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Artist Talk: Kevin Caplicki, co-founder of ‘Interference Archive’

Posted on 03.10.2018

Interference Archive Artist Talk
Dorothy Fleming Lecture Theatre (room 12.0.06), Sheffield Hallam University, Charles Street, Sheffield, S1
1st November 4-6pm / Free / 

Following a short international research trip funded by Arts Council’s International Development Fund exploring the archival preservation of marginalised voices, Bloc Projects’ Public Programme Curator Kerry Campbell has been working with Sheffield Hallam University and Yorkshire Visual Arts Network (YVAN) to invite guest speaker Kevin Caplicki, co-founder of ‘Interference Archive’ (IA) based in Brooklyn, NY to host a free talk sharing the incredible work of IA to coincide with the Social Arts Summit.

Full details here

Interference Archive (IA) is a radical open source and entirely volunteer ran activist archive based in Brooklyn and founded in 2001. The archive explores the relationship between cultural production and social movements, manifesting as an open stacks archival collection featuring a study centre and public programs including exhibitions, workshops, talks, and screenings, all of which encourage critical and creative engagement with the rich history of social movements.

The archive contains many kinds of objects that are created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, photographs, books, T-shirts and badges, moving images, audio recordings, and other materials.

Through their programming, IA use this cultural ephemera to animate histories of people mobilizing for social transformation, considering the use of their collection to be a way of preserving and honoring histories and material culture that is often marginalized in mainstream institutions.

As an all-volunteer organisation, the local community are welcome and encouraged to shape the collection and programming; creating a space where all volunteers can learn from each other and develop new skills. The archive works in collaboration with like-minded projects, encouraging critical as well as creative engagement with contemporary histories and current struggles.

Events are supported by the Gravity Lecture series at Sheffield Hallam University and Site Gallery and form part of Making Ways, a programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

 

Image credit: Interference Archive

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