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.
I have my photo ‘You Are Still Alive‘ showing in this exhibition at MOCA, Cleveland.
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: http://www.mocacleveland.org/exhibitions/dirge-reflections-life-and-death
REGULAR HOURS Tuesday through Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Open late Thursdays until 9pm
Check the calendar or call 216.421.8671 for more information
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
11400 Euclid Ave Cleveland
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.
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.
A friend passed this on this italian version of a project I started 8 years ago: I Will Talk With Anyone
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!.
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.
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.
On October 30, 2013 Professor Stephen Flusburg and I presented at the [SUNY Purchase](http://www.purchase.edu) 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.