and collector Alison Alder, a visual artist whose work blurs the line between studio, community and social/political art practice.
“We don’t believe that big gains and big transformations to unjust systems happen by just asking nicely. It happens by, as we’ve seen in all of the inspiring teacher’s strikes across the country – change happens by people really coming out and being disruptive. This is how folks throughout American history have gotten the things that they asked for, by going on strike. It’s really not some kind of radical theory.”
In this episode, Keith Brooks and Phil Brown share their experiences in the critical psychology movement that was a part of the revolutionary environment at Alternate U.
The Education Working Group at Interference Archive has spent some time over the last year and a half thinking about how we can better support classroom educators want to use our collections with their students. Our collective brainstorming led us to create a series of curriculum resources related to health and health care. When we started this project in 2017, that felt like a pressing issue — and it still does.
Saturday Feb. 9, 2019, 12-2pm
Join Radix Media as they host the New York City release of Be The Change! A Justseeds Coloring Book. It is the first coloring book featuring the art of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. The illustrations envision radical social transformation and pathways toward a more just future. People of all ages will find inspiration here. In a world that is getting faster every day, slow down and celebrate art and resistance. Make the revolution bright, colorful, and irresistible! Together we can be the change we want to see!
Recommended ages: 3 and up
Listen to a discussion at Interference Archive about the various ways archiving sound can be a political act. With Mario Alvarez, Natiba Guy-Clement, Daniel Horowitz, and Samara Smith.
Introducing the SOAW: A View from Kenyon College
In Fall 2018, Kenyon College’s Gund Gallery featured materials from Interference Archive that included pamphlets and posters detailing protest, performance, and group solidarity events produced by the organization the School of the Americas Watch (SOAW).
“Our lending policy is: as many books as you want, for as long as you want. We want people to take the time to live with the books as long as they need to, to figure out how they fit into the larger picture of how they live.” — Dawn Finley, FLOW
“I think we were interested in finding a true story. We were interested in telling the truth, not to make a propaganda film and not to make a film that would make people feel heroic. We wanted to make a film that was both sympathetic to the project and its goals and purposes, and at the same time was realistic about the world that it was operating in.”
– Robert Machover
“I remember walking home from that huge protest and feeling this sense of huge hope in the air…And it was just really exciting and it felt like things actually could change.”
“We knew it was illegal, and we knew the FCC would probably come after us at some point, and they did.”
“There’s only a certain amount of time that a person can languish in prison while they prepare for a trial.”
“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.”
“We were exploding and we were asking women all over to explode with us.” – Jeramy Turner
“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.”
Military Dissent – Mixtape 017 was put together and produced by Kevin Basl, a writer and musician living near Ithaca, NY. He is a member of About Face (formerly Iraq Veterans Against the War) and Veterans for Peace. “The music on this mixtape was inspired by those antiwar dissenters who know the inner-workings of the | More »
“It’s like we’re always reinventing the wheel, but some of these posters tell you what worked and what didn’t work a generation ago or more.” – Carol Wells
We had a great time at our third annual Art + Feminism editathon on March 18, 2018. Approximately 20 people came to edit; we used material from the archive to edit articles about Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Karen Archey, Ann Messner, Roberta Smith, Nina Chanel Abney, Sally Heller, Olia Lialina, Griselda Pollock, and many more.
Check out a few photos from our event:
“All the messages from pop culture present Asian American as an apolitical thing. It was really shocking and liberating to find out that actually, Asian American politics was rooted in radical organizing and rooted in grassroots arts movements.” — Ryan Wong
Audio Interference – the biweekly podcast produced by Interference Archive – launched its third season in October 2017. To mark the occasion, we hosted Advocacy On-Air, a panel discussion on the use of radio as a political medium and a community building tool. The event took place on October 16, 2017 at Starr Bar in | More »
“Other cities are trying to get rid of their green space. If they get rid of their green space they can stop people from public assembly, which they’re nervous about.” – Bill DiPaola
This episode features a performance by Koyt Far Dayn Fardakht at Interference Archive’s 2017 block party, as well as an interview with the band, , who describe their music as “queer/trans antizionist Yiddish punk,” originally broadcast live on Radio Free Gowanus.
Sunday, March 18th, 2018
The new issue of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture is out, and we’re throwing a release party. Come grab a drink, check out the new issue, and see presentations by 3 contributors.
On February 9, 2018, Interference Archive presented a talk by Silvia Federici, co-founder of the Wages for Housework movement, on the publication of her new book, The New York Wages for Housework Committee, 1972-1977. Hear a recording of the full talk.
“When I first took karate, I was already an activist. And I could see right away what this could do for women in the 70s.” — Annie Ellman
“Puppetry, especially giant puppets, gives people glimpses of this bigger reality that is beyond what our minds normally inhabit.”
-Joe Therrien, Bread and Puppet Theater
February 2–28, 2018
We are excited to announce that our 2017 exhibition, Take Back the Fight: Resisting Sexual Violence from the Ground Up, is on display travel in Santa Cruz, CA at Felix Kulpa II Gallery.
“People have made this false equivalency between punishment and safety, and so I think in the work that we’re doing, always, we’re trying to put the emphasis on health. We’re trying to put the emphasis on freedom.” – Imani Brown
In this episode of Audio Interference, we’re chatting with two veteran-led projects: Frontline Paper (a project of Frontline Arts) and About Face: Veterans Against the War. While their techniques are vastly different, both are building communities that challenge and subvert the stereotypes of what veterans can and should be.
“My favorite thing is just the dialogue that gets created, and having people understand a little bit more about their communities and the potential for them to slow down or halt directions that they may not want it to go in.”
“Anybody can join. There’s so many different access points for you to join the movement to say no to white nationalism, and there’s so many ways to say no.”
We’re excited to announce that the catalogue of our current exhibition, Take Back the Fight: Resisting Sexual Violence from the Ground Up, is here. Stay tuned for more details about an opening event and catalogue launch!
“I think we are, as immigrants, left out. Our voices are erased from the narrative. It’s not that we don’t want to tell our stories. It’s that there are no spaces for us to tell our stories.” – Lorena Kourousias
“To be healthy, or even to be seen as someone who deserves care, you have to look a very specific way, and those are ways that are often privileged in our society, so white, able-bodied, thin, rich…we believe that every person gets to have bodily autonomy and define for themselves: what does healing look like for me right now? what does health mean for me?”
Interference Archive is moving, building, and growing–and we really need your support to make our new, long-term home a reality.
In August, we received a notice that Interference Archive had to vacate its current space by September 1 because the building we call home had sold. We had anticipated that a move was on the horizon, but suddenly we were faced with the immediate need for a new space. Fortunately, we found an amazing storefront rental on 7th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and we have signed a long-term lease.
We have some exciting, important news: WE’RE MOVING!
Just under a month ago we were presented with what felt like a challenge but now feels horizon-expanding—a notice to vacate our current space effective September 1, 2017. Our building had been sold.
What does this mean?
We’ve lucked out and negotiated a long-term lease on a storefront space just three blocks from our current location, off 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. We’ll have a storefront. More room. More accessibility. And a long-term home (we have a 10 year lease!).
September 10, at 7 pm
Interference Archive and the Lesbian Herstory Archives are offering a screening of the film Out in the Night. September 10, at 7 pm
Interference Archive and the Lesbian Herstory Archives are offering a screening of the film Out in the Night. September 10, at 7 pm
Interference Archive and the Lesbian Herstory Archives are offering a screening of the film Out in the Night. http://www.outinthenight.com/
We’re excited to announce the release of our newest publication!
Mad Pride and Radical Mental Health: Sascha Altman DuBrul and The Icarus Project
This week we’re talking to Sascha Altman DuBrul, the co-founder of the Icarus Project, a radical peer-to-peer mental health support group, about mad pride and radical mental health.
We’re heading over to the GetOrganizedBK Civic Festival on July 25, and we’ll have our button making machines with us! Along with giving away posters and stickers in support of current issues our community is organizing around, we’ll be making buttons with anyone who stops by. We’ll be printing out 1″ and 2.25″ button designs | More »
“Even if it seems like it doesn’t directly relate to food, it does. Food relates to housing, to life, to water, to land.” – Qiana Mickie
In this week’s episode, we’ll hear from two of $pread Magazine’s editors, Eliyanna Kaiser and Rachel Aimee, as they discuss the history of the magazine, the evolving depiction of sex workers in mass media, and what the future may hold for the sex workers’ rights movement.
In this episode of Audio Interference, we talk to the organizers of Interference Archive’s summer exhibition.
Serena Troshynski a Library and Information Science student at St. John’s University recently produced this blog post for Hidden Heritage Collections. . She interviewed Interference Archive co-founder, and producer of the poster, Kevin Caplicki. “Interference Archive: Support GI Resistance” The bright red, white, and blue of the protest poster would be eye catching anywhere, and | More »
Interference Archive members, Jen Hoyer, Bonnie Gordon, Kevin Caplicki And Louise Barry interviewed by Steven Heller for the PRINT Magazine website.
This episode features excerpts from Mike Clemow’s interviews with members of our community, which were broadcast live on Radio Free Gowanus throughout our “Building Resistance” propaganda party on March 5.
Over the past six years, Interference Archive’s collection has grown thanks to almost 400 donations from individuals and groups who have shared what they’ve created or collected —boxes of books, bags of buttons, piles of t-shirts, and tubes of posters. Along with this growing archive of social movement culture, we’ve been putting on more events and a wider variety of exhibitions; our calendar showed twenty events in 2012, our first full year of operations, and in 2016 we wrapped up the year with over eighty. Our community has also grown—we have dozens of volunteers, our regular financial sustainer base has continued to increase, and the number of visitors from around the world that we meet during our open hours grows month over month.
For the May 2017 colloquium, Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene, Interference Archive volunteers Nora Almeida and Jen Hoyer gave a talk and also put together a zine — the Anthropozine, obviously — of their annotated bibliography on reframing the ways we think about the anthropocene and the role of archives in this era. Download the zine at https://interferencearchive.org/wp-content/uploads/AnthropoZINE.pdf | More »
Interference Archive is featured in Episode 8 of Call & Response, a documentary web series focusing on political discourse with artists, intellectuals, writers, politicians, and everyday people. Interference volunteers Louise Barry and Amy Roberts spoke to Call & Response about our current exhibition, Finally Got the News, as well as the uses, meaning, and purpose of propaganda.
“What we’re doing with Kichwa Hatari is we’re activating people first, because the language won’t rescue itself. We have to rely on people to rescue a language.” -Charlie Uruchima
“We did not go in there with the notion that we have all the answers to lead the working class, that we are the revolutionary leadership…the people who already understood the workplace, who understood the industry, who understood the union and its history were very often the rank and file workers who had been there for a long time.” – Dan La Botz
We’ve started hosting a series of Radical Playdates at Interference Archive — we would love to have you come join us! We also realize that not everyone can make it to Gowanus, and so we wanted to share some resources that we’ve created. Download our list of radical kids books, as well as a short list of non-“anglopopmusic” + political songs kids like.
“There were people in the buildings who modeled themselves after homesteaders and very much wanted to become homeowners, wanted the approval of the city, wanted to act respectable–and there were other people who were doing this as a critique of private property. There were people who were fixing up their space as if it was going to be their family home for generations, and there were people who just needed a temporary place to stay and were making the best of it.” – Amy Starecheski
Frieze video profile on the archive!
“People have knowledge, and they can put together stations that’ll blow the doors off a government station…you get set up in the Amazon in Brazil, and you set up twenty dollars worth of equipment, you can blow a thousand miles out because there’s nothing to interfere with that signal.” – Rob Robinson
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us on March 12th for our Art and Feminism wikipedia edit-a-thon! We used material from the Interference Archive collection to add more information about women artists to Wikipedia. A dozen people spent the afternoon at the archive editing articles about artists including Jane Norling, Wanda Telakowska, Susan Simensky | More »
It’s that time of year again here at Interference Archive: as we celebrate the power of people to organize themselves for change, we’re asking you to support our work in solidarity with grassroots movements everywhere. Did you know that Interference Archive is completely volunteer powered, and that we cover most of our operational costs with | More »
Thank you so much to everyone who came out this past weekend to the Building Resistance propaganda party! Building Resistance was organized with the Amplifier Foundation, Arts & Democracy, Kayrock Screenprinting, Print.Organize.Protest, Radio Free Gowanus, Radix, and Wasp Print, and we worked alongside the NYC organizers of the International Women’s Strike on March 8th. Photos of the event | More »
We’re really excited for the exhibition Roots: Asian American Movements in Los Angeles 1968-80s which is currently on display at the Los Angeles Chinese American Museum. The show was organized by Ryan Wong, who in 2013 organized the Interference Archive exhibition Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York. Like Serve the People, | More »
On Sunday February 26th Interference Archive will be open from 2pm until 5pm.
“We wanted it to have a kind of handmade look…it seemed like it would be better than a curtain and a potted plant, which had been the usual for a public access program.” — Deedee Halleck
March 5, 2017
Interference Archive is hosting a propaganda party on March 5 to make and share graphic and informational material that we can use in our organizing work.
February 4 – July 30, 2017
At the Queens Museum
Highlighting the urgency of water issues, Commonwealth brings together We Are the Storm and Wellspring, two recent portfolios of artists’ prints developed by the Justseeds Artist Cooperative as well as a selection of materials on loan from Interference Archive which feature the now iconic graphics developed for the 2016 movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.
“Bail is often described as incarceration’s front door, because if you can’t afford it, you’re going to jail.” – Peter Goldberg
We’re thrilled to announce that Soñamos Sentirnos Libres /Under Construction, our Summer 2016 exhibition in collaboration with Mobile Print Power, will be presented in a new iteration at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the Maine College of Art (MECA) in Portland, Maine. Soñamos Sentirnos Libres: Making It Real will be presented from Feburary 1 | More »
“I think that people are going to see reflected in this so much from their own life and from the contemporary world, more than we want there to be.” – Brad Duncan.
Interference Archive will be closed this Friday, January 20, 2016. There are the rare times a year that we close our doors during open hours. As in this case, its generally so we can get out in the streets. We hope this doesn’t create an inconvenience for you. We will still be open this Saturday | More »
Thanks to everyone that came out to this past weekends Inaugurating Resistance Propaganda Party. The exhibition space and our collection room was packed with people the whole weekend. Visitors stayed to volunteer and help with the live screen printing, others to document, and everyone to discuss the enduring struggles we’re involved in. The event was | More »
“There is a kind of magic to sitting down and knowing that if someone wanted to, they could hear my voice right now.” – Mike Clemow
To mark the occasion of the launch of Season 2 of Audio Interference, we hosted a panel discussion on the use of podcasts as propaganda and community building tools. You can listen to a recording of the event here: The event was held at Interference Archive on October 4, 2016. Panelists included: -Julie Golia, Director | More »
January 14–15, 2017
Interference Archive is hosting a propaganda party on the weekend of January 14/15 to produce and disseminate artistic material to be used during the counter-inauguration actions.
This post is number twelve in a series during the month of December 2016, where we are reflecting on the things — issues, movements, and ideas — that give us a reason for existing here at Interference Archive. We wanted to take this time to think about what these critical elements and movements bring to us, | More »
This post is number eleven in a series during the month of December 2016, where we are reflecting on the things — issues, movements, and ideas — that give us a reason for existing here at Interference Archive. We wanted to take this time to think about what these critical elements and movements bring to us, | More »
This post is number ten in a series during the month of December 2016, where we are reflecting on the things — issues, movements, and ideas — that give us a reason for existing here at Interference Archive. We wanted to take this time to think about what these critical elements and movements bring to us, | More »
This post is number nine in a series during the month of December 2016, where we are reflecting on the things — issues, movements, and ideas — that give us a reason for existing here at Interference Archive. We wanted to take this time to think about what these critical elements and movements bring to | More »
This post is number eight in a series during the month of December 2016, where we are reflecting on the things — issues, movements, and ideas — that give us a reason for existing here at Interference Archive. We wanted to take this time to think about what these critical elements and movements bring to us, | More »
Interference Archive will be closed on December 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 31st 2016, and January 1st 2017.
We will be open as usual on December 22nd, 29th, and 30th.
This post is number seven in a series during the month of December 2016, where we are reflecting on the things — issues, movements, and ideas — that give us a reason for existing here at Interference Archive. We wanted to take this time to think about what these critical elements and movements bring to us, | More »
This post is number six in a series during the month of December 2016, where we are reflecting on the things — issues, movements, and ideas — that give us a reason for existing here at Interference Archive. We wanted to take this time to think about what these critical elements and movements bring to us, | More »
This post is the fifth in a series during the month of December 2016, where we are reflecting on the things — issues, movements, and ideas — that give us a reason for existing here at Interference Archive. We wanted to take this time to think about what these critical elements and movements bring to us, | More »
“People are afraid and disappointed and in some cases heartbroken, and it’s not enough anymore to sit at home and donate a small amount of money or buy a t-shirt. Coming out and being around your community and participating with them is necessary.” – Janina Larenas In this episode, we look at two projects mobilizing | More »
This post is the fourth in a series during the month of December 2016, where we are reflecting on the things — issues, movements, and ideas — that give us a reason for existing here at Interference Archive. We wanted to take this time to think about what these critical elements and movements bring to us, | More »
This post is the third in a series during the month of December 2016, where we are reflecting on the things — issues, movements, and ideas — that give us a reason for existing here at Interference Archive. Read our first post, on women’s movements, here; our second, on labor movements, is here. Queer Organizing The | More »
This post is the second in a series during the month of December 2016, where we are reflecting on the things — issues, movements, and ideas — that give us a reason for existing here at Interference Archive. Read our first post, on women’s movements, here. Labor organizing Part of the history of society is the struggle | More »
This post is the first in a series during the month of December 2016, where we are reflecting on the things — issues, movements, and ideas — that give us a reason for existing here at Interference Archive. We wanted to take this time to think about what these critical elements and movements bring to us, | More »
“The main idea is to empower people who are observers, and provide them with tools to become participants in the political realm.” – Cleo Barnett, The Amplifier Foundation In this week’s episode, we take a close look at activist art produced by the Amplifier Foundation. We speak with Cleo Barnett from the Foundation about their | More »
Dear Friends of Interference Archive,
The closing of 2016 has been challenging for all of us, but we have found strength and hope in the amazing community that surrounds Interference Archive. The integrity, heart, and commitment of New York City activists is even stronger in these times. Thank you to everyone who has brought their voice to Interference Archive and linked arms in the struggle to make the world a more just place.
“I was born and raised here, and the fact that I went to college, I’m a working professional, and I can’t come back to my own community and buy a house, is a very big problem.” In this week’s episode, we look at the struggle for housing here in Brooklyn. We speak with Jean Stevens, | More »
Our 2016 benefit was so much for — thank you to everyone who joined us! Spending an evening with so many people who we care about and who care about us is absolutely what we needed right now, and your generous support raised almost $4000 for Interference Archive. Below: Louise and Kevin call out our | More »
For this weeks episode, Charlie Morgan and Louise Barry interviewed Silvia Federici about Italian music in the 1960s and the Wages for Housework campaign. Music: “Prendiamoci La Città” by Pino Masi. “Per i morti di Reggio Emilia” by Fausto Amodei “O cancellier che tieni la penna in mano” “La ballata della Pinelli” by Pino Masi | More »
“It was extremely traumatic…mothers didn’t send their kids to school, people didn’t go to work, because of these raids.” – Tania Mattos UnLocal is a New York-based legal services organization, which works with immigrant communities to provide legal representation, education, and advocacy. UnLocal’s collaboration with Mobile Print Power was included in the recent Interference Archive | More »
For the exhibition Finally Got The News: The Printed Legacy of the U.S. Radical Left, 1970–1979, we produced our most ambitious publication yet! This book provides 256 full-color pages of over 200 full-color reproductions accompanied by text, accompanied by essays from movement participants. About the Book: Finally Got the News uncovers the hidden legacy of the radical | More »
The Village Voice has just named Interference Archive on it’s “Best of NYC” list for 2016. Check out what they have to say about the amazing work our community is doing! Interference Archive BEST PLACE TO LEARN ABOUT THE REVOLUTION The average Gowanus party doesn’t come with a sign proclaiming “an end to segregation because of | More »
Friday, November 18, 2016
Doors open at 8pm; the party ends at 11pm
Location: Verso Books, 20 Jay St
Join us for an evening of friends, refreshments, and art as we raise money to support Interference Archive. Get ready to bid on our auction of art and social movement ephemera.
Advance tickets available for $20
Tickets at the door for $30
“There are fewer squatters because of state repression–because of the way the law has changed and the way the police enforce that law.” – Greg Ryan This episode is about the effects of UK housing law on the London squatters movement. Louise Barry talks to Myk Zeitlin of the Advisory Service for Squatters, former squatter | More »
Today marks the 45th anniversary of the beginning of the Attica Rebellion. “The Attica prison riot began on September 9, 1971, when about 1,000 of the approximately 2,200 inmates in the Attica Correctional Facility, in Attica NY rebelled and seized control of the prison. The riot was based in part upon prisoners’ demands for better | More »
For almost fifteen years people have been marching in the streets, singing, chanting, insisting, “From Iraq to Palestine, Occupation is a Crime!” Booklyn is pleased to announce Up Against the Wall, an exhibition of prints compiled from Imaging Apartheid and Celebrate People’s History: Iraq Veterans Against the War—two projects that highlight the work of overlapping | More »
Monday, September 5th, 2016
Over the past four months, community organizations have come together to engage in the collaborative process through this exhibition. This Labor Day, we will come together one more time to celebrate the work of community building with music, live silk screening, refreshments and fun!
Durante los últimos cuatro meses, organizaciones comunitarias se han unido para participar en el proceso colaborativo a través de esta exhibición. Este Día del Trabajo, nos reuniremos una vez más para celebrar las obras de creación comunitaria con música, serigrafía en vivo, refrescos y diversión!
The exhibition catalog for Mobile Print Power’s Soñamos Sentirnos Libres: Under Construction exhibition. 80 pages, full color.
“It’s people who are more familiar with archives who have more trouble figuring out how to negotiate this space…There’s one researcher I remember, she came in with this question about Adrienne Rich, so I mistakenly assumed that she wanted to see Adrienne Rich’s papers. And so I took down the box and she was just | More »
For those of you who don’t get to visit Interference Archive regularly, we thought we would start a series of short posts about what we do as volunteers. This post was written by Chris Moy, who has just gotten started as a volunteer over the last few months.
A new volunteer, Arlen Austin, has been busy scanning a nice, wide collection of some of the great publications we have at Interference Archive. It’s going to take us a little time to get these PDFs into our catalog, so in the meantime we thought it would be nice to share a sampling here on | More »
“The image allows for the viewer to interpret it quickly. And I guess that’s what an advertiser tries to do–that’s what a propagandist tries to do.” – Kevin Caplicki In this episode, Brooke Shuman talks to Kevin Caplicki, one of the founders of Interference Archive and a member of Justseeds. Founded in 1998, Justseeds is | More »
For those of you who don’t get to visit Interference Archive regularly, we thought we would start a series of short posts about what we do as volunteers. This post was written collaboratively by the members of Mobile Print Power, who have worked with us on the current Soñamos Sentirnos Libres // Under Construction exhibition.
“We were subject to an FBI sting. We were placed under surveillance, and we were able to discover the surveillance and get rid of it, but then for the next nine years we were living underground.” – Diana Block In this episode, Lani Hanna speaks to Diana Block about her life as an activist, organizer, | More »
For those of you who don’t get to visit Interference Archive regularly, we thought we would start a series of short posts about what we do as volunteers. This post was shared by Rob Smith. If you’re interested in volunteering at Interference Archive, check out our website for info on how to get involved, or email email@example.com. | More »
“We were still coming off the afterglow, in many ways, of May ’68. There’s no question about that.” – Greg Sholette. In this episode, artist, writer, and activist Greg Sholette relates the history of the political art collective PAD/D, and how the collective used art to resist gentrification in 1980s New York. Sholette was interviewed | More »
We have very exciting news to share: this Sunday, we went over to Sean Stewart’s apartment in Brooklyn and picked up his “Babylon Falling Collection” of underground press and related ephemera. We’re talking twenty-three flat archive boxes, seven binders, one large banker’s box, and two giant plastic tubs filled with extensive holdings of underground newspapers | More »
For those of you who don’t get to visit Interference Archive regularly, we thought we would start a series of short posts about what we do as volunteers. This post was shared by volunteer Michele Hardesty.
After several years of coming to Interference Archive events, and even doing a bit of work in the collections, I became a sustaining contributor last fall, and then I began staffing the Thursday evening shift…
“I think about posters as a way of starting a conversation, but I don’t feel like we talk enough about how that conversation is started and where that conversation goes beyond talking.” — Kameelah Janan Rasheed On Nov 4, 2015, Interference Archive hosted a panel entitled Solidarity, Distribution, Design: The Poster Today, which explored the | More »
For those of you who don’t get to visit Interference Archive regularly, we thought we would start a series of short posts about what we do as volunteers. This post was shared by volunteer Louise Barry. If you’re interested in volunteering at Interference Archive, check out our website on info for how to get involved, or | More »
“We’re blessed with being the keepers of some very valuable stuff. It’s not ours. It’s intentional that this is part of the community and belongs to the community.” – Claude Marks
Volunteers at Interference Archive do absolutely everything, from painting the walls between exhibitions to sorting book donations and answering questions from visiting researchers. For those of you who don’t get to visit Interference Archive regularly, we thought we would start a series of short posts about what we do as volunteers. To kick this off, | More »
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Off-site at IMI Corona!!!
In 2014, the IMI Corona Community Council developed a series of values to guide the work and vision of IMI Corona. MPP will host the first of a series of collaborative design and screen printing workshops at IMI Corona, inviting the larger IMI Corona community to turn the recently published values into a visual work.
En el 2014, el Consejo Comunitario de IMI Corona desarrolló una serie de valores para guiar el trabajo y visión de IMI Corona. MPP presentará el primer de varios talleres de serigrafía y diseño colaborativo en IMI Corona, invitando a la comunidad de IMI Corona a ilustrar los valores que recientemente fueron publicados.
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
In this community conversation, MPP, Interference Archive, and Talk is Cheap will discuss different models of collaboration by describing our approaches to collaborative art production, sharing the ways that collaboration shapes our practices.
En esta conversación comunitaria, hablaremos de diferentes modelos de colaboración reflexionando sobre los diferentes tipos de estrategias que utilizamos para producir arte colaborativo, y compartiremos como estas colaboraciones le dan forma a nuestras prácticas.
“Before we ask questions, we find out more about the problems that are happening. And sometimes we even go out and ask the people around us: what is something that you don’t feel comfortable with? Where do you feel disconnected?…I think that’s the way that we actually find political issues to do art with.” – Stephanie Roman
Come work with us! Interference Archive has co-working space available May 1st. Desks are in a naturally lit room with windows facing out at street level and adjacent to the Interference Archive exhibition space in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Your individual desk is in a shared work area (of four desks) with an attached kitchenette, rent is | More »
“I just remember when I was first making comics, it just felt really powerful. It’s kind of like that feeling when you first start riding a bike.” – Jan Descartes
“I really wanted people to understand what the past was. At its base level, this is what happens when women have to use a coat hanger when they need an abortion.” -Leela Corman
Racial Justice: A Collection of Books and Print Ephemera from Brooklyn’s Interference Archive by The Night Library originally published at: http://www.artslant.com/ew/articles/show/45503 At our request, the Interference Archive, based in Gowanus, Brooklyn, kindly agreed to curate a collection on the theme of “Racial Justice” to present on ArtSlant. In keeping with the spirit of the project, | More »
May 1st, 5-8pm: Opening Party
This opening party kicks off a summer-long series of workshops developed around the exhibition Soñamos Sentirnos Libres : Under Construction.
Esta fiesta de inauguración inicia una serie de talleres que fueron desarrollados en torno a la exposición Soñamos Sentirnos Libres : Under Construction.
“We saw the hierarchical constraints of the society our parents created, and we wanted to do it differently. So we created this flattened, non-hierarchical approach to almost everything we did.”
“What I value about a political event, or what I value about a dance party–I don’t know if those are very separate values at the end of the day.”
The Our Comics, Ourselves exhibition is on Tumblr! Because of such a positive response to the Our Comics, Ourselves exhibition, we expanded its scope to include a curated Tumblr. We invite weekly contributors to post their favorite comics from their personal collections—works by other creators that either ignited their curiosity in the medium, or influenced the work | More »
“Jean would take her income tax refund check and go to the track and bet on horses, and whatever money she made funded Tabloid.”
“The importance of art in the movement was that not everyone could see themselves at the front lines…art allowed for a more inclusive community.” – Tina Orlandini, writer, organizer, and curator of an exhibition on the UPR student strike.
We’ve been hard at work on the upcoming exhibition Our Comics, Ourselves, which opens this Thursday at Interference Archive. Take a peek here!
Frame up is a series of conversations with filmmakers about the intersection of cultural production and politics, produced by the Interference Archive. In episode 1, Kelly Gallagher and Alex Johnston talk…
On December 14, 2015, Suad Amiry visited Interference Archive to share stories from her best-selling book, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law. Her book on life in the Occupied Territories is the January 2016 selection for Librarians and Archivists with Palestine’s One Book, Many Communities campaign.
“It’s so difficult for people to imagine an organized workplace in the arts, but we really want to make it a reality.”
A big part of our mission at Interference Archive is to start conversations about social movement culture and the histories we collect. Over the past year, we’ve seen some of those conversations happen in the press. Here’s a roundup of conversations about Interference Archive happening in the press over 2015.
2 color screenprinted totebag
Amit Gilutz is a composer and activist originally from Israel/Palestine, now based in the USA. His work is interdisciplinary and conceptual, particularly focused on the question of music’s ability to participate in the practice of social justice. This mixtape was originally prepared for “Sounds of Protest”, a course I designed and taught at Cornell University | More »
We are looking for new playlist submissions for the if a song could be freedom mixtape series. Please submit or share with people whom may be interested! Interference Archive is looking for your submissions in the ongoing series if a song could be freedom political mixtapes. To accompany the exhibition if a song | More »
“It’s not about the things, it’s about the people: who made it, who saw it, who was influenced by it.” -Lincoln Cushing
Available for order now, this catalog accompanies the exhibition Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art. Our Comics, Ourselves exhibition aims to generate open conversation and deep discussion about the power of comics to address issues of identity, expression and representation. This catalog provides a way for us to hear directly about this from some of the comic artists whose work will be on display.
Black Lives Matter w/ Jamil Smith, Korean Rap & Parents | Maz & Juan Strike Back | Ep. 4 Maz and Juan speak to Jamil Smith, Senior Editor of The New Republic about the Black Lives Matter movement and the role it plays in Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s election campaigns. Also discussed: Bridging the | More »
In our newest podcast, Dread Scott, artist and friend of Interference Archive, speaks with Vero Ordaz about his art, life, and connections to the Chicago punk scene–including memories prompted by his recent donation of posters to the archive.
As our Armed by Design / El Diseño a las Armas exhibition comes to a close, it’s amazing to look back at everything that was involved in this show. Armed By Design/El Diseño a las Armas: Posters and Publications of Cuba’s Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America (OSPAAAL) was public exhibition and | More »
Susan Jahoda is an artist, educator, and organizer whose work includes video, photography, text, performance, installation, and research-based collaborative projects. Charlie Morgan speaks with Susan about her experiences organizing the September 2014 exhibition at Interference Archive about the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, a 19-year anti-nuclear protest and encampment at a U.S. Military Base in Berkshire, England. This | More »
Doom and Gloom: Prog-Metal Playlist, by Paul Messersmith-Glavin I grew up in a working class neighborhood in Chicago, predominantly Catholic, with Irish, German, Polish, Puerto Rican and Asian folks. For us boys, our form of rebellion was growing our hair and listening to metal and progressive rock (prog rock). Our embrace of metal expressed our | More »
if a song could be freedom mixtape 013 A Brave New World is a Post Punk, Industrial music, and youth movements in Europe, East and West, during the late 1970s and early 80s, curated by Jamie Chaoten. Jamie has been a supporter of Interference Archive since the beginning, and was born and raised in Brooklyn, | More »
We spent Saturday, October 17 with Combat Paper NJ (Montclair, NJ) and Mobile Print Power (Corona, Queens), setting up a day of interactive art production in the Interference Archive parking lot.
We invited everyone to come out and work with Combat Paper NJ to pulp and pull sheets of paper with their mobile paper making set-up, and work with Mobile Print Power to learn basic printing with their ice cream cart turned screen print studio. Both groups asked the question “What does solidarity mean to you?” and “How can military veterans and immigrants (and immigrants who are vets) work together to improve their communities?”
“Communities have given up our power to police and institutions, and we have to take it back.” –Laura Whitehorn
if a song could be freedom – 013 – Injustice For All is a mixtape by Lara Messersmith-Glavin. “I grew up in very remote, rural areas of the Pacific Northwest, in predominately white, working-class communities. The only music I heard was country, bluegrass, classical, and—for the freaks—metal. I didn’t hear punk rock until I was | More »
In this first entry in our new podcast series, Greg Mihalko interviews Josh MacPhee, co-founder of Interference Archive, about his collection of hardcore punk flyers and ephemera, some of which were featured in our recent exhibition, If a song could be freedom…organized sounds of resistance.
if a song could be freedom mixtape 012 #SeguimosRevolusonando was produced and submitted by Suena a Revolución. an audio/podcast project that started in April of 2014. Suena a Revolucion focuses on music of contemporary independent artivists from Latin America and the Caribbean that use music as a vehicle for social movement. Our goal is to | More »
Thanks to everyone who joined us on September 16th for the opening of Armed By Design: Posters and Publications of Cuba’s Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America (OSPAAAL). We wanted to share some photos of the opening; it was incredible to see all of this on the walls!
if a song could be freedom mixtape 011 – Paredon Records is produced by Erin Yanke and Alec Icky Dunn. “Founded in 1969 by Barbara Dane and Irwin Silber, Paredon Records was part of a wave of cultural expression that accompanied the worldwide struggle for economic, racial, and social justice and national liberation of the | More »
Check out this great video preview of our upcoming exhibition, Armed by Design/El Diseño a las Armas!
We are honored to announce that WGXC radio will be streaming each of the 10 current mixtapes over the airwaves tomorrow September 12th from 8pm until 5:30am. Wave Farm‘s WGXC 90.7-FM is a creative community radio station based in New York’s Greene and Columbia counties. Sep 12, 2015: 8pm – Sep 13, 2015: 5:30 am | More »
As we wrap up the if a song could be freedom…Organized Sounds of Resistance exhibition this weekend I wanted to share another response to our prompt “What song has been politically influential to you?” This final response was sent to us by Gee Vaucher, an artist that has been very influential to me. Gee is | More »
Early in the organizing of if a song could be freedom…Organized Sounds of Resistance exhibition we wanted to know “What song or album has been politically influential to you, and how?” Here is what Penny Rimbaud of Crass responded with: Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ is probably the greatest musical/lyrical influence of my life. As a | More »
Thanks to DJ Trouble for coming by Interference Archive for the if a song could be freedom…Organized Sounds of Resistance exhibition. And especially for dedicating half of Tuesday, September First’s radio program This is the Modern World to songs inspired by the exhibition. You can listen to the archived stream of Trouble’s set “baby, baby, | More »
Mixtape 010 Protest and Survive is brought to us by Brandon Bauer. Brandon is an artist based in Wisconsin. His Euromissiles Crisis print series critically examines the nuclear abolition movement in the 1980s. The series references cultural, political, and activist events of the era, and serves as an allegory of citizen involvement, as well as | More »
For the last month Brooklyn Independent Media has been shooting an upcoming program called Maz & Juan Strike Back at Interference Archive. Here’s one of the few shorts they’ve recently released. In this Maz & Juan Strike Back Extra, The Intercept’s Murtaza Hussain and Juan Thompson strike back on the Black Lives Matter protester’s who | More »
if a song could be freedom mixtape 009 – Burning Cop Car was produced by Frank and the folks at submedia.tv. subMedia.tv is a video production ensemble, which aims to promote anarchist and anti-capitalist ideas, and aid social struggles through the dissemination of radical films and videos. Founded in 1994, subMedia.tv has produced hundreds of | More »
From Punk to American Folk: Two Takes on Music and Politics by Scott Borchert on August 18, 2015 At the center of Folk City, through January at the Museum of the City of New York, is a clue that the exhibit is more about space than about music. Fixed between the two main rooms is | More »
Interference Archive is preparing for its next exhibition, Armed by Design/El Diseño a las Armas. As an accompaniment to the exhibition, we have put together a collection of writing which discusses the intersection of graphic design and political solidarity work in revolutionary Cuba through the lens of the graphic design production of OSPAAAL, the Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
if a song could be freedom mixtape 008 lives at archive.org. if a song could be freedom mixtape 008 – “Tahrir Square” is curated by Ganzeer. Ganzeer is the pseudonym of an Egyptian “contingency artist” operating mainly between graphic design and contemporary art since 2007. “He is not an author, comic book artist, installation artist, | More »
This weeks mixtape is curated by Xaviera Simmons. Jamaica is just all of it..Stunning landscape, diversely populated, politically charged and creativly genius.. For me popular music starts in Jamaica as it’s basically where DJ’ing and mc’ing began and it’s where rap took flight to give us modern day hip hop. I constantly look to Jamiaca | More »
Here’s a pop-cultural response to this tragedy. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay Little Boy, the first nuclear bomb used in war, was dropped at 08:15 (Hiroshima time). It took 43 seconds to fall from the Enola Gay aircraft flying at 31,060 feet (9,470 m) to the predetermined detonation height about 1,968 feet (600 m) | More »
Our mixtape files live at our page on Archive.org where they can be shared and downloaded more easily. This installment of if a song could be freedom mixtapes is curated by Tom Roe from Wave Farm. Tom co-founded free103point9, in 1997 as a microradio artist collective in Brooklyn, New York. Today, he serves as the | More »
Our mixtape files live at our page on Archive.org where they can be shared and downloaded more easily. Here is this weeks if a song could be freedom mixtape 005 is a Detroit themed set curated by Dan S. Wang. Dan is a writer, artist, organizer, and printer who was born in the American Midwest | More »
Interview with Kevin Caplicki, Interference Archive on “if a song could be freedom…” if a song could be freedom… Organized Sounds of Resistance exhibits the crucial role of music in movement building and participatory democracy… When thinking of political movements and the artifacts they leave behind, music isn’t necessarily the first medium to come to | More »
Watch Josh MacPhee and Amy Roberts discuss the if a song could be freedom… Organized Sounds of Resistance exhibition on BK Live.
The Red Power Mixtape by che christ The Red Power Mixtape is a collection of underground hip hop tracks dedicated to all forms of indigenous resistance. CHE CHRIST – POET, EMCEE, STREET JOURNALIST Che is born of the people, in the desert lands of his pipá/quechan (Colorado River Tribes) ancestors. Raised on traditional teachings, bird | More »
Friday, August 7, 2015
Interference Archive will present a screening as part of the Third Annual Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space Film Fest: I (HEART) NRCHY; Subversion & The City. This event brings together three short films that emerged out of community-based collaboration and organizing: Voces de Fillmore, Claiming Our Voice, and Falling.
This weeks if a song could be freedom…mixtape Tuning Baghdad / Captiva version, is curated by Regine Basha. Mixed and Mastered at the Rauschenberg Residency by Jason Stilp Salah and Daood Al Kuwaiti – Walla ajabni jamalak Salah and Daood Al Kuwait – Ishrab Kasak Salima Pasha – Sa’at Janooni il wilfy wa dooni | More »
This mixtape can be shared and downloaded more easily at Archive.org This weeks if a song could be freedom…mixtape, of radical brass bands, was made by Phil Andrews. Phil has been an organizer for over 15 years and currently the Director of Retail Organizing for the RWDSU/UFCW. He is also a musician and songwriter, and | More »
Bad ass new promo video for if a song could be freedom…, produced by archive organizers Chris and Vero! if a song could be freedom…Organized Sounds of Resistance from Interference Archive Music has been at the core of hundreds of political and social struggles across the globe. With if a song could be freedom . | More »
This mixtape can be shared and downloaded more easily at Archive.org This weeks mixtape was put together by Skot! Oh, host of Sunday Morning Coming Down a radio show on People Will Radio.org. Skot! has been a DJ for the last 12 Years on various pirate radio stations in Austin, Tx and also an | More »
Here’s a piece from WNYC’s, Studio 360, about the Black Panther band The Lumpen. We feature a small collection of music related to the movements and organizations discussed, in our new exhibition if a song could be freedom…Organized Sounds of Resistance.
Thanks to everyone who joined us on June 25th for the opening of if a song could be freedom… Organized Sounds of Resistance. We wanted to share some photos of the opening; it was incredible to see all of this on the walls and spend time listening to music together! For those of you who couldn’t | More »
We will be releasing a mixtape each week for the duration of the if a song could be freedom…Organized Sounds of Resistance exhibition. We have asked organizers, musicians and fellow travelers to curate songs on a variety of themes. It brings us great pleasure to share with you the first installment of If a song | More »
Promo cards for our next exhibition, if a song could be freedom…Organized Sounds of Resistance. We’d love help getting these out in the world; to events, record stores, venues, and your fridge!Drop by the archive and pick some up! Opens June 25th, 7-10pm
Interference Archive is preparing for its next exhibition, if a song could be freedom . . . Organized Sounds of Resistance. As an accompaniment to the exhibition and catalog, we will also be pressing a limited edition 7” vinyl record in collaboration with Textual Records.
Thank you to everyone who joined us on May 21 for our panel discussion on the role of law and litigation in the housing movement. Listen to an audio recording of the event here:
TABLOID, a collectively edited critical journal of mass culture and everyday life from the late 1970’s and 1980’s, has arrived at Interference Archive thanks to the generous donation from the Tabloid collective via Mary Louise Pratt. If you are interested in seamlessly crafted compilations of critical analyses, book and music reviews, and graphic designs about | More »
Friends in Montreal have been pasting We Won’t Move posters up on the streets there. Tenant organizing everywhere!
72 page duotone offset printed book
Thanks to everyone who came out to Verso Books on April 30th for the panel discussion on policing and gentrification. The panelists included Joan Gibbs (Activist, Writer, Attorney), Mayzabeth “Ginger” Lopez (GOLES), Victor Moses (Equality for Flatbush) and Marcus Moore (Picture the Homeless). The conversation was facilitated by Christina Hanhardt. Listen to audio of the | More »
The Film and Photo League by Martin Lucas Images of Social Change If asked to think of images of the 1930s Great Depression, we think typically of still photos: stark black and white shots of the misery associated with being jobless in a society where this meant starvation and homelessness. We see soup kitchens with | More »
Over here at Interference Archive we are in the heavy organizing stages of our upcoming exhibition about the intersection of music and politics: if a song could be freedom. . . Organized Sounds of Resistance.
So much of what is politically important about music is rooted in our experience of listening to it, in how it becomes the soundtrack to meaningful and transformative experiences in our lives. We are looking for people to respond to the prompt: What song or album has been politically influential to you, and how?
Please send us your thoughts (250 – 1000 words is perfect) in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2015. We hope to incorporate a number of your responses into our exhibition design, along with the music that inspired your writing.
The following short video provides a brief tour of our current We Won’t Move! exhibition. We hope you’ll able to visit soon and explore for yourself!
Thanks to everyone who joined us on March 26th for the opening of We Won’t Move!
For those of you who couldn’t make it, this exhibition runs through June 15, 2015
Interference Archive is excited to continue our education series, and we’re inviting you to get involved by proposing a single-session class you’d like to teach.
In November, a small group of us from Interference Archive (Jen Hoyer, Josh MacPhee, and Greg Mihalko) had the amazing opportunity to travel to the UK and speak with a lot of great people about the work we do here in Brooklyn. Our trip started at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where we joined a | More »
As we approach our three-year anniversary this December, we wanted to share some of the major accomplishments of 2014, and to let you know what’s on the horizon.
Interference Archive will be closed on Saturday, February 14, 2015, for our annual volunteer retreat. We’ll be open for our regular open hours the rest of this week.
We’ve collected some links to online resources about Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp.
The Education Working Group at Interference Archive hopes to create educational opportunities that activate the collection at the archive, whether by drawing on similar themes or using the collection for inspiration and research.
In fall 2014, we’ve put together a schedule of classes and workshops that members of the Interference Archive community as well as newcomers have proposed. Be sure to visit the Education section of our website for more info!
In keeping with the mission of Interference Archive, we are hoping to create educational opportunities that activate the collection at the archive, whether by drawing on similar themes or using the collection for inspiration and research.
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 | More »
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 | More »
As part of Self-Determination Inside/Out, former political prisoners, family members and advocates lead a tour and share stories related to the exhibit.
We will be closed Sunday September 21st for the People’s Climate March. All of our Sunday staffers will be marching. Join us!
As part of Interference Archive’s upcoming exhibition, Self-Determination Inside/Out, we’re hosting a reading group for James ‘Yaki’ Sayles’s Meditations on Wretched of the Earth.
As a result of the daily massacres that happen in Gaza, I decided to share some of Marc Rudin’s poster work during my shift at the archive today. We have an exhibition catalog of poster designs he made while cooperating with the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) from 1979 through 1991. The | More »
I first became acquainted with Nancy Peckenham, an American activist, documentarian, and journalist, through her donation to Interference Archive, an extraordinary collection of posters from the 1970s and 1980s, expressing solidarity with people’s movements in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. A few months ago, I reached out to Nancy and was able to interview her | More »
To celebrate Emma Goldman’s 145th Birthday, here is a little sample of Emma Goldman Books and posters from our collection. There are plenty more, for those you’ll have to come on by during our open hours and rummage! Emma Goldman was born, June 27, 1869, Kovno, Russian Empire. She was an Anarchist known around the | More »
A friend of Interference Archive dropped by our open hours today to deliver some underground comics from the 1960’s and ’70’s. Many of them illustrated by R.Crumb, all of them are illicit in some form.
An aspect in the struggle for autonomy is auto-sufficiency and controlling the means of production. One such project in the Zapatista government centers, know as Caracoles, was a boot-making taller. I’ve just donated a pair of combat boots, produced in Oventic, Chiapas in 2004, for the La Autonomia es la Vida, La Sumisón es la | More »
In solidarity with the Zapatistas and as part of their call to action, we had visitors to La Autonomia es la Vida exhibition take photos to participate the #Zapatistasnoestansolxs social media campaign. Here’s some of the images:
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, | More »
Interference Archive folks will be at two conferences in the coming weeks: Queer Internet Studies and the Radical Archives Conference [registration is still open, and free]
Sayonara Nukes, 2012
311 Action New York
Courtesy of Sanae Maeda
Photo by Yuko Tonohira
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.
We just received this beautiful card from Tomie Arai, celebrating the beginning of 2014 Year of the Horse. We’ve been so happy to see Tomie Arai around the Archive during the Serve the People exhibition. If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit the exhibition yet – or if you want to check it out | More »
Here’s some flicks of the Serve the People exhibition, on its own. Come see it in person, it runs until February 23rd.
I recently pulled out the Voices From Outside portfolio, produced by Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, when a friend asked me if I knew of any prison related graphics. They were producing a flyer for their organization, Milk Not Jails, and a campaign to reform the Parole system in NYC. While looking through the prints in became | More »
full color offset printed booklet/timeline
On December 10, 2013 IA was a packed with people excited to learn about the “Serve the People” show. Watch a video excerpt of the tour!
Sinovision Journal—Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York
We started installing the Serve the People exhibition today. It’s exciting to see it all come together, and to start getting posters and records up on the wall! Thursday’s opening is going to be great.
What makes art activist? What makes it political? Does who is using it matter? The Interference Archive is uniquely situated as both a living collection of activist cultures and ideas, and a site of popular education and engagement with these ideas. One way we integrate these facets is by offering lectures/tours/workshops to groups and classes. | More »
We are an independent group of librarians and archivists who traveled to Palestine from June 23 – July 4, 2013. We come from the US, Canada, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, and Palestine. We bore witness to the destruction and appropriation of information, and the myriad ways access is denied. We were inspired by the many | More »
The above image is a link to the NY Times slide show. Check it out if you haven’t yet!
Most days Ramallah feels like the world’s biggest construction site. Buildings are going up everywhere you look, the street leading up to our hotel didn’t have a sidewalk when we arrived last week, now it does. Amongst the cement bags and rebar there are some strange sculptures going up. I quite like this one, in | More »
While in Nazareth we took a tour with British journalist Jonathon Cook, who lives with his family in Israel/Palestine. He brought us to the remains of the Palestinian town of Saffuriya, which up until 1948 had been one of the largest towns in Northern Palestine and the Galilee. It had been a central site of | More »
When I was in school, it took two years of organizing to get our college library to build their collection of books about prisons from a dusty shelf of old criminal justice sociology texts to a clutch of volumes about prison movements and books written by prisoners. At al-Quds University in Abu Dis, there is | More »
The walls of Palestine are alive with messaging and communication, including layers of posters for cultural events, political martyrs, commercial advertisements, and election campaigns. While the martyr posters are mostly left to fade away, or eventually be covered by a new generation of martyrs, the election posters are regularly scratched, torn, and intervened in. Some | More »
While almost all the graffiti across Palestine is either directly political (exhortations from one political party or another) or utilitarian (so and so street, Mohammad’s shoe shop, etc.), in Ramallah there is a burgeoning “street art” scene. There is emerging a form of graffiti much more familiar to the West, individual artists signing their work, | More »
There is a way that the occupation of Palestine seems to have frozen in time certain aspects of life in certain places, creating strange anachronisms. In the old city of Hebron, where there is an intense Israeli military presence and a large group of vicious and brutal Brooklyn-born settlers (who taunted us and took our | More »
‘nuf said. (with spelling mistakes…)
There is a lot of amazing graffiti here in Palestine, but I think this might be the best thing I’ve seen so far. This hand is so pretzeled to make the two-fingered peace sign, it raises serious questions about the costs of that peace. -Josh
I barely got used to seeing the pay-to-ride CitiBikes around New York City before I left town. Although these bike programs seem to now be a prerequisite for any city that wants to pass itself off as successful, fun, and vigorous, I didn’t expect to see them in Yaffa, the Palestinian city strapped to Tel | More »
There is a lot of graffiti here in Palestine, but almost all of it is in either Arabic or English, with a very, very small smattering of French. It was exciting to see some solidarity painted in Korean on the walls at Aida Refugee Camp. -Josh
This is the largest key in the world. It sits at the entrance to Aida Refugee Camp, which sits on the edge of Bethlehem, pushed right up against the Israeli Apartheid Wall. 6,000 residents are squeezed into the equivalent of two New York City blocks. Aida is also home to Lajee Center, which does great | More »
While being here we’ve heard so many stories of oppression and repression of Palestinians by Israeli Jews (about 25% of Israelis in pre-67 borders are Palestinians, who are “citizens” of Israel, but regularly denied equal services and opportunities, thus it is important to distinguish between Israelis and Israeli Jews) there are also many signs of ongoing | More »
One of the most universally popular symbols I’ve seen here (possible second only to the Palestinian flag) is the cartoon image of Handala. He is a young Palestinian refugee, tattered and back-turned, refusing to grow-up until he can return to his homeland. He is seen as a symbol of popular defiance here, and is seen | More »
This is an 8 track railroad crossing in Lyd, a historically Palestinian city within pre-67 borders Israel (called simply “48” by most Palestinians) which is very poor and is undergoing a heavy process of Judaization (the structural and ideological process of converting more and more parts of Palestine into Jewish-only areas). This crossing is the | More »
Being here in Palestine visiting libraries is a bit like being in a candy shop, with an entirely new and different range of books and design styles. The book above is in the Al-Bireh Municipal Public Library in the West Bank. It’s a copy of What Self Government and to Where? by Dr. Muhammad Nayrab. | More »
Ramallah is the geographical seat of the Palestinian Authority, but it is becoming increasingly clear that there is far from a consensus amongst Palestinians regarding them. The PA has gone two years over their mandate without an election, yet have been pushing ahead with state-building activities without any clear direction or input from the vast | More »
The walls have so much texture here. This image is from Ramallah, and a good example of walls that have been painted over, and over, and over again for years. Meanwhile, many places are pristine. I’m not sure what to make of it yet, but being surrounded by so many rich palimpsists makes for a | More »
Today we spent the day in Nablus, with half of the time in the Balata Refugee Camp. The camp was set up by the UN in 1948 after the Israeli’s violently expelled the Palestinians. The original camp was set up in 1952 with about 5,000 exiles from the town of Yafa in an area of | More »
On May 16th, Interference Archive hosted a screening and discussion of the film Wildcat at Mead. Chronicling a successful 1972 wildcat strike at Mead Packaging, an Atlanta, GA cardboard plant, Wildcat at Mead highlights the struggles of the predominantly Black workers on strike, who had been battling racism within their labor union as well as with | More »
Molly and I (Josh) are in Palestine for two weeks as part of a librarians and archivists solidarity trip. Today was our first day, and we visited a half dozen libraries desperately trying to preserve irreplaceable manuscripts like the one above. This is hand-scripted, illuminated, Ottoman Empire-era Koran held and maintained in the Khalidi Library | More »
On Mayday we got a chance to talk to some of the folks who made it out to the main demonstrations in Union Square- here’s what some of them had to say: Henry, 21 Are you here with any organization(s)? I’m here with the Party for Socialism and Liberation. What do you think is the | More »
We’ve been getting some good press lover the past year here at Interference Archive, and thought we’d share some of it with you! Our recent Book Bloc exhibition has been written up all over, including in the New York Times and the New Yorker: The New Yorker says “Reach For the Book—It Is a Weapon,” | More »
Russian writer, Mikhail Trofimenkov, visited Interference Archive today. He wrote this review of the Rebel Newsprint exhibition in Kommersant Daily.
IN HONOR OF MAY DAY INTERFERENCE ARCHIVE OPEN CALL FOR MEMES For an upcoming exhibition about work stoppage—Strike Then, Strike Now!—we need your made and found memes depicting labor, bosses, anti-work sentiments, strike, etc! Memes will be exhibited anonymously on continuous loop via computer screen on view from May 3–July 31, 2013 at Interference Archive. | More »
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. Here are step by step instructions on how to make your own shield!
Guest blog by Sean Stewart
For my money, the underground press is the best window into the 1960s’ youth rebellion.
Opening tonight at Interference Archive, the exhibition Rebel Newsprint: The Underground Press features a wide range of over a hundred underground newspapers from my collection, and will include a handful of papers for people to flip through (no white gloves required); a full paste-up issue that perfectly illustrates the incredible amount of work that went into creating each issue; and a couple pieces of original art. I’ll also be giving away twenty-four copies of my book On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties’ Underground Press in the U.S. (PM Press, 2011).
Here are ten covers from the show that I’ve specially selected to share because of their convenient location at the top of the install pile.
Hands-on learning and militant research for Brooklyn teens
November 14, 2012
6 – 8 pm
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.