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November 2012

Impeach Returns

Posted November 30, 2012 by jmacphee in Street Art & Graffiti

I got a great surprise in my email a couple days back, a nice missive and set of photos from the elusive graffiti writer Impeach. Check out some of his new work:

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Liberated Ads Highlight Israeli War Aims in Gaza

Posted November 28, 2012 by jmacphee in Street Art & Graffiti

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2012 - San Francisco, California
Liberated Ads Highlight Israeli War Aims in Gaza

The California Department of Corrections (CDC) has unveiled a new campaign of bus shelter ads to support Israel’s right to bomb Gaza back to the Middle Ages.

On November 27, 2012 the CDC successfully apprehended and rehabilitated advertisements across San Francisco, including the intersection of Geary and Scott Street. The CDC released the corrected ads to mark two weeks since the start of Israel’s military offensive against the Gaza Strip, which resulted in 167 Palestinian deaths. The ads were discharged in areas adjacent to hospitals, schools and government offices, symbolizing the buildings that were demolished during Israel’s air and naval bombardment.

An innovative collaboration between the CDC and FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), the ads feature the rubble of an anonymous city with a quote from Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai regarding recent hostilities: THE GOAL OF THE OPERATION IS TO SEND GAZA BACK TO THE MIDDLE AGES. Beneath the rubble, additional text poses the question: WHEN DOES ISRAEL’S SELF-DEFENSE BECOME A WAR CRIME?

The liberated ads can be seen on the CDC website at www.CorrectionsDepartment.org.

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Lisbon On Strike: Portugal and European General Strike

Posted November 28, 2012 by k_c_ in Film & Video

Lisbon On Strike: November 14th in Portugal from brandon jourdan on Vimeo.


From Global Uprisings:
On November 14th 2012, thousands of people took to the streets of
Portugal as part of a European wide general strike. Until recently,
the International Monetary Fund held Portugal as an ideal example of
the effectiveness of austerity policies, but today, its economy is
heading in the same direction as Greece and Spain. This short
documentary details the week of the November 14th strike in Lisbon and
the events surrounding it.

Poster/Virus

Posted November 28, 2012 by mary_tremonte in Art & Politics

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In honour of the Day With(out) Art 2012, AIDS ACTION NOW! is launching 8 new collaborative activist art works as part of the poster/VIRUS project.

The posters were developed collectively with artists and activists working to respond to HIV. They will be plastered across the streets Toronto during the month of November. The posters will simultaneously be launched on-line through our Facebook and Tumblr pages.

Come celebrate the launch with AIDS ACTION NOW! at the AGO, along with the artists, speakers and awesome performers.

After party at Cold Tea 60 Kensington Avenue starting at 9pm!

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Erin and Laura Rosenthal's print for "This is an Emergency!"

Posted November 27, 2012 by meredith_stern in Art & Politics

This print is from "This is an Emergency!" a print portfolio on gender justice and reproductive rights.

To purchase a copy of the portfolio, you can click HERE.

To check out the website for this project, click HERE.


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JBbTC 126: Anarchy (2nd Series) pt.3

Posted November 26, 2012 by jmacphee in Judging Books by Their Covers

Anarchy2nd_10.jpgWith issue #10, Anarchy comes into it's own, settling into a fixed masthead and confident enough to continue to eschew the traditional anarchist red and black and experiment with deep blue and lilac. The collage of interior and exterior spaces is contrasted with the bleeding body at the bottom, raising questions about the nature of this "new" city Craigavon being advertised. Although undated, I believe this issue came out in late 1972, and thus the images and assembly appear to presage the design work Jamie Reid would do for 1974's Leaving the 20th Century, an early English-language Situationist anthology, never mind the more well known Sex Pistols period. In other words, Anarchy continues on in that interesting space between the psychedelia and underground comics of the 60s and the aggressive, neo-Dada cut-n-paste of the coming Punk era. With this issue the magazine changed addresses and there is also a complete and clean break from the earlier issues which were still connected to and being produced by Freedom Press. (See the two previous posts about Anarchy covers HERE.)

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Zine Fair at Xpace (Toronto)

Posted November 24, 2012 by mary_tremonte in Books & Zines

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I'll be tabling at this little zine fair at Xpace today. Free and fun, with DJ's, liquid refreshment, and more...come say hi!

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Inspiration Intervention

Posted November 20, 2012 by shaun in Street Art & Graffiti

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Last week, The Foundation for a Better Life (probably unintentionally) placed one of their new "Innovation" inspirational advertisements, featuring Henry Ford, in a bus shelter at an intersection in Pittsburgh which in the past year has seen an unsettling increase in violent hit-and-run incidents involving bicyclists struck by speeding cars. The irony is simply too dark to be funny, and someone recently responded in-kind. Perhaps The Foundation could replace the Ford ad with another of their stated values - hopefully something more applicable to car traffic, like Patience...

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Arley Rose Torsone's print for "This is an Emergency!"

Posted November 20, 2012 by meredith_stern in Justseeds Member Projects

ART.jpgThis image is printed in "This is an Emergency!" a print portfolio on gender justice and reproductive rights.

To purchase a copy, you can click HERE.

To check out the website for this project, click HERE.

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JBbTC 125: Anarchy (2nd Series) pt.2

Posted November 19, 2012 by jmacphee in Judging Books by Their Covers

Anarchy2nd_05.jpgWelcome back to part two of our tour through the second series of the UK Anarchy magazine. Click HERE to see last week's entry. Let's pick up where we left off, with issue #5. It is with this issue that we really begin to see the disorganization, or possibly just disagreements, within the editorial collective which lead to decisions such as not only failing to include an issue number on the cover (a fairly regular occurrence, as you shall see), but on this particular issue not even including the title of the magazine! I suspect at some point, either on purpose or by mistake, the back and front covers were swapped, so Dave McWhinnie's stylish zipatone and pointillist montage on the Reichstag fire (which features the title Anarchy) got put on the back.

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Justseeds at Expozine

Posted November 16, 2012 by mary_tremonte in Events

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Join Justseeds at Expozine this weekend in Montreal, where Jesse Purcell and I will be holding it down with radical prints, posters, zines, books, hankies, badges and more. We'll have the 2013 Justseeds/Eberhardt Organizers in tow. Pick one up and save on steep Canadian shipping!

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La Persistencia de los Sueños install peek from Interference Archive

Posted November 15, 2012 by k_c_ in Art & Politics

Sublevarte Colectivo is currently installing a retrospective exhibition at Interference Archive, that opens tomorrow, Friday, November 16th. Here's a peek of them at work.


All photos taken by Irina Arellano-Weiss

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Interview with Ken Rinker

Posted November 15, 2012 by meredith_stern in Justseeds Member Projects

Ken%20Rinker.jpgThis is an interview with choreographer Ken Rinker, which is printed in the hand sewn zine of "This is an Emergency!" a print portfolio on gender justice and reproductive rights.

To purchase a copy, you can click HERE.

To check out the tumblr website for this project, click HERE.

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5 Broken Cameras: putting the daily violence of Israeli occupation in focus

Posted November 14, 2012 by Jesse_Purcell

I went down to Cinema Politica's Montréal premier of 5 Broken Cameras to table for Imaging Apartheid and check out the film this Monday. It gives a clear depiction of the daily struggles Palestinian families face under occupation. A first person narrative documentary made by subsistence farmer Emad Burnat shows the rise of the non-violent protest movement in the village of Bil'in. He boldly documents his peoples struggles under the constant threat of live fire, It is by far one of the best films I've ever seen on Palestine

If you get a chance go see it, do.

It's playing in Montréal on the 19, 20 and 22th of November at 17h (Excentris) Arabic with French subtitles

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12 years of cultural production comes to Brooklyn!

Posted November 14, 2012 by k_c_ in Art & Politics

La Persistencia de los Sueños/The Persistence of Dreams-

Sublevarte Colectivo Retrospective: 1999-2012
November 16-December 31, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 2012, 7-10 p.m.

As student movements around the world inspire us anew, Interference Archive invites Sublevarte Colectivo, a group born of the 1999 student strikes in Mexico City, to produce a retrospective exhibition of their thirteen years of graphic production. In La Persistencia de los Sueños, they will bring their graphic street interventions into the gallery to highlight the various social movements and uprisings in which they participated and supported.

Sublevarte Colectivo believes that the graphic arts should be a vehicle of expression and communication in society, and that these days the power of the visual image is stronger than words. They have brought this vision to their work with the Zapatistas, the flower sellers of Atenco, the striking teachers of Oaxaca, and dozens of other social struggles in Mexico.

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Interview with Heather Booth of the Jane Abortion Service

Posted November 13, 2012 by meredith_stern in Justseeds Member Projects

HeatherBooth.jpgThis is an interview of Heather Booth which is printed in the hand sewn zine of "This is an Emergency!" a print portfolio on gender justice and reproductive rights.

To purchase a copy, you can click HERE.

To check out the website for this project, click HERE.

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Punk & Metal Record Covers 06: Lakei - Konspirasjoner

Posted November 13, 2012 by santi

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Punk and Metal covers are back after a several month hiatus. This time around we have Lakei from Norway. A pretty obscure sludge metal band with some d-beat and punk hints to it. In my opinion they don't get anywhere near as much attention as they deserve.

This album is soon to be released as a 12" on Indie Recordings but as for now only the CD is available.

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Art in/en Action Montreal: 3 portfolios up at Concordia

Posted November 12, 2012 by Jesse_Purcell

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Art in Action

If you are in Montreal this week come check out Art in/en Action. Creative student and community contributions related to social and environmental justice NOVEMBER 11-15, 10am to 8pm, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor (métro Guy-Concordia)

Justseeds will be represented with the Resourced, War Is Trauma and Migration Now portfolios. It's a great chance to check out some of the collective projects we have been doing over the last three years as well as a lot of really great work by around 30 local socially engaged artists.

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JBbTC 124: Anarchy (2nd Series) pt.1

Posted November 12, 2012 by jmacphee in Judging Books by Their Covers

Anarchy2nd_01_71.jpgIn Signal:01, Alec Dunn and I ran an interview with Rufus Segar, the graphic designer who did the vast majority of the covers for the British monthly journal Anarchy. Not to be confused with the polemical, and somewhat unhinged, US publication Anarchy: a Journal of Desire Armed, this Anarchy was edited by Colin Ward and published by Freedom Press. It was a strange animal—very much a product of post-war UK anarchist intellectual thought, but also aimed at a much broader intellectual audience.

In 1970, Ward quit as editor, and Segar jumped ship soon after. Anarchy as it existed (a very consistent—in content and aesthetics—monthly half-letter sized magazine) dissolved, and in February 1971 a new, second series of Anarchy begun. A significant change is immediately apparent. Although Segar's cover where often graphically inventive and challenging, they were never lurid or attempting to shock, but the first cover of the new series (by Christine Charlton) throws up a near naked woman with long black gloves, boots, a top hat, and an impossibly thin waist. She stands to the side and above a pile of entangled bodies—some in lingerie, others ambiguously gendered—and a pair of high heeled feet sticking up from the back.

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Sublevarte Colectivo is in the USA

Posted November 10, 2012 by k_c_ in Art & Politics

Interference Archive and Sublevarte Colectivo are pleased to announce the following events as part of our upcoming exhibition La Persistencia de los Sueños/The Persistence of Dreams (November 16-December 31, 2012), featuring thirteen years of public-art interventions by Sublevarte Colectivo:

Friday, November 9, 4:00-8:00 pm
Dia de los Muertos
Sublevarte Colectivo members will join the "Understanding Violence and Politics" panel at 6:00 pm
Ya-Ya Network
224 W 29th St.
14th floor
NYC

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Raise Your Fist!

Posted November 9, 2012 by shaun in Film & Video

One of my favorite consequences of posting video work on the internet is the possibility that someone might take the time to tweak your project in a new direction. Over at submedia, they've already got a remix up of the All Power To The People! video I posted just a month ago - and they've reworked the image flow a bit and added a hardcore techno score: "Raise Your Fist" by Angerfist. Nicely done! Now I'm holding out for a remix to the tune of Loretta Lynn's "Fist City"...

Tonight: Justseeds tabling at d'bi young show in montreal

Posted November 8, 2012 by Jesse_Purcell in Art & Politics

I made this poster for what promises to be an awesome performance in Montreal tonight.

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Come to the show and scope out some new justseeds prints.

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Delia Kovac's print for This is an Emergency!

Posted November 8, 2012 by meredith_stern in Art & Politics

DK.jpg"This is an Emergency!" a print portfolio on gender justice and reproductive rights.

To purchase a copy, you can click HERE.

To check out the website for this project, click HERE.

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Drawing All the Time : Week 61

Posted November 7, 2012 by colin_matthes in Inspiration

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Roadtrip, 2012, 40.5x48.25in, ink and acrylic on paper

This is an Emergency! Essay: Elizabeth Esris

Posted November 6, 2012 by meredith_stern in Art & Politics

ElizabethEsris.jpgThis essay was written by Elizabeth Esris, for the hand sewn zine in "This is an Emergency!"

To purchase a copy, you can click HERE.

To check out the website for this project, click HERE.

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JBbTC 123: Up From Slavery

Posted November 5, 2012 by jmacphee in Judging Books by Their Covers

Washington_UpFrom_SunDial37.jpgOn my recent trip to whirlwind tour of the Midwest (or at least Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Milwaukee) I've been hitting up all the used bookstores I can find, looking for book cover treasures, and finding some! My friend Brett took me to Argos Books in Grand Rapids last week, and I got a big stack of books, including this really fabulous 1937 edition of Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington's autobiography. The illustration caught my eye first, especially in relationship to the large collection of covers related to prisons I've features here in the past (see HERE). The emancipated figure on the cover is both beautiful and astoundingly heroic, arms outstretched, the light yellow background both capturing movement and creating a sense of deification. The arms frame and point to the title, illustrating the "up" as well as letting us know that Booker T. Washington holds the key to the exhalted experience shown.

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Mary Tremonte's print for "This is an Emergency!"

Posted November 4, 2012 by meredith_stern in Art & Politics

Mary.jpgThis print is from "This is an Emergency!" a print portfolio on gender justice and reproductive rights.

To purchase a copy, you can click HERE.

To check out the tumblr website for this project, click HERE.

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Hello from Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio

Posted November 2, 2012 by bec_young

zygote.jpgI've just started a two-week residency in Cleveland, Ohio at Zygote Press, an awesome collective printshop. Besides two Vandercook proof presses, intaglio and silkscreen setup, there is a gallery in the space. Tonight is the opening of a show I'm in called "New Deal Update", which includes prints made in the 1930's, classic New Deal era lithographs and etchings, as well as contemporary work by myself, Claudio Orso Giacone, and Guillermo Trejo. Claudio is not only displaying his actual wood blocks, bolted into the wall, but plans to invite attendees to roll them up with ink and make prints off of the wall, during the opening! Please stop by and say hello if you're in Cleveland. More info on the event after the break.

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Support WFMU, among many other things...

Posted November 1, 2012 by k_c_ in Inspiration

Free-form radio station WFMU, out of Jersey City, NJ had their silent marathon happening the last month. They are endless inspiration and education of music for me. As a totally independent radio station they manage to have cutting edge apps, updated playlist, and a ton of wacky stuff. In this last weeks storm they've had damage to their studio and both of their transmitters have been knocked out. If you are able please support them and donate some funds. The folks from the mostly volunteer run endeavor will appreciate it and I will be ever-grateful to you for keeping my favorite station on air.


Virginia Reath interviewed by Molly Fair

Posted November 1, 2012 by meredith_stern in Justseeds Member Projects

VirginiaReath.jpgMolly Fair interviewed Virginia Reath RPA MPH. Virginia has spent the last 30 years as a practicing clinician and educator in the field of Gynecology and sexual/reproductive health for women. She is a committed feminist and activist as well as a practicing visual artist. She is at a crossroads creatively and professionally, having recently ended her GYN clinical practice to focus on art making. In the future she plans to open a different model of health practice to provide health counseling and consulting with an integrative approach on a wide variety of women's health concerns.

To purchase a copy, you can click HERE.

To check out the website for this project, click HERE.

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