Josh MacPhee

Josh MacPhee is a Brooklyn-based street artist, designer, curator, and activist. A street stenciler and poster-maker for over a decade, he also runs a radical art distribution project, justseeds.org, as a way to develop and distribute T-shirts, posters, and stickers with revolutionary content. He organizes the Celebrate People’s History Poster Project, an ongoing poster series in which different artists create posters to document and remember moments in radical history.









Advertising Shits in Your Head: Strategies for Resistance
Signal 01: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
Signal 02: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
Signal 03: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
Signal 04: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
Signal 05: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
Signal 06: Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism
Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today

Advertising Shits in Your Head: Strategies for Resistance

SKU: 9781629635743
Author: Vyvian Raoul and Matt Bonner • Introduction by Josh MacPhee
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629635743
Published: 3/2019
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 7
Page count: 208
Subjects: Politics-Activism / Street Art

Praise

Advertising Shits in Your Head provides a history of the practice (going back to the early ‘70s), alarming research and theory on the effects of the industry, advice about how to take part (including legal information) as well as several stunning case studies. This is essential reading for all who want to fight back against the ‘most powerful and sustained system of propaganda in human history.’“
—Jamie Kelsey-Fry, New Internationalist

Advertising Shits in Your Head concisely describes, through unique firsthand accounts, the range of concerns addressed by today’s subvertising community. From a right to the city argument, to the belief that advertising is the biggest obstacle to avoiding catastrophic climate change, the book envisions a movement looking far beyond culture jamming and corporate identity sabotage.”
—Jordan Seiler, Public Ad Campaign

Advertising Shits in Your Head gives form and context to culture-jamming practices in the twenty-first century. Providing important theoretical and historical context that unites the twin strands of activism—creativity and resistance—it shows how creative minds are getting together in the age of digital networks to hack space and place, and challenge the presence of capitalist values within our public, private, and cultural spaces. Advertisers most definitely shit in your head: this book is here to stop them.”
—Bill Posters, Brandalism

“Advertising is a gigantic machine for creating human misery. It’s a sustained psychological assault on the population and it is hard to overstate the brutal and permanent damage it does to us as individuals, to society, and to the planet itself. This book is a manual on how to begin the process of dismantling the machinery of advertising: how to interrupt it, sabotage it, and one day, maybe, destroy it entirely.”
—Darren Cullen, Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives

“Once advertising has shit in your head, you’re going to need something to clean it up with; I couldn’t recommend this book more highly.”
—Dr. D, London-based subvertiser and scoundrel



Signal 01: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture

SKU: 9781604860917
Editors: Josh MacPhee and Alec Icky Dunn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604860917
Published: 8/2010
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Page count: 144
Size: 5 x 7
Subjects: Art, Politics, History

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


Signal 02: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture

SKU: 9781604862980
Editors: Josh MacPhee and Alec “Icky” Dunn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604862980
Published: 7/2012
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 5 x 7
Page count: 160
Subjects: Art, Politics, History

Signal 02 includes:

  • 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


Signal 03: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture

SKU: 9781604863628
Editors: Josh MacPhee and Alec Dunn
Published: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604863628
Published: 1/2014
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 5 x 7
Page count: 160
Subjects: Politics-Social Movements/Art

Signal 03 includes:

  • 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


Signal 04: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture

SKU: 9781629631066
Editors: Josh MacPhee and Alec Dunn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629631066
Published: 6/2015
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 5 x 7
Page count: 176
Subjects: Art/Politics

Signal 04 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


Signal 05: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture

SKU: 9781629631561
Editors: Josh MacPhee and Alec Dunn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629631561
Published: 8/2016
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 5 x 7
Page count: 176
Subjects: Art/Politics

Signal 05 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


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, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 7×5
Page count: 176
Subjects: Art / Politics

Praise

“Offering these graphics to generations far beyond their original audiences, this title is recommended for designers, activists, archivists, and scholars studying protest movements.”
Library Journal

“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, Design Observer

“As a series, this is a great resource. Dunn and MacPhee are filling a void.”
—Printeresting.org

Signal 06 includes:

• Basement Workshop: The Genesis of New York’s Asian American Resistance Culture
• Jamaa Al-Yad: An Interview with Daniel Drennan ElAwar
• La Escuela de Cultura Popular Revolucionaria Mártires del 68: Thirty Years of Collective Agitation in Mexico City
• The Appalachian Movement Press
• Adhesing Uprisings, and much more.



Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism

SKU: 9781604865028
Authors: Cindy Milstein and Erik Ruin • Introduction: Josh MacPhee
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604865028
Published: 9/2012
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 6 x 8
Page count: 128
Subjects: Art-Graphic, Politics

Praise

“Writing-speaking differently is part of the struggle for the world we want to create and are creating, a world that moves against-and-beyond capitalism. These picture-essay-poems break the existing world both in what they say and how they say it. A fabulous book”.
—John Holloway, author of Crack Capitalism

Paths toward Utopia combines beautiful art, crafted insights, and exemplary stories to plant inspiring seeds of a better future. What more could one ask for?”
—Michael Albert, author of Parecon: Life after Capitalism

“This remarkable book is inspiring and emboldening, allowing us to see the contours of another world that is not only possible but already in formation.”
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960–1975

Paths toward Utopia winds us through the political beliefs we know in our hearts, but sometimes lose sight of. It grounds us, embodies us, makes us feel wonder and see the beauty of the work we are doing.”
—Cindy Crabb, author of Doris zine

“This fine collection of graphic essays indicts a contemporary failure of imagination, and restores utopian politics that does not surrender to the drumbeat of everyday emergencies, tasks, and defeats.”
—Andrej Grubacic, author of Wobblies and Zapatistas



Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today

SKU: 9781604860900
Edited: Josh MacPhee
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604860900
Published: 10/2009
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Page count: 160
Size: 6 x 9
Subjects: Art/Politics

Praise

“Let’s face it, most collections of activist art suck. Either esthetic concerns are front and center and the politics that motivate such creation are pushed to the margin, or politics prevail and artistic quality is an afterthought. With the heart of an activist and the eye of an artist, Josh MacPhee miraculously manages to do justice to both. Paper Politics is singularly impressive.”  —Stephen Duncombe, author of Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy

“For all of those who claim that poster art is dead in the age of YouTube and Blogs, Paper Politics will wheatpaste another message over your computer monitor. This exhibition and book is a testament to the vibrant trajectory of printmaking in the service of social change, including examples of earlier movements and artists as well as the graphics popping up right now. Obscure and familiar subjects are presented with wit, joy, and searing satire, guaranteed to snap your senses and challenge your opinions. It took a village to make this show, and the world will benefit from seeing it.” —Lincoln Cushing, author of Revolucion! Cuban Poster Art



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