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Posted January 25, 2013 by mary_tremonte in Events

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To mark the closing day of the "Posters of Inspirational European Women: Taken from the zine Shape & Situate" exhibition, Space Station Sixty Five will be hosting a collection of resources from other sociopolitical art, poster, zine and publication projects for everyone to explore.

Justseeds is represented with the Celebrate People's History poster series, Firebrands: Portraits of the Americas, and videos of Justseeds artists Melanie Cervantes, Jesus Barraza, Favianna Rodriguez and Mary Tremonte talking about their work.

Remembering Who We Are: Exploring artistic and creative sociopolitical memory, and art in social change movements

Saturday 26th January 2013
Space Station Sixty Five, 373 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PS
1pm-6pm
www.spacestationsixtyfive.com

A day of presentations, exhibitions, a resource archive, video screenings, discussions, participatory zine-making, and more.

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Inspirational work will be featured, displayed, exhibited and screened. This includes artefacts and art from projects such as: Celebrate People’s History, Occuprint, Inspired Agitators, Dead Feminists, Peops, Great Anarchists, The Life & Times of Butch Dykes, Shape & Situate, Caged Bird Club, Firebrands: Portraits of the Americas, plus many more. Other work that is not tangibly in the gallery will be shown electronically as part of presentations by various artists.

Also happening throughout the day:

Lindsay Starbuck and Melanie Maddison will give a short talk/discussion about the role, importance, and act of creative sociopolitical history projects with reference to their own work:
Caged Bird Club and
‘Shape & Situate: Posters Of Inspirational European Women’

It will touch on:
· Remembering and celebrating individual’s lives and actions via creative/art projects;
· How individual’s lives have been mis/represented in our communities via conventional history;
· Moving away from a reliance on the existence (or non-existence) of mainstream dominant written narratives about 'history';
· Memory as a political tool; and
· Using art to inspire others to join us in creating change in the world.


We will be showing clips from socially engaged artists who use their art practice to incite change, whose art can be viewed as activism, and/or whose art engages with the politics of memory and socio-political history.

This will include videos showing the artwork, practices and processes of:

- Melanie Cervantes, and her work with Jesus Barraza creating art within and for the Occupy movement and Dignidad Rebelde;

- Favianna Rodriguez, and the role of her work in migration issues;

- Mary Tremonte, and her work with Justseeds visual resistance artists co-operative;

- Fly, and her work with the PEOPs project

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We are proud to say that the walls of Space Station Sixty Five will be filled with a display of dozens of posters from the Celebrate People’s History project, spanning a wide range of historical moments.

We will also be displaying all the posters from the limited edition Occuprint portfolio.

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Edd Baldry – exhibition of Edd’s artwork, and (at 4.45pm) giving a talk/starting a discussion about his work.
http://eddbaldry.co.uk/

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Peter Willis displaying work from his ‘Great Anarchists’ project, and giving a short talk about the zine project.
http://www.deadtreesanddye.com/

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Margareta Kern will be screening ‘Side by Side Women Organise’, and ‘Solidarity in Action’, films that are part of her ‘Strike 1984’ project.
This will be followed by a discussion of the films, and about what it means to screen them now with such deep cuts to the public funds and ideological cuts to what public and commons is.


‘Side by Side Women Organise’, by The Other Side Video Collective with the Nottingham Women’s Support Group, Nottingham, 1985, 44 min., VHS colour transfered to DVD.
‘Solidarity in Action’, by Birmingham Trade Union Resource Centre, 1984, 5 min. VHS colour transfered to DVD.
The screening focuses on women’s activism and self-organising into a national movement during the miners’ strike in 1984/85. It includes the videos made as part of the Campaign Tape Project, which involved a network of community and activist groups working together with independent film and video workshops in the making of documentary and campaign videos in support of the miners’ strike.

“Side by Side Women Organise" documents a way in which many women in mining communities became aware of class and sexual politics and organised themselves into a national movement Women against Pit Closures. It shows the parallels they drew between their struggle and the struggles of other oppressed peoples both here and internationally, and with the many struggles of previous generations of women, often hidden in history.” (The Other Side)

"Solidarity in Action!" is short, five-minute video showing the practicalities and the importance of the food collections that numerous women's groups have been organizing, in support of the Miners’ strike. It is made by Birmingham Trades Council Women's Group. Screened with the kind permission of the North-East Film & Television Archive.

Part of "strike1984," an experimental artist-led research project by Margareta Kern, funded by Leverhulme Trust and Durham University, where Kern is currently artist-in-residence. http://strike1984.wordpress.com/

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Patrick Staff will be screening, "Framed Youth: Revenge of the Teenage Perverts" (UK, 1983, 45mins), followed by a discussion

Made by, for and about young lesbian and gay people, Framed Youth: Revenge of the Teenage Perverts is the result of an early 1980s collaborative filmmaking project, the Lesbian and Gay Youth Project. The film frankly discusses and explores the lives of lesbian and gay teenagers and is a compelling product of its time. It was made at a crucial moment when public awareness and representations of lesbian and gay lives were shifting into the mainstream, evolving technologies in video production created new opportunities for a wider public to have access to it and therefore access to a production of self-representation. It features interviews with, amongst others, Jimi Somerville and Isaac Julien and, most famously, a series of vox pops asking the general public their conception of the lives lesbians and gays lead. The film’s defining aesthetic is an exuberant mix of hand held, collage and early developments of green screen that highlight the shift in video technology at the time of its production. Alongside this, a key element of the film is the decision of the group to show themselves: working together, discussing the film, handling the equipment and making crucial decisions in how they edit the footage. Perhaps most importantly, we see the group negotiating how to represent themselves.

http://www.patrickstaff.co.uk/

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We will have an inviting creative space for people to contribute to the zine, ‘Remembering Who We Are’, a zine looking at our own individual intersections with politics and action. The zine seeks to capture unique stories of formative events or influential people in our lives. We want to hear, see and share examples of moments that have shaped or are shaping people's political values and have made them into who they are today. (For more detail, see: http://remember-who-u-are.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/remembering-who-we-are-zine-seeking.html)
We will be seeking contributions throughout the day, come visit the zine-making den/fort.


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Space will be provided for people to initiate and participate in discussions autonomously; we welcome anyone to propose their own discussions and invite others to take part. This will be an opportunity for people to respond to what they are seeing and hearing on the day, and to shape further discussion, creativity and collaboration.

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TBC: The day will close with a performance by Rhythms of Resistance playing songs to protest and dance to!

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(Times for the individual parts of the day will all be confirmed nearer the day)

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