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Good Trouble magazine Celebrate the culture of resistance. www.goodtroublemag.com

GOOD TROUBLE celebrates the culture of resistance, publishing stories from the intersection of arts and culture with politics and protest. GOOD TROUBLE is a digital publication about the movements standing up and fighting for a better world. It looks through the lens of arts and culture at the stories of individuals and groups around the world pushing for equality, liberty, justice and climate sustainability. It celebrates resistance with all its beauty, humour and contradictions, because life is messy and serious business can be fun. GOOD TROUBLE is a cultural hub sharing interviews, stories, photos, features, art, documentaries, music and DIY projects – original, commissioned, edited and open to submissions. The site will also connect people to resources, communities, further information and established campaigning organisations. GOOD TROUBLE is about exploring, connecting, and using the power of stories to help build networks and amplify voices. It will be a process of discovery, experimentation, learning and probably a few mistakes along the way. If recent years have been defined by clickbait, echo chambers, propaganda and the collapse of meaning, then maybe the future needs to be about being smaller, direct, DIY and authentic. As the good Congressman and veteran civil rights leader John Lewis put it, it’s time for us all to make some ‘good trouble’. Let’s CELEBRATE the culture of resistance.

“There are stories and moments from the people in these places all around the world that you will not find in a scient...
06/25/2019
Envisioning the Anthropocene

“There are stories and moments from the people in these places all around the world that you will not find in a scientific journal or online article”

Over the last five years, three visual artists have documented the staggering reality of our current geological epoch – ‘The Anthropocene’ – collaborating with a team of scientists to visualize our indelible signature on the planet. The Anthropocene Project at Fondazione Mast in Bologna, Ita...

“They were about rejecting conventional life. The scene did attract a lot of fast-living, hedonistic people, but there...
05/25/2019
Spiral tribe: Utopia Now

“They were about rejecting conventional life. The scene did attract a lot of fast-living, hedonistic people, but there was also a sense of the idea of building a free, utopian community.”

Spiral Tribe were one of the most notorious traveling sound systems of the 90s. A new exhibition of unseen photos, flyers and ephemera examines their legacy

Fridays for Future / Youth Strike / May 24 / Locations
05/20/2019
YS4C Where — UKSCN

Fridays for Future / Youth Strike / May 24 / Locations

On Friday 24 May, students across the UK will be striking again to protest lack of government action to combat the climate crisis. We will be doing this alongside students from across the globe as part of the global climate strike. On the 15th of February we had over 60 locations nationwide, and in....

“Science-fiction is not a literature of prediction, sometimes it happens, but that’s purely by accident. It is the e...
05/06/2019
The Transmitter: Warren Ellis

“Science-fiction is not a literature of prediction, sometimes it happens, but that’s purely by accident. It is the early warning weather station for culture.”

Outspoken comic-book writer Warren Ellis on modern myths, our post-truth landscape, and why Nietzsche would have been ‘f**king great at Twitter’

Fighting the myth of female inferiority for more than forty years, Nancy Spero (1926-2009) devoted her career to making ...
04/29/2019
Paper Mirror: Nancy Spero

Fighting the myth of female inferiority for more than forty years, Nancy Spero (1926-2009) devoted her career to making art that responded to the political turmoil of the 20th century...

Nancy Spero (1926-2009) was an American artist and activist who subverted aesthetic orthodoxies by reframing the historical imaging of women. Paper Mirror , Spero’s first retrospective since her death, is on view at MOMA PS1 through June 23. Words by Juliet Vincente Fighting the myth o

“People are showing up ready to be arrested, which I just don’t think was quite in the air six months ago.”
04/19/2019
Extinction Rebellion NYC

“People are showing up ready to be arrested, which I just don’t think was quite in the air six months ago.”

This week, Extinction Rebellion came to New York – Good Trouble went to City Hall in downtown Manhattan to find out more about this climate action group, and ask why it has taken off the way it has

Good Trouble hit the streets in London today with Extinction Rebellion, who shut down parts of central London and are ki...
04/16/2019
Extinction Rebellion takes London

Good Trouble hit the streets in London today with Extinction Rebellion, who shut down parts of central London and are kicking off a two-week #InternationalRebellion - photos and more here

Today jumpstarted the two-week international climate protest led by Extinction Rebellion (XR). Good Trouble walked with the London rebels, to find out more about this new wave of non-violent civil disobedience Photographs and words by Will Alderwick

“Pussy Pairs intends debunk the taboo of the vulva by encouraging an open dialogue about its corporeal diversity.”
04/12/2019
Pussy Pairs

“Pussy Pairs intends debunk the taboo of the vulva by encouraging an open dialogue about its corporeal diversity.”

Pussy Pairs , a crowd-funded memory game, trains the brain to celebrate the genital out of which we all came. Uplifting the vulva both in exposure and cause—the game donates a percentage of the proceeds to women’s rights organizations. Vulvas come in all shapes and sizes. Pussy Pairs (aka Mumury...

Every time she sees a building set to be demolished, she wonders: “Was it livable? Affordable? Were the people kicked ...
04/09/2019
Documenting Gentrification

Every time she sees a building set to be demolished, she wonders: “Was it livable? Affordable? Were the people kicked out? What’s going to be replacing it? A house that’s three-quarters of a million dollars that no one can afford?"

In books, blogs and on social media, proud city-dwellers are archiving the demise of their beloved neighbourhoods – hoping to preserve the legacy of community spaces at risk from gentrification Urban communities across the United States are feeling the pressures of gentrification. In response, the...

“This is not sport. There are no ‘sides’. We do what we feel best for the people who, as usual, are suffering in t...
03/30/2019
Young Fathers

“This is not sport. There are no ‘sides’. We do what we feel best for the people who, as usual, are suffering in the middle. The scales are so unevenly tipped and it’s such a very critical stage that whatever tiny amount you can do hopefully helps in some way.”

They filmed with military-grade surveillance gear, worked with Danny Boyle on Trainspotting 2, and are one of today’s most interesting and exciting bands.

“I always come back to this moment of the 2003 Stop the War march in London,” artist Florence Peake tells Good Troub...
03/25/2019
Empathy Hole: Florence Peake

“I always come back to this moment of the 2003 Stop the War march in London,” artist Florence Peake tells Good Trouble from her central London studio. “It was incredible. The sheer amount of people involved in the protest, the tremendous feeling of hope and power and mass of intention. There was this unbelievable energy and yet…nothing changed. Tony Blair still went to war.”

Florence Peake’s ‘Empathy Hole’ is an intoxicating collective monument to loss. Good Trouble sat down with the London-based artist to discuss her latest interdisciplinary work on the oppressive nature of being silenced. “I always come back to this moment of the 2003 Stop the War march in Lon...

Do you have *opinions* about #Brexit? Artist Joe Sweeney has installed a phone booth on a Dungeness beach, where you can...
03/20/2019
+44...Leave a message for Europe

Do you have *opinions* about #Brexit? Artist Joe Sweeney has installed a phone booth on a Dungeness beach, where you can leave a 'message for Europe'

Artist Joe Sweeney asks the public to leave a message for Europe. Good Trouble sat down with the artist to find out more about his two-part interactive public artwork. Day after day, Brexit lurches closer. As a nation, we’re untethered, caught in a limbo of deadline extensions and a second referen...

Photos from last week's School Strike for Climate in NY
03/19/2019
Listen to the Kids

Photos from last week's School Strike for Climate in NY

Good Trouble protested in solidarity with the youth at City Hall today. The protesters were lively and inspired; uplifting one another and encouraging speech. But they were still kids, fooling around aimlessly and living in the present, even at the moment they were calling for a better future. Pho

“You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their eyes.”
03/14/2019
Cool to Skip School

“You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their eyes.”

Climate Kids take the streets this Friday, March 15th for the Youth Climate Strike , a global protest with over 100 participating countries. The youth of the world will skip school this Friday, March 15th to protest for swift action on climate change. They’re calling for the same freedom as past g

“Résiste, prouve que tu existes."
03/14/2019
Paris in Flame

“Résiste, prouve que tu existes."

France has a rich history of protest and revolt, but how does the ‘gilets jaunes’ movement fit into the picture? Two young Parisians, a photographer and a writer, give their perspective on this latest movement… Photos by Mathieu Richer // Words by Léa Boehringer

'I only depicted stories where he was driving these two women crazy, where they got back on him and the melodrama dragge...
03/06/2019
The Pre-Presidential Library of the United States

'I only depicted stories where he was driving these two women crazy, where they got back on him and the melodrama dragged on: IVANA BETTER DEAL, GIMME THE PLAZA!, THE TRUMPS SPEAK OUT, BEST SEX I EVER HAD, IVANA IN TEARS, DONALD BREAKS A DATE, MARLA HID IN TRUMP TOWER, TRUMP SLUMP, IVANA SLAPS MARLA, DONALD’S DEAL, MARRY ME MARLA, BIG DEAL, TRUMP GETS COLD FEAT, IVANA HAS LAS LAUGH, IT’S OVER, THEY MET IN CHURCH, SPLIT, IVANA BE ALONE AGAIN, I WISH I HAD DATED DI…and so on.'

Hayward Gallery recently presented artist Aleksandra Mir ’s The Pre-Presidential Library of the United States, a series of 32 front page covers from two of NYC’s leading tabloids, the Daily News and the New York Post, featuring headlines related to U.S. President Donald Trump.  From his p

"I've had people who are like, ‘Hey, actually I'm gonna go for that job interview.’ But I think what's going on deep...
02/25/2019
HAIRCUTS FOR THE HOMELESS

"I've had people who are like, ‘Hey, actually I'm gonna go for that job interview.’ But I think what's going on deeper is someone gives a sh*t, who you wouldn't have known an hour before." #DoSomethingforNothing

Joshua Coombes travels the world, giving haircuts for free to homeless people. Good Trouble had a coffee with him in New York.

“Over the same time period that Trump amassed 87 front pages about his personal dramas, the AIDS crisis, which claimed...
02/17/2019
The Pre-Presidential Library of the United States

“Over the same time period that Trump amassed 87 front pages about his personal dramas, the AIDS crisis, which claimed the lives of 75,000 New Yorkers, made the front page a mere 13 times.”

Hayward Gallery recently presented artist Aleksandra Mir ’s The Pre-Presidential Library of the United States, a series of 32 front page covers from two of NYC’s leading tabloids, the Daily News and the New York Post, featuring headlines related to U.S. President Donald Trump.  From his p

02/14/2019
Where Cameras Cannot Go

“You have to read words, but art jumps through your pupils, into your brain and heart, often without you letting it.”

Marwan Hirsham risked his life to tell the story of life under ISIS. Molly Crabapple has used art and words to report from Occupy to Guantanamo. Together, they have created a uniquely powerful memoir of coming of age during the Syrian civil war.

02/09/2019
Go Downtown

“When we formed Downtown for Democracy, there was the notion that there is a creative centre of America, a mythical “downtown” that exists all over this country. It’s the vanguard that envisions and creates change.”

"In a city that’s made for elites and corporations, really poor people have been able to survive. And not only that, b...
02/08/2019
Faces of Resistance

"In a city that’s made for elites and corporations, really poor people have been able to survive. And not only that, but resist, powerfully. Resist oppression, resist the neglect the government has handed out to our communities. We’re becoming more powerful with every generation." – Darian Agostini at Make the Road NY

New York City is home to hundreds of activist groups, some of which have been at the frontlines for decades and some that are newer to the fight. One day, eight organisations, 14 people…This is a cross-section of what resistance – New York style – looks like in 2018. Photography Dan Martensen ...

Hello, please read and enjoy our full feature on these very inspiring NY-based activist individuals and groups from the ...
02/05/2019
Faces of Resistance

Hello, please read and enjoy our full feature on these very inspiring NY-based activist individuals and groups from the second issue of Good Trouble magazine, now online in its entirety. All portraits by Dan Martensen.

New York City is home to hundreds of activist groups, some of which have been at the frontlines for decades and some that are newer to the fight. One day, eight organisations, 14 people…This is a cross-section of what resistance – New York style – looks like in 2018. Photography Dan Martensen ...

Blowing our own trumpet again x
02/01/2019
Magnified: Good Trouble

Blowing our own trumpet again x

Good Trouble celebrates the culture of resistance in all its guises. Its founder Rod Stanley explains the need for, and power of, activism.

“Brujas had effectively leveraged the growing commercial popularity of streetwear and skateboarding fashion to make a ...
01/31/2019
BRUJAS: RADICAL SKATE STYLE

“Brujas had effectively leveraged the growing commercial popularity of streetwear and skateboarding fashion to make a direct political impact and spread a radical idea–prison abolition.”

Skate crew, clothing label or radical activists? Good Trouble talks to Arianna Maya Gil, co-founder of Brujas, about authenticity and the power of aestheticized politics.

Ten years ago, in the city of Yogyakarta, local activists and Ibu Shinta, a prominent 'waria', created the only Koranic ...
01/14/2019
Waria

Ten years ago, in the city of Yogyakarta, local activists and Ibu Shinta, a prominent 'waria', created the only Koranic school run by and for warias – the third gender in Indonesia.

In September 2018, Mathieu Richer spent ten days in Yogyakarta, Indonesia photographing a community of people who identify as “waria”, the third gender of Indonesia. Warias (“ wanita ” [woman]+“ pria ” [man]) make up an estimated 3% of the Indonesian population, which roughly amounts to ...

Taken from Good Trouble Issue 22, the Unmanifesto is a ‘collective visual manifesto’ that includes pull-out poster-s...
01/02/2019
Unmanifesto

Taken from Good Trouble Issue 22, the Unmanifesto is a ‘collective visual manifesto’ that includes pull-out poster-size artworks by Wolfgang Tillmans, Sara Rahbar, Scott King, Tobjorn Rodland and others

Taken from Good Trouble Issue 22, the Unmanifesto is a ‘collective visual manifesto’ that includes pull-out poster-size artworks by Wolfgang Tillmans, Sara Rahbar, Scott King, Tobjorn Rodland and others The word ‘manifesto’ comes from the Latin manifestus meaning ‘obvious’. Manifesto its...

'So here it is, Merry Christmas / everybody's having fun / Look to the future now / it's only just begu-uuu-uuuuuunnnn.....
12/21/2018

'So here it is, Merry Christmas / everybody's having fun / Look to the future now / it's only just begu-uuu-uuuuuunnnn...' Good Trouble out, see you in 2019.

“When I was younger, I had blind confidence and naivety that I had the same opportunities as men… Can you then under...
12/11/2018
Not 30%: Sarah Maple

“When I was younger, I had blind confidence and naivety that I had the same opportunities as men… Can you then understand the confusion and rage I felt when I realised this wasn’t the case?”

Sarah Maple's art is akin to – and has been on the receiving end – a brick thrown at a gallery window. “I always count how many women there are compared to men. It’s usually about 30% or less,” she says. “Do some galleries really think women’s work is not worth showing or supporti...

We just donated $1500 to RAICES Texas, who provide legal support to immigrants and are helping reunite families separate...
12/08/2018
Join Me in Supporting RAICES

We just donated $1500 to RAICES Texas, who provide legal support to immigrants and are helping reunite families separated at the US border. This was part of the proceeds from Issue 22, so thank you to everyone who got a copy!

Stand with immigrants and help make sure children don’t have to go to court alone. Donate to RAICES Have a question about donating? E-mail [email protected] Want to give by check? Our ma…

“Being that Greenfield is a largely liberal town, what followed was an awkward unveiling of contradictory spheres of A...
12/07/2018
Homelessness, Contradictions and The Common

“Being that Greenfield is a largely liberal town, what followed was an awkward unveiling of contradictory spheres of American life.”

Photographer Nick Meyer documented the homeless people who occupied the common ground at the heart of his native Greenfield, Massachusetts, telling their stories and selling a zine – 90% of the proceeds of which go to help affordable housing in the area. In 1634, the citizens of Boston pur

“The story of Britain can be told many ways, but it can be best told on its high street. It’s now a greasy takeaway ...
11/28/2018
Drunken Baker: Barney Farmer

“The story of Britain can be told many ways, but it can be best told on its high street. It’s now a greasy takeaway every few hundred yards, and We Buy Gold shops, We Buy Clothes... It’s the high street telling you what’s actually going on in Britain – that it’s a space to be inhabited as long as it’s profitable to do so, for a time, then move on.”

The sun is shining and Good Trouble is ensconced in a London pub beer garden with Barney Farmer, a writer of rare talent whose work such as Drunken Bakers and The Male Online , published in the UK’s long-running, notorious Viz adult comic, reveal him as an astute observer of the rot on the vine

We, uh, won? Magazine of the Year! Like, holy sh*t, guys! Thank you so much to Stack magazines and to Jeremy MagCulture ...
11/20/2018

We, uh, won? Magazine of the Year! Like, holy sh*t, guys! Thank you so much to Stack magazines and to Jeremy MagCulture – we are thrilled to bits and extremely grateful to everyone involved.
We are sad we couldn't be in London to be there in person, but glad everyone had a great night. Congratulations to all the winners. Love from GT

This year’s Stack Awards attracted more than 400 entries from 23 countries, everything from mental health to feminist horror.

From Anxy Magazine to Nataal and Suspira Magazine, last night we brought them together at Queen of Hoxton to announce our incredible winners: https://www.stackmagazines.com/current-affairs/stack-awards-2018-winners-event-party/

“I started late because I didn’t get angry enough, early enough. It wasn’t until the 2008 banking crash, when peop...
11/20/2018
Harry Leslie Smith

“I started late because I didn’t get angry enough, early enough. It wasn’t until the 2008 banking crash, when people were robbed and no one got blamed for all that crime… I was 85 then! And when I read about it, I got so bloody mad. I was lying on the beach, relaxing in my retirement, in Portugal... and then I just went to work and did what I could.”

As a child growing up in the slums of Yorkshire, Harry Leslie Smith was so poor that that his family dinner was often a bowl of broken cereal salvaged from the nearby Weetabix factory, eaten with water. There was not yet a National Health Service or any kind of social safety net, and with his father

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