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Deep Dish TV and Paper Tiger TV to Release New Video Series About Resistance to Rise of Far-Right Political Movements

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Deep Dish TV and Paper Tiger TV to Release New Video Series About Resistance to Rise of Far-Right Political Movements

WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM Brings Together Reports from Frontlines of Fight Against White Nationalism, Neoliberalism, Patriarchy, and Colonialism

New York, NY (January 8, 2018) – On January 20, 2018, one year after Trump’s inauguration, Deep Dish TV and Paper Tiger TV will release WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM, a 10-part collaborative video/web series about the rise of far-right politics and resistance movements both nationally and internationally. This series is bringing together some of the most cutting edge independent media makers across the world to provide special reports from the frontlines against white nationalism, neoliberalism, patriarchy, and colonialism. The episodes of WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM will highlight current organizing movements and their roles in providing alternatives to capitalism, patriarchy, and state repression.

Global Uprisings, subMedia, Woodbine, Global Revolution, and many more activist media makers will release short episodes online every week until the end of March 2018 about a variety of topics that are misrepresented and misunderstood in the mainstream media. The films will show the immediacy of these issues and urgent ways in which people are organizing against them and toward autonomous, intersectional, and inclusive alternatives.

“Once again the Deep Dish Network is on the cutting edge of media resistance. The new series is an overview of movement activism beyond the tweets to the streets.”

– DeeDee Halleck, Co-founder of Paper Tiger TV and Deep Dish TV

WHAT: A new 10-part video series about worldwide resistance to far right politics and the destructive impacts of capitalism with episodes on: Antifa, borders, climate change, #metoo, healthcare, housing, education, tech, police & prisons, and imperialism & militarization.

WHEN: First of series, “ANTIFA” launches January 20, 2018 with more videos released weekly.

WHERE: Online and free screenings worldwide (

The series begins with an historical analysis of movements against fascism around the world. Mainstream media have never recognized the historical roots of anti-racist and anti-fascist organizing. The word “Antifa” is often equated with terrorism in attempts by the national security state and corporate media to ignore or excuse racist and fascist agendas and to undermine genuine resistance.

“This series challenges the narratives about resistance movements and organizing put forth by mainstream media and the Trump regime. It will demystify the myths surrounding these movements and show the positive building for a just world that is being done.”

Rebecca Centeno, Executive Director, Deep Dish TV


Episode 1: ANTIFA by Global Uprisings

Who are the anti-fascists? What is the history of militant anti-fascism, and why is it relevant again today? How is anti-fascism connected to a larger political vision that can stop the rise of fascism and offer us visions of a future worth fighting for? Through interviews with anti-fascist organizers, historians, and political theorists in the US and Germany, we explore the broader meaning of this political moment while taking the viewer to the scene of street battles from Washington to Berkeley and Charlottesville.

Episode 2: A Tale of Two Borders by subMedia

Anarchist media collective subMedia interviews a number of individuals from the US and Canada who are helping to chart a course for the future based on living practices of solidarity and mutual aid, and who are invested in tearing down the physical and imaginary borders that keep us divided.

Episode 3: No Permission Needed: Mutual aid in the Time of Climate Catastrophe by subMedia

subMedia interviews individuals involved in grassroots mutual aid efforts aimed at supporting and empowering communities most affected by natural disasters.

More information on upcoming episodes coming soon!


Episode 1, ANTIFA by Global Uprisings, will be released on January 20, 2018. Viewers are encouraged to organize free screenings of the films in their communities, especially around January 20th, 2018 as benefits for the 188 people facing charges for protesting during Donald Trump’s inauguration on #J20.

For more information, please visit:

Amsterdam, Netherlands
January 22, 2018, Food at 7PM, Film at 8PM
Joe’s Garage, Pretoriusstraat 43, 1092 EZ

Carbondale, IL, USA
January 20, 2018, 5PM
Flyover Social Center, 214 N Washington

Carrboro, NC, USA
January 20, 2018, 7PM
Recyclery, 108 South Graham St.

Chico, CA, USA
January 27, 2018, 1PM
The Paneant Theater, 351 E. 6th St.

Johannesburg, South Africa
January 20, 2018, 6PM – 8PM
Amuse Café, 34 5th St, Linden, Randburg, 2195

Knoxville, TN, USA
January 20, 2018, 4PM – 8PM
The Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave.

New York, NY, USA
January 26, 2018, Doors at 7PM, Film at 7:30PM
Paper Tiger TV, 168 Canal St., 6th Fl

Oakland, CA, USA
January 20, 2018
Location TBA

Ottawa, Canada
January 20, 2018, 6PM
Garden Spot, 329 Bell St. South

Rochester, NY, USA
January 20, 2018, 5PM
Flying Squirrel, 285 Clarissa St.

San Francisco, CA, USA
January 20, 2018, Doors at 7PM, Film at 7:30PM
El Rio, 3158 Mission St

Tampa, FL, USA
January 20, 2018, 7PM
5107 N Central Ave.


Deep Dish TV (DDTV) has worked for 30 years to build and maintain a statewide and national network of people and grassroots organizations committed to using television and the internet to address issues and perspectives inadequately represented by corporate media. DDTV’s goal is to strengthen and increase the visibility of movements for social and economic justice in the U.S. and around the world.

Global Revolution channels the voices of the street by amplifying activists on the ground through livestreams and social media to help them tell their story and perspective to the whole world. The Collective officially started on September 17, 2011 with occupation of Liberty Square in downtown Manhattan, NYC and was the first livestream channel to cover Occupy Wall Street protests.

Global Uprisings is an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and authoritarianism. Since 2011, Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh have been travelling, researching, and making documentary films. Their short films detail social movements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

Paper Tiger TV (PTTV) is an open, non-profit, volunteer video collective. Through the production and distribution of public access series, media literacy/video production workshops, community screenings and grassroots advocacy, PTTV works to challenge and expose the corporate control of mainstream media. PTTV believes that increasing public awareness of the negative influence of mass media and involving people in the process of making media is mandatory for our long-term goal of information equity.

subMedia is a video production ensemble, which aims to promote anarchist and anti-capitalist ideas, and aid social struggles through the dissemination of radical films and videos. Founded in 1994, subMedia has produced hundreds of videos on everything from anti-globalization protests to films about shoplifting.

Woodbine is an experimental hub in Ridgewood, Queens for developing the skills, practices, and tools for inhabiting the Anthropocene. They host workshops, lectures, discussions, and serve as a meeting and organizing space.

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Do Not Resist RECAP – Reels for Radicals

RECAP on the Do Not Resist film screening:


Do Not Resist came highly recommended to us from a friend and board member at Deep Dish TV. Before even seeing it, I was hesitant for a couple reasons. First, practically, I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to, because of screening rights fees. While DNR is not “mainstream”, it is under a distribution deal and won the Tribeca Film Festival for Best Documentary. Films under distro deals often charge high screening rights fees, which groups with tiny budgets (like ours) cannot afford. After a few months of back and forth, we were able to work out a free deal with the promise that any donations would be sent to them.

Second, the purpose of R4R has always been to provide accessibility to films that may not otherwise be seen (because they are truly grassroots and independent and do not have distributors, because they’re rare and hard to find, or because when you do find them there are fees associated with them, either for purchasing or screening). As filmmakers, we also understand the importance of paying people for their work. So any donations are always given to the filmmaker. Most of the films we’ve shown have been made by friends! This is encouraging for many reasons. That our friends are making such strong political work, through video, that their films are being seen in a collective environment and that the issues raised in them can be discussed afterwards in a critical way. I wasn’t sure how much DNR fit this mission, since it is a film that is somewhat accessible already (for purchase online) and not as hard to find as other films we’ve shown. I am glad we decided to show the film, though, and grateful that the distributors were generous in working out a free deal.

When viewing the film, the amount of screen time given to police was very disturbing to me. As a filmmaker, it is not a choice I would have made — to even talk to the police as much as the filmmaker did was unnerving for me as a viewer. Who wants to talk to the police at all? But also politically, I believe that it’s important to center voices of those who are most affected by systemic violence and oppression. So I wondered why this choice was made. And I also understood that Craig Atkinson, the director, was able to use his white male privilege to gain access to people and places others may not have been able to. This is positive in my view — if only that we learn how the “they” (the enemy) thinks, we learn their weapons and equipment, both physical and psychological so that can challenge them.

A thread circulated among the Paper Tiger Television collective, who plans these, and we decided to show the film but agreed that it needed to be presented from a radical abolitionist perspective. To contextualize the film in this way, speakers would be key. They always are, but especially in this case. We reached out to a couple groups doing boots-on-the-ground work around police brutality and accountability, folks we knew are non-reformists, abolitionists. Keegan Stephan and Elsa Waithe are both long-time activists in the Black Lives Matter movement, highly respected and truly indomitable forces. They provided greater context to the film, spoke about the NYPD specifically, and helped some of the less radical folks in the audience see what’s really happening and why the police are not here to “serve and protect” us but the ruling class.

Finally, introducing the film would be tricky, I thought. What to say? Did we really want to get into an academic documentary discussion of how and why and for what purpose we’re showing this? How the collective had some hesitations. I knew we’d get heat, as we should, if we did not make it known that we are in no way in agreement or sympathetic to the disgusting perspectives seen for the majority of the film. I thought the simplest, most direct thing would be to say just “know your enemy”. That’s it. If nothing else, if the film’s screen time and attention given to the police made folks uncomfortable, as it did me, to avoid the question of “which side are you on” and “why are you even showing this”, I thought that was appropriate. And I heard from one person after, that immediately made them more comfortable, that they knew they were in the right company.

It was truly amazing to see it with all of you there — the responses during the film were great. And the discussion afterwards was so sharp politically and I think useful to some folks who may still trust, or want to trust, that the police have their backs. They don’t. It’s not their job to. It never was. No amount of reform or training or hiring of more POC will change that the police are there to serve and protect the ruling class. That is their job. The more we recognize that, the more we can dig at the deeper issues that are underneath them. 

In solidarity,

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Rojava Report Back: Building Autonomy in Syria — Event at Woodbine co-presented by Reels for Radicals

Please join us Thursday for a discussion with a friend who has recently returned from spending 9 months in Rojava, where they were a part of both the YPG (People’s Protection Units) and TEV-DEM (Movement for a Democratic Society). They will discuss the complex political situation in northern Syria, the practice of democratic confederalism in the region, and direct involvement of international volunteers in this historic movement. They will also share details on everyday life within Rojava, which rarely makes it to the news we receive in the United States.

This follows reports by a number of members of Woodbine on trips taken to Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria over the last 2 years, to learn about the practice of building democratic autonomy in war-torn nation-states. Many around the world have flocked to the region to learn about this movement, with the idea that what’s taking place offers an example of how to build a new shared life amid ruins.

Co-presented by Reels for Radicals:

Suggested Reading:
–“The Project of a Democratic Syria” (2015):
–“The Experience of Co-operative Societies in Rojava” (2016):
–“Cooperative Guidelines” (2016):

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SAT @ 830pm ET on MNN — Veterans & Media Activists REPORT BACK FROM STANDING ROCK

Dear Comrades,

We are happy to announce that a 58min version of the Report Back From Standing Rock will air on Manhattan’s public access TV station, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN): 

@ 830PM ET
FiOS 33
RDN 82
TWC 34 & 1995

To watch online, visit:
For short clips and the full video, visit:

 Thanks for being a part of the network,




Matt Howard, co-director of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)

David Suker, Veterans Stand for Standing Rock

Katherine Nguyen, member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)

Julie Ludwig, filmmaker and staff member at Paper Tiger TV 

Aneeta Mitha, filmmaker and activist

Matt Peterson, Director/Producer of The Native and the Refugee, a research platform investigating experiences of American Indian reservations and Palestinian refugee camps

Will Munger, water protector who lived at Oceti Sakowin camp for a few weeks

Vanessa Terán, photographer/mulimedia artist

Karen Chamberlain, member of Long Island Activists


Photo by Julie Ludwig

Presented by Reels for Radicals

#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #StandWithStandingRock


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Veterans and Media Activists Report Back From Standing Rock – Presented by Reels for Radicals

Join us on Sat., Dec 17th for a Report Back From Standing Rock to discuss experiences and analysis on the indigenous-led occupation. We will hear from members of the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), The Native and the Refugee, Paper Tiger Television, and photographer/multimedia artist, Vanessa Teran.

Report Back From Standing Rock


Matt Howard, co-director of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
and other veterans who recently returned from Standing Rock

Julie Ludwig, filmmaker and staffmember at Paper Tiger Television

Matt Peterson, Director/Producer of The Native and the Refugee, a research platform investigating the experiences of Palestinian refugee camps and American Indian reservations

Vane Terán, photographer/mulimedia artist

Photo by Julie Ludwig

Short video presentations by Matt Peterson of The Native and the Refugee and Julie Ludwig of Paper Tiger Television followed by a discussion about the indigenous-led resistance of the Dakota Access Pipeline and ways to support the water protectors.

*Free & open to all!*

RSVP at or email

Sat. Dec 17 @ 6pm
16 Beaver St. (4th Fl) – Alwan for the Arts
New York, NY 10004

4,5 trains to Bowling Green
2,3 to Wall St
J,Z to Broad St

#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #StandWithStandingRock


For those who cannot join us, we will be posting the full video soon on

For future screenings, please JOIN the group page!:

For past screenings and videos, please visit:


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Deep Dish TV’s 30th Anniversary Celebration!

Join us on December 2nd to celebrate DDTV’s 30th Anniversary

with Amy Goodman, David Barsamian, DeeDee Halleck, Kali Akuno, Laura Flanders and an invocation by

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir.



To purchase tickets, please visit:

To register for the auction, please visit:


Friday, December 2nd
All Souls Church
1157 Lexington Ave (@80th St)
New York, NY 10075


Tax deductible donation: $75 per person (

*Ticket prices include dinner/beverages.

Space is limited. Please reserve right away!

Students and Former Deep Dish TV volunteers: $30 (upon request)

Can’t make it or would like to donate more? (

If you are able to contribute more, or cannot attend please consider making a donation in honor of this special occasion. Your support will allow us to continue working with independent media artists in order to bring you coverage of important social movements struggling for a more just and sustainable world.

Open NOW!
Ends December 2nd @10pm

Deep Dish TV was the first national grassroots satellite TV network. It is a hub linking thousands of artists, independent video-makers, and social activists. In the last three decades, Deep Dish TV has become a laboratory for new, democratic and empowering ways to make and distribute video. Utilizing television and the internet for distribution, DDTV has dedicated itself to addressing issues of social and economic injustice that are often ignored or misrepresented by corporate media. DDTV has distributed over 40 series and 500+ hours of programming. We are committed to documenting battles for social and economic justice.

The work of Deep Dish TV is needed now more than ever!

Our series on health care, globalization, LGBTQI rights, the Middle East, imperialism, and racism were not only crucial when produced, these are still relevant key battle grounds today.

Please support our future work by reserving your seat right away!

Click HERE to view the event on facebook.

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Beyond November 8th: Where Do We Go From Here?



Discussions with Jared Ball, Ajamu Baraka, Dhoruba Bin-Wahad, George Ciccariello-Maher, Rosa Clemente, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Arlene Eisen, Netfa Freeman, Firoze Manji, Heather Milton Lightening, Doug Norberg, Taliba O Njeri and Yolande Tomlinson.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016
4pm PT, 5pm MT, 6pm CT, 7pm ET


Whoever wins the Presidential election on November 8th, 2016, the capitalist and imperialist imperatives of the U.S. settler-colonial state will remain and will continue to ravage the Earth and all its inhabitants. Come November 9th, the left and the people’s movements must be prepared to fight the advancing onslaught of the capitalist system and U.S. imperialism and build concrete alternatives that will enable the liberation of humanity, regenerate the Earth’s productive systems, and end the 6th extinction event.

Join the An American Nightmare Project, a collaboration between Cooperation Jackson and Deep Dish TV, for a special “election night” discussion about developing a viable “fight and build; build and fight” program for the left and the people’s movements contained within the U.S. and throughout the world that is intended to start a conversation about building a viable anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist program to guide our collective action on November 9th and Beyond.

You can follow the program on the Jackson Rising/Cooperation Jackson YouTube Page:

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The First Supper Symposium presents: Prologue 2: Art and Media Activism – Strategies for Political Change

Deep Dish TV’s Executive Director, Brian Drolet will be speaking at The First Supper Symposium in Oslo on November 2!

To view the event page on facebook, please visit:


The First Supper Symposium presents

Prologue 2: Art and Media Activism – Strategies for Political Change

With Eirik Myrhaug, Center for Political Beauty, The Yes Men, Ekaterina Sharova, Deep Dish TV, Shannon Jackson, Media Impact Moscow, Pia Maria Roll, Marius von der Fehr, WhiteBox NY, along with our local partners KORO and Fritt Ord.



Eating refugees   (c) Patryk Witt | Zentrum für Politische Schönheit (Center for Political Beauty)


Tuesday 1. November, 17.30 – 22.00
Wednesday 2. November, 17.30 – 22.00

Deichmanske Bibliotek Tøyen
Hagegata 28, 0653 Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Entrance free, registration required


Prologue 2: Art and Media Activism – Strategies for Political Change 

How does activist art obtain political impact when playing by the rules of the media? What are the medial means by which art activism becomes an agent for political change? Which communicative strategies may be applied to strengthen the force of a political   message?

The First Supper Symposium is delighted to invite you to the second part of its symposium series on art activism, investigating the relationship between contemporary art practices and politics. In this edition, Eirik Myrhaug, Center for Political Beauty, The Yes Men, Ekaterina Sharova, Deep Dish TV, Shannon Jackson, Media Impact Moscow, and moderator Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen will engage and activate the audience in unfolding the means by which art activism may become an agent for change in a world of political and economic crisis.

The relation between dominant political powers and strategies of resistance is continuously   developing and changing. Some artists and activists respond to this situation by embracing new media and its dynamics of clickable actions and events. Others respond by withdrawing from the media   circus, aiming instead to work on a micro-level, in the shadows or in anonymity. In the words of American activist Audre Lorde, “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about   genuine change”. Is she correct? Are we trapped within the monster’s stomach, or provided with new possibilities for dismantling and disclosing injustice and abuse, rearranging existing power relations?

The First Supper Symposium wishes to reflect upon the methods and contexts of art activism in order to create a platform where art may have real impact in changing politics and economies, aiming at an ever-expanding connection between artistic practice, research and public space. We invite the audience to engage as participants, contributors and users of our symposium platform to investigate contemporary strategies for articulation, action, influence and change. Guided by ideas of democracy, freedom of speech and economic equality, we understand our project as a relational, performative, experimental and flexible platform where discussions and new knowledge is being produced.


PROGRAM – 1. November 2016:

Moderator Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen, NO
17:30 – 22.00; drinks and food provided

  • Eirik Myrhaug – Sami activist and shaman, NO
  • Audience / participant contribution through creative dialogue and critical analysis, more drinks available
  • Center for Political Beauty, Yasser Almaamoun – Syrian activist and architect, SY/D
  • Audience / participant contribution
  • The Yes Men, Mike Bonanno – artist, activist and associate professor of media arts, US
  • Audience / participant contribution
  • National Apology – Pia Maria Roll, actor and theater director and Marius von der Fehr, artist and activist, NO
  • Audience / participant contribution


PROGRAM – 2. November 2016:

Moderator Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen, NO
17:30 – 22.00; drinks and food provided

  • Eirik Myrhaug – Sami activist and shaman, NO
  • Audience / participant contribution through creative dialogue and critical analysis, more drinks available
  • Deep Dish TV, Brian Drolet– activist and executive director, US
  • Audience / participant contribution
  • Shannon Jackson – Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts + Design, Director, Arts Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, US
  • Audience / participant contribution
  • Media Impact Moscow (Mediaudar), Tatiana Volkova, Pavlo Mitenko, Make – art activist platform, RU
  • Audience / participant contribution
  • Ekaterina Sharova – art historian and curator, Arkhangelsk, RU
  • Audience / participant contribution


We will be screening the film Art and Censorship produced by Whitebox   NY.


Eirik Myrhaug is a Sami activist, healer and shaman. He grew up in humble circumstances in   Gratangen in Northern Norway and later trained as an engineer, working for Skanska and the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). Following his engineering work he took on   a leading activist role in the hunger strike against the Alta River development in 1981. Subsequently, Eirik devoted himself to developing a model of ecological economy that won widespread acclaim and   is considered pioneering in this field in the Nordic region. In 1992 he took on the shaman legacy of his parents, developed the course Shaman Healing and became known as the shaman who stopped the storm in the north. Eirik has helped thousands of people with close and distant healing, and has educated many healers.

Center for Political Beauty – Yasser Almaamoun is a Syrian activist and architect. Since 2014 he works with Center of Political Beauty in Berlin as a spokesperson and Minister of Foreign Affairs, debating   and communicating the outcome of the center’s actions to the media. In 2016 he has participated in actions like Kindertransporthilfe, Die Toten Kommen and Eating Refugees. Through his numerous presentations and public discussions (2014-16) he works at bridging the gap between the refugees’ community and German society. Yasser graduated as an architect from the University of Damascus, Syria, in 2011. Arriving in Germany in 2013, he worked in a Berlin architectural office, and became a master student at the University of Applied Sciences. He has served as jury member of an   architectural competition concerning the housing of refugees in 2015 in Helsinki, Finland, and in 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

The Yes Men – Mike Bonanno
The Yes Men are Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, two guys who couldn’t hold down a job until they became representatives of Exxon, Halliburton, Dow Chemical, and the U.S. federal government. As the Yes Men, they use humor, truth and lunacy to bring media attention to the crimes of their unwilling employers. Armed with nothing but quick wits and thrift store suits, the Yes Men impersonate big-time corporate criminals to draw attention to their crimes against humanity and the environment.

Ekaterina Sharova
Ekaterina Sharova is a curator born in Arkhangelsk and educated at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Institute in Rome. She works with Russian and Eastern-European art, with non-institutional practices and interdisciplinary experiments. Her major area of interest is a correlation between hierarchical and horizontal types of social organization, and center-periphery   relationships.

Deep Dish TV – Brian Drolet
Deep Dish TV aspires to build and maintain a statewide and national network of people and grassroots organizations committed to using television and the Internet as outlets for creative independent video that addresses issues and perspectives inadequately represented by corporate media. Our goal is to strengthen and increase the visibility of movements for social and economic justice in the U.S. and around the world. We do this by consciously serving communities whose images and interests are marginalized or misrepresented in the media; by encouraging the awareness and use of public access TV and alternative media for local organizing; and by promoting collaborations among artists, videographers, producers, editors and activists.

Shannon Jackson is the Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Chair in the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is Professor of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. In the fall of 2015, she was appointed to be the first Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design (AVCAD). Her book Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics (2011) explores the relationship between the visual arts, performance and social engagement. Past work has considered the relationship between performance and American social reform (Lines of Activity) as well as between performance and the institution of higher education (Professing Performance). She has written for numerous exhibition catalogues and scholarly journals, and guided several workshops, symposia, and research on cross-arts collaborations for social change.

Media Impact – Tatiana Volkova, Pavlo Mitenko, Make Makeovitch 
MediaImpact is an international non-profit organization, and an open international community   seeking to explore, articulate, document, support and develop activist art. The key aspect of its   activity is the inclusion of art projects into the actual socio-political practices of today, including,   among other things, campaigning for the rights of minority groups, release of political prisoners, environmental protection and development of alternatives to existing healthcare systems, as well as standing up against censorship and defamation of cultural figures. MediaImpact has participants from 10 countries and the only major festival of its type in Russia.

Pia Maria Roll is a Norwegian actor, director, dramaturge and screenwriter. Amongst her most known productions are Over evne III (2010) (Beyond our means), Ship O’hoi! (2012), Ses i min nästa pjäs   (2015) (See you in my next play) and Nå løper vi (2016) (Run Now). Roll’s latest collaboration with Marius von der Fehr was the video work National Apology concerning Norway role in normalizing the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Roll has been active in the think tank TeaterTanken since 2011.

Marius von der Fehr works within a wide field of engaged artistic practices and political activism. Runs New Frontiers – a series of encounters at the new frontiers between artistic and intellectual practice   and political activism. Co-organizer of Atelier Populaire/Palestinerleir in Kunsthall Oslo in 2012 – an   open workshop on refugee policy in cooperation with refugees. In theatre, he is cooperating with theatre directors like Pia Maria Roll and Marius Kolbenstvedt. His latest work for theatre, Land of   Olives, concerns the Palestine question. He is a co-founder of TeaterTanken, a think tank on theatre,   and writes about art and politics for newspapers and magazines e.g. Le monde diplomatique, Klassekampen and Ny Tid. Von der Fehr’s latest collaboration with Pia Maria Roll was the video work National Apology concerning Norway role in normalizing the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

WhiteBox NY is a non-profit art space that serves as a platform for contemporary artists to develop   and showcase new site-specific work, and is a laboratory for unique commissions, exhibitions, special events, salon series, and arts education programs. Through site-specific exhibitions, performances, screenings, readings, lectures, and panel discussions, WhiteBox provides the opportunity to    experience an artist’s practice in a meaningful way to the surrounding communities of Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and cultural tourism. It is WhiteBox’s artistic vision to provide artists with sustained exposure, and create the environment for more in-depth interaction between audiences and artists’ practices. As a non-profit art space, WhiteBox aims to be a space for invention. It achieves this by inviting emerging and established artists to respond to its exhibition space with interventions, performances, and developing long-term programming that allows them to develop projects and engage with audiences.

Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen is currently working on her doctoral thesis Picture as Paradigm at the Department of Linguistics, Literature and Aesthetics at the University of Bergen. Haagensen is co-editor of the anthology Fra terror til overvåking, et kritisk prospekt (2014) (From Terror to Surveillance, a Critical Prospect), and Images of knowledge. The Epistemic Lives of Pictures and

Visualizations (2016), and had texts by Pussy Riot translated and published in Norwegian, Pussy Riot,   en pønkebønn for frihet (2013). She is co-organizer of the annual Norwegian Overvåkingsseminaret   (The Surveillance seminar). Haagensen is member of the research groups Media Aesthetics (University of Oslo) and Images of Knowledge (University of Bergen). She is also member of the interdisciplinary European Cooperation in Science and Technology New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’.


Prologue 2: Art and Media Activism – Strategies for Political Change forms part two of a series of three symposia on art activism in Oslo. The Symposium held in June 2016 was titled Prologue 1: Art Activism – White Cube vs Public Space. The subsequent symposium is titled Prologue 3: Art Activism – Feminism in the Middle East.


Supported by KORO Public Art Norway, Arts Council Norway and Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond.


The First Supper Symposium is a collaborative art project focusing on art activism, feminism and political issues. Current members Gidsken Braadlie, Lisa Pacini and Camilla Dahl are collaborating with Hanan Benammar and Ragnhild Tronstad on the Prologue symposia.


For further information please see

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Reels for Radicals Presents: From the Other Side by Chantal Akerman




Presented by Reels for Radicals

Dir. Chantal Akerman, 2002
France/Belgium/Australia/Finland, 99 min.


168 Canal Street (6th Fl)
Doors: 6:30 PM
Film Screening: 7pm
Open Discussion after the film

RSVP on facebook HERE or email

Akerman’s powerful documentary bears witness to life at the Mexican-US border, where on one side, undocumented immigrants risk everything to cross into America, and on the other, hostile residents try zealously to keep them out. As always, Akerman’s camera is as interested in place as it is in people; her evocative images of landscapes and stunning tracking shots communicate more than words.

FROM THE OTHER SIDE looks at the situation of Mexican immigrants at the border between Agua Prieta, a Mexican border town in the state of Sonora, and Douglas, Arizona, the city on the other side. The first half of the film is set in Mexico. Between static and tracking shots of desert landscapes and the border wall, Akerman interviews people who plan to or have attempted to cross the desert into the US, including a young boy in an orphanage. She quietly interviews an older couple whose son died in the desert when his group lost their way.

Similar in structure to her earlier film SOUTH, and stylistically reminiscent to FROM THE EAST, FROM THE OTHER SIDE feels perhaps the most active. By physically crossing the border and filming on both sides, we experience Akerman’s and our own ease of travel between, as well as witness the shift into the militaristic and racially skewed reality existing in Douglas, Arizona. While in Douglas, Akerman interviews a Mexican consulate, the sheriff and paranoid white locals.

Through Akermans’ signature steady gaze, she “insists” – we have no choice but to look, think, settle into the image, and to let the image settle in; in a way the length of the shots summon respect for the person on the screen. In one scene, per his request, a man reads a pained statement among his traveling companions in a cafeteria. He tells us why his group is migrating and what the journey has been like for them. Akerman says, “You have to be really like a sponge when you make a documentary.” FROM THE OTHER SIDE urges the viewer to be porous.

“In FROM THE OTHER SIDE, we hear Akerman interviewing Mexicans in Spanish and Americans in English…her interest in her subject goes well beyond sympathetic tourism…This is both sensitive portraiture and sharp investigative journalism, maintaining a respectful, inquisitive distance from its subjects that recalls some of Walker Evans’s photographs of Alabama sharecroppers in his book with James Agee, LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN.”

– Jonathan Rosenbaum, PLACE AND DISPLACEMENT: Akerman and Documentary Written for Chantal Akerman: Four Films, a DVD box set released by Icarus Films on March 29, 2016


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