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.
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.
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.
Iowa Public Radio
I appeared live on the last segment of the “River to River” program.
Capitalism – Does it work for you? That’s the question on a 20-ft-long sign with flashing lights that’s come to Cedar Rapids. Viewers vote by pressing true or false. Steve Lambert, the artist behind the project Steve Lambert explains his inspiration and share some of the responses he gathered.
download an mp3
The Cedar Rapids Gazette
If you remember, I was on Jason Sims podcast, “Jason Sims Puts You In Your Place” a few months back and Jason and I decided to make it the first “2-parter.”
You can listen to Part 2 now and in this conversation we talk about:
- getting my wisdom teeth taken out in Tijuana.
- the non-glamorous side of traveling for work – from touring with bands to teaching with the Center for Artistic Activism
- seeking out meaningful experiences on the road at the expense of those very experiences
- Visiting Kenya
- The struggle of saying “no” to what sound like amazing opportunities
You can get it on iTunes or from the site, Jason Sims Puts You In Your Place.
Sculpture Magazine did a review of Capitalism Works For Me! True/False in their most recent issue. Read the PDF: SculptureMag-Steve Lambert.pdf
“Capitalism Works For Me! True/False” is on the cover of issue 114 of Social Text.
I’m proud to be included in this radio piece for Future Tense (Australian public radio) on Pranks and Tricksters. The show also interviewed Charlie Todd (Improv Everywhere), Bani Brusadin, and Dr. Gabriela Coleman.
You can download the Pranks and Tricksters MP3 or just listen to it here:
The interview went really well and the production is excellent. I highly recommend giving it a listen.
You can see my terrible draft sketches in this interview for Type Talk.
I had a great time talking with Jason Sims about the various places I’ve lived and how it’s affected my work as an artist. You can listen to it on Slice Radio, download the mp3, subscribe in your podcatcher of choice, or whatever.
Can I highly recommend it? Because I do.