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Signal 04: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture

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Size: 
176 pages
ISBN: 
978-1-62963-106-6
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Year: 
2015
Price: $14.95 (USD)

Signal is an ongoing book series dedicated to documenting and sharing compelling graphics, art projects, and cultural movements of international resistance and liberation struggles. Artists and cultural workers have been at the center of upheavals and revolts the world over, from the painters and poets in the Paris Commune to the poster-makers and street-theatre performers of the Occupy movement. Signal brings these artists and their work to a new audience, digging deep through our common history to unearth their images and stories.

In the U.S. there is a tendency to focus only on the artworks produced within our shores or from English-speaking producers. Signal reaches beyond those bounds, bringing material produced the world over, translated from dozens of languages and collected from both the present and decades past. Although a full-color printed publication, Signal is not limited to the graphic arts. Within its pages you will find political posters and fine arts, comics and murals, street art, site-specific works, zines, art collectives, documentation of performances, and articles on the often-overlooked but essential roles all of these have played in struggles around the world.

Highlights of the sixth volume of Signal include: 

  • Imaging Palestine: Rochelle Davis and Emma Murphy take a look at Palestinian Affairs, one of the PLO’s major publications
  • Fighting Fire with Water: Lincoln Cushing discusses the Bay Area Peace Navy’s large-scale visual interventions
  • The Walls Speak Even If the Media Is Silent: Tennessee Watson documents a project made in response to the violence in Juárez
  • Revolutionary Continuum: Jared Davidson cracks open New Zealand’s Kotare Trust Poster Archive
  • Kommune 1: Michael McCanne teases out the early years of West Germany’s militant counterculture
  • Illustrating the 3rd World: Josh MacPhee interviews Max Karl Winkler, book cover designer for Three Continents Press
  • Dynamic Collectivity: Ryan Hayes traces the history of Toronto’s Punchclock Printing Collective

What People Are Saying

"Offering these graphics to generations far beyond their original audiences, this title is recommended for designers, activists, archivists, and scholars studying protest movements." —Library Journal

“If you are interested in the use of graphic art and communication in political struggles, don’t miss the latest issue of Signal.” —Rick Poynor, Design Observer

“As a series, this is a great resource. Dunn and MacPhee are filling a void.” —Printeresting.org

About the Editors

Josh MacPhee is 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 coauthor of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, coeditor of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture, and cofounder of the Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements (InterferenceArchive.org).

Alec Dunn is an illustrator, amateur historian, and printer living in Portland. He has designed book and record covers, political graphics, and punk fliers. He coedits Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture and has been a member of the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative since it formed in 2007.

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