Seize the Media

Indymedia was a global network of Independent Media Centres (IMC) which saw its heyday in the first two decades of the 21st Century. Self-organised networks of local activists covered international resistance to capitalism, ecocide, neocolonialism and many other local and international struggles. Indymedia became synonymous with the issues taken up by the Global Justice Movement. Powered by the internet and built on IMC servers, Indymedia embodied the ethos of DIY journalism and autonomous media. It is a vital part of the pre-history of social media and digitally-enabled activism.
This exhibition presents different aspects of Indymedia, looking at how it was organised and maintained, as well as the unique media it produced. It mainly features materials held in the Activist Media Project archive: the complete archive of videos uploaded to the UK Indymedia and London Indymedia websites, an archive of the Indymedia Radio London broadcasts, the entire London Indymedia website, various ephemera and reflections from long-time users, activists and builders.

The exhibition is organised thematically and is not meant to be the exhaustive story of Indymedia, merely a showcase of some aspects of its important legacy. It should take less than half an hour to explore the basic content we have featured.