I was interviewed a few weeks ago about Justseeds and Migration Now! for York University's CHRY105.5FM, definitely the most professional radio station I have ever been in. The interview will air this Thursday February 28 from 5:30-6:00pm as part of their News Now program.
The timing is amazing; hot on the heels of the city of Toronto's recent legislation (on February 21) to approve Access Without Fear, ensuring access to services without fear to immigrants without full status or without full status documents. This makes Toronto Canada's first "city of sanctuary," joining such US cities as Detroit, Seattle, and more.
For more information, check out No One Is Illegal Toronto's site HERE
To tune in live, go HERE . I will be posting an archived file too.
A really nice interview with me was just released on international conservation website Mongabay.com. I talked with journalist Jeremy Hance about my experiences in Congo, some of the history of the projects I was involved in while there, and the wild and crazy world of contemporary Congolese conservation. In addition, Bonoboincongo.com just published a post that I wrote about our expedition in search of the crash of an enormous Antonov AN-12 freighter in the forest near Obenge. Lots of good pictures! If you're in Portland, mark your calendar for March 7th- I'm giving a free talk at the Waypost Bar on N. Williams at 8pm. I'll be showing videos like the one above, playing some sound recordings of amazing Congolese music, and teaching a short class on how to build a drop-snare for an elephant.
Over the last two months there has been a number of exhibitions on the West Coast featuring the "War is Trauma" portfolio. The next showing is at the Seattle Central Community College. Special thank you to art historian Susan Platt, author of Art and Politics Now, for helping to organize this show.
M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery at Seattle Central Community College presents, “War is Trauma,” showing Feb 26 to March 22.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Feb 27, 5-7 PM
This exhibition of handmade prints, produced by the Justseeds Artists Cooperative in collaboration with the Iraq Veterans Against the War(IVAW), transpired out of the Chicago based street poster project, Operation Recovery – a veteran’s campaign to stop the deployment of traumatized troops and win the right for them to heal. The project focuses attention on themes of GI Resistance, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual assault in the military, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Feb 27 opening reception features speakers from GI Voice/Coffee Strong, a veteran run resource center for service members and veterans near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Gallery hours are 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday, with evening hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 PM. Admission is free. The gallery is located at the north end of the Atrium in Seattle Central Community College’s main building. 1701 Broadway, Seattle Wa 98122
For more information, contact gallery curator Ken Matsudaira at 206-934-4379 or visit online at www.seattlecentral.edu/artgallery
We're excited to have just launched a new website for Interference Archive! To celebrate, we've got a guest post from Sean Stewart (of the amazing Babylon Falling website and author of On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S.) pulling out and annotating ten covers of important 60s underground newspapers, you can read the entire thing HERE. (The one to the left is from Liberation News Service, no. 469, 1972.)
All this is lead up to our opening tonight:
Rebel Newsprint: Underground Press
February 21 – March 24, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21 , 2013, 7 – 10 pm
Interference Archive, 131 8th St. #4, Bklyn, NY 11215
If your in Milwaukee or near by, join us for an event at ReciproCity (Communiqué #2
The aesthetics of protest)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 7:00pm
With the Derek Williams inquest under way – along with a series of similar incidents recently coming to light – ReciproCity will convene an informal roundtable discussion on how best to address police brutality and misconduct in Milwaukee. Should there be a cultural/art/aesthetic component to such efforts? If so, how would such campaigns both look and work? Can these efforts work side-by-side with campaigns based on the tactics of mass mobilization (marches, rallies, and other such strategies)? All are welcome to join this gathering of artists, organizers, activists, and community members who want to make sure the Williams case, and others like it, gets the attention it deserves.
ReciproCity: an experimental art space inside Sweet Water Urban Farm
2151 South Robinson Avenue
Bay View, Milwaukee
It's week three of my arts residency in the high Cascade mountains of central Oregon. I'm at the Caldera Arts Center, in the burnt pine woods uphill from the town of Sisters, and I'm getting a lot done. One reason for this is the studio that I have available for use while I'm here. It's huge.
I'm working on several projects at the same time, but today I'm going to do a short process post about just one of them.
In March the members of Justseeds will be at the Southern Graphics Conference in Milwaukee, doing a bunch of live printing and giving some talks about the stuff we do. The theme for the art we're going to make while there is "Labor". Since my art usually has an ecological thrust to it, I tried to figure out how I might bend that theme to my interests. I reasoned that if there's any labor that's undervalued, it's the labor of the small beasts that keep our world running. Ants perhaps, or bacteria. Or maybe bees. I'd been wanting to make an image of bees for a while, and I recalled that I'd also wanted to try to make an image of a sunflower, tracing the Fibonacci spirals within the seed-head. I decided to combine the two.
This week is the third and final installment of covers from Collier's African/American Library series. What we've got left are the books by African-Americans, and unlike the African novels, most are not contemporary, but "classics" from the Harlem Renaissance or older. Case in point is William Attaway's Blood on the Forge, a book about the Great Migration North, originally published in 1941. The cover does a good job bringing the book up to date with 1970, with it's proto-post modernism. The orange and pink deification lines around the factory in the background simultaneously reference psychedelia and Emory Douglas' illustrations for the Black Panther paper, while the rough-hewn block-printed figures in the foreground evoke Robert Gwathmey with a touch of Jacob Lawrence. While both aspects seem dated today, I suspect at the time the factory projected a modern feel, while the figures and field were rooted in the past.
It's in flash, so I can't embed it here, but there's a cool slideshow of Justseeds prints and work set to music (none other than Rage Against the Machine!) over at DesInformemonos.org. You can check it out HERE.
There is a growing social movement in the small Eastern Europe nation of Slovenia. Protests against austerity and corrupt politicians began last December. Comrades sent this short video of the manifestation Friday, Feb 8th. I appreciate it for the translations of chants from Slovenian to English, and a sampling of the visual of the days protest.
ljubljana 8 feb 2013
The Public House in Milwaukee is holding three events for their Night School series on the struggle to stop mining in northern Wisconsin. One of the events is a talk by artists and Justseeds friend Sue Simensky Bietila.
STOP THE PENOKEE MINE! IDLE NO MORE!
Why is there a mad rush to mine iron in the Penokees of Ashland and Iron Counties? Overturning all Wisconsin’s hard won and world-renowned environmental protections as well as Native Treaty Rights makes this number one on Walker’s and State Republicans’ agenda. The Bad River flows through the iconic Copper Falls State Park, the Penokees, and then through the Bad River Ojibwa Reservation’s unique Wild Rice Sloughs and into Lake Superior. Walker and Co. plan to dump mountains of mine waste into pristine waters, permanently turning wilderness to an “industrial sacrifice zone”. What has happened to fundamental democracy when the local population, both Native and non-Native, are overwhelmingly opposed to the mine but shut out from even a token hearing, while Wisconsin’s new mining law was written by the mining company?
Last year I produced a promotional poster (to the right, and HERE) for the film Far from Afghanistan, a documentary intended to remind us in the US that we have been at war in Afghanistan for a decade, 10 YEARS.
I'm excited that the film, group directed by John Gianvito, Travis Wilkerson, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, and Soon-Mi Yoo is finally screening in New York. It will be showing twice at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the Documentary Fortnight, on Feb. 22 and 23. More info can be found HERE. I'm going to check it out in the afternoon on the 23rd.
The excellent magazine n+1 released a small book last year called "The Trouble Is The Banks: Letters to Wall Street". The book is composed of letters written to the officers and operators of big Wall Street firms by people who have been the victims of their unscrupulous predatory behavior. The magazine recently hosted a reading of some of the letters from the book at St. Mark's Bookshop in NYC, and they've posted some audio clips of people reading the letters here. The letters are poignant, enraged, and often hilarious.
(Image above by Alex Schaefer, who's done a whole series of great rage-fueled paintings of burning banks)
Rebel Newsprint: The Underground Press
Curated by Sean Stewart
February 21 – March 24, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21 , 2013, 7 – 10 pm
Interference Archive, 131 8th St. #4, Brklyn 11215
The Vietnam War, class inequality, black liberation, and women’s struggles—against this backdrop of social upheaval, a rebellious counterculture produced a vibrant underground newspaper scene. In four short years, from 1965 to 1969, the underground press grew from five small newspapers in as many cities in the United States to over five hundred newspapers—with millions of readers—all over the world. Completely circumventing (and subverting) establishment media by utilizing its own news service and freely sharing content among the papers, the underground press at its height became the unifying institution for the alternative culture of the 1960s and 1970s. It also allowed for all sorts of intriguing and compelling art, design, and writing on its pages.
That's right - for all of you procrastinators out there, we've dropped the price on our remaining stock of spiral-bound 2013 organizers. We know you've been meaning to order one for yourself, and probably a handful for some of your disorganized friends and cohorts as well. Seemed like knocking a couple bucks off the tag price would be a nice touch - order them here! And now!
Our comrades in Quebec are working on a film about the Ecole de la Montagne Rouge, a graphics collective that formed during the student strike last year. They are fundraising for some post-production costs. Help them out in their Indiegogo campaign it ends Wednesday, February 20th. Here's the trailer:
For his first documentary film, Maël Demarcy undertook to follow L’École de la Montagne Rouge, ever since the beginning of the student strike in spring 2012.
This documentary sheds a different light on the events that shook Quebec in the spring of 2012. Filming was spread out on more that 8 months, from the beginning of the student protest until the provincial elections. The proximity to L’École de la Montagne Rouge during the demonstrations and the reflection periods enables the film to weave an enlightened portrait of a youth in the midst of creativity and in a process of politicization.
A handful of Justseeds artists (Melanie Cervantes, Nicolas Lampert, Josh MacPhee, as well as work from the Voices from the Outside portfolio and the Celebrate People's History Poster Project) have work in this exhibition organized by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. If you're in Southern California, check it out!
Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex
January 19 - March 9, 2013
UC Merced Kolligian Library, 5200 N. Lake Rd., Merced, CA 95343
"Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex" fulfills the Center for the Study of Political Graphic's (CSPG) mission to demonstrate the integral connection between art and social action. Powerful posters from artists, activists, and organizations around the country and the world, cry out against the devastating impact of the mass incarceration required to support the rapidly growing prison industrial complex (PIC). These graphics are evidence that there has never been a viable movement for social change without the arts being pivotal to conveying the ideas and passions of that movement. Grassroots efforts are more effective when strong graphics project their messages.
We had to reschedule the opening due to OCAD's snow day. Please see below for details.
Justseeds: Migration Now! And More Graphics for Social Change
February 8-14, 2013
at OCAD University's Graduate Student Gallery, 205 Richmond St W.
All events free and open to the public. Accessible space.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2013. 6:00-10:00 pm
OPENING RECEPTION with music by DJ Teach, refreshments, print sale, and live silkscreen printing with Radical Design School
7:00 PANEL DISCUSSION with No One Is Illegal Toronto, Justice for Migrant Workers, The Beehive Collective, and Radical Design School. Moderated by Mary Tremonte of Justseeds.
Migration Now!, the limited-edition portfolio of handmade prints addressing migrant issues from Justseeds & CultureStrike, is debuting in Toronto! The exhibit will also feature a selection of graphics from No One Is Illegal Toronto, Voices from Outside, the Justseeds prison portfolio, Radical Design School, and the Imaging Apartheid poster project, based in Montreal. Programming will highlight the knowledge and experiences of activists and organizers from Toronto, and how art and social justice can impact one another. migrationnow.com http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org
I love mass market paperbacks. They are small, fit in your pocket, and were usually printed cheaply and in such volume that they hold little monetary value these days. Most of these African/American Library books I've been able to find on dollar racks, for for $2-$3. It's pretty great to have this collection of literature still circulating for super cheap.
This second half of the African novels (see the first part HERE) starts with Weep Not, Child, the first novel by Ngugi wa Tiong'o, then going under the name James Ngugi. It's got a hip cover, with a pointelist drawing on a background of rich orange and red. Leaving the drawings black and white was a solid decision, allowing them to pop to the foreground, and giving a sense of action or motion that is otherwise lacking (as the figures themselves are a bit stiff).
Every year 2000-plus printmakers descend on a city for the SGC International conference in mid-March. This year it is in Milwaukee and Justseeds will be present. In fact, upwards of 20 artists from Justseeds will be in town doing a host of projects.
To register for the conference, check out the Print MKE 2013 website.
To learn about the various Justseeds projects at SGCI, including our print factory installation and our two-day schedule of talks on art and activism keep on reading.
Occupied Greek Factory Begins Production Under Workers Control
Occupy, Resist, Produce!
“We see this as the only future for worker’s struggles.”
Makis Anagnostou, Vio.Me workers’ union spokesman
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 is the official first day of production under workers control in the factory of Viomichaniki Metalleutiki (Vio.Me) in Thessaloniki, Greece. This means production organized without bosses and hierarchy, and instead planned with directly democratic assemblies of the workers. The workers assemblies have declared an end to unequal division of resources, and will have equal and fair remuneration, decided collectively. The factory produces building materials, and they have declared that they plan to move towards a production of these goods that is not harmful for the environment, and in a way that is not toxic or damaging.
People might have already heard that Mess Hall —the great experimental cultural space that has existed for 10 years in the Rogers Park in Chicago—is shutting down at the end of March. Mess Hall was important to Justseeds and the networks that we seek to support. Our prints hung on the walls of Mess Hall countless times. It was the location for Justseeds fourth retreat, and the space was the center for two key collaborations involving Justseeds members - the mud stencil action with TAMMS Year Ten, in conjunction with the Critical Resistance portfolio, and a IVAW street art action in conjunction with the War is Trauma portfolio. Mess Hall will be missed. May other spaces rise from its memory. Below are details on the final series of events at Mess Hall courtesy of their website.
I was interviewed yesterday on Prison Radio Guelph, at CFRU 93.3 fm, discussing the Justseeds: Migration Now! exhibit currently on view at OCAD University's Graduate Gallery at 205 Richmond St. W.
Check it out on their archive page HERE and tune in at 43:00 to catch me. You can also hear a bit of the so crucial A Tribe Called Red (pictured here, lifted from a great article in Now magazine), who I got to DJ with last night at the Art Galley of Toronto.
Roger posted a couple days back about Freedom Press Bookshop in London being firebombed. Insane. There is more about it HERE and HERE, but I also wanted to share this amazing photo by Max Reeves/Lois Olmstead. Anarchy keeps rising from the ashes.
The Caged Bird Club and Shape & Situate zine put on a great, multifaceted event recently in London exploring the relationships between history and cultural production. It featured a number of Justseeds-related projects, including the Celebrate People's History poster series and the Occuprint Portfolio. You can check out a bunch of photos and more about it on Pivo's website HERE.
Here's a great new one from Pittsburgh-based tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE, re: corporate logos on clothing and the removal, or obfuscation of them, in the interest of one's sanity. Also, if you're admittedly as much of a fan of flamboyant camouflage patterns as I am, you'll appreciate some of tENT's hacks in particular. More from tENT below...
Hey everyone- we're having a sale for the rest of February here at Justseeds. You can get 10% off every order when you use the coupon code "winter" at checkout. We've also got gift certificates now, check them out!
This past week I got a kick out of Thomas Frank's article "Dead End on Shakin' Street" in the last issue of The Baffler. Frank skewers the term Vibrant, particularly as a meaningless buzzword used more recently by development groups when scheming on how to create the next Arts District...
“Corporations see a vibrant cultural landscape as a magnet for talent,” goes the thinking behind Kansas City’s vibrancy, according to one report; it’s “almost as vital for drawing good workers as more-traditional benefits like retirement plans and health insurance.” (Did you catch that, reader? Art is literally a substitute for compensating people properly. “Let them eat art,” indeed.)
Bay Area friends: Check out the Justseeds-IVAW "War is Trauma" portfolio that is on exhibit at the "War and Healing" exhibition at the Euphrat Museum of Art at De Anza College in Cupertino in the Bay Area. The show features a great line up of veteran artists and artists in support of GI rights:
Combat Paper Project with co-founder Drew Cameron, Joyce McEwen Crawford, Thomas Dang, Mike Dooley, Pantea Karimi with Daniel Konhauser, Linden Keiffer, Rolf Kriken, Sanaz Mazinani, Giuseppe Pellicano, Ehren Tool, Elizabeth Travelslight, Diego Marcial Rios, the Justseeds Artist Collective / Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Xiaoe Xie.
War & Healing
February 4 - March 21, 2013
Open Monday - Thursday, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. during exhibits
I've just seen (via Boing Boing) that Freedom Books was recently and mysteriously firebombed. The long-lived London Anarchist bookstore is 125 years old. Read more here.
I recently had the opportunity to design logos for two great organizations, Fight Back Pittsburgh and the Rebellious Nursing Conference. The creation of a logo is really difficult process! Both of these groups have different needs (based on their activities and intentions) but there were a few ideas that I thought both logos should have:
TO WATCH VIDEO CLICK HERE http://youtu.be/0QSor8Va6d8
I gave an interview to Claudia Hernandez as part of her project "Today's Revolutionary Women of Color". It reveals a bunch of slices of my story and how I became the woman I am today-committed to movement building and a fighter for our collective liberation. Get a glimpse into some of what set me on my path working to contribute to a cultural renaissance in movements and a commitment to getting resources to folks organizing their communities.