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Do petitions do anything?

Created: 28 Dec 2016

An article on the New York Times today looks at Change.org and whether online petition campaigns are truly effective. The answer is a qualified yes. “No president is going to do an about-face on a major policy because of 20,000 signatures,” he wrote. “But coupling that petition with other ...

C4AA Fundamentals #6: Process

Created: 22 Dec 2016

https://youtu.be/8cCd19qNifQ First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not.... Habit is persistence in practice – Octavia E. Butler Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert give some pointers on developing a creative practice. In arts ...

C4AA Fundamentals #5: Cognitive Science

Created: 09 Dec 2016

https://youtu.be/UMpxnPHTPFs The co-founders of the C4AA discussed human cognition - how people think and process information. Why is it that people don't seem to care about truth and the facts? Why is it so hard to change people's political opinions? How do we introduce new ...

C4AA Fundamentals Webinar #4: What we’ve learned from history

Created: 27 Nov 2016

https://youtu.be/cR_KroSFKFA Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert dug back into social movements through the ages. What did they discover? All successful activism has been artistic activism. Through examples, going back thousands of years, we examine the lessons from creative movements of the ...

Letters From Home

Created: 22 Nov 2016

This project came out of our recent Arts Action Academy at the Queens Museum. It was conceived of and completed in 24 hours. Residents of Queens are sending Donald Trump postcards to remind him of the home he seems to have forgotten. Donald Trump grew up in Queens, the most diverse ...

C4AA Fundamentals Webinar #3: What is Artistic Activism?

Created: 18 Nov 2016

https://youtu.be/4DbhvkAlIoc Founders of the Center for Artistic Activism answer the question, what do we mean when we say "artistic activism" anyway? Through looking at disparate examples, we expand our thinking on the the ways creativity can affect power. (Many past participants cite this ...

What we’ve been reading this week

Created: 14 Nov 2016

Donald Trump Will be President: This is What we do Next "...let’s exhale and let go of our fear, so we can think as clearly as we can about who we are and what we’re trying to accomplish. We can start by sharing whatever educated guesses we have about what we should do for the next few ...

How to intervene if you witness Islamophobic harassment

Created: 12 Nov 2016

Artist Maeril made this illustrated guide a few months ago, but it’s now more relevant than ever. You can find more of Maeril’s work on her Tumblr and Twitter. via Boing ...

C4AA Fundamentals Webinar #2: Building a Creative Campaign

Created: 11 Nov 2016

https://youtu.be/7WZ48PG3CN0 Founders of the Center for Artistic Activism discuss how an effective campaign for change is structured. We cover goals, objectives, tactics, and strategy and how you can use these concepts in your creative practice and/or collective organizing. C4AA Fundamentals ...

C4AA Fundamentals Webinar: How to Use Creativity in Organizing

Created: 10 Nov 2016

https://youtu.be/6VmATuxjYJw The founders of the Center for Artistic Activism discuss some basic principles of using creativity in organizing and pitfalls to avoid. This webinar is designed to provide some structure to your thinking and planning around how to creatively, and effectively, ...

Most creative election ad of 2016?

Created: 26 Oct 2016

We don't agree with his policies, but this ad is funny and very effective: Gerald Daugherty, a Republican county commissioner in the Austin-area Travis County, has produced one of the best ad-spots of the season, depicting him as a politics-obsessed public servant whose long-suffering, ...

Steve Lambert on Rushkoff’s Team Human

Created: 25 Oct 2016

The C4AA's Steve Lambert was on Douglas Rushkoff's podcast, Team Human. Listen to them discuss art, activism, dreams, and how creativity is essential to avoiding burn-out, and ...

Open Call: Art Action Academy in Dublin

Created: 24 Oct 2016

ARE YOU AN ARTIST OR CREATIVE PRACTITIONER BASED IN EUROPE? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CHALLENGING PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS ABOUT SEX WORK? If you answered yes to both these questions, THEN YOU SHOULD APPLY TO ATTEND OUR DECEMBER ART ACTION ACADEMY! The Center for Artistic Activism and the Open ...

C4AA and SWEAT at 2016AIDS Conference

Created: 03 Oct 2016

This short video includes some of the work the C4AA collaborated on with the Sex Work Education and Advocacy ...

OPEN CALL: Arts Action Academy at Queens Museum

Created: 01 Aug 2016

You all probably know that we here at the  Center for Artistic Activism regularly train Activists to create more like Artists. But you might not know that we also train Artists to strategize more like Activists. We've done these Art Action Academy workshops everyplace from MFA programs in ...

Familiar vs. Novel – Everything is a Remix

Created: 19 May 2016

First, if you've never seen Everything is a Remix, go watch it now. It's a great primer on creativity, originality, and copyright. Recently Kirby Ferguson posted a new installment about the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. https://vimeo.com/167069783 Towards the end he makes a point ...

10: Professional Wrestling

Created: 04 Feb 2016

Episode 10: Professional Wrestling! This time the gang heads to Newark to see WWE Smackdown live! This is the first time any of them have seen professional ...

And what do I do now? Using Data Visualization for Social Change

Created: 23 Jan 2016

Last week, the C4AA's Steve Lambert attended the Responsible Data Forum on Data Visualization. In this article, Lambert discusses how data visualizations for social change can leverage emotion to achieve objectives. Those who visualize data can be reluctant to sully themselves in the messy ...

9: Zumba

Created: 13 Dec 2015

Episode 9: Zumba! We took a Zumba class with Laci Chisolm of Fit 4 Dance and learn about real leadership. Have you donated to the Center for Artistic Activism yet? We need money for lasers! Show Notes: "Hard work can be fun!" This episode builds on our Mani-Pedi episode about self care ...

We need money for lasers!

Created: 02 Dec 2015

You probably know us for the workshops we run around the world, like our work this year with sex worker rights advocates in Cape Town, South Africa and trans-gender rights activists in Berlin, Germany. But we also do "The Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions" Actipedia.org - our online ...

7: Minecraft

Created: 08 Sep 2015

...with our experts Sydney and Sebastian Railla-Duncombe. Show Notes Part 1 - we read and respond to your letters! A letter from the famous and acclaimed writer, Mr. Jason ...

P.T.S.D. ACTION MAN! PARALYZED ACTION MAN! DEAD ACTION MAN!

Created: 13 Aug 2015

https://vimeo.com/131462825 http://battlefieldcasualties.co.uk/ Great use of comedy as an entry point for veterans issues. A Veterans for Peace UK film, directed by Price James, written by Darren Cullen, featuring Matt ...

Awareness | 99% Invisible

Created: 13 Aug 2015

99% Invisible did a 20m piece on the AIDS Awareness ribbon last month. The ribbon was a project of an art collective, Visual AIDS. The story is well done and worth your time - and this is coming from the guy who hates "awareness." Source: Awareness | 99% Invisible By the late 1980s, AIDS had ...

The Donald gets duped: Harvard Lampoon tricks Trump with phony endorsement — and he’s not happy about it | Salon

Created: 05 Aug 2015

The Donald’s been duped. In what’s been called a “a prank of presidential proportions,” the staff at Harvard University’s humor magazine, the Harvard Lampoon, targeted Donald Trump for their latest prank in a longstanding rivalry with the University’s daily student newspaper, The Harvard ...

6: Mani Pedi Day!

Created: 14 Jul 2015

We get manicures and pedicures at a Brooklyn Nail Salon. What Pat calls "the definition of comfort" makes Steve Lambert very uncomfortable. Show notes below... Linda Sarsour! Our guest: Linda ...

5: Stand Up Comedy

Created: 08 Jun 2015

For our latest expedition we went out for a night of live stand up comedy. Combining local clubs, touring acts, cable networks, netflix, and the White House correspondents dinner, the American art form of stand up is far reaching and growing. We headed to the The Comedy Cellar in New York ...

4: The Billboard Hot 100

Created: 08 May 2015

"People in the art world, in general, are afraid of popular... it's the fear that if you like what everyone else likes, then you're no different than them, you might just be like them. And people are quite frightened of that." - Brian Eno This episode we had author, philosopher, and punk ...

3: Mini-Sode! 50 Shades of Grey

Created: 24 Apr 2015

50 Shades of Grey, a series of books and a movie dealing with "deviant" or non-normative sex. And yet, also an internationally top selling book and motion picture box office sensation! We took a group of 23 sex work activists to see 50 Shades of Grey in Cape Town, South Africa. Steve and Steve ...

We Take Over the Perceiving Freedom Sculpture in Cape Town

Created: 19 Apr 2015

Working with several advocates for the decriminalization of sex work, we took over the controversial sculpture "Perceiving Freedom" in Cape Town. The action was the culmination of our School for Creative Activism workshop in Cape Town. Selected Press This is Africa - Sex Workers ...

2: TGI Friday’s

Created: 09 Apr 2015

This month we get a meal at the TGI Friday's in New York's Union Square. Started as a single restaurant near the Queensboro Bridge in Manhattan, TGI Friday's now has over 900 restaurants in 61 countries. Known for kitchy decor, potato skins, and alchohol - but what makes this restaurant so ...

Edward Snowden monument placed (and removed) in New York City

Created: 07 Apr 2015

There’s a Massive, Illicit Bust of Edward Snowden Stuck to a War Monument in Brooklyn While most people slept, a trio of artists and some helpers installed a bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Brooklyn on Monday morning. The group, which allowed ANIMAL to exclusively document the ...

1: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Created: 12 Mar 2015

In our first expedition we will watch the highest grossing worldwide movie of 2014, and one of the worst. Not to make fun of it (though that can not be helped) but to learn. This was the most popular movie last year and Patricia, Steve, and Steve try to parse out why people saw it and the ...

Steve’s Super Hero Exercise

Created: 10 Mar 2015

Here's a great exercise to help realize your inner superhero! Super Hero Exercise Curriculum by Steve Lambert Introduction The purpose of this exercise is to help young and old discover: they have things they care about they want to communicate to others art is a form of ...

24 pieces of life advice from Werner Herzog – via Kottke.org

Created: 24 Jan 2015

Paul Cronin's book of conversations with filmmaker Werner Herzog is called Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed. On the back cover of the book, Herzog offers a list of advice for filmmakers that doubles as general purpose life advice. Always take the initiative. There is nothing wrong ...

Hell No, We Won’t Go: Outstanding Radical Art And Global Movements in 2014 | KQED Arts

Created: 01 Jan 2015

Great summary of "Outstanding Radical Art And Global Movements in 2014" from Christian L. ...

Photos from the School for Creative Activism Barcelona

Created: 21 Dec 2014

The School for Creative Activism went to Barcelona to work with activists working on access to medicines. They created an action to get patients to question the arbitrary pricing of pharmaceuticals which was covered in El Diario. ...

Sister Corita Kent says get out there and make it happen! (paraphrasing)

Created: 21 Dec 2014

A reminder from Sister Corita Kent & Emerson. Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men or they are no better than dreams - ...

New York Times Off Color: Kristina Wong uses humor to talk about race

Created: 04 Dec 2014

Off Color, a video series, highlights artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today. Dating in Los Angeles is not easy. Just ask Kristina Wong, a Chinese-American performance artist and ...

Questions for Planning a Campaign – a worksheet courtesy of the CDC

Created: 01 Dec 2014

Doing some research for our book and I came across this worksheet from the Centers for Disease Control. Those who have taken our workshop will be familiar with some of these ideas. This list of questions can help you get started in knowing what decisions you’ll need to be making as you ...

Restaurant Calorie Labeling and Obesity: Does it Work?

Created: 29 Nov 2014

A 620 calorie Starbucks Venti White Hot Chocolate is over 1/4 your recommended calories for the day1. But would knowing that change what you order? As calories on menus goes nationwide, this New York Times article asks "does it work?" and there are arguments on both sides. “There are very ...

CAA working in St. Petersburg, Russia

Created: 06 Jun 2014

Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert are in St. Petersburg for workshop called "Artistic Activism in the Urban Environment" as part of the Media Impact Festival. Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert working in St. ...

Photos from our action in Macedonia.

Created: 05 Jun 2014

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The future and why we are terrible at predicting it « You Are Not So Smart

Created: 18 Apr 2014

I am listening to the You Are Not So Smart Podcast and reminded of how often Stephen Duncombe and I encounter these faulty visions of the future. Thing like "We'll never be able to do _______." or "That's just not going to happen." come up in our workshops because we all have such a hard time ...

CAA, YesLab, and Beautiful Trouble work on Action Switchboard

Created: 18 Apr 2014

https://vimeo.com/89238473 On Feb. 8-9, 2014, the Yes Lab, the Center for Artistic Activism, and Beautiful Trouble conducted a workshop with fifty participants, including members of eight social justice NGOs and a number of NYU students. The eight projects that resulted were posted on the ...

Follow the Frog by Rainforest Action Network

Created: 13 Mar 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iIkOi3srLo A great example of using humor and social marketing techniques to make a very effective ...

SARAH SILVERMAN IS VISITED BY JESUS CHRIST

Created: 27 Jan 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahdR6aHQvMQ Great example of using humor to talk about difficult topics. ...

Photos from Arts Action Academy at PSU’s Social Practice Arts program

Created: 25 Jan 2014

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REFLECTO-CUBE!

Created: 11 Jan 2014

The ukranians are using mirrors and in Europe, they have the Reflecto-Cube! https://vimeo.com/82943565 It’s mentioned in an article “12 Inspired Actions to Outsmart Repressive Situations and Laws” written by CAA pal, Leónidas Martín with Amador ...

Ukranian protesters use mirrors

Created: 03 Jan 2014

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Inside The Box: People don’t actually like creativity

Created: 08 Dec 2013

Great article on Slate: In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative, the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the ...

New Article – Activist Art: Does it Work?

Created: 14 Oct 2013

Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert have a new article in Open! Magazine. Activist Art: Does it Work? The first rule of guerilla warfare is to know the terrain and use it to your advantage. The topography on which the activist fights may no longer be the mountains of the Sierra Maestra or ...

2013 Lone Star State School for Creative Activism participants announced

Created: 12 Sep 2013

Marianela Acuña Arreaza Marianela is a budding community organizer, social researcher and educator. She was born and raised in Venezuela, and she a recent immigrant to the US. Marianela studied Sociology and Arts at the University of Houston. Her research experience is mostly on social ...

Narrative, comedy, and a message: The Internet Must Go

Created: 10 Sep 2013

In 2012, market researcher John Wooley was dispatched to help the big ISPs figure out how to sell their vision for a "faster," "cleaner" Internet.  Six months later he produced this report -- and shared it with the world. A great example of using comedy to play the villain, a great narrative, ...

Annie Lennox on creativity: “leave the critic outside the room”

Created: 07 Sep 2013

  "Catch ideas… get them down… leave the critic outside the room, close the door, lock it really ...

Are you an overworked activist?

Created: 30 Aug 2013

"The enemy often tries to make us attempt and start many projects so that we will be overwhelmed with too many tasks, and therefore achieve nothing and leave everything unfinished. Sometimes he even suggests the wish to undertake some excellent work that he foresees we will never accomplish. ...

Activists: Four 20 minute steps for online privacy and security

Created: 13 Aug 2013

The recent reports on the spying programs of phone records and internet activity is unsettling, but no surprise for some of us. Our School for Creative Activism in May was with Muslim-American activists unfairly surveilled by the NYPD. Sweeping surveillance is lazy police work, and the side ...

Border Patrol Body Slam

Created: 13 Aug 2013

In a California lucha libre-style wrestling match, Blue Demon Jr., a self-proclaimed defender of Mexican immigrants, does battle against wrestlers who portray United States border patrol ...

Rights, Demands, and Radical Reimaginings: Art and Labor in the US

Created: 12 Aug 2013

Alexis Clements is running a class on Art and Labor. When: Tuesday evenings, from 7.00-8.30pm Aug 27 – Sep 24, 2013 (5 sessions) Where: Brooklyn, NY (see class reg for full details) Description: In the past century, artists working across disciplines have undertaken a variety of ...

Egyptians Understand Spectacle

Created: 06 Jul 2013

Egypt: President Morsi defies army ultimatum. Now what? | Toronto ...

David Letterman – Environmental Activist, Tim DeChristopher

Created: 30 Jun 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnRwqS25b6o Tim DeChristopher makes an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and is able to talk about some really radical ideas in a sensible ...

CAA’s Larry Bogad TEDx talk – Tactical Performance: Thinking Theatrically for Powerful Protest

Created: 28 Jun 2013

Larry Bogad is an author, artist, and professor of political performance at U.C. Davis. In this talk he discusses why good theater makes good protest, and why being right is not enough. He is a cofounder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, and founding ...

Bloomberg’s Ramadan Breakfast menu

Created: 26 Jun 2013

Rumor has it that this special menu was distributed outside the Mayor of New York's Ramadan breakfast celebration. It references NYPD's surveillance of innocent NY Muslims, stop and frisk, and excessive violence. (Click to ...

I and We: Collective Movement for Beginners, Workshop presented by Robby Herbst

Created: 22 Jun 2013

From some friends of the Center for Artistic Activism: What is Collective Identity? Sociologist Alberto Melucci suggests that in today's alienated culture people find deep meaning and power through group identities that emerge through political social movements.With I and We, Collective ...

Wealth Inequality in America – YouTube

Created: 12 Jun 2013

Very encouraging that this video has 6.5 million views. Since our idea is so far from reality, how does this change the way we talk about this issue? How do we approach the topic so the people we're talking to don't dig in and defend what they believe to be true? And how does the creator ...

Heavens, Not Havens

Created: 10 Jun 2013

Heavens, Not HavensA short article on the public relations problem around taxes and some ideas for helping ...

Make Your Own Damn Art – Bob and Roberta Smith – documentary trailer – YouTube

Created: 03 Jun 2013

Bob and Roberta Smith: 'It's important to undermine and subvert things' Make Your Own Damn Art [youtube ...

Will changing your Facebook profile picture do anything for marriage equality? | PsySociety, Scientific American Blog Network

Created: 15 Apr 2013

As SCOTUS debates the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and DOMA this week, Facebook users all over the nation have become part of a burgeoning social media trend. Supporters of marriage equality have been changing their profile pictures to the icon on the left, a version of the Human Rights ...

Nonprofit Fights Poverty With Poverty | The Onion

Created: 22 Feb 2013

This is from 2006 but somehow stayed relevant. Our crack team of anti-poverty activists is totally devoted to marshalling every resource at our disposal," Lindstrom said as she stood under a flickering light bulb in the office's bathroom and added some water to an old toner cartridge to ...

Gravity is a Mistake

Created: 15 Feb 2013

The Centrifuge Brain Project from Till Nowak on ...

Brazil to give $25 monthly culture stipend to workers to go to movies, read books or visit museums

Created: 23 Jan 2013

BRASILIA (AFP).- Despite the economic crisis, Brazil announced Thursday it planned to give workers here a 50-real ($25) monthly stipend for cultural expenses like movies, books or museums. "In all developed countries, culture plays a key role in the economy," Culture Minister Marta Suplicy ...

‘Be Wrong as Fast as You Can’ – NYTimes.com

Created: 11 Jan 2013

I recently saw a Charlie Rose interview with John Lasseter, a founder of Pixar, about the creative process behind his movies. Pixar’s in-house theory is: Be wrong as fast as you can. Mistakes are an inevitable part of the creative process, so get right down to it and start making them. Even ...

The Power of Failure – NYTimes.com

Created: 10 Jan 2013

“The ironic thing,” said Schmitz of Public Allies, “is that you have donors who took major risks in their own fortunes, but are very risk averse when giving to charity. People rightly want their dollars to have the maximum impact, but don’t apply the same logic model that they give to their ...

“It Was a Good Day” Ice Cube and Politics

Created: 19 Dec 2012

"It Was a Good Day" is rapper Ice Cube's biggest hit -- a solid rap song with a great beat, it's easy to see why this record was so successful. What makes this song truly great, however, isn't Ice Cube's vivid description of his good day, but looming, omnipresent possibility of a much worse ...

Plastic Spoon Graphic

Created: 05 Dec 2012

I was reminded of this today (it was a viral hit a while back) and how it impacts cultural norms. I may work it into the School for Creative Activism ...

Behavioral Science in Campaigns

Created: 14 Nov 2012

This story in the New York Times talks about how behavioral science was used in the Obama campaign. Much of these ideas are echoed in the School for Creative Activism. An excerpt: Another technique some volunteers said they used was to inform supporters that others in their neighborhood ...

Show of Hands 2012 – bigger than ever

Created: 06 Nov 2012

School for Creative Activism alum, Donovan McKnight took the Show of Hands political party (literally, we mean party) he organized in 2011 in Greensboro NC and quadrupled it. Video ...

Richard Wolff on the economic crisis (2009)

Created: 04 Nov 2012

Economist, author, Professor emeritus UMass, Amherst, Richard Wolff, speaks about the current economic crises, its' roots and what we can do about it. The "what to do about it" section touches on where collectivism overlaps with Republican software developers in ...

On Evolution and Opiates

Created: 03 Nov 2012

Jerry Coyne explains why evolution is true. After all the scientific evidence it gets juicy. Coyne theorizes on why evolution gets so much cultural resistance (spoiler alert: religion) and shows some stunning data on the correlation between religion and unhealthy ...

Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy – free PDF

Created: 15 Oct 2012

 Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy by CAA co-director Stephen Duncombe is now a  free pdf. Part analysis of popular culture, part how-to guide to creative activism, Stephen make a case for how activists can, and must use fantasy and spectacle in their work...and do ...

John Hodgman “I LIKE WINNING”

Created: 01 Sep 2012

This morning at the Center for Artistic Activism we're reading and talking about John Hodgman's piece on 90 Days, 90 Reasons called "I LIKE ...

Love, Liberty & Protest: Souvenir Vendors Sell Stop & Frisk T-shirts

Created: 24 Aug 2012

New project from the Center for Tactical Magic Friend of the Center for Artistic Activism, Aaron Gach, has a new project in partnership with some great organizations. You can read more about Aaron in our Artist Interview section. Stop & Frisk T-Shirts Sold on New York ...

Behind the scenes with the Yes Labs

Created: 10 Jul 2012

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Mini-Documentary on Artist members of Iraq Veterans Against the War

Created: 10 Jul 2012

After discharge from service, integrating back into civilian society often comes with crisis. In Chicago, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War are using art to process their experiences and to educate the public about the traumas of ...

ExtraEnvironmentalist Interview with CAA’s Steve Lambert

Created: 10 Jul 2012

The ExtraEnvironmentalist podcast recently did an interview with the Center for Artistic Activism's Steve Lambert. With an educational system that trains artists to develop their talents into commercial skills, our culture is missing out on the ability for art to disrupt normalcy. Why should ...

Mr. Rogers defends public funding to the US Senate and secures $20 Million

Created: 22 Jun 2012

Sincerity and ultimately a song win over a US Senator who has no idea who Mr. Rogers is. Watch 1969 Senate Hearings on PBS. See more from Mister Rogers' ...

“Look at him; no ribbons, no lace!” Cyrano teaches us old lessons

Created: 10 Jun 2012

I don't think I understood how valuable this was in freshman year English class. What a strength to have such confidence, and be able to insult yourself better than anyone else. To know that what others perceive as our weaknesses are actually ...

“Living in Limbo” brings LGBT issues to the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama

Created: 16 May 2012

Living in Limbo: A contemporary photography exhibit that honors the complexities of lesbian family life by revealing authentic moments. Unfortunately the movement for LGBT rights doesn't shift at the same pace around the country. Certain regions make strides ...

L.M. Bogad’s Economusic Performance

Created: 12 May 2012

Here's a short excerpt of (CAA West Coast Director) Larry Bogad's new Economusic which he performed on March 30 in New York at the Austrian Cultural Forum. Contact Larry to bring it to your ...

The Pigs vs. The Freaks

Created: 04 Mar 2012

Will we see a Black Bloc vs. Riot Cops soccer match in ...

10 New Year’s resolutions for designers

Created: 03 Jan 2012

There's some great chunks of wisdom in this .net magazine post from Mike Monteiro that we can creatively adapt to our own practices. Like this: from number one: "Choose better problems to solve" We have more processing power, affordable tools, and combined intelligence right this very ...

Sarah Silverman, Comedy, and the idea of the meta-bigot

Created: 02 Jan 2012

This piece from Slate in 2005 introduces the interesting idea of a meta-bigots: Silverman has become an important member of a guerrilla vanguard in the culture wars that we might call the "meta-bigots".... The meta-bigots work at social problems indirectly; instead of discussing race, rape, ...

Always good stuff from ill doctrine

Created: 16 Dec 2011

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Frank Luntz on Occupy Wall Street

Created: 04 Dec 2011

"I'm so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I'm frightened to death," said Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist and one of the nation's foremost experts on crafting the perfect political message. "They're having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism." Luntz offered ...

Kids on Wall Street

Created: 27 Nov 2011

7 year old Interviews Occupy DC protesters   Wonder Showzen: Where will you hide when the revolution comes? This is from a couple years ago, but I have never forgotten it. [youtube ...

“‘Political Expressionism’ & Other Fallacies of Political Art” at Carnegie Mellon

Created: 08 Nov 2011

Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert are directors of the new Center for Artistic Activism. Stephen Duncombe is an Associate Professor at the Gallatin School and the Department of Media, Culture and Communications of New York, where he teaches the history and politics of media. Steve ...

Protesters Against Wall Street – NYTimes.com

Created: 09 Oct 2011

It is not the job of the protesters to draft legislation. That’s the job of the nation’s leaders, and if they had been doing it all along there might not be a need for these marches and rallies. Because they have not, the public airing of grievances is a legitimate and important end in itself. ...

Destructables Launch Party – San Francisco Oct 15

Created: 08 Oct 2011

From CAA friend Packard Jennings: Destructables.org: A user generated, Do-It-Yourself website for projects of protest and creative dissent. Details: Saturday October 15th from 4pm-7pm (demos start about 5pm) In the Studio for Urban Projects. 3579 17th street (at Dolores) San ...

The trouble with apocalypse

Created: 26 Sep 2011

The Post Carbon Institute published a thought provoking piece by Kurt Cobb on "apocalypse narratives." We hear these narratives every day in the news and popular culture. Cobb points out they've done a great job to "improve ratings and book sales" and then goes one to say "Peak oil, climate ...

NYU Launches “Artistic Activism” Research Group

Created: 26 Sep 2011

MEDIA ALERT Contact:  Stephen Duncombe sd47 at nyu.edu NYU Launches “Artistic Activism” Research Group Awarded 10K Funding For Two Years New York University awarded $10,000 to support research in Artistic Activism beginning this fall. The research group will be headed by NYU professor and ...

The CAA supports Beautiful Trouble. Will you?

Created: 23 Sep 2011

Beautiful Trouble will be a book & web toolbox that puts the best ideas and tactics of creative action in the hands of the next generation of change-makers, connecting the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest to the popular outrage of the current political moment. From ...

People power: It’s the taking part that counts – The Independent

Created: 14 Aug 2011

The jailed Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is part of a new cultural movement that's using people power to challenge society's vested interests If this is a new avant-garde then it's operating on a different set of aesthetic rules to previous generations of political art. Typically, ...

The greatest victory comes from culture, not weapons

Created: 03 Aug 2011

I've been reading Paul Provenza and Dan Dion's ¡SATIRISTAS! Comedians, Contrarians, Raconteurs & Vulgarians and it's filled with wonderful moments like the one above. The book is a series of 3-5 page interviews with comedians and satirists from Paul Krassner to Rosanne Barr. Every ...

Get Loud, Move Quickly, and Shifting Focus

Created: 30 Jul 2011

I love stuff like this because of the metaphors it supplies. I'm not a fighter. I haven't been in anything close to a fight in 15 years. I'm resistant to the idea of fighting, and fear fantasies where I would need this (knock on wood) though being prepared... ...

Pie-ing Murdoch: Activism or Egoism?

Created: 19 Jul 2011

An "activist" just tried to pie Rupert Murdoch and The New York Times Blog put it very simply: Unless the activist who charged at Mr. Murdoch wanted to help distract attention from his testimony -- and that of Rebekah Brooks, who is now giving evidence to the Commons select committee -- he ...

Laughter Against The Machine – Tour Documentary

Created: 15 Jul 2011

First, you have to know about W. Kamau Bell. W. KAMAU BELL is one of the fastest-rising socio-political comics in the United States, best known for his critically acclaimed solo show "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.” Praised by Punchline Magazine as “one of our ...

Man explains why he loves the Orlando Police Dept

Created: 10 Jul 2011

YouTube - ‪Shocking!! Man explains to WFTV News why he loves the Orlando Police Department - ...

Michael Albert argues for utopia

Created: 06 Jul 2011

Without using the word per se. Brilliant. [youtube ...

Can Conservative Political Humor Be Funny?

Created: 16 Jun 2011

"An Examination of The 1/2 Hour News Hour and An American Carol" on Splitsider today looks at why conservative political humor has failed. The crux of the argument is here: So where Surnow was wrong was in presuming that effective comedy tilts right or left, because the tilt of truly ...

Beyond The Choir:: Climate scientists reaching beyond the choir & dropping the F-bomb VIDEO

Created: 11 Jun 2011

reposted from BeyondTheChior A while back Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science, offered some sound advice to climate scientists about "good climate communication". Basically, if you're a climate scientist who wants society to take your data seriously, you have to be ...

The Importance of Stephen Colbert’s Bold and Subversive PAC

Created: 01 Jun 2011

Stephen Hoban has written a great summary and the full story is on Splitsider. Here's the beginning: On Wednesday night Stephen Colbert took on Comedy Central's parent company Viacom, calling out their lawyers for trying to block his attempts to form a political action committee for the ...

SCA New York participants announced

Created: 07 May 2011

The School for Creative Activism is excited to announce the participants of our 2011 workshop training in New York,NY. (this is a partial list) Amita Swadhin Amita Swadhin is dedicated to fighting interpersonal and institutional violence against young people. Her commitments stem from ...

200 years ago The Luddites used humor, spectacle, narrative, and myth

Created: 06 May 2011

From The Right To Be Lazy. Ned Ludd was a fictitious leader. Costumes, jokes, and more. Here's an excerpt: “The Luddites, as they soon became known, were dead serious about their protests. ... But they were also making fun, dispatching officious-sounding letters that began, ‘Whereas by the ...

School For Artistic Activism: ”Re-Teaching” at the Super G

Created: 01 May 2011

From Lee Walton's site: School For Artistic Activism:  ”Re-Teaching” at the Super G Recently, Lee Walton and Donovan McKnight were invited to participate in a the School For Artistic Activism in Mebane, NC. Taught by Steve Lambert and Stephen Duncombe, this 3 day intensive was ...

Overcoming political polarization… but not through facts

Created: 01 May 2011

Ethan Zuckerman has posted a beautiful piece that stitches together many of the ideas we deal with in How To Win and the Center for Artistic Activism. I can't recommend it enough: Overcoming political polarization… but not through facts It ties together polarization, confirmation bias, ...

Diggers: If you can act it out, it’s real.

Created: 23 Apr 2011

We thought: culture is much more important than politics. Let's just start getting people living the way they wanna live. You wanna live in a world where you don't have to work? Let's make it. You wanna live in a world where you can get food for free? Let's make it. You wanna live ...

New ‘Tactical Urbanism’ guide for aspiring guerrilla urbanists | Grist

Created: 09 Apr 2011

The Next Generation of New Urbanists yes, these are young New Urbanists, because New Urbanism has been around long enough that it's getting a little ... old and the Street Plans Collaborative want to help. They've put together a "Tactical Urbanism" guide that you can download for use when you ...

SCA North Carolina Participants Announced

Created: 23 Mar 2011

The School for Creative Activism is excited to announce the participants of our 2011 workshop training in Mebane, North Carolina. LaWana Mayfield My name is LaWana Mayfield and I reside in Charlotte, NC. I am a community activist working in the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender ...

Culture Gap – New York Bike Lanes

Created: 22 Mar 2011

Duncombe and I have said more than once "you can change the laws, but it won't matter if the culture doesn't change with it." For lack of a better term, I'm going to call this – for now – a Culture Gap. A change may be "the right thing," environmentally, economically, socially, for justice, ...

Design with Intent Toolkit

Created: 27 Jan 2011

Design with Intent:101 Patterns for Influencing Behaviour Through Design All design influences our behaviour, but as designers we don't always consciously consider the power this gives us to help people, (and, sometimes, to manipulate them). There's a huge opportunity for design for ...

Creative militancy meets militant creativity

Created: 28 Dec 2010

By Sarah Amsler Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University (Birmingham, UK) via the Huffington Post Under what might now need to be termed comparatively normal ...

In Kansas, Climate Skeptics Embrace Green Energy – NYTimes.com

Created: 11 Dec 2010

Attempts by the Obama administration to regulate greenhouse gases are highly unpopular here because of opposition to large-scale government intervention. Some are skeptical that humans might fundamentally alter a world that was created by God. If the heartland is to seriously reduce its ...

Arnold Schwarzenegger knows environmental leadership

Created: 19 Nov 2010

"I think that I have the talent of speaking the language in such a way so that the world understands it rather than making it complicated," he said. But don't expect ...

Q&A with the Art Newspaper

Created: 28 Oct 2010

We were asked these questions by the folks at The Art Newspaper... Is political art more relevant today? Stephen: Political art, or at least artistic politics, have been around for a long time. Think about the Bible: it's a story before it's anything else, Moses and Jesus were pretty stellar ...

Insane Clown Posse = secret Christians

Created: 15 Oct 2010

In brief – super violent, misogynistic, homophobic, white guy hip-hop act just announced they were Christian evangelicals and this was all part of their plan. Violent J explained himself unapologetically to a New Jersey newspaper: ”You have to speak their language. You have to interest ...

Creative Activism Recieves Soros Grant

Created: 05 Oct 2010

MEDIA ALERT Funds Awarded to Support Artists and Activists Working Together in “School for Creative Activism” Stephen Duncombe (NYU) and Steve Lambert (SMFA) Receive $45,000 Through George Soros’s Open Society Foundations Grant [caption id="attachment_959" align="aligncenter" width="300" ...

UCSD arts professor cleared in at least one investigation « Last Blog On Earth

Created: 13 Aug 2010

UCSD arts professor Ricardo Dominguez did not use school funds inappropriately, according to the findings of a University of California official investigation into Dominguez’s involvement with a controversial art project. On Jan. 11, the UC system began investigating Dominguez’s use of just ...

There's always something being said

Created: 10 Jul 2010

"There's always something being said. What I used to say to comics all the time was, if you're gonna stand on stage and talk to a room full of people, you might want to figure out what you wanna say." –Dylan ...

Imagine Peace by Yoko Ono

Created: 04 Jul 2010

IMAGINE PEACE by yoko ono to the pebble people: start your own campaign! A butterfly is hopping from flower to flower. Oh, good. I think. The butterfly is busybodying as usual. We are like butterflies. We busybody ourselves every day for our survival as we think we know how. But the ...

What is Winning? Results. – Indymedia Ireland

Created: 15 May 2010

Via Indymedia Ireland Activist Questionnaire Results This is an attempt at a summary of the results of questionnaires, interviews and a focus group at the Dublin Grassroots Gathering in June 2008 on the theme of what is winning in horizontal activism. This was done to hopefully be part of ...

About Culture Push

Created: 19 Apr 2010

Culture Push is about hands-on learning, group problem solving, serious play and creating connections. The mission of Culture Push is to create a lively exchange of ideas between many different communities; artists and non-artists, professional practitioners and laypeople, across generations, ...

Rebecca Bray and Britta Riley

Created: 19 Apr 2010

"in terms of success, it really became more than just the art project that’s sitting on the wall. It became something that people wanted to engage in and talk about the wider implications." "we actually ...

Carol Tavris – Mistakes Were Made

Created: 05 Apr 2010

Audio Interview at Carol Tavris - Mistakes Were Made | For Good Reason. Carol Tavris describes dissonance theory and how self-justification and self-deception often keep people from changing their minds even in the light of compelling contrary evidence, because the evidence is often ...

Hip-Hop Word Count™

Created: 17 Mar 2010

Hiop-Hop Word Count by Tahir Hemphill: We have developed a rubric that estimates the education level needed to understand each rhyme as well as, rates the artistic sophistication employed through the metaphors, similes, cultural references, consonantal/vocalic alliteration and overall ...

Provisions Library Blog

Created: 18 Feb 2010

Signal Fire is the blog of Provisions Library, a non-profit learning resource for arts and social change. Provisions ...

God Hates Flags

Created: 09 Feb 2010

The infamous westboro baptist church visited San Francisco. WBC’s hate-promoting signs were answered by multiple signs of randomness, nonsensical yelling, and even a unicorn. A portable stereo blared Lady GaGa, while press and people passing by ignored the WBC signs and took pictures and ...

Al Gore on Creative Activism

Created: 14 Jan 2010

Click to play or download here: Al Gore On Creative ...

badpaintingsofbarackobama.com

Created: 19 Dec 2009

just look at it: ...

Again, the truth doesn't matter

Created: 19 Dec 2009

A smart lefty is frustrated that the right is getting ahead by asserting lies and the left sticks to the truth. We know the answer here don't we? Use the truth but tap into the same outrage? Or? An excerpt from the folks at Poplicks: I know that there will always be fierce opposition to any ...

Underwear Gnomes

Created: 16 Dec 2009

Someone mentioned this to me. This still frame is from an episode of South Park where gnomes are stealing kids underwear. When asked why, they explain "stealing underwear is just phase 1." Profit is Phase 3. But apparently, none of the gnomes know what Phase 2 is and apparently they never ...

New Anti-Smoking Ads Warn Teens 'It's Gay To Smoke'

Created: 07 Dec 2009

New Anti-Smoking Ads Warn Teens 'It's Gay To ...

Excerpt from: The Culture Crash by James Panero

Created: 02 Dec 2009

While the argument Singer is making here is about philanthropy, one could extend that to any effort made at all. Why make art when you can volunteer at a soup kitchen and make a real difference? The author's rebuttal I find a little lacking and I think our artists have made a much better case. ...

Eve Mosher

Created: 11 Nov 2009

[private]Themes: Provoking intimate conversations and delivering more info. Pyramid scheme. Awakening as a political artist. Quantifiable metrics of success.[/private] In a few short years, Eve Mosher went from ...

From Rob Walker's "Linkpile"

Created: 28 Oct 2009

Artists plan to encase vacant Detroit home in ice: “To draw attention to foreclosures that have battered the region.” Yeah? is there a big problem with people not knowing about foreclosures and vacant housing in Michigan? I think that info is kind of, you know, out there. Why not do this in ...

Miami's Community Avengers

Created: 11 Sep 2009

Have No Fear the Community Avengers are Here! As the right wing mob mobilizes to shut down democratic debate on health care reform; as Van Jones is forced from the White House through distortions of the truth and plays on racial and political fears; as the recession deepens - the masked ...

In Response (from naylandblake.net)

Created: 09 Aug 2009

A friend wrote me a letter and after thinking about it for a while I decided that I wanted to respond to it here. He consented graciously to me reprinting it:hi Nayland, I hope you’re enjoying your travels. Can you answer me this? How do I keep the faith when everyone tells me my work is great ...

SFMOMA | OPEN SPACE » No More Posters! Let’s See Action!

Created: 31 Jul 2009

My specific point here is that it’s time for activist design to go further than simple commentary. Not that commentary can’t provoke change or discourse, but in an age where anyone with a laptop, a wireless connection, and a Facebook account can procure the figurative equivalent of 100 people ...

Art and Revolution – The MIT Press

Created: 09 Jul 2009

As hopeful as it is incisive, Art and Revolution encourages a new generation of artists and thinkers to refuse to participate in the tired prescriptions of marketplace and authority and instead create radical new methods of engagement. Raunig develops an indispensable, contemporary conception ...

Anti-Smoking Ads: pain, suffering and dismemberment works.

Created: 08 Jul 2009

Anti-smoking ads historically highlight one blunt fact: smoking kills. But the World Lung Foundation has analyzed the effectiveness of ads around the world targeting various cultures and discovered it's not that simple. Sandra Mullin, senior vice president at Communications for the World Lung ...

Tom Robbins on success

Created: 08 May 2009

"plans are one thing and fate another. when they coincide, success results. yet, success musn't be considered the absolute. it is questionable, for that matter, whether success is an adequate response to life. success can eliminate as many options as failure." -Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls ...

James Balog, art and journalism

Created: 05 Apr 2009

Listening to James Balog I realized there is another point on our spectrum; journalism.  At another point is the "political expressionist" and then, somewhere else, is the political artist (which maybe we need a more descriptive name). Balog brings back reports, takes photos, and shows images ...

Do It!

Created: 09 Mar 2009

[audio:http://howtowin.visitsteve.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/01-do-it-1.mp3] The Pink Fairies - Do It (1971) Listen to this song and you can't help but be reminded.  You can't succeed if you don't do it. Don't think about it, don't talk about it, don't write about it, you just gotta do ...

“But Does it Work?” discussion at Elizabeth Foundation

Created: 23 Feb 2009

But Does it Work? Art, Activism and the Interventionist’s Gesture Tuesday, February 24, 6:30 pm A Conversation between Joseph DeLappe, Stephen Duncombe, and Steve Lambert Artists/activists Joseph DeLappe and Steve Lambert join writer/activist/media scholar Stephen Duncombe to discuss what ...

On The Media: The Science of Media Relations

Created: 20 Feb 2009

Being a brilliant scientist doesn't always translate into being a good talking head on television or even a good source for a science reporter. So the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University was created to give scientists a better understanding of how to deal with the media. ...

Jonah Lehrer on Colbert

Created: 15 Feb 2009

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Jonah Lehrer Emotions vs. Rationality in decision making. Artists need to embrace the emotional influence their work has in decision ...

Environmental Facts

Created: 03 Feb 2009

I have been working with a general assumption that most people, in 2008/9, understand that there is a climate crisis. Yet some artists and activists have been a little slow in adapting to this shift in popular knowledge; making work that tells people, again, about the horrible state of our ...

There is no "win"

Created: 23 Jan 2009

Ok, I am kinda lovin' Jay Smooth right now. Success means that we move further towards the ideals. Victories are only evidence that progress is possible, and that we are moving further towards those ideals. So measuring success is acknowledging the victories along the way, and realizing ...

The power of the symbolic win (do-over)

Created: 23 Jan 2009

apparently I added the wrong video the last time I tried to do this, so let me try again. Mainly for Jay and Duncombe. I think at the core, one of the things he's talking about, is if all that work getting Obama elected actually ...

Michael Israel inspires change!

Created: 23 Jan 2009

(check 1:30 in) See, what happens is, you see this, and then you go home and you decide you're going to do that thing that you've always wanted to. There is a direct line from him painting to you acting, he tells ...

George Bush discusses what's effective

Created: 19 Dec 2008

Not effective: Simply drawing attention to yourself. Yelling at him at a political rally.  Flipping him off. Effective: throwing a shoe at him and the press asking questions. Conclusions: The more unusual things one does that stray from U.S. norms and culture that cause the press to ask ...

Andy Goldsworthy

Created: 17 Dec 2008

Words do their jobs but what I'm doing here says a lot ...

Utopia

Created: 17 Dec 2008

Outopia derived from the Greek 'ou' for "no" and '-topos' for "place," a fictional, this means unrealistic or directly translated "Nothing, no matter what" This is the other half from Eutopia, and the two together combine to ...

Design and the end of the world

Created: 05 Dec 2008

Comment from Irene Maui about JooYoun Paek's conceptual design/art works: I'm tired of reading and looking to design as Art, making people to be confused about it. Some people are just looking for fame, and not really thinking on giving creative answers. The world is about to explode, and we ...

Bill Ayers on Fresh Air

Created: 26 Nov 2008

Bill Ayers on Fresh Air with Terry Gross This is an except from the end of the interview that I thought was relevant to the questions we're asking in How to Win. Gross: Do you think some of the tactics that you took on were in some part this youthful expression of anger, something that only ...

Marketing Lessons from Obama's Campaign – BusinessWeek

Created: 26 Nov 2008

In recent weeks, I've ended up more than once amid marketing executives discussing, with apparent seriousness, what the purveyors of ordinary products can learn from the campaign that sold America on Barack Obama. To which my response is, well, they can learn lots. As long as they, too, sell ...

Oh Yes They Did! – artnet Magazine

Created: 21 Nov 2008

My take is a little different. If anything, I think activists are already excessively focused on the media. People often judge the success of a demonstration primarily on how much media coverage it receives, rather than seeing demonstrations as a place to gain confidence, meet people and ...

LIVERMORE / Anti-nuke activists lose out on bid to run weapons lab

Created: 26 Oct 2008

A bid by Bay Area anti-nuclear weapons activists and the New College of California to take over Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been rejected by the U.S. nuclear weapons agency. Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) out of Livermore, New College in San ...

Wassup 2008

Created: 25 Oct 2008

Funny, engaged in pop culture, arguably hard-hitting message... this is ...

Laugh at a Campaign Pitch? Sure. Visit the Grandparents? Not So Much. – NYTimes.com

Created: 23 Oct 2008

MIAMI — When Sarah Silverman told young Jews to get their lazy rotund rear ends to Florida to persuade their grandparents to vote for Senator Barack Obama, one question loomed: Would they go? This weekend was the first big test, a kickoff for the so-called Great Schlep, and so far, ...

Aaron Gach / The Center for Tactical Magic

Created: 26 Sep 2008

Aaron Gach is the founder of the Center for Tactical Magic and has a notable background. As part of his art training, he studied with a magician, a ninja, and a private investigator. Under the auspices of the ...

Design Won't Save The World

Created: 08 Sep 2008

Yimmys ...

The Penguin "gets it"

Created: 07 Sep 2008

YouTube - ...

Seun Kuti

Created: 04 Sep 2008

Seun Kuti was interviewed on PRI's Sound of Young America a couple weeks ago. Choice excerpt typed below and you can listen to the whole program here: SK: Afrobeat is not pop. JT: Did you ever think that you would be – because afrobeat was certainly popular in Nigeria, it's not *the* pop ...

I’m Rubber, You’re Glue …

Created: 28 Aug 2008

by Jonathan Alter Published Aug 23, 2008 From Newsweek magazine issue dated Sep 1, 2008 It's hard to predict what will stick. 'It's the economy, stupid' was a hand-scrawled sign hung in Little Rock. When NEWSWEEK reported earlier this summer that the McCain family owns at least seven houses, ...

Ogilvy: "speak their language"

Created: 23 Aug 2008

"If you're trying to persuade people into do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think." - David Ogilvy via The Hidden ...

GRL's James Powderly detained in Beijing for planning pro-Tibet

Created: 19 Aug 2008

“James is a unique voice in the world, who lives and breathes art and technology for the purpose of promoting and enabling freedom of expression for all,” said Nathan Dorjee, Director of Technology for Students for a Free Tibet. “His trip to Beijing, in support of the Tibetan ...

Tropic Thunder – comedy is anarchy

Created: 13 Aug 2008

...in comedy, context is everything. "Tropic Thunder"... doesn't risk simply offending; at times the picture is almost appalling in its tastelessness -- I watched parts of it agape. But Stiller and his ensemble... understand that comedy is anarchy. As much as we want our lives to be stable and ...

Natalie Jeremijenko

Created: 12 Aug 2008

YouTube - Interview: Feedback Artist, Natalie Jeremijenko Also in the NYT today: “People are frustrated by their inability to cope with environmental problems in their apartments and their neighborhoods,” said George Thurston, a professor of environmental medicine at New York University ...

The first challenge of climate crisis is…

Created: 11 Jul 2008

The most fundamental reality at the present time is that the human species has over shot the capacity of the planet to sustain it. Both in terms of human numbers and in terms of the impact these human beings have on the planet. This is a very challenging situation and the first challenge is ...

Quote from Georg Baselitz

Created: 26 Jun 2008

This mythology of the lone genius, isolated from society, and relieved of social responsibility, is summed up for me in these comments by the painter Georg Baselitz: "The artist is not responsible to anyone. His social role is asocial; his only responsibility consists in an attitude to the ...

How to Win! An Introduction…

Created: 25 Jun 2008

The Steves: As a political artist, how can you know when you’ve been successful? Hans Haacke: I’ve been asked that question many times, and that question requires one to go around it before one really avoids it. "How to Win" is a work in progress by Stephen Duncombe, an academic, and Steve ...

Architect Lebbeus Woods

Created: 23 Jun 2008

In all honesty I don't know Woods' work well. Just finished this interview and he has a reputation for making radical work that changes perceptions. Some excerpts: "It wasn't about cleaning up the mess [in the Sarajevo project] or fixing the damage; it was more about a transformation in the ...

The New York Times: Street Maps in Political Hues

Created: 16 Jun 2008

This is an old Eyebeam R&D Project.  If you haven't used Fundrace, try it out.  There's something amazing about having access to the information.  But what is happening exactly?  Accoutability?  Transparency?  What is the result?  Maybe we should talk to ...

PRWatch: Corporate Sponsored Slacktivism

Created: 15 Jun 2008

After reading this, I wonder if artists or activists have been unwittingly influenced/inspired by some of these token, ineffective campaigns? If the culture is openly celebrating these supposed victories, one might believe they are actually effective. By Anne Landeman Recently while ...

Web Analytics

Created: 29 Apr 2008

Web analytics allow you to track how many people are visiting your site, what sites they are coming from, what words they use to search when finding your site, and more. Without knowing who is looking at your site, you can know what they are looking at, for how long, in what order, they city ...

Loss Aversion, Greenpeace, and Health

Created: 29 Apr 2008

Here's a pattern of tactics I realized have something in common. They all work by presenting a threat. Loss aversion, as it can be called, can be more motivating - using the stick instead of the carrot. ## Example 1 From Greenpeace:## The ranking criteria reflect the demands of the Toxic ...

CarrotMob gives stores incentive to go green

Created: 28 Apr 2008

Blackmailing (not really) store owners by offering to bring tons of motivated customers if they will do the most to make their store energy efficient. Documented very well - including dollar amounts. Carrotmob Makes It Rain from carrotmob on ...

Future Farmers: ~Human Knot~

Created: 06 Apr 2008

One month after the United States invaded Iraq, Futurefarmers put out a public call for people to come to the Marin Headlands to join in a Human Knot. A human knot starts out with a group of people holding hands in a big circle. People are then asked to get tangled and twisted up without ...

NYT – April Fool! The Purpose of Pranks

Created: 06 Apr 2008

By BENEDICT CAREY Published: April 1, 2008 Keep it above the belt, stop short of total humiliation and, if possible, mix in some irony, some drama, maybe even a bogus call from the person’s old flame or new ...

NYT – Is the Ad a Success? The Brain Waves Tell All

Created: 06 Apr 2008

Neuroscience can provide “a more accurate way to understand what consumers really like,” Mr. Stagliano said, which helps to produce ads and programs that “break through the clutter” rather than contribute to ...

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