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Interference Archive

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Interference Archive explores the relationship between cultural production and social movements. This work manifests in public exhibitions, a study and social center, talks, screenings, publications, workshops, and an online presence.

The archive grew out of the personal collections of Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee, who amassed an extensive collection of materials through their involvement in social movements, diy and punk, and political art projects over the past 25 years. It consists of many kinds of objects that are created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, photographs, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, and other materials. Interference provide open-access to materials for the communities who created them, and encourages archival work conducted by movement participants.

Through our programming, we use this cultural ephemera and contextual work to animate histories of people mobilizing for social transformation. We consider the use of our collection to be a way of preserving and honoring histories and material culture that is often marginalized in mainstream institutions.

As an archive from below, we are a collectively run space that is people powered, with open stacks and accessibility for all. We work in collaboration with like-minded projects, and encourage critical as well as creative engagement with our own histories and current struggles. The archive is all volunteer and relies on the help of many people. We welcome all to get involved.

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