Academic journal article Anarchist Studies

About This Issue's Cover

Academic journal article Anarchist Studies

About This Issue's Cover

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This issues cover, 'Money Talks Too Much', was created by anarchist print artist Josh MacPhee of the Justseeds artists' collective and handed out at the first mass demonstration held by the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly. MacPhee writes:

The posters were printed at the behest and with the help of a group of cultural workers calling themselves Artists and Writers Exhausted by Capitalism and Inspired by the Occupation, and we thought 300-400 posters would make an impact for the contingent, but instead, the posters were distributed within seconds, and disappeared into a crowd of over 10,000 ... But it didn't take long for the image to appear again. It was reproduced as the back cover of the first n+1 Occupy! Gazette, and was posted as a free, high-res downloadable pdf on both thtjustseeds.org website and Occuprint.org, and has been downloaded thousands of times from these sites. In addition, it turns out many people who sucked up the printed posters on Oct. 5th kept them, and they have been showing up to related OWS events, such as anti-foreclosure demonstrations and student actions, with the posters tacked to pickets, or even laminated.

The design of die poster itself was inspired by the proliferation of hand-painted cardboard signs in Zuccotti Park. Each of these signs was unique and created from an individual perspective, and while I knew I couldn't recreate that in a mass-produced poster, I could attempt to capture the spirit of it. …

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