New zine: Infecticitis #15, the result of my time in occupied Kanienkehaka territory, in english the Mohawk people, more recently known as Montréal. For the zine release party I did a double workshop on comics and email encryption, I felt really good doing it and the audience was super nice and interested.
More workshops coming up, both of which will come with a table full of zines as I rebuild the distro in North America:
March 9th during the Shalefield Justice Spring Break.
Dismantling the Surveillance State: An Intro to Secure Communications
Since Snowden’s revelations about the NSA, we can safely say now that the activist who always took the battery out of their phone wasn’t just being paranoid, but clearly had legitimate reasons to do so, and maybe wasn’t being paranoid enough. In this workshop we will discuss practical ways we can “”take the battery out”” of the many digital ways we communicate and use the internet, such as by embracing anonymous and encrypted services. We will talk about why surveillance is harmful, especially for those of us with plans to change the world for the better, and what we can do to redefine our relationship to technology. Plus an intro to email encryption with PGP. Accessible language + safer space to ask questions.
And March 19th, 6-9pm a Crypto Party at Parts and Crafts in Somerville, MA. Hopefully the first of many!
Here’s my introduction by Amber to the Fight Boredom zine residency. I start tomorrow! And my book will soon be available at Conspiracy Culture bookshop in Toronto.
Celebrating the winter solstice in my own ways, I hope you have too. I now have my book Tumble the Boulder available at three rad & radical bookstores, in three different states! The Wooden Shoe in Philadelphia; Bluestockings in NYC; and as of yesterday the Lucy Parsons Center in Boston (Jamaica Plain). They are all fabulous places worth supporting.
Soon I am heading to Canada for the new year, to participate in something totally badass. For the month of January I will be in Montreal participating in the Fight Boredom Zine Residency!! Hosted by Fight Boredom zine distro, which has a really great selection of zines and I can’t wait to sift through them all when I’m there. I had never heard of a zine residence until this was introduced to me. Like an artist residence, but for making a zine! While I’m there I hope to host a Crypto Party and have a zine release party. I will be working on Infecticitis #15 from start to finish, and probably other small projects too.
And a final update, I have a new blog that I sometimes use, for sharing things that I find and to practice writing/ journalism.
@ the Wooden Shoe in Philly. Note the first book on the top shelf is Cristy Road’s new -so good- memoir, Spit & Passion
@ the Lucy Parsons Center in JP. Note the hacker magazine 2600 on the shelf below. I plan to do a Cryptoparty at LPC sometime in February 2015.
My new zine/book Tumble the Boulder is officially available now for ordering. Check out the “Books” section to see a full description and sample pages.
If you’re interested in distributing them or want me to do a presentation at an event/bookshop, let me know!
hey, so I’m back in the Boston area right now. It’s been over two years. Tomorrow morning I’ll be doing an artist talk at Montserrat College of Art, where I went to school. I’m very excited to talk about my Berlin experience to my previous art community that nurtured me into being. It will also be the first time I ever use a digital presentation – it’s pretty fun right now to figure out how to organize and present my work from the past 5 years into a digital file:
Friday, November 21st, 11:30am
Artist Talk with Halley Murray ’08
Location: 23 Essex Street, Beverly MA 01915, Room 307
In the Artist Talk, Murray will discuss life since graduation from Montserrat, having lived in Berlin, Germany for the past five years. “Moving there first to participate in an artist residence, she has since decided to stick around, acquired a visa, co-founded and organizes the annual Zine Fest Berlin, published many zines, and has recently released a book. Inspired by Edward Snowden and the action to be taken to stop the surveillance crisis, the book is a compilation of zine articles and collages addressing such topics as democracy, press, the Endless War, sustainability, consent, art and action.” This book and other zines will be available during this lunchtime session. Come and she’ll be happy to address any questions about Berlin life, organizing, and self-publishing.
Tomorrow is the zinefest! Our 4th annual weekend for all things self published and DIY. I’ll have a big table for Raumschiff and also do a workshop with a friend on email encryption (saturday, 3-4:30)
It will also be the BOOK LAUNCH of my new zinebook, Tumble the Boulder – The Surveillance State and the American Empire. 188 pages of articles and collages about surveillance, press, democracy, the endless war, consent, art, action, and a glossary and resource guide at the end. I’ve been working on this since February 2014 after the Transmediale festival in berlin.
Just a few days ago, with my pal SBTL CLNG, we picked up the 230 copies from the printer:
Proud momma with my babies. It took 9 months from beginning to end of this project.
This was on Tuesday the 4th of november. From here we went right to the Kino International to reserve tickets for the Berlin premier of CITIZENFOUR, the new film by Laura Poitras that I have been so eager to see for the whole year.
Me and Ed, hanging outside the cinema.
We saw the film on Wednesday night. I am not good at film reviews so I will just say that CITIZENFOUR is an experience worth experiencing. And wow, what a theater! Laura was there and spoke before the film began, front and center against an immaculate silver curtain, the biggest rectangle I have ever seen.
After the show I found her and Jake Appelbaum sitting on a couch, both who I included interviews of in my book and are people who I highly respect. Coincidentally I had just two copies with me at the time, and had very much wanted to share a copy with these two special humans. They now have the first signed copies that I ever gave out!
The book and the zinefest got plugged in the November issue of EXBERLINER, in the “Best of Berlin” section. Page 4!!! http://www.exberliner.com/visiting/what-to-see/best-zine-scene/
So epic. It’s been a full week of accomplishments coming together, the work I’ve done all year on various projects is wrapping itself up to a calm before the storm on this eve before the zinefest. The distro is back for the weekend, I’ll have a packed-out table with over 40 titles plus some new ones I’ve put together just in the past week.
Come pick up a copy at the RAUMSCHIFF table and have a fantastic weekend! Full schedule >> http://www.zinefestberlin.com
Coming soon: free PDF download of the whole book:
Rauschiff Distro is currently on indefinite hiatus.
Participation in any table at events will be sporadic and a random selection of whatever I have copies left of.
Creators, not consumers. I must create more and not be caught up in the “business” world, even if small scale and DIY. Now, go express yourself and make a zine. Pick up a brick, get angry at the state of the world and take action, however you can. Start with the self and move outwards.
– Halley Murray
20. July 2014, Berlin.