Interference Archive is a social space, exhibition venue, and open stacks archive of movement culture, based in Brooklyn. Audio Interference is a podcast dedicated to the activists, artists, and organizers of the past and present whose histories and movements make up the archive.
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Audio Interference 83: Sister Serpents and Generative Archiving
In this episode, volunteer Jen Hoyer explains how the archive is using donated materials to create an online presence for noteworthy, but digitally absent groups like Sister Serpents. But generating new materials and new discussions is not without a few risks. Stay tuned to find out more.
To learn more about Sister Serpents, check out episode 52!
Audio Interference is produced by Interference Archive.
“The Crisper” by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)
“Soundboy” by 4bstr4ck3r
“Scenery” by Kai Engel
“Elk” by Meydän
Audio Interference 82: Dane Michael on Zines & Mutual Aid
In this episode, we speak with Interference Archive volunteer Dane Michael about his favorite zines in the archive’s collection as well as his interest in collecting radical print materials and mutual aid ephemera, which he regularly donates to the archive. In particular, Dane shares experiences traveling to social centers and radical spaces in Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia in Spain. He also talks about the mutual aid work he is a part of in the Bay Area in California.
References from this episode of Audio Interference:
Doris Zine: www.dorisdorisdoris.com
Todo Por Hacer: www.todoporhacer.org
Dane is part of a few mutual aid groups in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco, including: East Bay Food Not Bombs: www.eastbayfoodnotbombs.org
Omni Commons: www.omnicommons.org
Bound Together Bookstore: www.boundtogetherbooks.wordpress.com
Prisoners Literature Project: www.prisonlit.org
North Oakland Mutual Aid: www.instagram.com/northoakland_mutualaid/?hl=en
Thank you to J.Cruz/COVR for creating the music for this episode, which is titled “shake shake shake”.
Audio Interference is produced by Interference Archive.
Audio Interference 81: Asylum Seekers Fighting Back Against Workplace Exploitation In Montréal
Free City Radio contribution for Audio Interference: Asylum seekers fighting back against workplace exploitation in Montréal
In this segment we hear about the struggles for workplace justice for non-status people and asylum seekers in Montréal. The segment revolves around an ongoing campaign on the part of the Immigrant Workers Centre to support the workers at the warehouse distribution centre for Dollarama, one of the largest dollar shop corporations in North America. Many of the workers at the 24-hour distribution centre for North America, which was declared an essential service by the government in Québec City last spring, are asylum seekers and non-status people.
Mostafa Henaway, an organizer with the Immigrant Workers Centre speaks about the campaign to support Dollarama warehouse workers, giving some context and background. Mohamed Barry, a former asylum seeker from Guinea who recently won status, speaks on experiences working within the Dollarama warehouse distribution centre and details the ways that asylum seekers from West Africa and the Caribbean are being exploited in such workplaces in Québec.
Mohamed is one of the founders of the Statut pour les guinéens campaign to demand regularization for all refugees from Guinea and is a former worker at the Dollarama warehouse. View a silk-screen poster worked on by artist Christeen Francis, a member of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, that is up here to support the campaign.
Thank you for listening ! –– Stefan Christoff.
Audio Interference 80: Soulscapes
In this episode, we speak to Zeelie Brown, a Black, queer artist and cellist based in New York City. She creates “soulscapes”: sites and soundscapes that invoke the temporality, sacredness of connection, and layers of history embedded within feelings of refuge. Zeelie’s sanctuary spaces draw on her personal and ancestral traditions of music, cuisine, scent, ritual, and community. Throughout this episode, you’ll hear music that Zeelie has produced as a part of her practice.
This episode stems out of a partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, where we explore how different organizations, groups, and people aim to create space for folks who are often disenfranchised and disempowered by normative systems at work in our world. Stick around at the end of the episode to hear from Tim Berrigan, a literacy advisor in the adult learning center at the Brooklyn Public Library.
You can listen to the Brooklyn Public Library’s episode here: www.bklynlibrary.org/podcasts/education-for-all
You can explore and purchase Zeelie’s artwork here: https://www.zeeliebrownlovesyou.com/store
Her song in this episode is called “Alabama Dawn.”
Audio Interference 79: Handbooks
Volunteer Coordinator Sophie Glidden-Lyon explains why handbooks are among her favorite items at Interference Archive.
Audio Interference is produced by Interference Archive. To learn more visit www.interferencearchive.org
Music in this episode:
“Arizona Moon,” “Palms Down” “Calisson” “The Cornice” & “Dusting,”by Blue Dot Sessions – www.sessions.blue
Theme in G” by Poddington Bear
Audio Interference 78: Oral History of UHAB
“The city had so many buildings, it had no ability to manage them themselves, no ability to even outsource the management…if you were alive and breathing and raised your hand, you could have a building in the city of New York.” — Charles Laven
In New York in the early 1970s, government disinvestment coupled with widespread landlord neglect and abandonment, gave rise to squatting, urban homesteading, and other forms of self-help housing. Residents took control of city-owned land and buildings, and developed or rehabilitated their own housing. The ultimate goal for many of these tenants was to take their buildings out of the speculative housing market and own them collectively and democratically. Today, around 1,300 resident-controlled, low-income housing cooperatives exist in New York City, providing some of the most deeply affordable and stable housing in the city.
The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, or UHAB, grew out of the self-help housing movement. UHAB was founded in 1973, and started by working with self-organized groups of tenants to convert homesteading projects into limited-equity cooperatives, affordable in perpetuity and owned by their tenants.
In this episode, we are sharing excerpts of an oral history of UHAB, conducted by researcher Conor Snow in 2020 and featuring interviews with Charles Laven, Fernando Alarcon, Ayo Harrington, and Ann Henderson. Thank you to UHAB, and to Charles, Ayo, Ann, Fernando and Conor for granting us permission to share this audio with you.
For more information about UHAB: uhab.org/
For more information about Interference Archive’s exhibition in collaboration with UHAB, “Building for Us: Stories of Homesteading and Cooperative Housing”: interferencearchive.org/building-for-…tive-housing/
For previous Audio Interference episodes on similar topics, check out:
Episode 74, “We the People Won’t Go” (interferencearchive.org/audio-interfe…ople-wont-go/)
Episode 47 “Lower East Side Community Gardens” (interferencearchive.org/audio-interfe…nity-gardens/)
Episode 31 “Squatting on the Lower East Side” (interferencearchive.org/audio-interfe…er-east-side/)
Episode 23 “Brooklyn Housing Struggle” (interferencearchive.org/audio-interfe…ing-struggle/).
Music: “Bathed in Fine Dust” by Andy G. Cohen and “Tribal” by David Szesztay, both from the Free Music Archive.
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Most insightful podcast
This is my favorite podcast for real stories of real activism. They interview the people doing the work and those affected by societal oppression. Great listen every time. Completely volunteer and donation run!
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Great series of interviews produced by the all-volunteer crew at Interference Archive. Succinct discussions with organizers and cultural workers on contemporary and historical activism.