Signal: 01

I just finished reading the first issue of Signal: A Journal of Political Graphics and Culture. From the back cover:

Signal is an ongoing book series dedicated to documenting and sharing political graphics, creative projects, and the cultural production of international resistance and liberation struggles.

I originally picked it up because of its political-graphic subject matter, but what really made me buy it was the article on Adventure Playgrounds. An Adventure Playground is definitely one of the things I dream of being involved with someday. I have the tendency to collect and hoard information on stuff like that. Anyways, the article mostly contained photos and quotes on Adventure Playgrounds. Here is one of my favorites:

“That there should be anything novel in simply providing facilities for the spontaneous, unorganized activities of childhood is an indication of how deeply rooted in our social behavior is the urge to control, direct and limit the flow of life.”

This passage was originally from an article by Colin Ward, “Adventure Playground: A Parable of Anarchy”, published in Anarchy: A Journal of Anarchist Ideas, no. 7, September 1961. The last article in Signal was actually about this very journal, in fact, an interview with the artist responsible for designing most of the covers. These covers were really beautifully designed, and probably my favorite thing in the issue. But everything in the issue was really interesting. I also loved what PM Press (the publisher) said in a statement about themselves at the back of the book: “We’re old enough to know what we’re doing and young enough to know what’s at stake.”

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