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 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 third volume of Signal include:
- Sonic Internationalism: An Interview with Paredon Records Founder Barbara Dane
- Game of Destruction: Deltor Stencils the Enemies of Socialism by Stephen Goddard
- Organized Artists/Reproductive Resistance: Reflecting on the Medu Arts Ensemble
- Quebec Spring: Striking Culture by David Widgington
- Memories of Revolution: Yugoslav Partisan Memorials by Robert Burghardt and Gal Kirn
- “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, Observatory
- “As a series, this is a great resource. Dunn and MacPhee are filling a void ”
- “Visually delectable and politically pointed.”
—Political Media Review
- “Signal couldn’t have arrived at a better time to reassure those of us using visual culture to enter a political discourse.”
About Josh MacPhee (editor):
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 he recently cofounded the Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements (InterferenceArchive.org).
About Alec Dunn (editor):
Alec Dunn is an illustrator, amateur historian, and printer living in Pittsburgh. He has designed book and record covers, political graphics, and punk fliers. He coedits Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture, has been a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative since it formed in 2007, and is currently in nursing school.
Editors: Josh MacPhee and Alec Dunn
Publisher: PM Press
Page count: 160 Pages
Subjects: Politics-Social Movements/Art