What We Do

The archive contains many kinds of objects that are created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, zines, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, subject files, and other materials.

Through our programming, we use this cultural ephemera to animate histories of people mobilizing for social transformation. We consider the use of our collection to be a way of preserving and honoring histories and material culture that is often marginalized in mainstream institutions.

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Exhibitions / Walkout

Walkout: A Brief History of Student Organizing

Online Only

June 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

May 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Kent State and Jackson State massacres, which set off a historically large-scale student strike across the nation. With the anniversary as an entry point and frame of reference, this exhibition uses archival material from the Interference Archive collection to examine the broader scope of student movements that both led up to and followed in the wake of May 1970.

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Events / Our Streets! Our City!

2-part workshop: Plant Dyes and Propaganda

Sunday, July 10, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

July 10 and 17, 2-3:30pm Registration Required: Register on eventbrite Location: Painting Space 122 Associates 150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009 In this two-part workshop taking place on July 10th and 17th, offered as part of Summer School programming with ABC No Rio, participants will learn how to use natural dyes to create vibrant […]

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July Audio Working Group meeting

Monday, July 11, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

The Audio working group is meeting on July 11th, at 7pm, in person at the Archive.

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July Collections Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

The Collections Working Group meets monthly on the second Wednesday evening to talk about collections-related projects, discuss collection policy decisions, and do hands-on work. Meetings are in person at the archive. Feel free to join us! RSVP to info@interferencearchive.org

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Audio Interference 83: Sister Serpents and Generative Archiving

In this episode, volunteer Jen Hoyer explains how the archive is using donated materials to create an online presence for noteworthy, but digitally absent groups like Sister Serpents. But generating new materials and new discussions is not without a few risks. Stay tuned to find out more. To learn more about Sister Serpents, check out […]

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