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. As a friend of the Interference Archive, you can help us press this record by pre-ordering a limited edition 7” and catalog!
We have a pre-sale page up on our website HERE.
Last Saturday, after two years of organization and building renovation, the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum finally opened it's doors to the public on May 16th!
Join Mary and Jesse at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair from 10am-5pm Saturday May 23rd we will be on the main Stage in the CEDA building 2515, rue Delisle, Montreal QC.
(Please note that vendors will only be tabling on Saturday this year)
click here for links to the 100+ vendors
We will also be exhibiting a selection of Justseeds prints and the Celebrate Peoples History: Iraq Veterans Against the War Portfolio as part of Art and Anarchy May 22nd-24th on the 3rd floor of 2515, rue Delisle.
Workshops and Presentations will be taking place through out the day Saturday and Sunday click to check the Schedule.
Signal is journal of international political graphics and culture and is edited by Josh MacPhee and myself (Alec Dunn). We produce Signal because we believe that art and culture have a strong role within movements and we hope to engage in and contribute to a dialog about art and culture in political struggles.
"Cancel US–Peru Free Trade Agreement."
Justseeds artists Roger Peet and Mazatl are heading to Sandpoint, Idaho today to start the process of painting a big mural about the endangered Mountain Caribou herd that lives in the nearby Selway Mountains. These caribou are a relic of a larger population, much diminished by the transformations of western mountain forests over the past hundred years. They're interesting beasts, with huge flat hooves that help them walk on thick winter drifts of snow as they migrate up into the mountains in search of the lichens they eat. Other caribou descend to the valleys in the cold season- but these caribou rely on the deep snowfalls to bring them closer to the lichens on high tree branches. As the climate changes and the snow levels decrease, their precarious existence is even further threatened.
This project is funded by the Center for Biological Diversity- you can follow the progress of this mural and the future murals on Instagram at @endangeredspeciesmurals.
A couple weeks back Chris Stain and I (Josh MacPhee) painted a new mural at Houston and 2nd Ave. in Manhattan for Lower East Side History Month. It was great opportunity for us to mix up Chris' social realist figures and my wormy arm drawings! We worked with the Fourth Arts Block, and below is a cool time-lapse film by Mr. O.
We frequently receive "calls for art" from various places and are happy to broadcast them through our network. This is from the American Friends Service Committee regarding an upcoming, nationally touring exhibition on Militarism. The details on how to submit are below. Please share with any cultural workers you know. Also remember to send us your projects so we can share and participate as well!
A CALL FOR NEW WORK:
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has created a new, nationally touring poster exhibit called All of Us or None: Responses and Resistance to Militarism. The exhibit will launch in June and is already scheduled to travel to Chicago, Greensboro, Providence, and San Francisco with many other stops anticipated. We are looking for some additional work to include in this show.
From Ferguson to Gaza, we can see how militarism directly impacts all of our lives.
Militarism refers to physically violent and coercive ways of settling conflict or maintaining control what we see in the everyday actions of armed security forces such as the military, militia, police, border enforcement, and school security.
But do militarist policy decisions actually keep our communities safe and secure? What if we instead invested in the things that help communities, countries, and the globe thrive?
Our new nationally touring poster exhibit will explore these issues.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR ADDTIONAL WORK FOR THIS EXHIBIT EXPLORING THESE THEMES THROUGH THE LENS OF PRISONS AND IMMIGRATION, ESPECIALLY.
Work must be sized 22x28" and Hi-res digital file uploaded to our site by June 1.
SUBMIT YOUR WORK WITH THIS
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Read more about AFSC - afsc.org/about
AFSC is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Eyes Wide Open exhibit, which traveled the country for years. AFSC’s mural art exhibit Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, composed of work donated by U.S. and international artists, traveled to 60 cities in the U.S. AFSC also produces the If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth video festival.
Je Suis Charlie.
This Friday, May 8, from 6:30 til late, join us at the Brooklyn Commons for a party to benefit AK Press.
Drinks, Music, Books. Dancing, Planning, Rallying, Raffling &...
ROOFTOP GARDEN CHILLING
We're partying to do our part to help get AK Press, and their neighbors in Oakland, CA back of their feet following a devastating fire on March 21. All entry money will go directly to AK. If you can’t make it, you can donate online at: http://www.gofundme.com/akpressfire
We're jut a couple weeks from opening the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum down in Matewan, Mingo County, WV! I've been working steadily for the last year with a great group of community members/organizers, historians, and retired coal miners to put together a genuine, independent people's history museum which details the Mine Wars Era (~1910-1921) from the perspective of the people who lived it. We've just reached our crowd-funding goal and are now able to open the museum!!! But, we've got a stretch goal of $20K that we can reach with your help. There are still great perks left (including some Celebrate People's History posters) and every dollar you contribute goes towards making the museum work, creating future exhibits, and educational programs to bring the history to the West Virginia Mine Wars to even more people! Our crowdfunding drive ends this Saturday night!
Want to know more about the museum? Check out our new website here. And, this week Marcus Constantino wrote up a great article about what we're doing and why we're doing it over at the Charleston Daily Mail. Shoot, we were even featured on Upworthy this week! Yep.
Print & Politics: Lincoln Cushing & Favianna Rodriguez
Wednesday April 29, 7pm
131 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
A evening of discussion about print and politics, with Lincoln Cushing presenting a history and analysis of U.S. political and countercultural printshops and Favianna Rodriguez talking about her recent “Pussy Power” political poster project.
(image:Liberation News Service printshop, NYC)
UNCEDED VOICES : Anticolonial Street Artists Convergence fosters the idea of bringing together street artists of indigenous and settler origins and build an artistic community of shared anticolonial values. The convergence will promote a type of street art that advocates the decolonization of Turtle Island and will remind Montrealers of the city's colonial past and present. The artists, living across the Canadian and American states, already focus part of their work on issues related to indigenous resistance, anti-oppressive and anti-capitalist street art. This second convergence is starting on August 14 and runs until August 23 in so-called Montreal,unceded Kanien’kéhá:ka and Algonquin territories.
Support their indiegogo campaign here.
Back in 2012 I slide an eye-catching spine off the shelf at a bookstore in Boston and. It was an edition of Arnošt Lustig's Diamonds in the Night I had never seen before. 4.75" wide and 7.835" tall, it's a little wider than a mass market paperback, but way taller—a completely unique size. Turns out it was published by Artia, an old Czech publisher active in Prague in the 60s and 70s, and one of the Eastern Bloc publishers that had an export-wing for English-language books, like Progress Publishers in Moscow or Seven Seas in East Berlin (for more on Seven Seas, check out my posts about them HERE). Artia is most known for their children's books, but they also had this fiction wing under the title "Artia Pocket Books."
I spent three years keeping an eye out for more Artia books, with no luck until last week, where another one showed up at Human Relations in Brooklyn. Another unique spine called out, and I struck gold with a copy of Jan Otčenášek's Romeo and Juliet and the Darkness! Further search online found a small trail for a couple other Artia Pocket Books, but not a single image. Although two books hardly seems a big enough set for a post, who knows how long before I find another one!
The NYC Ghost Bike Project was created in response to cyclists deaths in NYC from automotive accidents. They were initiated by Visual Resistance, a graphic street art collective that included Kristine Virsis, Molly Fair and Kevin Caplicki and eventually coalesced into Justseeds.
It would be unusual to proclaim that we are proud, due to the somber and thoughtful nature of the project. Yet, last weekend, the 10th annual memorial bike ride was held in the five boroughs of NYC. There have been dozens if not hundreds of people that have supported and continued the efforts of this campaign. There are ghost bike memorials in more than 200 cities around the world in numerous countries. Over the years our friend Andrew Hinderaker has documented their creation and installation. His gorgeous images grace the article written by Dustin Drankoski, over at Mashable. Check it out.
It has been nearly ten years since I was riding to work and approached the intersection where Elizabeth Padilla has just been killed by a delivery truck. The first ghost bicycle installed in NYC was in respect of her life and remind everyone of the fragility of traveling on two wheels. It has been an honor to have participated in this project and cultivate a supportive community. I hope it continues to raise awareness and memorialize our comrades in hopes that we never have to install another white bicycle.
Plaque designed by Kevin Caplicki
Maybe not how many of us measure efficacy, but something we just noticed. We have 10,000+ people who have "liked" our Facebook page, are you one of them? You can be by going to the Justseeds Facebook
We're happier that you visit us here, on the "space" that we carve out of (the linoleum of) the internet. A little secret, we're working on a new website redesign!
Thanks for supporting and keeping engaged!
HI, Roger writing here. I spent a few days in Birmingham, Alabama last week, prepping for this large mural project that, due to unforeseen circumstances, had to be postponed. In the awkward limbo following the postponement, new friends and old and I went to visit an amazing place. Joe Mintner is an artist and lifelong resident of Birmingham, and he has created a garden of spectacular and powerful sculpture in his yard on the city's south side, which abuts an enormous cemetery. Mintner's work addresses Black struggles in the Americas, from the Middle Passage to Michael Brown, and is composed of haunting assemblages of found objects and wrought and welded iron. His works evoke the brutality of American society in unexpected ways, using toy police figures and helmets repurposed from children's games to depict the futurist violence of American police forces. He wasn't home when we visited, but the gate was open and we spent an hour or so wandering the dense, evocative spaces. I found an article about him that provides some history and perspective- if you're ever in Birmingham, I can't recommend this enough. Click through for more images.
"Weakened Union. Foreclosed. Lost Pension. Got Sick. Death of the American Dream."
Cliquez sur « cc » pour les sous-titres en Français
This week we look at the student led mobilizations that have rocked the streets of Montreal and Quebec City. From large scale marches, to occupations of university buildings to direct actions, the spring 2015 coalition has re-energized radical organizing in so called Quebec.
In this sedition, a round of the riots that rocked the European Central Bank’s inauguration in Frankfurt, plus a throw back from 1990’s German digital hardcore Atari Teenage Riot and an a double vegan cheeseburger worldwide exclusive interview with “Peter” from …ums Ganze! (which translates to “Crunch Time”) telling us about the coalition that fucked shit up for the EU technocrats this month.
We have our first retrospective show up at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland- it's up until June, so you still have plenty of time to check it out. We've been working with curator Mack McFarland and artists Danny Mackin and Arianna Jacob to coordinate a series of panels and presentations while the show's been up From discussions of gender and racial justice to workshops on strategic intervention for environmental groups, to presentations of how cooperative economics can work for radical artists. We've been live-printing in the gallery, giving away prints carved by Justseeds artists. So far we've had visits from Justseeds members Jess Chen, Chip Thomas, Fernando Marti, Alec Dunn, Josh MacPhee, Meredith Stern, Molly Fair, Nicolas Lampert, Paul Kjelland, and Shaun Slifer, with local JS members Thea Gahr and Roger Peet contributing too. There's more stuff coming up this month- Combat Paper will be here next week with new member Aaron Hughes, and another new member Julio Salgado will be here later in the month to work with local migrants rights group VOZ. Mary Tremonte will be leading a live-printing dance-party in the 511 gallery, which will likely be awesome. Keep an eye on the PNCA calendar page for details- we'll be posting them on our FB page too. See more photos here and here
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Over the course of the past year, I’ve been commuting the seven hours between Matewan, WV and my home in Pittsburgh to work with a group of community members to develop and open a People’s History Museum. We're collaborating to preserve and share the story of an era of working class uprisings wiped from the majority of U.S. history books, and now we're crowd-funding to put the last pieces in place!
The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum teaches about the decade of large-scale, militant strikes by a cross-cultural, united front of diverse miners and their families seeking not only a union, but basic social justice. In 1921, these struggles culminated the largest armed insurrection of US citizens since the American Civil War. It’s a history that has been nearly buried for almost a century...
Today I veer off from my regularly scheduled posting. 2015 is the 25 year anniversary of AK Press, one of the longest (maybe the longest?) running anarchist presses in the US (although founded in Scotland). This is an important and rare feat for an anarchist, collective, and worker-owned and operated project. We need to celebrate our counter-institutions, nurture them, critique them, help them evolve and grow. Unfortunately on March 21st, rather than get to have a birthday party, the AK Press crew found themselves grappling with a fire that destroyed the building behind their warehouse (killing two of their neighbors), and also seriously damaged their space (as well as 1984 Printing and other important projects).
AK is trying to raise serious capital to get themselves, their building, and their neighbors back on their feet, and you can help. Go to their funding site HERE, read the whole story, help out if you can, and spread the word. We need our counter-institutions strong and healthy for the struggles ahead!
So to support AK Press, and celebrate their birthday, I've picked out fifteen of my favorite covers from their output over the past twenty-five years. I hate ranking things like some sort of contest, so I've listed these by publication date, earliest to most recent, 1990–2015. And hopefully many more years and covers to come! Also, for transparency's sake, I should say I've designed covers for 15+ books in AK's catalog, but I didn't choose any of those here. I'm proud of some of them, but feel awkward posting them here. But what I will do is share (at the end of the post) a cover a recently designed for an upcoming title that I think is one of my best cover's yet!
Check out a great new article on IMPEACH by Paul Schmelzer, HERE.
Welcome once again to Sounds of the Week, a sampling of music Justseeds artists are listening to. For this entry Pete has rounded up some pleasant sounds for you to enjoy.
I just returned from traveling in Guatemala and Mexico for a month. I'm always incredibly excited by the hand painted signs. I really appreciate how unique each letter, no matter how well crafted or scratchy they can be. It's refreshing to see since I come from a city with mostly digitally printed advertising, billboards or vinyl cut signage.
I have revived this short lived photo series from four years ago to share the few photos I was able to snap while walking or through van windows while we traveled.
These are from Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala.
Just wanting to direct people's attention to the fundraising efforts of an incredible freeform radio station, WFMU, out of Jersey City, NJ.
They broadcast in the NYC metropolitan area and online at wfmu.org. It's been exposing me to audio culture for almost twenty years and keeps me company in so many ways. They've built an impressive digital archive of all their programming of the last 15 years and maintain a blog about the obscure you never knew you wanted to know. The content is a wormhole that you could spend the rest of your life falling into, and I hope you do.
If you've got some scratch to give, they are all listener supported and will use it towards programming for the next year. They'll appreciate it and I will appreciate you.
Pledge now, they have until this Sunday to reach their goal
Thx Edward Snowden.
In November, while touring London with comrades from Interference Archive, we stopped at Bookmarks, a nice-sized bookshop run by the Socialist Workers Party (which is a sister organization to the International Socialist Organization in the the U.S.). They have a nice, cheap, used pamphlet section, with rows and rows of old leftist publications. I found some great stuff, including a small cluster of 1980s pamphlets put out by the SWP themselves. All were designed by Roger Huddle, who might have been their in-house designer for the decade. Huddle has a website now (HERE), and it looks like he still might be an SWP member. He was also part of a design group called Artworkers. The designs for the pamphlets are great examples of a neo-Constructivism, and appear to borrow heavily from the book designs of two other British leftist designers: David King and Richard Hollis. King is the more obvious influence, as Huddle shares with him a love for heavy black lines and sharp angles as dominant visual elements.
We can actually see the style evolve by looking at the first and then second edition of Missile Madness by Peter Binns. The first, published in 1980 and here on the right, boxes the object of study—the mad missile— between two sets of titles. The top left frame is created by text in bold boxes, author and publisher; the bottom right is created by interlocking of the title and subtitle at a 90 degree angle. The title smartly nestles into the subtitle, rather than simply sitting on top, and then the two words of the title read away from each other. This is a nice touch, not effecting readability but adding to the sense of a topsy-turvy world. Finally, the use of color is great, the red and green merging to create the almost black of the missile.
Signal:03 got a really nice review a couple weeks back on Dubdog.com. Check it out HERE. And you can always pick up a copy of Signal from us HERE. And keep an eye out for issue #4, it should be out in a month or so!
[image of screenprint by Medu Arts Ensemble, Botswana]
In this week’s show an homage to women everywhere, a look at the trolls from the Men’s Rights Movements and how the Gulabi Gang in India who are beating down rapitsts with big ass sticks. On the music break, Bambu with “The Queen is Dead.” Our featured guest is journalist Dawn Paley, talking about her book “Drug War Capitalism”