Activating Social Movement Histories



At the invitation of the Design Activism Research Hub (DARH), members of New York’s Interference Archive presented their work to a packed and enthusiastic audience at London College of Communication (LCC) in November 2014. Interference were later joined on stage for a discussion with archivists from London’s 56a Infoshop and the Feminist Library. Interference Archive was set up in 2011 joining and invigorating a tradition of autonomous social and radical movement archiving of which 56a, (set up in the early 1990s) and the Feminist Library (set up in 1975), are part. Each of these groups are volunteer run collectives and exist only through the political commitment of those volunteers and their supporters.

Note that in order to see Interference’s projected images the speakers are in darkness! The lights do come on for the panel discussion afterwards, about half way through the video.

Thanks to:
Holly McConnell of the LCC Graduate School Festival, Richard Coles for filming, Tim Fransen for sound editing,
second year graphics students at LCC for designing and printing the poster.

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