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Diana Arce

Created: 01 Sep 2016

[T]he change has to come from socialization. It’s the way that people are being taught to interact with other people. I don’t think it’s something that’s going to come quickly; I think it’s a generational issue. If we do enough right things now and teach these younger generations of people ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

badpaintingsofbarackobama.com

Created: 19 Dec 2009

just look at it: ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Art Hoax Unites Europe in Displeasure

Created: 15 Jan 2009

This is a beautiful example of how activist-pranksters can exploit bureaucracy's Achilles heel. The artist commissioned for this work, David Cerny "is notorious for thumbing his nose at the establishment," says the article. I mean, just look at his website. The man once ...

"Oblique Strategies": Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's "How to Win" card game

Created: 11 Jan 2009

  Brian Eno, the father of ambient music and Peter Schmidt, an English artist, created this deck of cards called Oblique Strategies in 1975. It is now in it's fifth edition. Via Drawn!: Oblique Strategies is a deck of cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt after thinking about ...

Andy Goldsworthy

Created: 17 Dec 2008

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

A Kinder Gentler Empire

Created: 04 Nov 2008

Sinfest is both incredibly dark and refreshingly soft-hearted. The author, you can tell, is earnest. He doesn't hate the US, he loves its ideals, but he also has no illusions about its past crimes and current hypocrisies. Check out Sinfest daily. via: ...

Mark Fiore's Subversive Cartoons

Created: 28 Oct 2008

Mark Fiore is a political Flash cartoonist who cranks out a new short almost every week. He is clearly a liberal Democrat and his cartoons slant that way, but even when I find the ideas annoying or simplistic, or superficially critical, the cartoons are still funny. There are objectively funny ...

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 ...

The State: Free Market Store

Created: 18 Aug 2008

For those not fortunate enough to remember watching The State, it was a brilliant comedy show often surreal or scatalogicaly political. This skit rolls with a black comedy to match the best Monty Python, and gets the viewer with a brujtally funny depiction of Eastern Europe after the Iron ...

I met the Walrus

Created: 13 Aug 2008

In 1970, a fourteen year old boy named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Montreal room during their "peace in." The following animated short, I Met the Walrus, is based on a recording of their conversations. It was nominated for an Oscar for "best animated short" at the 2008 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kurt Vonnegut Interview Mashup

Created: 01 Aug 2008

I read Timequake (one of Vonnegut's last books) recently and was surprised to see how often it related to the How to Win project. The novel isn't about any one theme, but ideas of art and affecting change are woven throughout. Vonnegut seems to be reflecting on how his literature has ...

E Waste

Created: 22 Jul 2008

The winning entry for the environment category in this year’s Media that Matters Film Festival was a short animated film about the dangers of electronic waste. And what consumers can do to help the problem. I'm not sure if I find it effective or annoying. You ...

Artists are Now Taking the Lead the Politicians Have Failed to Give (2007)

Created: 20 Jul 2008

Madeleine Bunting “Artists are Now Taking the Lead the Politicians Have Failed to Give” The Live Art Almanac Live Art UK, 2008 pp. 51-53 Originally published in the Guardian, 21 May 2007 “Artists now get lumbered with expectations that in other cultures might fall to shamans, preachers or ...

Letter from Oaxaca (2006)

Created: 20 Jul 2008

Guilermo Gómez-Peña "Letter from Oaxaca: Performing the Flames" The Live Art Almanac Live Art UK, 2008 pp. 47-50 Originally published as an e-mail, August 20, 2006 "Opening day arrived, and while we we were setting up in the Museum, 50,000 citizens had gatherd outside to support the teachers. ...

"People Are Strange": a night of multimedia performance and projections

Created: 06 Jul 2008

Marisa Olsen's upcoming show is about "an active artist's earliest creative efforts and they provide evidence of an obsession with music, genre, psychology, and personal narrative that shines through in her more recent artworks." It is an exhibition to celebrate the release of her book, ...

We Ask Your Attention (1938)

Created: 02 Jul 2008

British Surrealist Group (1938) We Ask Your Attention From a pamphlet issued by the British Surrealist Group, designed by Henry Moore, London,1938 (reprinted in Art and Social Change, Will Bradley and Charles Esche, eds., London: Tate, 2007, pp. 110-114) [From a pamphlet arguing for ...

Art and Propaganda (1924)

Created: 02 Jul 2008

William Pickens (1924) Art and Propaganda Extract from The Messenger, New York, April 1924 (reprinted in Art and Social Change, Will Bradley and Charles Esche, eds., London: Tate, 2007, pp. 74-75) [A remarkably succinct and articulate explanation and defense of propaganda in art] It ...

Programme Declaration (1919)

Created: 02 Jul 2008

Komfut (1919) Programme Declaration Iskusstvo Kommuny (Art of the Commune) No. 8, Petrograd, 26 January 1919 (reprinted in Art and Social Change, Will Bradley and Charles Esche, eds., London: Tate, 2007, pp. 68) “ A communist regime demands a communist consciousness. All forms of life. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

En Avant Dada: A History of Dadaism(1920)

Created: 25 Jun 2008

Richard Huelsenbeck (1920) En Avant Dada: A History of Dadaism From En Avant Dada: Eine Geschichte des Dadaismus, 1920 (reprinted in Art and Social Change, Will Bradley and Charles Esche, eds., London: Tate, 2007, pp. 61-68) From the First German Dadaist Manifesto, written by ...

The Socialist Ideal: Art (1891)

Created: 25 Jun 2008

William Morris (1891) “The Socialist Ideal: Art” New Review, January 1891 (reprinted in Art and Social Change, Will Bradley and Charles Esche, eds., London: Tate, 2007, pp. 47-52) “…I assert that socialism is an all-embracing theory of life, and that as it has an ethic and a religion of its ...

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, ...

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 ...

good answer to a relevant question by some guy

Created: 30 Apr 2008

Q: Of the various projects the Anti-Advertising Agency has been involved in, which ones do you think have been most successful? A: I don’t really know for sure. To know we would have to do what is done in any marketing campaign, which is an impartial evaluation — surveys, testing, etc. And we ...

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 ...