How to make trouble

Iain McIntyre // Melbourne

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    Material from the Australian Museum of Squatting
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    Lock out the Landlords walking tour
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    Oral history community radio (see link below)

Iain McIntyre is a writer and community radio broadcaster from Melbourne, Australia. He currently curates the Australian Museum of Squatting blog which includes articles, videos, audio and ephemera from the 1930s to the present day. He is also the author of How To Make Trouble and Influence People, a book which includes 12 interviews and more than 300 images and 500 tales covering Indigenous resistance, convict revolts, picket line hijinks, occupations and creative direct action. His other publications include histories of Australian eviction resistance during the 1930s and an oral history of the successful 1991 AIDEX anti-arms fair protest. Iain has an anthology of American hobo song and prose from the 1880s to 1940s coming out in 2016 and is currently researching the history of environmental blockading in the 1980s as well as the UK and Australian squatting wave of the 1940s.

“A fascinating recovery of Australia’s neglected past and a worthy inspiration to today’s would-be troublemakers.”

– Sean Scalmer









August 5th, 2015


Peter Box // Oslo

Peter Box is an art historian, editor, and exhibition curator, formerly of contemporary media art, now concentrating on researching and developing new ways of curating radical history and working class culture. He learned the basics of labour history (and its shortcomings) in 2010-11 at the Norwegian Labour Movement Archive. Here he dealt with photo and film archiving, exhibition curating as well as beginning to look into how working class history is represented in the international heritage discourse. Since 2009 he has travelled to over 50 places in 15 European countries to study labour and social history museums and exhibitions, only to find (again) that the most interesting initiatives are taking place outside the museum walls. Images, clips and remarks from this research are randomly published on a microblog platform with the snappy title The Shape of Past to Come.

“Working class culture is the culture of community and solidarity. It’s the opposite of the bourgeois culture of individualism. It’s a culture focused on raising the intellectual level of many, rather than one.”

– Gunnar Gregersen









July 26th, 2014

Mr. Rugby.

Bill Longshaw // Manchester

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    Recreated Salford Cornershop in black and white, The Lowry, 2002
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    Carried Away, People's History Museum, 2010
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    Myth of the North, The Lowry, 2007
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    The People's Republic, Museum of Liverpool, 2011
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Bill Longshaw is an artist and freelance curator who works in museums in NW England on projects related to urban, working class history. His 2007 PhD thesis examined how working class life has been represented and mythologised by the heritage industry. Since 2008 he has worked on projects linking communities with museum collections and helped people to curate their own past. He’s also been on the curatorial team for several innovative exhibitions at the People’s History Museum in Manchester and the Museum of Liverpool.

“Visit the exhibition at the Lowry and you’ll soon find yourself in a terraced street complete with a Co-op shop and washing hanging high between the houses.”

– Chris Verguson, BBC Bradford & West Yorkshire









May 23rd, 2014


Interference Archive // Brooklyn NY

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Brooklyn-based Interference Archive explores the relationship between cultural production and social movements. This work manifests in public exhibitions, a study and social center, talks, screenings, publications, workshops, and an online presence. The archive consists of many kinds of objects that are created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, photographs, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, etc. “Through our programming, we use this cultural ephemera to animate histories of people mobilizing for social transformation. We consider the use of our collection to be a way of preserving and honoring histories and material culture that is often marginalized in mainstream institutions. As an archive from below, we are a collectively run space that is people powered, with open stacks and accessibility for all.”

“The Interference Archive is an incredible resource for building community, collective learning and individual transformation.”

– Jamie Heckert









May 23rd, 2014


Chris Carlsson // San Fran

Chris Carlsson has been curating and sharing radical history in San Francisco going back to the early 1980s via his role in the now-infamous magazine Processed World. Since the mid-1990s he co-founded and still co-directs Shaping San Francisco, which has gone through a number of permutations induced by technological cul-de-sacs, but today is available as a sprawling online archive at Additionally, Shaping San Francisco hosts an ongoing series of public talks and bicycle history tours, as well as some walking tours. Lately he’s even been known to teach local history at the SF Art Institute and other local colleges, and has given talks, lectures, and media appearances many dozens of times during the past few years. He’s also known for helping to co-found the global phenomenon of Critical Mass bike rides.

“Thanks to local activist Chris Carlsson’s Bicycle History Tours, you can get your fun in the sun while simultaneously learning loads about San Francisco’s various social, political, and ecological histories.”

– San Francisco Bay Guardian









May 22nd, 2014