So You Want to Make A Digital Archive? Three Strategy Questions

Managing physical and digital files, metadata-gathering, and enabling complex internal or public searches of cultural production, ephemera, archives and/or born-digital assets are issues faced by many organizations: large, small, funded, volunteer... At Openflows, I build digital catalogs and archives regularly and want to share some of those specific strategies we use…

Raised Fist Review: Punk Music

Who among us who #1 goes to see bands, and #2 has the physical ability, has never raised a fist at any show ever? Rock. The. Fuck. On. Right??!! These raised fists show up in punk flyers from the 90’s and GUESS WHAT: the 90’s are back, y’all. Positive Force…

Political Art Lectures for 2014

I'm writing to share resources for teachers looking for a NYC-based field trips for classes on art/politics/sociology/archives, etc: INTERFERENCE ARCHIVE ON-SITE TOURS I recently began an appointment as the Resident Scholar at the Interference Archive [www.interferencearchive.org], a public archive of political art ephemera in Brooklyn. See a NY Times article…

Political art and Examining an Archive

Reprinted from The Interference Archive, http://interferencearchive.org/examining-the-archive-lecture-on-activist-posters/ What makes art activist? What makes it political? Does who is using it matter? The Interference Archive is uniquely situated as both a living collection of activist cultures and ideas, and a site of popular education and engagement with these ideas. One way we…

FLOSS Audio Workshop

I'll be offering my Getting Your Voice Out There Workshop at Gabfestry August, 2013. This workshop covers: -- Getting a toolkit for lo-fi digital audio production. -- DIY & low-cost strategies. -- Using Audacity and other FLOSS softwares in general -- Recording Techniques. -- Finding copyright-free or copyleft samples. --…