Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Updates to Remembering Who We Are

Updated news on the 'Remembering Who We Are' event, on Saturday January 26th at Space Station Sixty Five:

Schedule (check back before the date to make sure there's no changes):

1pm - Doors open
1:15 - Videos from members of the Justseeds artist cooperative (Mary Tremonte, Melanie Cervantes, Jesus Barraza and Favianna Rodriguez)
2:15 - Peter Willis' artist talk about the Great Anarchists project
3.15 - Screening of two short films from the 'Strike 1984' project + Q&A with artist Margareta Kern
4:15 - Melanie Maddison's artist talk about the Shape and Situate: Posters of Inspirational Women zine project
4.30 - Lindsay Starbuck's artist talk about her work as street artist Pivo and with the Caged Bird Club
5:00 - Edd Baldry's artist talk about his radical illustration work
5:30 - Live performance by Rhythms of Resistance
6pm - Doors shut

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Remembering Who We Are: Exploring artistic and creative sociopolitical memory, and art in social change movements

Saturday 26th January 2013 Space Station Sixty Five, 373 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PS


A day of presentations, exhibitions, a resource archive, video screenings, artist talks, discussions, participatory zine-making, and more.

I've been working on planning this event with the ever lovely Lindsay Starbuck.

To mark the closing day of the Posters of Inspirational European Women: Taken from the zine Shape & Situate'
exhibition, (featuring every poster ever made for the zine project - all 97 of them!) Space Station Sixty Five will be hosting a collection of resources from other sociopolitical art, poster, zine and publication projects for everyone to explore.

Inspirational work will be featured, displayed, exhibited and screened. This includes artefacts and art from projects such as: Celebrate People’s History, Occuprint, Inspired Agitators, Dead Feminists, Peops, Great Anarchists, The Life & Times of Butch Dykes, Shape & Situate, Caged Bird Club, Firebrands: Portraits of the Americas, plus many more. Other work that is not tangibly in the gallery will be shown electronically as part of presentations by various artists.

Also happening throughout the day:

Lindsay Starbuck and Melanie Maddison will give a short talk/discussion about the role, importance, and act of creative sociopolitical history projects with reference to their own work:
Caged Bird Club
Shape & Situate: Posters Of Inspirational European Women’

It will touch on:

 · Remembering and celebrating individual’s lives and actions via creative/art projects;

· How individual’s lives have been mis/represented in our communities via conventional history;

· Moving away from a reliance on the existence (or non-existence) of mainstream dominant written narratives about 'history';

· Memory as a political tool; and

 · Using art to inspire others to join us in creating change in the world.


We will be showing clips from socially engaged artists who use their art practice to incite change, whose art can be viewed as activism, and/or whose art engages with the politics of memory and socio-political history.

This will include videos showing the artwork, practices and processes of:

- Melanie Cervantes, and her work with Jesus Barraza creating art within and for the Occupy movement and Dignidad Rebelde

Mary Tremonte, and her work with Justseeds visual resistance artists co-operative

- Fly, and her work with the PEOPs project


Video on Favianna Rodriguez, and the role of her work in migration issues (

We will be showing a "Voice of Art” documentary; Episode, "Migration is Beautiful", highlighting the growing movement of artists, designers, performers and musicians working for migrant justice, featuring Activist and Artist Favianna Rodriguez. (Produced by Black Dog Films)
The episode focuses on artists-activists using online and offline art and activism to bring about definitive changes to immigration policy and perceptions of immigrants.
Most recently, the definitive role of Latino and other artists in US politics was highlighted in recent elections in which both Presidential candidates were forced to respond to artist and activist concerns around immigration, as Latino voters in particular exercised unprecedented power and influence.
The episode features Favianna Rodriguez, a leading voice in the movement of artists facing down the tide of anti-immigrant hatred, and follows her to the front lines of the immigration battle in Tucson, Arizona and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, where Rodriguez joins undocumented activists from the historic No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice, risking arrest, and other abuse from authorities.
Alongside rappers, emcees, street artists, painters, poets and performers, Rodriguez launched a historic cultural campaign turning the monarch butterfly into an iconic symbol of the immigrant rights movement and of the beauty and dignity of migrants and their journeys.

 ABOUT FAVIANNA RODRIGUEZ: Favianna is transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer that works for social change. A recent instructor at Stanford University, her art and online organizing projects deal with migration, global politics, economic disparity, patriarchy, and interdependence. Rodriguez lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change. In 2011, she co-founded CultureStrike, a national organization that works to engage artists in migrant rights. In 2009 she cofounded, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.


We are proud to say that the walls of Space Station Sixty Five will be filled with a display of dozens of posters from the Celebrate People’s History project, spanning a wide range of historical moments. 

We will also be displaying all the posters from the limited edition Occuprint portfolio.


Edd Baldry – exhibition of Edd’s artwork, and giving a talk/starting a discussion about his work.


Peter Willis displaying work from his ‘Great Anarchists’ project, and giving a short talk about the zine project.


Margareta Kern will be screening ‘Side by Side Women Organise’, and ‘Solidarity in Action’, films that are part of her 'Strike 1984' project.
This will be followed by a discussion of the films, and about what it means to screen them now with such deep cuts to the public funds and ideological cuts to what public and commons is.

 ‘Side by Side Women Organise’, by The Other Side Video Collective with the Nottingham Women’s Support Group, Nottingham, 1985, 44 min., VHS colour transfered to DVD.

 ‘Solidarity in Action’, by Birmingham Trade Union Resource Centre, 1984, 5 min. VHS colour transfered to DVD.

 The screening focuses on women’s activism and self-organising into a national movement during the miners’ strike in 1984/85. It includes the videos made as part of the Campaign Tape Project, which involved a network of community and activist groups working together with independent film and video workshops in the making of documentary and campaign videos in support of the miners’ strike.

 “Side by Side Women Organise, documents a way in which many women in mining communities became aware of class and sexual politics and organised themselves into a national movement Women against Pit Closures. It shows the parallels they drew between their struggle and the struggles of other oppressed peoples both here and internationally, and with the many struggles of previous generations of women, often hidden in history.” (The Other Side)

 ‘Solidarity in Action!’ is short, five-minute video showing the practicalities and the importance of the food collections that numerous women's groups have been organizing, in support of the Miners’ strike. It is made by Birmingham Trades Council Women's Group.

 Screened with the kind permission of the North-East Film & Television Archive.
 Part of ‘strike1984’ an experimental artist-led research project by Margareta Kern, funded by Leverhulme Trust and Durham University, where Kern is currently artist-in-residence.


We will have an inviting creative space for people to contribute to the zine, Remembering Who We Are’, a zine looking at our own individual intersections with politics and action. The zine seeks to capture unique stories of formative events or influential people in our lives. We want to hear, see and share examples of moments that have shaped or are shaping people's political values and have made them into who they are today. 

We will be seeking contributions throughout the day, come visit the zine-making clubhouse designed by members of the Caged Bird Club for everyone to get creative and work on contributions.


Space will be provided for people to initiate and participate in discussions autonomously; we welcome anyone to propose their own discussions and invite others to take part. This will be an opportunity for people to respond to what they are seeing and hearing on the day, and to shape further discussion, creativity, scheming and collaboration.


The day will close with a performance by Rhythms of Resistance playing Samba to protest and dance to!


For a full schedule and up to date running order, sign up to the Facebook event page. Or, you can email for updates.

Poster by: Lindsay Starbuck

Head to her blog for a free downloadable poster!

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