Interview in We Make Money Not Art

March 2014

An interview Stephen Duncombe and I did about the Center for Artistic Activism was published on the site We Make Money Not Art yesterday.

Here’s an excerpt:

For example, we often hear political artists say things like “I’m interested in raising awareness about issues around immigration.” This statement is so vague it could also serve as a mission statement for a Nazi propaganda office. Consciousness raising is only useful as a means directed towards something larger. Not addressing a specific, distant goal is a strategic error. Unfortunately merely political content is often what passes for political art, while it has little political impact. If the artist were to be more ambitious and more specific, “I will create a more accepting culture around immigration through my art work” they’d probably be more successful because they’d have a clearer idea of what they were trying to do.

We Make Money Not Art Read the rest.


DIRGE: Reflections [on Life] and Death in Cleveland, OH

March 2014

I have my photo ‘You Are Still Alive‘ showing in this exhibition at MOCA, Cleveland.

Steve Lambert DIRGE: Reflections [on Life] and Death in Cleveland, OH photo

Dirge: Reflections [on Life] and Death March 7, 2014—June 8, 2014

Organized by Megan Lykins Reich, Director of Programs and Associate Curator
MOCA Cleveland information page:

REGULAR HOURS Tuesday through Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Open late Thursdays until 9pm
Closed Mondays
Check the calendar or call 216.421.8671 for more information

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
11400 Euclid Ave Cleveland
Ohio 44106

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The School for Creative Activism in Scotland

February 2014

This is a short video about out work around democracy in Scotland last November. It gives an idea of what Stephen Duncombe as the School for Creative Activism. We do about 6-8 of these throughout the year and we’re also currently working on a book.


Art Matters Foundation Grantee

January 2014

Proud to be a grantee of the Art Matters Foundation this year.

Art Matters currently considers applications by invitation only. Each round we select a national group of recognized artists, curators, and other arts leaders to nominate artists to apply. We award grants of $3,000-$10,000 to U.S. artists for projects that are socially engaged with a focus on local, national and/or global concerns. We fund individuals, collectives and collaborative teams working all visual media including experimental performance, and film.

via Grantees — Art Matters Foundation.


Italian version of I Will Talk with Anyone

January 2014

Steve Lambert Italian version of I Will Talk with Anyone photo
A friend passed this on this italian version of a project I started 8 years ago: I Will Talk With Anyone


Activist Art: Does it Work? | open!

December 2013

Stephen Duncombe and I published a column called “Activist Art: Does it Work?” for Open! Magazine.

It begins like this:

Activist Art: Does it Work?

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 sym­bols, story and spec­tacle. Re­spond­ing to this new ter­rain, there has been an up­surge in the use of cre­at­ive, artistic, and cul­tural strategies as a tool for so­cial change. This prac­tice goes by many names: polit­ical art, act­iv­ist art, in­ter­ven­tion­ist art, so­cially en­gaged art, and so­cial prac­tice art. No mat­ter the de­scrip­tion, artists are using their aes­thetic train­ing and skill to wage battles for so­cial change. Yet as prac­ti­tion­ers and train­ers in these forms of artistic act­iv­ism, we are haunted by the ques­tion: Does it work?

Read the rest: Activist Art: Does it Work? | open!.


For Pakistani Artists, an Exercise in Creative Activism

December 2013

Steve Lambert For Pakistani Artists, an Exercise in Creative Activism photo

Midway through a workshop on creative activism the morning of November 22, a group of Pakistani visual artists visiting NYU got some surprising news: Jay-Z had heard they were in the States, and had requested that they perform with him in a music video, as backup singers.

Stephen Duncombe, the Gallatin associate professor who was leading the workshop with conceptual artist Steve Lambert, produced a blank sheet of paper. “You’ll all need to write down your shirt sizes,” he deadpanned, “so you can be fitted for costumes.”

Lambert squinted at a message on his cell phone as he rattled off some logistics. The shoot was to take place that afternoon. In Maryland. On a boat.

read the rest: For Pakistani Artists, an Exercise in Creative Activism.


Aqua Miami Fair

December 2013

I’m showing with Charlie James Gallery at Aqua Miami.

Charlie has two pieces and two more at the entrance. Below are some photos of Everything You Want Right Now! and the window painting we had done at the entrance of the building.


Times Square Video – Capitalism Works For Me! True/False

December 2013

See more on Capitalism Works For Me! True/False in Times Square


SUNY Purchase Faculty Colloquium

December 2013

On October 30, 2013 Professor Stephen Flusburg and I presented at the [SUNY Purchase]( faculty colloquium. Flusburg is a cognitive psychologist and I knew I would be presenting after him, so I tried to build on some of those ideas. If you’re up for it, you can rewind back to see his presentation.

Stephen Flusberg, Assistant Professor of Psychology “Thinking about Thinking about Thinking”

Steve Lambert, Assistant Professor of New Media “Creative Disruption for the Common Good”

I start at about 41 minutes in.