Occuprint collects, prints and distributes posters from the worldwide Occupy movement. more about us...
Like many parts of the #Occupy movement, Occuprint was developed in the spur of the moment, caught up in the rush and excitement and fresh air of an emerging social movement. As the novelty of new possibilities begins to give way to the very pleasant reality that we are currently building something that’s not going away, Occuprint would like to take a moment to offer some transparency regarding our process.
We feel that it is important to be clear about what we are, and what we are not. Occuprint has been, from its first beginnings, a curated space. This means that, unlike an OWS working group, Occuprint does not hold open meetings, nor is there any clearly defined way for people to get involved with the curatorial aspect of our project. We state this upfront and directly in recognition that this is at odds with the openness and horizontalism of this movement. There are, to be sure, a number of organizations and affinity groups operating in a similar fashion, unaccountable to any particular general assembly, and yet still furthering the movement as a whole. And so, all we can do is present our operating principles and hope that the broader movement feels an affinity with what we are doing.
Since the launch of our site, Occuprint has received hundreds of emails. Some are simply expressions of gratitude, or friendly suggestions. Some have offered specific assistance, and many of these offers we have actively pursued. Most of the emails offer submissions to the site. We have not posted all of these submissions, and this is where the “curation” involved in our process needs to be explained.
We do not have strict guidelines for submissions, but there are some specific things we take into consideration when deciding what to post:
Finally, one general statement: Our aim is not to produce a unified aesthetic, but to magnify the diversity within this movement. While we know that some people are interested in “branding” this movement, we consider this sort of thing to be unnecessary and even counterproductive. We are not trying to create a new brand, we are trying to build a new life. If we let that new life live for a while, new and unexpected styles will emerge. That is our hope.
Occupy is part of a global movement. Our actions—like caring for one another in reclaimed public space—and our images—like these posters on Occuprint—can provide an important bridge between supporters who may not speak the same language, yet know they are part of the same struggle.