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Federico Hewson

Created: 05 Dec 2016

[T]here’s socially engaged art, there’s socially engaged business, and there can also be socially engaged horticulture; flowers working for different social issues, whether that’s fundraising or awareness or development. Federico Hewson is a writer, curator, and activist currently based in ...

André Leipold

Created: 11 Aug 2016

It’s not that we have a vision necessarily, but we try to poke holes in the scenery - a scenery which is built up by the politicians, by the media. They are playing theatre, too, with our lives and with our destinies. We are making a counter-theatre to go against theirs. So, by poking holes in ...

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, ...

School for Creative Activism in Berlin – THE MOVIE!

Created: 06 Apr 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmosHKR-TqM In October 2015, in collaboration with Transgender Europe (TGEU) and funded by Open Society Foundations, we travelled to Berlin to carry out a School for Creative Activism Workshop with trans-activists and artists from across Europe. From 8-11 ...

Andrew Boyd

Created: 15 Mar 2016

“I think there is something affirming of our humanity in culture - in the community building side of things. A connective tissue, quilting all of us together and creating meaning as you strive for these outcomes. That is different from operational politics - when you’re just trying to do turn ...

The Axes of Art and Activism

Created: 19 Feb 2016

What happens when 4 of the greatest minds in Æfficacy get together and brainstorm around creative activism? The Axes of Arts and Activism, that's what! This is Artistic Activism Technology (AAT) so advanced even we aren't sure what it means yet. But to be clear - when it is ready we'll know ...

Avram Finkelstein

Created: 11 Feb 2016

“That’s the thing about history, you know, history is capital. The reason why I think the distinctions are worth knowing about is while communal responses, political responses, like ACT UP are incredibly valuable and noteworthy, there’s also power in the individual voice. It was six gay men, ...

Guerilla Girls on Colbert!

Created: 20 Jan 2016

The anonymous feminist art collective Guerrilla Girls appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night and talked about gender inequality in the art world. The collective is known for wearing gorilla masks and using the names of deceased female artists as monikers. Kathe, ...

School for Creative Activism: Berlin Participants Announced

Created: 07 Oct 2015

Hallo! Wie geht es dir? We're good, thanks for asking, and we're in Berlin about to start our latest School for Creative Activism - This time we're working on Advocacy Campaigns to Support Trans Activism in Europe, supported by Open Society Foundations.  We've got an incredible group of ...

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 ...

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 ...

ACTIPEDIA REVISITED: THE PINK CHADDI CAMPAIGN

Created: 08 Mar 2015

It's International Women's Day! So this week, we're taking a look at a really powerful piece of collective creative activism that managed to have a real material impact on a very troubling and potentially violent situation. The Pink Chaddi Campaign was an action devised by the “Consortium ...

Coming Soon: The Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions

Created: 07 Mar 2015

A monthly podcast about the most popular, highest grossing, mainstream culture. How we can use all that bad stuff for good? In each episode an an academic, an activist, and an artist from the Center for Artistic Activism will help navigate through the garbage looking for treasure. Coming ...

ACTIPEDIA REVISITED: WOMEN ON WAVES

Created: 28 Feb 2015

So this week we're doffing our caps to the work of Women on Waves, who worked with our good friends at Yes Lab to create the www.diesalforwomen.com website 'Misopolis', a fabricated fashion brand which claimed to provide free abortion pills to its female workers in order to set them free and ...

ACTIPEDIA REVISITED: McDONALD’s VIDEOGAME

Created: 19 Feb 2015

This week we're taking a look at the McDonald's Videogame, where you own and operate a McDonald's restaurant. In the game you have the choice to try to operate ethically or make decisions like using genetically modified soy or administering bovine growth hormone. If you go the ethical route, ...

ACTIPEDIA REVISITED: PRINCESS HIJAB

Created: 12 Feb 2015

‘My art has nothing to do with religion.’ This week we’re throwing the spotlight on the guerilla street art of Princess Hijab. Princess Hijab détournes advertising in public spaces: superimposing black veils onto the iconography of popular culture. ‘The Hijab is very powerful, not just ...

ACTIPEDIA REVISTED: PRO-CHOICE TROLLING

Created: 06 Feb 2015

From the vaults of Actipedia this week we're looking at a subtle way of subverting your local store to do your messaging for you! When Hobby Lobby, the US craft store, filed a lawsuit against a federal mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives Jasmine Shea ...

Actipedia revisited: Public Movement – ‘Re-Branding European Muslims’ (2012)

Created: 15 Jan 2015

Each week we'll be calling back to an example of creative activism from our website Actipedia - an open-access, user-generated database of creative activism. This week we'd like to highlight this really powerful piece of arts activism by Public Movement, a Tel Aviv based ‘performative ...

Creativetime 2012: How to disrupt the financial order with humor, creativity and a dash of mischief

Created: 24 Feb 2013

In Creativetime 2012, artist-activist Leónidas Martín from Enmedio Collective in Spain gives different guidelines on how make protest artistic, effective and ...

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Created: 19 Feb 2013

http://youtu.be/dxEvsj80fsE Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both ...

“You can also define creative intervention as a real move”: Fragments of an interview with Andrew Boyd

Created: 13 Feb 2013

Andrew Boyd describes himself as an “author, activist, and prankster for social change”, involved in campaigns such as Billionaires for Bush or The other 98%. Together with Dave Oswald Mitchell, he recently edited Beautiful Trouble. A toolbox for revolution, a kind of instruction manual for ...

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. ...

Tim DeChristopher speaks from prison

Created: 27 Sep 2011

Letter from prison: Tim DeChristopher speaks The following text appeared in a handwritten letter from Tim DeChristopher addressed to Grist’s Jennifer Prediger. If I had ever doubted the power of words, Judge Benson made their importance all too clear at my sentencing last month. ...

#OccupyWallStreet Bleeds and Leads

Created: 27 Sep 2011

Here is an interesting article from Waging Nonviolence about Occupy Wall Street. A bit after 10 p.m. on Saturday night in occupied Liberty Plaza, there was a celebration around the media tables. Photocopied facsimiles of Sunday’s New York Daily News were being passed around and ...

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... ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Utah Student Wrecks Federal Land Auction

Created: 02 Jan 2009

This guy is great. He saw an opportunity and jumped on it, disrupting a corrupt auction, costing major corporations money, and drawing attention to an issue that easily could have been buried under the mountain of year-end top 10 lists and countless other examples of Bush Administration ...

Candy Raver Russian Revolutionaries

Created: 02 Dec 2008

Not everyone has much faith in art-activism, but you can't please 'em all. Do symbolic protests accomplish anything more than raising morale for the protesters? If not is it enough to simply raise morale? Or do actions like this War prank create temporary autonomous zones and manifest, albeit ...

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 ...

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 ...

Get Your War On: Terrorist Watch List

Created: 03 Aug 2008

This is a new video from 23/6.com a political-ish comedy site. The video is about a serious issue, but treats it in a comical-ish way. Which is a fine strategy if done well, but I there's just not quite enough substance here. All you really get from the video is that there's a terrorist watch ...

San Francisco to vote on naming sewer after George Bush

Created: 29 Jun 2008

Is this art? Is it activistm? Certainly, the power elite are not shaking in their boots over such stunts, but this just viscerally seems right. via: the Independet By Guy Adams in Los Angeles Friday, 27 June 2008 San Francisco Public Utilities Commission The plant that could be renamed ...

Game Culture

Created: 26 Jun 2008

Play is one of the earliest and most important activities of mammals; helping adolescents learn the skills they need to survive. Games take the free play of the animal kingdom and apply rules and constraints, which have the ability to teach and develop the values and beliefs of a culture. The ...

Gran Fury talks to Douglas Crimp

Created: 26 Jun 2008

Gran Fury talks to Douglas Crimp - Interview ArtForum, April, 2003 DOUGLAS CRIMP: One of your members, Mark Simpson, is no longer with us. Perhaps we can officially dedicate our remarks here to his memory. When did Mark die? TOM KALIN: Mark died of AIDS on November 10, 1996. DC: Okay, ...

Home Invasion as Art

Created: 26 Jun 2008

For the past four years, Critical Art Ensemble's Steve Kurtz has been a martyr in the world of activist art, the victim of overzealous FBI investigatory impropriety. The case against him was utterly absurd, Kafka-esque even. Thankfully,though, the judge saw reason this month and his case was ...

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 ...

How George Carlin Changed Comedy

Created: 23 Jun 2008

via: Time When the culture began to change in the late 1960s — when the old one-liner comics on the Ed Sullivan Show were looking pretty tired and irrelevant to a younger generation experimenting with drugs and protesting the War in Vietnam — George Carlin was the most important stand-up ...

Photographer Documents Secret Satellites — All 189 of Them

Created: 23 Jun 2008

BERKELEY, California -- For most people, photographing something that isn't there might be tough. Not so for Trevor Paglen. His shots of 189 secret spy satellites are the subject of a new exhibit -- despite the fact that, officially speaking, the satellites don't exist. The Other Night Sky, ...

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 ...