I’m speaking at the Hemispheric Institute on April 19.
Steve Lambert made international news after the 2008 US election with The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. He has collaborated with groups from the Yes Men to the Graffiti Research Lab and Greenpeace. He is also the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, the Anti-Advertising Agency, Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces online advertising with art) and SelfControl (which blocks grownups from distracting websites so they can get work done). He is on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Steve will discuss making engaging, funny, relevant art and how it can help effect change.
Revolutionaries Live! (aka Creative Activism Thursdays) is co-sponsored by NYU Dean for Social Science, the Hemispheric Institute, the Yes Lab, the Humanities Initiative at NYU Working Research Group on Artistic Activism, CAA, and Not an Alternative. Speakers also attend following Yes Lab Friday.
via nyuaa.com | Creative Activism Thursdays: Steve Lambert.
Tomorrow morning I leave for Berlin with Victoria Estok for Transmediale 2012.
I’ll be speaking at Crashed Economy: Debugging and Rebooting. About the talk/panel:
To face the current economical crisis means to question dualistic perspectives such as capitalism vs anti-capitalism as well as to imagine a sustainable network of values in which accumulation of growth and precarity are substituted by a grassroots ecology of sharing built on an increasing capacity for sociability. This event presents two sets of projects which question the notion of capitalism through direct intervention and collective reflections proposing an exodus from proprietary money and trade regulation through distributed commons and practices of social networking.
In Part 1: What Capitalism? Steve Lambert (us) and Daniel Garcia Andujar (es) show how one can critique the concept of capitalism in times of crisis through direct interventions and ludic practices. Elanor Colleoni (it/dk) will act as respondent.
Victoria is in the reSource program.
Speaking with Stephen Duncombe at Carnegie Mellon University
Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert are directors of the new Center for Artistic Activism.
Stephen Duncombe is an Associate Professor at the Gallatin School and the Department of Media, Culture and Communications of New York, where he teaches the history and politics of media.
Steve Lambert was a Senior Fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006-2010, developed and leads workshops for Creative Capital Foundation, and is faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Many artists want to create work that has a social impact. Unfortunately most artists don’t learn how to do this. Drawing upon their own artistic and activist practice, their ongoing research project interviewing activist artists, and drawing from contemporary examples, Duncombe and Lambert will lay out common fallacies held by the “political artist.” They still believe, however, that thinking, acting, and creating artistically is essential for effective activism, and will present strategies for sidestepping common pitfalls of political art-making and lessons in making political art work.
Sponsor: Center for the Arts in Society
Co-Sponsors: School of Art; Dean’s Office, College of Fine Arts
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.
I am looking forward to speaking at this symposium…
The Populist Front
On the Role of Myth, Storytelling and Imaginary in Populist Movements
Symposium marking the publication of Open 20, titled The Populist Imagination. On the Role of Myth, Storytelling and Imaginary in Politics.
Friday March 18, 2011
Time: 10 AM – 6 PM
Location: De Balie, Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam
Entrance: 15 Euro (incl. lunch and drinks during the break) / students: 10 Euro
Order in advance
The symposium is a coproduction of SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain, De Balie and the Jan van Eyck Academie.
Marking the publication of Open 20, SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain organised a lecture by Stephen Duncombe in collaboration with De Balie on Monday February 14.
Check out the publication:Open 20
An exhibition with a related subject is currently on view at the Cobra museum from February 19 – May 8, 2011.
¡Patria o Libertad! On Patriotism, Immigration and Populism
The Populist Front
On the Role of Myth, Storytelling and Imaginary in Populist Movements
MARCH 18, 2011
10 AM – 6 PM
DE BALIE, AMSTERDAM
Welcome Jorinde Seijdel – Editor-in-chief Open, Cahier on Art and the Public Domain
Introduction Merijn Oudenampsen – Guest Editor Open 20
First Panel: Populism in Theory
Rudi Laermans & Koen Abts – Sociologists, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
The Populist Triangle: People, Leader, Establishment
Oliver Marchart – Political Theorist, Universität Luzern
Populism in Political Theory and Visual Culture
Sara R. Farris – Political Theorist, Universität of Konstanz
Populism Unveiled: The Defence of Women as the Founding Myth of the New-Right
Second panel: Imagery & Myth
John Kraniauskas – Latin American Studies, Birkbeck University London
Eva Peron as the Image of Peronism
Sven Lütticken – Art Critic, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
A Heteronomous Hobby: Report on the Netherlands
Aukje van Rooden – Philosopher / Literary Theorist, Universiteit Utrecht
The Myth of Modern politics
Tea and coffee break
Presentation: Steve Lambert – Artist / Intelligent Troublemaker
Constructing Small Scale Temporary Utopias
Screening of the film Museum Songspiel
Q & A with filmmakers Chto Delat – Art Collective, Sint Petersburg / Moscow
Steve Lambert Visiting Artist Lecture
6:00pm October 27th
66 5th Avenue #101
New York, NY
All events are free and open to the public.
more info: 212-229-8942
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.
Headlands Center for the Arts
Open House Summer 2010
Senior Fellows Ayah Bdeir, Steve Lambert, Jeff Crouse, and Michael Mandiberg are moving on from Eyebeam: come join us for a bon voyage party!
Note: Event requires RSVP, you can do so at this link.
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.
via Senior Fellows Farewell | eyebeam.org.
Re:Action – A discussion series hosted by Humanity in Action
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.
I believe it’s open to all.
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 Artist-Citizen, Advocating Change
Tuesday, March 23, 6:30 pm
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
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018-1411
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.
Excerpted from the Liquid Democracies discussion at Transmediale 10 in Berlin.
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?
Monday, November 2, 7:30pm (free /by donation)
The Change You Want To See Gallery and Convergence Stage
84 Havemeyer Street, Storefront
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Live-streamed for remote participants at http://livestream.com/notanalternative
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.
via Everything You Want w/ Steve Lambert and Carrie McLaren | the change you want to see.
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.
See other Prix Ars presentations on their site.