I heard Josh MacPhee speak last June and everything he said was pretty much like this:
So, if you dig community archives, preservation, social movements, or any of that stuff, and you’re gonna be in IC on September 27, you should totally come. And check out the rest of the Exuberant Politics events here.
Open Stacks and Accessibility For All: Use of Archives as Preservation
a discussion about community-based, non-institutional archives
with Josh MacPhee, Interference Archive co-founder, artist, and activist
Janet Weaver, Iowa Women’s Archives
Stephen Voyce, English Department and the Digital Studio for Public Humanities
Friday, September 27
Main Library, room 3083
As part of Exuberant Politics, join us for a provocative conversation about non-institutional, community-based archives with Josh MacPhee. What is the balance between preservation and use? How can running an archive be a work of activism? How can institutions support communities as they preserve their own history?
“the collection causes static, or interference, in institutional archives and in the larger society” -JM, Brooklyn Rail 10/4/12
Josh MacPhee is a 2013-14 UI Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor, a designer, artist, activist, and archivist. He is a member of both the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative (Justseeds.org) and the Occuprint collective (Occuprint.org). He is the co-author of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, co-editor of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture, and co-founder the Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements (InterferenceArchive.org)
Whose memories, whose archives? Independent community archives, autonomy and the mainstream Flinn, Andrew ; Stevens, Mary ; Shepherd, Elizabeth. Archival Science, 2009, Vol.9(1), pp.71-86