Friday, October 24, 2008, 6-8pm
Premiere screening of Dutch Provo Footage and book release of Richard Kempton’s PROVO: AMSTERDAM’S ANARCHIST REVOLT (Autonomedia, 2008)

This film will be shown in the larger context of Josh MacPhee and Dara Greenwald’s SIGNS OF CHANGE exhibit, a survey of ephemera from social movements ranging from the 1960s til now.

There is a suggested donation of $5.

Check it out here:

Exit Art, 475 10th Ave, NYC

Speakers include:
Jordan Zinovich, Lindsay Caplan, and Janna Schoenberger

About the Book:
Provo staged political and cultural interventions into the symbolic and everyday spaces of Holland from 1962-1967. In this first book-length English-language study of their history, Richard Kempton narrates the rise and fall of Provo from early Dutch “happenings” staged in 1962 to the “Death of Provo” in 1967. This is the fourth book Autonomedia has done on
Dutch social movements.

About the Video:
This compilation of Provo footage, newly translated and subtitled by Janna Schoenberger and Dennis de Lange, includes scenes from the early happenings, Dutch political life, and interviews by key members of Provo–including an interview held with Robert Jasper Grootveld on his houseboat in Amsterdam.

About the Speakers:
Jordan Zinovich has been associated with Autonomedia since 1986, and is currently a senior editor. He has been working on Provo for years, and since 1997 has been going repeatedly to Amsterdam to meet with members of Provo. He will discuss the renaissance of Provo going on today.

Lindsay Caplan is a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective, and a doctoral student at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research focuses on the intersection between art, aesthetics, and social action–an arena in which Provo is an essential and exciting example.

Janna Schoenberger is a doctoral student at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She received her master’s degree in Art History from Utrecht University in the Netherlands where she lived for three years. She is currently working as a translator for the upcoming exhibition “In and Out of Amsterdam 1960-1975” at the Museum of Modern Art.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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