From Appropriation to Infiltration: Accessing Public through Tactical Media
You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming MFA Graduate Program Colloquium for spring 2011.
WHEN: Monday April 4th, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
WHERE: The Remis Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts located at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA.
TOPIC: This colloquium intends to facilitate a rigorous conversation at the point where performance and appropriation tactics intersect our technologically mediated public sphere. With interest in eliciting a healthy range of perspectives, faculty member Nate Harrison and MFA graduate student Jordan Tynes have invited a group of artists and activists to present their projects and working methods. Each representing a model for critical cultural practice today, all share in common an interest in the infiltration of the apparatuses of mass media and its construction of a public towards renewed senses of autonomy and agency.
Bill Drummond is a Scottish musician, media personality, record producer, writer and artist. He is best known as co-founder of late 1980s avant-garde “pop group” The KLF and its 1990s “avant-art” media-manipulating successor, the K Foundation. He has also written several books, produced a variety of different conceptual art projects, and helped to set-up The Foundry, an arts centre in Shoreditch, London. Drummond’s current project is a choir called The17.
Steve Lambert made international news just after the 2008 US election with The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica of the grey lady announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. He is the founder of the Anti-Advertising Agency, lead developer of Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces online advertising with art) and has collaborated with numerous artists including the Graffiti Research Lab and the Yes Men.
Eva and Franco Mattes are the Brooklyn-based artist-provocateurs behind the infamous website 0100101110101101.org. Pioneers of the Net Art movement, they are renowned for masterful subversions of public media, such as their notorious (and unauthorized) Nike advertising campaign.
Superflex (Rasmus Nielsen) is a Danish artists’ group founded and directed by Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen. It has been working since 1993 on a series of projects related to economic forces, democratic production conditions and self-organization.
Marisa Olson‘s work combines performance, video, drawing & installation to address the cultural history of technology, the politics of participation in pop culture and the aesthetics of failure.
Steve Lambert presents a live classroom-style video lecture exploring passages of historical inquiry through clips found on YouTube. This presentation will be one of a series of thematic lectures comprising “The YouTube School of Social Politics,” a project conceived by Headlands Alumni Artist In Residence Sam Gould. The lecture, entitled “Judo Practice”, explores creative activism, leveraging balance and the precise application of force to overcome a more powerful opponent. Please Be Advised:This presentation contains mature and controversial content.
As a token of our appreciation for their time with us, we're planning to hold a farewell reception the evening of June 23, 6:30 – 9:00, including presentations of their work while at Eyebeam, and their exciting plans on the horizon. Come drink a toast to their illustrious careers and bright futures. The event will take place in conjunction with our spring exhibition, RE:GROUP: Beyond Models of Consensus. If you’re interested in Eyebeam, this is a great way to learn more about the Fellowship model at the core of our mission and the artists, hackers, coders, engineers, and other creative technologists that make Eyebeam such an inspiring and energetic organization at the nexus of art and technology.
Thursday, June 3, 2010, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
HIA Offices, 144 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016
Timothy McCarthy, Harvard Kennedy School, Program Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, award-winning lecturer and author of the new book Protest Nation: Words That Inspired a Century of American Radicalism
Steve Lambert, internationally-recognized artist, Senior Fellow at the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, and faculty member of both Parsons/The New School and Hunter College
Dissatisfaction with Washington politics has lead to a wave of highly-publicized protests and groups across America, but this is nothing new in the American tradition. Tim will speak first on the history and forms of American protest politics – and what history tells us about contemporary protesters – and Steve will follow with a discussion and demonstration of art, comedy and pranking as tools for political and social protest. There will be time for conversation with each speaker.
Re:Action events are free, but HIA requests a donation of $5.
The Re:Action Summer Conversation Series is open to all Humanity In Action Senior Fellows and their friends and guests. Each event is an opportunity to engage with innovative and inspirational thinkers in a casual setting. This is the 2nd event in the Re:Action series. For other Re:Action events, please click on the following links: The Unreturned, LGBT Rights: A Movement in the Right Direction?
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Paull Randt at p.randt [at] humanityinaction.org or (212) 828-6874 ext 3.
I agreed to teach a 3 hour workshop at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program “Summer Camp for Grown Ups.” My workshop is on June 3rd and called:
Don’t be a Jerk, Share Your Code.
An introduction to the philosophy of free and open-source software development and hands on skills in how to collaborate on code using the version control software, GIT.
Last night I did a workshop for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council on WPFolio, a free and open-source theme for creating artists portfolios with WordPress. This also meant a ramp up of work on the WPFolio project, including a new release of the code and a new instructional site for WPFolio.
The role of artists needs to be repositioned as essential to our culture and society. How can artists determine how to maneuver within the existing societal structure to achieve reliable, long lasting support both politically and socially. How can artists realize that individuals can hone power to implement change? What are the resources that artists may utilize to understand the rights and opportunities that already exist? What are some examples of artists who have advocated for more support and have succeeded? What are steps artists can take to achieve greater agency for themselves?
Moderated by Zeferey Throwell.
Caron Atlas, consultant
Carin Kuoni, Director, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School
Steve Lambert, artist
Esther Robinson, Founder, ArtHome
Ethan Shoshan, artist
W.A.G.E., Working Artists and the Greater Economy
Ok first, the audience was actually responding and laughing, but it sounds strange because the only mic is on the stage so it’s difficult to hear. But they were there…. Also, this is taken from a stream, so the quality is as good as it’s going to get – sorry about that.
Start: Sun, 7.2.2010 – 17:00 End: Sun, 7.2.2010 – 19:00 Location: Auditorium, House of World Cultures, Berlin Participants: Matteo Pasquinelli (it), Steve Lambert (us), Sascha Lobo (de) Moderator: Tiziana Terranova (it)
To raise a question about the future always also implies to ask for the actualisation of the political and, in particular, ethical concepts for the society that we live in today. We are about to lose our operational sense for ethics, politics and culture. Rather, we see ourselves confronted with a depersonalised politics and a ‘desubjectified’ communication as the result of two factors: the disappearance of the political body with institutions capable of acting on the one hand; and increasingly faster digital social media tools that reduce the space for reaction and reflexion on the other hand. This is a moment of crisis where we must think about the role of social media.
Due to the recent events in which social networking sites have replaced traditional news coverage it seems worthy to closely examine the ‘radical’ role of tools like Twitter and Facebook as ‘revolutionary’ media. Are we dealing with a new force, a new social mechanism for the exchange of information, a new truth? Or are we only listening to a new siren song?
Please join us this Monday as we continue our exploration of symbols, branding and persuasion as they relate to activist and creative practice.
At the intersection of semiotics and psychoanalysis lies advertising, most often deployed in service of selling stuff. For this installment of our series, author Carrie McClaren and artist Steve Lambert will present projects that engage a sense of play as they leverage principles of the persuasion industries, to both critique consumer culture and question the power structures at work in our daily lives.
ABOUT STEVE LAMBERT
Steve Lambert is currently a Senior Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York and teaches at Parsons/The New School and Hunter College. He founded the outdoor, guerilla art gallery, the Budget Gallery, in 1999 and the Anti-Advertising Agency in 2004. Steve’s projects and art works have won awards from Rhizome/The New Museum, the Creative Work Fund, Adbusters Media Foundation, the California Arts Council, the Belle Foundation, and others. He earned the Best Public Art award from the San Francisco Weekly in 2008. His work has been shown nationally in cities like Detroit, New York, and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as internationally in Havana, Canada, Barcelona, and Rotterdam. Writings about his work have appeared in multiple publications such as the New York Times, Punk Planet, Artweek, and Newsweek magazine and featured on National Public Radio.
ABOUT CARRIE MCLAREN
Carrie McLaren is the founder of the now defunct Stay Free! magazine, and editor of Ad Nauseam: A Survivor’s Guide to American Consumer Culture, a compendium of new and previously published material on the impact of consumer culture on our lives (June, 2009). A longtime blogger, she is currently at Consumerist, a website owned by the publishers of Consumer Reports. She is the curator of Adult Education, a “useless lecture series” based in Brooklyn, New York. In a previous life, she organized the Illegal Art Exhibit, a traveling multimedia art show and website devoted to copyright reform. A former advertising columnist for the Village Voice, her writing has also appeared in Newsday, Mother Jones, Time Out NY, and SPIN magazine, among others. Carrie lives in Brooklyn with one each of husband, son and cat.
The Change You Want to See Gallery and Convergence Stage is home to Williamsburg Coworking and a project of Not An Alternative, a non-profit organization whose mission aims to integrate art, activism and theory in order to affect popular understandings of events, symbols and history. The multi-purpose venue hosts free and low-cost lectures, screenings, panel discussions, workshops and artist presentations. The space also houses a production workshop, filming studio and video editing suite for Not An Alternative’s Communication Department. During the day it is a collaborative office space (aka coworking) for like minded cultural producers.
This is a video from my presentation for Prix Ars on the New York Times Special Edition. I talk about how the idea was generated, developed, and a bit about the purpose of the project as well as some of the ramifications. It’s about 30 minutes total and you can watch it below.
Stephen Duncombe and I led a think tank on creative activism called The College of Tactical Culture at Eyebeam’s Summer School this year.
Summer School is an annual workshop and public presentation series designed to encourage the creative use technologies for personal expression, activism, communication, and community involvement. The College of Tactical Culture was established within this context to create an opportunity for creative activists to get together within a focused period of time to discuss ideas and develop strategies.
The College of Tactical Culture (CTC) examined questions such as:
* How can we measure the impact of our work?
* What lessons can we learn from popular culture?
* How can we use humor to broach difficult content?
* How can we reach new audiences?
* How can we use new tools and technologies to organize and connect with audiences?
Participants in CTC were encouraged to draw from and build off of each other’s experiences to inform their practices, build new relationships, and create space for new projects and collaborations. The group met in close-door sessions twice per week over the course of three weeks (June 30 – July 16, 2009).
EYEBEAM’S COLLEGE OF TACTICAL CULTURE, CLASS OF SUMMER ’09
• Larry Bogad, Writer/Perfomer/Activist; Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, University of California at Davis
• Andrew Boyd, DIY, BYOB, FtGPhD*; NYC
• Rebecca Bray & Britta Riley, Eyebeam Residents, Artists, NYC
• Ava Bromberg, Spacemaker, PhD Student @ UCLA Urban Planning Department; Los Angeles
• Anne Frederick, Executive Director, Hester Street Collaborative, NYC
• Packard Jennings, Artist, Oakland CA
• Kristin Horton, Freelance Director/Clinical Assistant Professor of Theater, NYU’s Gallatin School, NYC
• Aaron Hughes, Artist and Organizing Team Leader Iraq Veterans Against the War, Chicago, IL
• Laura MacCleery, Deputy Director, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice, NYC
• Ricardo Miranda Zuniga, Artist, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, CUNY Hunter, NYC
• Eve Mosher, Artist, NYC
• Brooke Singer, Artist and Assistant Professor of New Media, Purchase College, NYC
• Ella Turenne, Artist, Activist & Educator, NYC
Conflux 2009 Date: Friday 9.18 Start Time: 2:00pm Location: NYU Einstein Auditorium, Rm. 105, Barney Building
The CTC is a think tank on creative activism led by Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert, where participants traded experiences in order to inform practices, build relationships, and create space for new projects and collaborations.
The College of Tactical Culture workshop will kick off with a panel of participants, including Brooke Singer, Britta Riley, Eve Mosher, Stephen Duncombe, and Steve Lambert, who will summarize lessons taught during the college in the first 75 minutes. The remaining 45 minutes of the workshop will be a discussion about the purpose of the CTC, the lessons taught by each panelist, and an open dialogue with Conflux participants.
The College of Tactical Culture (CTC) examined questions such as:
How can we measure the impact of our work?
What lessons can we learn from popular culture?
How can we use humor to broach difficult content?
How can we reach new audiences?
How can we use new tools and technologies to organize and connect with audiences?
Brooke Singer is a media artist, an Assistant Professor of New Media at Purchase College, State University of New York, and co-founder of the art, technology and activist group Preemptive Media.
Britta Riley is a social media strategist and co-founder of Submersible Design, an interaction design company. She studied Social Entrepreneurship at NYU Stern and computer programming at NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Eve Mosher is an artist and interventionist whose work has been profiled in international media including the New York Times, ARTnews and Le Monde.