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Publications

DREAM: RE-IMAGINING PROGRESSIVE POLITICS IN AN AGE OF FANTASY – FREE PDF

Created: 13 Feb 2018

 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 ...

AN OPEN LETTER TO CRITICS WRITING ABOUT POLITICAL ART

Created: 12 Feb 2018

Last weekend Creative Time held their fourth annual summit on the current state of artistic activism. Over two days, scores of political artists from around the world gave short presentations and organized longer workshops. Hundreds of people participated. The critical response, so far, has ...

SCHOOL FOR CREATIVE ACTIVISM, A PROJECT OF THE CENTER FOR ARTISTIC ACTIVISM — SOCIAL TEXT

Created: 12 Feb 2018

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 ...

ACTIVIST ART: DOES IT WORK? — FROM OPEN! JOURNAL

Created: 12 Feb 2018

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 ...

Lessons From Utopia

Created: 24 Aug 2017

Adapted from the C4AA's upcoming book How To Win: The Art of Activism, this is an article by Co-Directors Duncombe and Lambert about how Artistic Activists can use the idea and ideal of Utopia. Lessons From Utopia Part 1 Lessons From Utopia Part 2 Lessons From Utopia Part ...

Protest Sign

Created: 12 Feb 2017

Leading up to the Women’s March(es) on January 21, 2017, C4AA Co-Director Stephen Duncombe was asked to write about a “political object” for the web journal HiLoBrow.  He chose to write about a protest sign he had made and carried at an earlier march. ...

Can Art Save Us from Bullshit? The Practice of Making Political Art that Works

Created: 12 Feb 2017

In November of 2016, C4AA Co-Director Stephen Duncombe and School for Creative Activism alumnus Silas Harrebye were invited to Oslo Norway to do a presentation (with local actors!) at the National Theatre as part of the Public Calling conference. They later wrote up a version of this ...

Affect and Effect: Artful Activism and Political Impact

Created: 12 Feb 2017

As part of a collection of essays on The Democratic Public Sphere (edited by Henrik Kaare Nielsen, et al.) C4AA Co-Director Stephen Duncombe writes about the history of a protest as a performance, what this looks like in an age of global information flows, and the problems of protocols and ...

Does it Work? The Æffect of Art Activism

Created: 12 Feb 2017

In this article, published in Social Research in 2016,  C4AA Co-Director Stephen Duncombe muses on the different ways in which activist art can “work,” In the process, presenting the patented C4AA mathematical formula for success. No kidding, well kinda kidding. ...

Protest Scenography

Created: 12 Feb 2017

C4AA Co-Director Stephen Duncombe considers protest as a performance piece in this short 2013 article in Performance Research, using case studies from the Civil Rights campaign to desegregate Birmingham, Alabama to Occupy Wall Street. ...

No Longer Interested

Created: 15 Apr 2016

In 2014, Center Co-Director Steve Lambert was asked to contribute to A Blade of Grass’ 'Growing Dialogue', a series of practitioner-led articles and opinion pieces circling around questions of the affect and effect of art and social practice. Steve's contribution was No Longer Interested, ...

INTRODUCTORY ESSAY FOR ‘TRUTH IS CONCRETE’

Created: 15 Apr 2016

In 2014, Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert were invited to write an introductory essay for “Truth is Concrete: A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics". It includes essays from, among many others: Andy Bichlbaum, Reverend Billy, Andrew Boyd, Tania Bruguera, Andrea Fraser, ...

On Utopia

Created: 15 Apr 2016

Keri Smith is a long-time friend of the Center, and even sits on our board! For her 2014 book, The Imaginary World Of…, Center Co-Director Steve Lambert was asked to write a few words on Utopia, so he did... (Also - check out her latest book, "The Wander Society") On Utopia The problem ...

‘No One Wants To Watch A Drum Circle’ (and Something for the Letters Section of The Sun Magazine)

Created: 15 Apr 2016

Back in 2011, Center Co-Director Steve Lambert wrote a short piece called “No One Wants to Watch a Drum Circle” for the Beautiful Trouble book (which you can read here). That piece was selected to be included in The Sun Magazine in 2014. After it was published, someone who didn’t like his ...

And What Do I Do Now?

Created: 07 Apr 2016

Center Co-Director Steve Lambert presented this talk at the Responsible Data Forum in January. We think it's got a lot to say about how to turn data towards social goals so we thought we'd share it. USING DATA VISUALIZATION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE Those who visualize data can be reluctant to sully ...