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The Copenhagen Experiment: The Report

Created: 24 Sep 2019

The past decade has witnessed a surge in “artistic activism,” both in practice and its study. Whether it actually works, however, is still a matter of faith more than fact. What has not been done is an ...

The Copenhagen Experiment

Created: 19 May 2018

The past decade has witnessed a surge in “artistic activism,” both in practice and its study. Whether it actually works is however still a matter of faith more than fact. What has not been done is an ...

REPORT: ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF ARTISTIC ACTIVISM

Created: 27 Feb 2018

As the culmination of nearly a decade of interviews with practitioners of artistic activism, and over a year of reviewing the relevant academic literature and professional reports, the C4AA æfficacy project research team drafted a substantial report, Assessing the Impact of Artistic Activism. ...

Webinar #18: How Do We Know If It Works? Part 1

Created: 25 Jan 2018

  This is one of our most popular webinars. We're sorry if you missed it happening live, but you can check out the video, which is 97.587% as great. Sign up for future webinars to get in on the live action. In this webinar, Steve and Steve ...

What Would Jesus Do? (as a Creative Activist)

Created: 14 Apr 2017

By C4AA Co-Founder Stephen Duncombe My proselytizing here is of a political rather than religious nature. It isn’t the divine figure of Christ I am interested in but the purely historical Jesus, a radical Mediterranean Jewish peasant building a revolutionary movement two millennia ago. Jesus ...

Familiar vs. Novel – Everything is a Remix

Created: 19 May 2016

First, if you've never seen Everything is a Remix, go watch it now. It's a great primer on creativity, originality, and copyright. Recently Kirby Ferguson posted a new installment about the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. https://vimeo.com/167069783 Towards the end he makes a point ...

How do you measure the impact of socially engaged art? 

Created: 25 Feb 2016

In our new Æfficacy project we’ve been working with our colleague George Perlov, thanks to funding from The Open Society Foundations and The Compton Foundation to begin to answer that question. As a first step, we’re conducting a literature review on the topic and George will be spotlighting ...

And what do I do now? Using Data Visualization for Social Change

Created: 23 Jan 2016

Last week, the C4AA's Steve Lambert attended the Responsible Data Forum on Data Visualization. In this article, Lambert discusses how data visualizations for social change can leverage emotion to achieve objectives. Those who visualize data can be reluctant to sully themselves in the messy ...

In Kansas, Climate Skeptics Embrace Green Energy – NYTimes.com

Created: 11 Dec 2010

Attempts by the Obama administration to regulate greenhouse gases are highly unpopular here because of opposition to large-scale government intervention. Some are skeptical that humans might fundamentally alter a world that was created by God. If the heartland is to seriously reduce its ...

BJ Fogg’s Behavior Model

Created: 19 May 2010

What Causes Behavior Change? My Behavior Model shows that three elements must converge at the same moment for a behavior to occur: Motivation, Ability, and Trigger. When a behavior does not occur, at least one of those three elements is missing. go to site for the ...

Charting Creativity: Neurologically

Created: 08 May 2010

Charting Creativity: Signposts of a Hazy Territory NY Times, Patricia Cohen, May 7, 2010 Grab a timer and set it for one minute. Now list as many creative uses for a brick as you can imagine. Go. The question is part of a classic test for creativity, a quality that scientists are trying ...

Art Power

Created: 26 Apr 2010

Boris Guys, Art Power (MIT Press: 2008) "Art becomes politically effective only when it is made outside the art market -- in the context of direct political propaganda." [7] "Of course, one can easily argue that such propaganda art is simply political design- and image-making....They are ...

New Anti-Smoking Ads Warn Teens 'It's Gay To Smoke'

Created: 07 Dec 2009

New Anti-Smoking Ads Warn Teens 'It's Gay To ...

Politics of Surrealism

Created: 13 Jul 2009

Some interesting tidbits from The Politics of Surrealism by Helena Lewis (NY: Paragon House, 1988) "[Surrealism] tried to link together two revolutions: that of the mind, by liberating the unconscious, and the social and economic revolution of the masses. The Surrealists always maintained ...

Art and Revolution – The MIT Press

Created: 09 Jul 2009

As hopeful as it is incisive, Art and Revolution encourages a new generation of artists and thinkers to refuse to participate in the tired prescriptions of marketplace and authority and instead create radical new methods of engagement. Raunig develops an indispensable, contemporary conception ...

Is "professionalization" in art equal to success?

Created: 21 Jun 2009

I caught a link on We Make Money Not Art to this Artworld Salon article that contemplated the criticism of an increasingly professionalized art world. The article questions, "What's wrong with professionalization?" after citing examples of back-handed comments towards the MFA and PhD in the ...

Power needs culture

Created: 18 May 2009

from Terry Eagleton's new book: Reason, Faith and Revolution (Yale: 2009) p. 150 "Culture is what beds power down, interweaving it with our lived experience and thus tightening its grip upon us. An authority which fails to do this will loom up as too abstract and aloof, and thus fail to ...

From howtowin.org:

Created: 11 Mar 2009


"Entertainment- Education and Social Change"

Created: 09 Mar 2009

"Entertainment- Education and Social Change" M.J. Papa, et al, Journal of Communication, 50, 2000, pp. 31-55 This seems to be the ur article for most recent research in this field. Again, what's useful here is that these folks are taking efficacy seriously, relating it to culture, and are ...

The Efficacy of Soap Operas

Created: 05 Mar 2009

"Increase in Calls to the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline Following AIDS-Related Episodes in a Soap Opera" by May. G. Kennedy, Ann O'Leary, Vicki Beck, Katrina Pollard, and Penny Simpson An article tracking material audience response to the inclusion of AIDS related themes in a soap opera. ...

On The Media: The Science of Media Relations

Created: 20 Feb 2009

Being a brilliant scientist doesn't always translate into being a good talking head on television or even a good source for a science reporter. So the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University was created to give scientists a better understanding of how to deal with the media. ...

Jonah Lehrer on Colbert

Created: 15 Feb 2009

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Jonah Lehrer Emotions vs. Rationality in decision making. Artists need to embrace the emotional influence their work has in decision ...

Environmental Facts

Created: 03 Feb 2009

I have been working with a general assumption that most people, in 2008/9, understand that there is a climate crisis. Yet some artists and activists have been a little slow in adapting to this shift in popular knowledge; making work that tells people, again, about the horrible state of our ...

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 ...

Utopia

Created: 17 Dec 2008

Outopia derived from the Greek 'ou' for "no" and '-topos' for "place," a fictional, this means unrealistic or directly translated "Nothing, no matter what" This is the other half from Eutopia, and the two together combine to ...

I’m Rubber, You’re Glue …

Created: 28 Aug 2008

by Jonathan Alter Published Aug 23, 2008 From Newsweek magazine issue dated Sep 1, 2008 It's hard to predict what will stick. 'It's the economy, stupid' was a hand-scrawled sign hung in Little Rock. When NEWSWEEK reported earlier this summer that the McCain family owns at least seven houses, ...

Tropic Thunder – comedy is anarchy

Created: 13 Aug 2008

...in comedy, context is everything. "Tropic Thunder"... doesn't risk simply offending; at times the picture is almost appalling in its tastelessness -- I watched parts of it agape. But Stiller and his ensemble... understand that comedy is anarchy. As much as we want our lives to be stable and ...

The Changing Face of the U.S. Consumer

Created: 13 Jul 2008

via: Ad Age NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The marketing community, already dealing with a slumping economy and an increasingly consumer-controlled media marketplace, must confront another new reality: The face of the American consumer is changing dramatically. It's not news that the nation is ...

The first challenge of climate crisis is…

Created: 11 Jul 2008

The most fundamental reality at the present time is that the human species has over shot the capacity of the planet to sustain it. Both in terms of human numbers and in terms of the impact these human beings have on the planet. This is a very challenging situation and the first challenge is ...

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, ...

How to Win! An Introduction…

Created: 25 Jun 2008

The Steves: As a political artist, how can you know when you’ve been successful? Hans Haacke: I’ve been asked that question many times, and that question requires one to go around it before one really avoids it. "How to Win" is a work in progress by Stephen Duncombe, an academic, and Steve ...

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 ...

John Pilger – Freedom Next Time

Created: 19 Jun 2008

This is great speech by journalist John Pilger on the powers and dangers of corporate media. I think what's most interesting about it is that he breaks from the Left/Right dialectic that plagues social change movements and takes liberalism to task for some of its crimes. The liberal Clinton ...

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 ...

Web Analytics

Created: 29 Apr 2008

Web analytics allow you to track how many people are visiting your site, what sites they are coming from, what words they use to search when finding your site, and more. Without knowing who is looking at your site, you can know what they are looking at, for how long, in what order, they city ...

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 ...

But Is It Politics?

Created: 13 Apr 2008

But Is It Politics? These are notes that I drew upon for a talk at Dreaming the Americas: The Body Politic and Performance conference at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY Graduate Center, NYC, February ...

NYT – April Fool! The Purpose of Pranks

Created: 06 Apr 2008

By BENEDICT CAREY Published: April 1, 2008 Keep it above the belt, stop short of total humiliation and, if possible, mix in some irony, some drama, maybe even a bogus call from the person’s old flame or new ...

NYT – Is the Ad a Success? The Brain Waves Tell All

Created: 06 Apr 2008

Neuroscience can provide “a more accurate way to understand what consumers really like,” Mr. Stagliano said, which helps to produce ads and programs that “break through the clutter” rather than contribute to ...

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