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Reminder: Reproduce & Revolt call

September 22, 2005

A quick reminder to all you artists out there about the Reproduce & Revolt project: Josh MacPhee is now working with Favianna Rodriguez as co-editor of what promises to be an extremely ambitious and exciting book:

Reproduce and Revolt! is a graphic toolbox to be launched into the hands of political activists all over the world. The book will contain over 300 new and exciting high-quality black & white illustrations and graphics about social justice and political activism for activists to use on flyers, posters, t-shirts, brochures, stencils or any other graphic aspects of political campaigns. All the graphics will be bold and easy to reproduce, in addition to being royalty-free/open source/anti-copyright/creative commons. This means folks will be able to use and reproduce the graphics for free! The book will come with clear instructions on how to best utilize the images so as to improve the graphic qualities of political campaigns. It will also contain a short history of political graphics, an archive of political flyers and posters throughout history, as well as information about and a bibliography of further reading for all of the social justice issues the art will cover.

The deadline is approaching quickly (October 31), so if you have work that meets the criteria, send it in soon. The full call for artwork, with complete details, specs, and contact information is below the fold:
CALL FOR ARTWORK
to be published in a new book.
Deadline: October 31st, 2005
Reproduce and Revolt!: Radical Graphics for the 21st Century
Edited by Josh MacPhee & Favianna Rodriguez
Soft Skull Press
Reproduce and Revolt! is a graphic toolbox to be launched into the hands of political activists all over the world. The book will contain over 300 new and exciting high-quality black & white illustrations and graphics about social justice and political activism for activists to use on flyers, posters, t-shirts, brochures, stencils or any other graphic aspects of political campaigns. All the graphics will be bold and easy to reproduce, in addition to being royalty-free/open source/anti-copyright/creative commons. This means folks will be able to use and reproduce the graphics for free! The book will come with clear instructions on how to best utilize the images so as to improve the graphic qualities of political campaigns. It will also contain a short history of political graphics, an archive of political flyers and posters throughout history, as well as information about and a bibliography of further reading for all of the social justice issues the art will cover.
We are now collecting submissions of graphics, illustrations and art for the book, which will be published by Soft Skull Press in late 2006. We will chose for the book according quality of the image, reproducibility, and how well the graphic conveys the issues. Not everyone’s submissions will be included. We will also be attempting to craft the book to represent the output of as diverse a group of artists as possible, across gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, ability, etc. Reproduce & Revolt! is not intended to be a who’s who of well known and successful political artists, this call is open to ALL levels of artists.
This is Josh MacPhee’s second book with Soft Skull Press. His first, Stencil Pirates: A Global Survey of Street Stenciling, was released in July 2004. Stencil Pirates has gotten great reviews and is currently in it’s third printing. Favianna Rodriguez is a Chicana designer and political artist based in the Bay Area who will be co-editing the book.
Here are the specifications for the images:
— BLACK & WHITE/Greyscale.
— High Resolution: either original artwork on paper or high res digital images, minimum 600 dpi for greyscale, 1200 dpi for line art.
— vector-based graphics in .ai and .eps file types are encouraged (but in no way mandatory!)
— A minimum of 6 inches x 6 inches.
— All mediums are accepted (various forms of printmaking, drawing, digital design, collages, etc.). The main factor is reproducibility.
— Because I hope the book will be useful for years to come, no graphics that are specific to individual politicians or limited specific political campaigns will be selected. This means NO George Bush graphics. The goal of the book is not to be a “best of” of anti-war or anti-bush images, but a collection of political graphic material that will continue to be directly useful to political activists for years to come.
Below are the catagories of issues the images should address (there will inevitably be overlap between the categories, these are simply guidelines and suggestions to help clarify and spark inspiration). In addition, the book will contain graphics in support of positive activities as well as graphics in opposition to negative aspects of the world, these are both included below (in alphabetical order, not order of importance!):
Anti-Authoritarianism (including anarchism, hierarchy, direct action, mutual aid and more)
Anti-Racism & Third World/POC Unity (institutional racism, racial equality, unity among peoples of color throughout the world, national movements, attacks on youth of color, white privilege and more)
Arts & Culture as Tools of Resistance (including images that represent practices of music, art, graffiti, breakdance, hip hop, punk, singing, djing, capoeira, as forms of resistance)
Counter-Globalization (including corporate control, IMF, World Bank, WTO, capitalism, austerity, world debt, alternative economies and more)
Education (including privatization, self-education, free schools, liberatory pedagogy, urban inequalities, military recruitment and more)
Environment (including environmental justice, environmental racism, endangered species, animal rights, earth liberation, deforestation, strip mining, water rights, bio-tech, organics, community gardens and more)
Feminism (including women’s struggles, wages for housework, equal pay for equal work, equal rights, gender discrimination, women’s liberation movement, sexual assault, men against sexism, fat lib. and more)
Food (including food justice, anti-fast-food, meat industry, right to whole foods, people’s farms, vegeterianism/veganism, GMO’s)
Government & Police Brutality (including bureaucracy, taxes, anti-cop, police brutality, elections, voter fraud, voter disenfranchisement, voting rights, and more)
Health Care (including disability, mental health, AIDS, access, abortion, aging and more)
Housing (including public housing, gentrification, private ownership, abandonment, homelessness and more)
International Solidarity (including connections with movements around the world, borders, mutual aid, national liberation, Zapatista support, Cuba support, Palestine Support, indigenous solidarity and more)
Immigration & Border Issues (including US/Mexico border wall, refugees, deportation, detention, English-only laws, immigrant rights, immigrant-bashing, denouncing term “illegal”)
Land Struggles (including Palestine, Native land theft, right to nationhood and land, anti-privatization land laws)
Labor (including unions, work slowdowns/stoppages/sabotage, strikes, bosses, anti-work, economics, campesinos, farm workers, maquiladoras, sweatshops, sex work and more)
Media (including media control, media justice, media consolidation, independent media, pirate radio and more)
Prisons (including prison reform, prison abolition, racism in the criminal justice system, the death penalty, political prisoners, stopping the construction of prisons, torture, sentencing discrepancies and more)
Protest (including marches, protests, direct action, pickets, plowshares, armed actions and more)
Queer Liberation (including gay, lesbian, trans, intersex, and bisexual struggle, gender binaries, queer bashing, sexual liberation and more)
War (including anti-war, imperialism, militarism, state terrorism, war tax resistance, nuclear weapons, “collateral damage” and more)
Youth Power (including youth organizing, youth voices, children’s rights)
We will craft about a dozen chapters out of these catagories, and each chapters will be filled with 30-40 new and exciting illustrations and graphics created by dozens of political artists, hopefully including you. A website of high resolution copies of a large number of the images in the book will also be created, and ideally I will include some of the graphics that don’t make the cut into the published volume. People will be able to both photocopy the images or pull them directly into digital files via the website.
We hope this project will help activists and organizers all over the world, but also help boost radical artists themselves by getting our work further out into the world. We hope to be able to pay a nominal fee for each piece published as well as give each artist access to books at 50% off the cover price.
All material must be submitted by October 31st, 2005.
THIS IS THE FINAL DEADLINE
There is no limit to the number of images you can submit.
Remember BLACK & WHITE, NO COLOR please
All images need to be emailed to “reproduce [at] justseeds [dot] org” OR “favianna [at] favianna [dot] com”
or mailed to:
Josh MacPhee/R&R
53 Third St.
Troy, NY 12180
If you have any additional questions, feel free to write or email the above addresses.
Thanks,
Josh MacPhee & Favianna Rodriguez
www.justseeds.org
www.stencilpirates.org
www.favianna.com
www.tumis.com

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