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Webinar #25: How Do We Know If It Works Part 2

Created: 20 Apr 2018

This is the second part of one of our most popular webinars ever! How do we know if socially-engaged art works? We talk with ...

Sheba Remy Kharbanda

Created: 22 Mar 2018

“When I was doing grassroots work… around specific issues associated with trauma [like] state violence [and] sexual violence. I found that I wasn’t offering enough just documenting it. Witnessing is very ...

Dara Greenwald

Created: 13 Mar 2018

“You could go down to any commercial gallery and see political art. It has political content, it has a critique, opposition, maybe a submerged expression that was not readily validated by dominant culture. ...

Felicia Young

Created: 29 Sep 2016

My theory is one of creative collaboration and joyous affirmation -- activating change through the inspirational power of the arts and affecting the individual on a deep emotional level, which can be ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Decaying Russian Buildings Transformed into Character Art

Created: 20 Mar 2013

Russian artist Nikita Nomerz art series,   “The Living Wall,” resurrects dilapidated buildings by turning them into pieces of art. In his interview with  Global Street Art, Nikita explains the reasoning behind his series.... I paint in the street, in public spaces, but I do not position ...

Grace and Gravity – Monumental Work by El Anatsui

Created: 25 Feb 2013

http://youtu.be/5I7XZL9KjFQ "In the exhibition are twelve recent monumental wall and floor sculptures, widely considered to represent the apex of Anatsui’s career. The metal wall works, created with bottle caps from a distillery in Nsukka, are pieced together to form colorful, textured ...

“Living in Limbo” brings LGBT issues to the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama

Created: 16 May 2012

Living in Limbo: A contemporary photography exhibit that honors the complexities of lesbian family life by revealing authentic moments. Unfortunately the movement for LGBT rights doesn't shift at the same pace around the country. Certain regions make strides ...

People power: It’s the taking part that counts – The Independent

Created: 14 Aug 2011

The jailed Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is part of a new cultural movement that's using people power to challenge society's vested interests If this is a new avant-garde then it's operating on a different set of aesthetic rules to previous generations of political art. Typically, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Jacques Ranciere on political art

Created: 10 Jan 2009

[A]n aesthetic politics always defines itself by a certain recasting of the distribution of the sensible, a reconfiguration of the given perceptual forms....The dream of a suitable political work of art is in fact the dream of disrupting the relationship between the visible, the sayable, and ...

Andy Goldsworthy

Created: 17 Dec 2008

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Hans Haacke

Created: 21 Apr 2008

Hans Haacke lecture Gallatin School, New York University, April 15, 2008 S&S: As a political artist, how can you know when you’ve been successful? Haacke: I’ve been asked that question many times, and that ...

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 ...

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