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 open-access wiki of creative activism Our new creative […]
…with our experts Sydney and Sebastian Railla-Duncombe. Stephen Duncombe’s kids: Sydney and Sebastian Show Notes Part 1 – we read and respond to your letters! A letter from the famous and acclaimed writer, Mr. Jason Grote about our TGI Fridays episode. Greensboro sit-ins happened at Woolworth’s – Wikipedia – The Greensboro sit-ins were a series […]
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 Berry.
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’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 Crimson. Trump, the real-estate mogul turned Republican presidential frontrunner, inadvertently became the center of […]
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! 3 sides of Linda Sarsour Our guest: Linda Sarsour, is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, a White House recognized “Champion of Change”, […]
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 City with our special […]
“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 rock drummer Max […]
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 give […]
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 Protest African Seer – Sex At the Specs – Sex Workers […]
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 popular? And what can […]
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 installation on the condition that we hide […]
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 […]
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 communication as artists, they have a unique power […]
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 with spending a night in jail […]
Great summary of “Outstanding Radical Art And Global Movements in 2014” from Christian L. Frock.
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.
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 – Emerson
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 writer who says she wants reparations for “yellow […]