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Alec "Icky" Dunn is an illustrator, amateur historian, and printer living in Portland, OR. He has designed book and record covers, political graphics, and punk fliers. He has done activist work around tenants' rights, public space, and public housing and has been a member of the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative since it formed in 2007.

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Signal: 06: Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
Editors: Josh MacPhee and Alec Dunn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-387-9
Published: 02/2018
Format: Paperback
Size: 7x5
Page count: 176
Subjects: Art / Politics
$14.95

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 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 sixth volume of Signal include:
• Basement Workshop: The Genesis of New York’s Asian American Resistance Culture
• Jamaa Al-Yad: An Interview with Daniel Drennan ElAwar
• Tom Girls: A Discussion with G.B. Jones
• La Escuela de Cultura Popular Revolucionaria Mártires del 68: Thirty Years of Collective Agitation in Mexico City
• The Appalachian Movement Press
• Rigo 23: A Profile
• Adhesing Uprisings, and much more.

Praise:

“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.”
—Printeresting.org

“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.”
Last Hours

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Signal: 05: Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
Editors: Josh MacPhee and Alec Dunn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-156-1
Published: 08/01/2016
Format: Paperback
Size: 7x5
Page count: 176
Subjects: Art/Politics
$14.95

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 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.

The fifth volume of Signal includes:

  • The Club de Grabado de Montevideo: Georgia Phillips-Amos unearths printmaking under dictatorship
  • Three Print Collectives: Alec Dunn interviews Friends of Ibn Firnas, A3BC, and the Pangrok Sulap collective
  • Survival by Sharing—Printing over Profit: Josh MacPhee interviews Paul Werner about the history of New York City's Come!Unity Press
  • The Pyramid's Reign: Analyzing an enduring symbol of capitalism with Eric Triantafillou
  • Empty Forms—Occupied Homes: Marc Herbst looks at the intersection between movement design and the struggle for housing in Barcelona
  • Discs of the Gun: A trip through music and militancy in postwar Italy by Josh MacPhee
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Signal: 04: Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
Editors: Josh MacPhee and Alec Dunn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-106-6
Published: 05/01/2015
Format: Paperback
Size: 7x5
Page count: 160
Subjects: Art/Politics
$14.95

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 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.

The fourth volume of Signal includes:

  • Imaging Palestine: Rochelle Davis and Emma Murphy take a look at Palestinian Affairs, one of the PLO’s major publications
  • Fighting Fire with Water: Lincoln Cushing discusses the Bay Area Peace Navy’s large-scale visual interventions
  • The Walls Speak Even If the Media Is Silent: Tennessee Watson documents a project made in response to the violence in Juárez
  • Revolutionary Continuum: Jared Davidson cracks open New Zealand’s Kotare Trust Poster Archive
  • Kommune 1: Michael McCanne teases out the early years of West Germany’s militant counterculture
  • Illustrating the 3rd World: Josh MacPhee interviews Max Karl Winkler, book cover designer for Three Continents Press
  • Dynamic Collectivity: Ryan Hayes traces the history of Toronto’s Punchclock Printing Collective
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Signal: 03: Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
Editors: Josh MacPhee and Alec Dunn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-362-8
Published: 01/2014
Format: Paperback
Size: 7x5
Page count: 160 Pages
Subjects: Politics-Social Movements/Art
$14.95

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
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Signal: 02: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
Editors: Josh MacPhee and Alec "Icky" Dunn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-298-0
Published July 2012
Format: Paperback
Size: 7 by 5
Page count: 160 Pages
Subjects: Art, Politics, History
$14.95

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.

The second volume of Signal features:

  • Design, Mass-Production, and Social Movements: An Interview with Sandy K. of image-shift
  • Anarchist Posters 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

Praise for Signal:

"Signal reads like a magazine in that it consists of a number of smaller, independent articles but the loose continuity of subject holds it together as a book. As a series, this is going to be a great resource. Dunn and MacPhee are filling a void in terms of political graphics; there’s a lot of material for them to cover and this is solid start." —Printeresting.org

"Signal is dotted with stunning photography that will certainly reel in many people who are into unusual art. Clocking in at just under 140 glossy pages, Dunn and MacPhee do an impressive job of conveying not only what is new and relevant in political art, but also its history and its presence in the everyday." —Political Media Review

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Signal 01: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture

Artists/Illustrators: Josh MacPhee and Alec Icky Dunn
Publisher: PM Press
Published: June 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60486-091-7
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 144
Dimensions: 7 by 5

Subjects: Art, Politics, History
$14.95

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 US 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 performance and articles on the often overlooked but essential role all of these have played in struggles around the world.

Signal 01 includes:

  • The Future of Xicana Printmaking: Alec Dunn and Josh MacPhee interview the Taller Tupac Amaru
  • The Adventures of Red Rat: Alec Dunn interviews Johannes van de Weert
  • Hard Travelin’: A photo essay with IMPEACH
  • Early 20th-Century Anarchist Imprints
  • Mexico 68: The Graphic Production of a Movement: Santiago Armengod interviews Felipe Hernandez Moreno
  • Adventure Playgrounds: A photo essay
  • Designing Anarchy: Dan Poyner interviews Rufus Segar

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  • Signal:04 Editor's Round Up
    Signal is journal of international political graphics and culture and is edited by Josh MacPhee and myself (Alec Dunn). We produce Signal because we believe that art and culture have a strong role within movements and we hope to engage in and...
  • Signal:03 Editor's Round Up
    The third issue of Signal, a journal covering international political art, graphics (and published by PM Press), is back form the printer and out in the world. It iincludes articles on the Medu Arts Ensemble (South Africa), Paredon Records (USA), ...
  • Signal 02: Editor's Round Up
    After a tough two years (and many gentle reminders from the PM crew) Signal 02 is finally finished. Signal is ongoing project between Josh MacPhee and me, with the aim of documenting international art, graphics, and culture tied to social movement...
  • Signal 01 is out!
    The first issue of Signal is out now! Signal is a full color, 140 page book about international political art, graphics, and culture.

 

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Signals 04: A Review
by Michael Dashkin
Library Journal
May 2015

Signal is a serial publication from PM Press that showcases vivid and expressive works of graphic design from international activist movements and liberation struggles, some historical, some current. The latest issue includes creations from Palestine, Mexico, New Zealand, Germany, the United States, and Canada. Interviews with designers discuss their desire to create as not simply an adjunct to politics but rather an eloquent and energetic force equal to other forms of activism. The affordable pocketbook format perfectly complements the subject. Editors Dunn (illustrator, printer, nurse, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative) and MacPhee (Interference Archive, Celebrate People’s History Poster Series) make the most of that layout: the reproductions of posters, flyers, murals, and magazine and book covers are clean and clear, with attractive spreads and color reproductions.
Verdict Offering these graphics to generations far beyond their original audiences, this title is recommended for designers, activists, archivists, and scholars studying protest movements.


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Sending Signals about Political Graphics
by Rick Poynor
Observatory
August 9th, 2012

In outline, though, Signal is already in vigorous shape, with a strong vision of what it wants to know and what it exists to do. To become fully established, it needs to appear regularly once a year; the last gap was too long. I also hope they will update their website with some new material. Take a look at the journal and support an excellent cause.

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Josh MacPhee and Alec Icky Dunn Interviewed
Red Pepper Magazine

Most of the articles are illustrated interviews with artists and designers, rather than essays. Why did you take this approach?

Josh There is very little politically engaged art writing today that doesn’t exist in rarefied academic or art-world discourses. Unfortunately most critical exchange excludes the vast majority of those who might be interested in the intersections of art and politics.

Alec We wanted to show as much of the work as possible! That’s really one of the big focuses of what we’re doing. And also it was partly about expediency. This was a first issue, and it was hard to solicit longer writing when people didn’t really know what we were about. We are hoping to have more writing – not just interviews, but ideas, criticism, and even (gasp!) theory.

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Signal: 01 - A Review
by Pete Willis
Last Hour
December 10th, 2010

One aspect of anarchist history that has been over-looked in the past is the artwork it’s produced and that which has helped it function. The tides are changing, thanks in no small part to the work of Josh Macphee and others at the Just Seeds artist co-operative. There is a vital, fascinating and relevant history of politically  antagonistic graphics, illustration and printmaking aside from the usual reference points of may 68 and dada,  from Clifford Harper in the UK to the Mexican printmakers of Zapata’s day.

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Printeresting Spotlights Signal: 01
by Jason Urban
Printeresting.org

September 6th, 2010

Signal: 01 reads like a magazine in that it consists of a number of smaller, independent articles but the loose continuity of subject holds it together as a book. Most exciting is the fact that Signal is slated to be a serial effort. As a series, this is going to be a great resource. Dunn and MacPhee are filling a void in terms of political graphics; there’s a lot of material for them to cover and this is solid start.

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Five Leaves

September 1st, 2010

The new American "journal of international political graphics and culture", Signal, features many of the covers and a long interview with Rufus by Dan, about the design process primarily. He was sent a postcard (oh, those innocent days) listing the articles and given a free hand to produce the cover. This is the first time I've seen so many of them together, other than on my shelves, making a good start on Dan's bigger project, which is about the art, but also the politics that made Anarchy such essential reading, even for those of us who were more interested in marbles than politics when the mag first started in 1961.

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Signal: 01
By Ernesto Aguilar
Political Media Review
September 4, 2010

Edited by Alex Dunn and Josh MacPhee, Signal: 01 is anchored by a fabulous interview with Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes and Favianna Rodriguez, three artists creating the most important works galvanizing the movements against Arizona’s SB 1070. No doubt those familiar with other upsurges have seen their efforts, though. From Palestine solidarity to urban farming, Barraza, Cervantes and Rodriguez have created the most iconic pieces since Emory Douglas took up the pen for the Black Panther Party. Though the interview was conducted before the Southwest struggle came to full boil, the trio talk about the process of art development, their diverse range of campaigns for which they have created art, and, as Cervantes puts it, the role of the artist as organizer.

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