After San Francisco's new mayor announced imminent plans to "clean up" downtown with a new corporate "dot com corridor" and arts district--featuring the new headquarters of Twitter and Burning Man--curators Erick Lyle and Chris Johanson brought over 100 artists and activists together with …
Signal 02 A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture
Published by PM Press
160p, color, 5"x7"
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 recent counter
globalization movement. Signal will bring these artists and
their work to a new audience, digging deep through our common history
to unearth their images and stories. We have no doubt that Signal will
come to serve as a unique and irreplaceable resource for activist
artists and academic researchers, as well as an active forum for
critique of the role of art in revolution.
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 role all of these have played in struggles around the world.
Highlights of the second volume of Signal include:
- Anarchist Manga in Japan
- Breaking Chains: Political Graphics and the Anti-Apartheid Struggle
- Selling Freedom: Promotional Posters from the 1910s
- Street Art, Oaxacan Struggle, and the Mexican Context
- Covering the Wall: Revolutionary Murals in 1970s Portugal
- Røde Mor -Danish printmaking, pop music, and politics"