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(en) Canada, Montreal, Realizing the Impossible: A Discussion on Art and Anarchism

Date Mon, 14 May 2007 11:10:51 +0300

Thursday, May 17 7:30 PM Café de la Cinematheque 335 de Maisonneuve St E Métro Berri-UQAM --- A conversation with Josh MacPhee and Erik Reuland (Editors, Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority ) and Allan Antliff (Author, Anarchy and Art: From the Paris Commune to the Fall of the Berlin Wall)
and contributors, colleagues and comrades: Cindy Milstein, Jonah Crow, and
A member of the Beehive Collective --- Using the newly published Realizing the Impossible: Art against Authority (AK Press), and Anarchy and Art: From the Paris Commune to the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Arsenal Pulp Press) as a jump-off point to spark conversation, writers, researchers, artists and activists will discuss the role of art and culture in the anarchist movement, both historically and with an eye toward moving cultural struggle forward into the future.

The event will take place in English. Whisper translation to French will be
The Cinematheque is wheelchair accessible.

Copies of both new books will be available.

To find out more about Realizing the Impossible, check out
To find out more about Anarchy and Art, check out

Sponsored by the Institute for Anarchist Studies (www.anarchiststudies.org)
as part of Montreal's Festival of Anarchy.

For more information about the event, please contact

The Participants:

Allan Antliff holds the Canada Research Chair in Modern Art at the
University of Victoria. He has been involved in the anarchist movement for
over 15 years and contributed to numerous publications, including Kick it
Over, The Fifth Estate, and Anarchy Magazine. In Victoria he is a member of
the Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle and the Black Raven Books collective.

He edited Only a Beginning: An Anarchist Anthology (2004) and is
author of Anarchist
Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde (2001) and
and Art: From the Paris Commune to the Fall of the Berlin Wall (2007).

Jonah Crow is an artist, community organizer and cook from Portland, Maine,
U$A. He was one of the primary organizers of "Can't Jail the Spirit: Art by
Political Prisoner Tom Manning" and is a founder and organizer of the
People's Free Space, Casco Bay Cabaret, Community Building Collaborative and
Burdock Gathering in Maine.

Can't Jail the Spirit exhibits Manning's paintings of political prisoners,
freedom fighters, the earth and people struggling against oppression. For
his actions, Tom Manning became a political prisoner and taught himself to
paint behind the prison walls. Can't Jail the Spirit was first displayed at
the University of Southern Maine in Portland. A week after it went up, it
was censored following intense pressure by state troopers and the police to
shut it down. Tom's paintings transcend concrete and razor wire, and show
that they still Can't Jail the Spirit!

Write to Tom Manning at: Tom Manning, 10373 016, USP Hazelton, Box 2000,
Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

(For more information about North American Political Prisoners:
www.thejerichomovement.com, www.4strugglemag.org, www.certaindays.org)

Josh MacPhee is an artist, curator and activist whose work often revolves
around themes of radical politics, privatization and public space. His
first book was Stencil Pirates: A Global Survey of the Street Stencil (Soft
Skull Press, 2004). He also organizes the Celebrate People's History Poster
Series and is part of Justseeds Visual Resistance Radical Art Cooperative:

Cindy Milstein is co-organizer of the annual Renewing the Anarchist
Tradition conference, a board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies,
and a member of both the Free Society Collective and the all-volunteer Black
Sheep Books in Montpelier. She does grassroots political work in central
Vermont and public speaking anywhere else. In addition to Realizing the
Impossible, her essays appear in the collections Globalize Liberation (City
Lights, 2004), Confronting Capitalism (Soft Skull, 2004), and Only
a Beginning (Arsenal Pulp, 2004).

Erik Reuland (AKA Erik Ruin) is a Minneapolis-based, Michigan-raised
puppeteer, printmaker, and erratic editor of Trouble In Mind, a zine about
the intersection of art, everyday life, and radical politics. He works/has
worked with several art collectives, including UpsidedownCulture, Street Art
Workers, Prison Poster Project, Barebones Productions, and Justseeds.

The Beehive Collective's mission is too cross-pollinate the grassroots, by
creating collaborative, anti-copyright images that can be used as
educational and organizing tools. Rooted in rural Maine, they build and
disseminate these visual tools with the hope that they will self-replicate,
and take on life of their own.
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