April 2015 at Joe’s Garage

Program April 2015

Program April 2015

Movie Night: Trafic (1971)

Trafic_TatiSunday March 29th 2015. Movie Night: Trafic by Jacques Tati, 1971, 96 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. Free admission.

Trafic (Traffic) is a 1971 Italian-French comedy film directed by Jacques Tati.Trafic was the last film to feature Tati’s famous character of Monsieur Hulot, and followed the vein of earlier Tati films that lampooned modern society.

In Trafic, Hulot is a bumbling automobile designer who works for Altra, a Paris auto plant. He, along with a truck driver and a publicity agent, Maria, takes a new camper-car (designed by Hulot) to an auto show in Amsterdam. On the way there, they encounter various obstacles on the road. Some of the obstacles that Hulot and his companions encounter are getting impounded by Dutch customs guards, a car accident (meticulously choreographed by the filmmakers), and an inefficient mechanic. In the film, “Tati leaves no element of the auto scene unexplored, whether it is the after-battle recovery moments of a traffic-circle chain-reaction accident, whether it a study of drivers in repose or garage-attendants in slow-motion, the gas-station give-away (where the busts of historical figures seem to find their appropriate owners) or the police station bureaucracy. […Lees verder]

Internet privacy-security workshop

Friday April 10th 2015, 7:30pm. Internet privacy/security workshop for everybody (so you don’t have to be a computergeek), learn about things like oa useful browser plugins, PGP/GPG (email encryption), OTR (chat encryption), Tor etc etc. Bring your computer or/and usb flashdrive!!

Camera surveillance, Big Data, dragnet surveillance. Our privacy is increasingly under threat, both online and offline. Companies and government agencies make it their job to know as much about you as possible, with or without your consent. There are however plenty of ways to regain control over who does or does not get to see your information, and strong cryptography has become easy to use.

In this workshop we will explain how to reclaim your privacy in a few easy steps, what privacy-respecting alternatives are available for services of Google, and how to communicate securely using the internet or your smartphone.

After our presentation we will help you set up encrypted email, chat software and any other tools that were covered, so be sure to bring your laptop and a USB flashdrive!!

The workshop can cover the following subjects:

– Big Data and online tracking
– Useful browser plugins
– PGP/GPG (email encryption)
– OTR (chat encryption)
– Tor (online anonymity)
– TAILS (easy-to-use secure operating system)

Organized by Pinknoise, an independent and self-organized media collective. https://pinknoise.puscii.nl/
https://pn.puscii.nl/privacyworkshop

Benefit night for Pinknoise, a self-organized independent media collective

Monday April 6th 2015, Benefit night for Pinknoise, a self-organized independent media collective. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

Pinknoise [https://pinknoise.puscii.nl/] is an open media collective. We mainly focus on doing livestreams of political events, like demonstrations, evictions etc. A recent example is the eviction of the bungehuis, which was occupied by students.

Other examples are the livestreams of the Ubica eviciction, AAGU’s action at Kamp Zeist, and the livestream from the ocupation of the Pier by the Vloek.

We can also provide infrastructure for setting up networks and livestreams. If for example you organize an action camp, we can provide you with equipment and assistance to set up a network and make it possible to report what is going on. We did this for example at noborder camp 2013.

By using free software and our own servers, we give action groups the opportunity to expand the reach of their actions, without having to resort to commercial services. (maybe mention maagdenhuis using youtube for their livestreams -> depending on google for activism is maybe not the best idea)

Since we are an open collective, with not really a fixed format, people are welcome to join in if they think they would fit in. So if you feel affiliated in any way, contact us! We use a lot of equipment, on of our goals is to be as d.i.y as possible, but still, things need to be bought. Sometimes things get taken by cops, or damaged during an event. That is why we are having this benefit. […Lees verder]

Movie Night: Punishment Park (1971)

Punishment_ParkSunday April 5th 2015, Movie Night: Punishment Park (Peter Watkins, 1971, 88 min.). Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

Punishment Park is a pseudo-documentary, purporting to be a film crews’s news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types across the desert in a type of capture the flag game.
Although the film itself is fictional, many of the elements found within are metaphors of social and political events of the time, such as the trial of the Chicago Seven, the Kent State shootings, police brutality, and political polarisation.

The soldiers vow not to interfere with the rebels’ progress and merely shepherd them along to their destination. At that point, having obtained their goal, they will be released. The film crew’s coverage is meant to insure that the military’s intentions are honorable. As the representatives of the 60’s counter-culture get nearer to passing this arbitrary test, the soldiers become increasingly hostile, attempting to force the hippies out of their pacifist behavior. A lot of this film appears improvised and in several scene real tempers seem to flare as some of the “acting” got overaggressive. This is a interesting exercise in situational ethics. The cinema-veritie style, hand-held camera, and ambiguous demands of the director – would the actors be able to maintain their roles given the hazing they were taking – pushed some to the brink. The cast’s emotions are clearly on the surface. Unfortunately this film has gone completely underground and is next to impossible to find. It would offer a captivating document of the distrust that existed between soldiers willfully serving in the military and those persons who opposed the war peacefully. […Lees verder]

Info/filmavond over West Papua

20150326_Free_West_Papua_Benefit_Joes_GarageThursday March 26th 2015, Info/filmavond over West Papua, Benefit for the Free West Papua Campaign, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE IN WEST PAPUA
For decades West Papua’s tribal people have been killed, raped, arrested and tortured by Indonesian soldiers and police. The international community has done nothing to stop them. Indonesian president Joko Widodo (Jokowi), so-called Indonesian Obama, will not bring positive changes to Papuans, but death and destruction. Free West Papua Campaign is raising awareness about what is really happening in West Papua. Papuans are fighting for their survival as a people.

Film documentary: Strange Birds in Paradise
Speaker: Oridek Ap, Coordinator Free West Papua Campaign (NL) […Lees verder]

Rowdy Acoustic Punk Invasion

20150323_poster_joesgarageMonday March 23rd 2015, Acoustic gig & Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Live music till 10pm!

Rowdy Acoustic Punk Invasion in the Nederlands: The Riot Theys, Rover, Revello & Ash Victim are gonna get all rowdy in yo squat.
ASH VICTIM – acoustic glam folk http://ashvictim.bandcamp.com/
REVELLO – acoustic punk http://revello.bandcamp.com/
ROVER – anarcho-punk folk http://roverrr.bandcamp.com/
THE RIOT THEYS – queer punk folk https://soundcloud.com/theriottheys
There will be VEGAN ROTI as main course and BANANACAKE WITH ICECREAM as dessert. […Lees verder]

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Nenette and Boni (1996)

150322 Nenette et Boni smSunday March 22nd 2015, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Nenette and Boni (1996). Directed by Claire Denis, 99 minutes. In French with English subtitles Free admission. Door opens at 20:00, Film starts at 21:00.

This is an early film by French film director Claire Denis (Beau Travail, 35 Rhum, White Material), but she already has her obscure and “difficult to pin down style” well defined. She is also already working with her long-time collaborator Agnes Godard who brings us the striking cinematography in this film, along with British band Tindersticks, who do the soundtrack.

As usual with her cinema, Claire Denis has the gift of taking us into uncharted territory, especially concerning the diverse and unusual connections between people. Although its about relationships, Nenette and Boni isn’t about sex or romance, however, but rather its about intimacy and bonding. It tells the story of a brother and sister who are the products of a broken home, who are torn apart. But when 15-year old Nenette escapes and turns up on her brothers doorstep, a journey begins which is the heart of this film.

In this movie director Denis’ penchant for elliptical story lines is more fluid and less fragmentary and jarring than in her later works. Set within a harsh urban decor, this film nevertheless is able to combine unsentimentality and lyricism. It also features a cameo role by the controversial Vincent Gallo. […Lees verder]

Paper lamps workshop

20150322_Paper_lamps_DIY_Workshop_Joes_GarageSunday March 22nd 2015
Paper lamps workshop by DIY Workshop, starting at 2pm.

Bring baking paper, old posters, flyers or general recycling from your home if you can, such as newspapers and magazines.
https://diyworkshop.noblogs.org

Benefit for Toca do Coelho, a self sustainable permaculture project in Portugal.

20150319_Benefit_Toca_do_CoelhoThursday March 19th 2015, Benefit for Toca do Coelho, a self sustainable permaculture project in Portugal. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Toca do Coelho [http://tocadocoelho.eu/] is the expression of a grassroots movement, dedicated to improve the world. We aim to make parts of this world into a better and more sustainable place, through cooperation with nature and people. Small scale, with persistence and endless possibilities.

Toca do Coelho stands for a space where people, plants and animals can live happily together. We believe in diversity and cooperation with the surroundings, instead of exploitation. Working with nature has all kinds of definitions: eco-agriculture, agroforestry, permaculture, restorative agriculture, biological dynamic farming… One way or another, it is about establishing a mutually beneficial relation, for us and for nature. […Lees verder]

Singer songwriters: Tim Loud and Tim Holehouse

tim_loud_joesgarage_amsterdamMonday March 16th 2015, Singer songwriters: Tim Loud and Tim Holehouse. Volkseten Vegazulu at 7pm, then live music directly after the food, between, 8:30 and 10pm. Donations welcome.

Tim Holehouse (England) has spent the last 8 years on the road touring his ass off to play his music to the people of the world, playing his brand of mutant delta blues (delta blues played by a guy who was raised on a musical diet of being in Hardcore bands like Minor Threat, Husker du, Minute men and Black Flag). Not touring for huge profits (just enough to get by) or to seek fame, just a pure love of music, traveling and adventure. […Lees verder]

Movie Night: Pride (2014)

Sunday March 15th 2015. Pride by Matthew Warchus (UK, 2014, 119 minutes). In English. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. Free admission.

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Tonight we are showing “Pride”. This movie has been released 2014 and has been received mostly very well among its audience, especially due to its narrative of cross solidarity between two particular and disconnected struggles that took place in the UK around the year of 84/85…

Wikipedia says about the movie:
Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group’s support due to the union’s public relations’ worries about being openly associated with a gay group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to Onllwyn, a small mining village in Wales, resulting in an alliance between the two communities. The alliance was unlike any seen before but was successful.

… and the Guardian adds:
In a decade when a degree of homophobia was the norm, LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) drove a couple of minibuses from Hackney Community Transport and a clapped-out VW camper van to a bleak mining town in South Wales to present their donations, uncertain what sort of welcome to expect. The events that unfolded said a lot about what it means to be empathetic, to overcome dissent and face common enemies: Thatcher, the tabloids, the police. They told a story about solidarity.

The real thing: LGSM members march in support of the miners

Besides the question of solidarity, which is an actual question still today, when thinking about solidarity and cooperation between our own local struggles of our daily life’s in the cities, neighborhoods and communities we are living in, but also globally when thinking about Gezi, Kobane, Ferguson or the Mediterranean Sea (just to name a few) there is another interesting theme to observe in “Pride”: the question of stereotypes that seem to emerge within the movie when it talks about the two movements in struggle and the question of media power when perceiving those emerging images.

Probably mainly for storytelling reasons, “Pride” portrays a large fraction of the miners in the village of Onllwyn as a relatively conservative, thus homophobic bunch of people, that does not want to have gays and lesbians supporting their struggle. In the movie, this situation will eventually be dissolved and overcome by LGSM, even though parts of LGSM did not seem to be comfortable with the idea of visiting the village of the miner community in the first place.

After the film has been released, former LGSM members explained that this reality was slightly different: LGSM activists did not perceive homophobic tendencies among the miners, that the majority of the communities were conscious about homosexuality and that they overruled those minor fractions within their communities that were clearly homophobic. The miners came to their stance against homophobia before LGSM visited them for the first time, and their first encounters were more welcoming and supportive as portrayed in the movie.

LGSM

In fact, the miners themselves had to struggle against a hard smear campaign initiated by British media all over the country, being portrayed as backward rednecks by media institutions that came up with absurd facts and stories aiming to discredit the miners and their struggle. It may be the only really unnecessary tendency in Pride, that it uses a similar strategy then the media of that time (on a different scale and for different purposes of course), and by that reproduces the very stereotypes that it aims to dissolve by telling this story of solidarity.

In order to dig into that situation a bit deeper we are also going to show a short documentary about the miners strike produced by LGSM in 1985. For further information, take a look at the following collection of texts about the situation in the UK during that times.

For a first reading, a quite nice interview has been made with one of the former LGSM members Ray Goodspeed who gives an insight into the context of that time and differences between the movie and history: Dear Love of Comrades: The politics of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

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Some collection of texts about the miners strike 1984-85
https://libcom.org/tags/miners-strike
http://www.gayinthe80s.com/tag/lesbians-and-gays-support-the-miners/

Spanish anarchists in the Welsh valleys
https://libcom.org/history/spanish-anarchists-welsh-valleys

Tell us lies about the miners
https://libcom.org/history/tell-us-lies-about-miners-dave-douglass

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners in their protests for ‘Coal not Dole’
https://unlockideas.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/lesbians-and-gays-support-the-miners-in-their-protests-for-coal-not-dole/

Pride: The UK miners’ strike through the distorted mirror of identity politics
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/29/prid-o29.html

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

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Workshop: How to make a screen print poster for Joe’s

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Friday March 13th 2015, Workshop: How to make a screen print poster for Joe’s. From 18:30 til 21:00

This workshop is about hands on poster making with GIMP for multi-color screen printing, just as Joe’s monthly posters are done. We will (briefly) discuss how to make a poster design with screen printing in mind, or how to convert an existing design for screen printing purposes.

The main focus will be put on the steps to be performed in GIMP, a free software graphic editor available for all major operating systems, in order to produce proper files and designs to be used for screen printing.

The final result can then be send to your local screen print collective for large series of copies but could also be used as blueprint for d.i.y. silc screens.

An example of one of Joe’s posters splitted into different layers/stencils by color: each of the 4 black/white stencils on the lower row is printed one over another. the black portions of each layer are assigned to a specific color by the printer and so finally produce a 5 color poster (black, white, blue, red, yellow) as it can be seen on the left.

# We will use GIMP as graphical tool (http://www.gimp.org). If you use window$, check out the portable version of GIMP (http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/gimp_portable)

# No further knowledge of GIMP necessary

# We have a beamer for visualisation

# There are 2 desktop computers available in Joe’s, but better bring your own (laptop) if possible, with GIMP already installed, so that we do not need to spend time installing software.

# If you already have some designs ready, bring them along