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What powers Interference Archive: women’s movements

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 »

Full Scans of IA Pamphlets Coming Soon!

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 Underground Press Surfaces at Interference!

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 »

TABLOID- a review of mass culture and everyday life

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 »

Marc Rudin/Jihad Mansour-images for Palestine

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 »

“It was a home grown kind of insurgency:” Nancy Peckenham on Guatemala

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 »

Emma Goldman’s 145th Birthday!

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 »

Today’s donation-Underground Comics!

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.

New to the Collection and Exhibition- Zapatista Combat Boots

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 »

From Fukushima to Indian Point – We Are All Connected

Sayonara Nukes, 2012
311 Action New York
Fabric banner
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.