Inside The Box: People don’t actually like creativity

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 world creatively is supposed to be an asset, even a virtue. …

Reflection from Pakistani Participant

Recently we hosted a group of Pakistani Visual Artists for a short workshop in Creative Activism (Read more about that workshop here). One of the participants, Sehr Jalil Raja,  shared a recent post about her experiences on the trip to New York and DC. To hear all about her discoveries and adventures, follow this link to …

Activist Art: Does it Work? — from OPEN! Journal

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 the jungles of Vietnam, but the lesson still applies. Today, the political landscape is one of signs and symbols, story …

School for Creative Activism, a project of the Center for Artistic Activism — Social Text

Overview The first rule of guerrilla warfare is to know the terrain and use it to your advantage. No longer does this require navigating the mountains of Cuba with a rifle on one’s back, as today’s political topography is one of symbols and signs, images and expressions. From small community organizations to international NGOs, the School …

Crossed Legs Movement

Colombian women are enacting a Lysistrata. The sex strike is being called the “crossed legs movement.”  Barbacaos’s sex strike will only end when the road is fixed. Barbacaos (small town in southwest Colombia) is accessible only by very poorly maintained dirt road. Apparently a trip to the closest hospital can take up to 14 hours… …

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

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, and still able …

Are you an overworked activist?

“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. This is to distract us from the …

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

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 efforts to not only get paid a decent wage …