College Students Take Note: New York Arts Practicum Program

April 2012

College students, take note: this summer I will be Visiting Faculty for the inaugural year of the New York Arts Practicum program.

New York Arts Practicum is a summer program in New York City where advanced undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students experientially learn artmaking and participate in intellectual culture outside of the art school.


Creative Activism Thursdays at NYU: Steve Lambert

March 2012

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 | Creative Activism Thursdays: Steve Lambert.


Talking about Capitalism at Berlin’s Transmediale 2012

February 2012

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.


“Political Expressionism” and Other Fallacies of Political Art

November 2011

Speaking with Stephen Duncombe at Carnegie Mellon University

"Political Expressionism" and Other Fallacies of Political Art

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


April 4 MFA Boston Colloquium: From Appropriation to Infiltration…

March 2011

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 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.


The Populist Front Symposium at De Balie, Amsterdam

March 2011

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
Full Programme
Language: English

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

10 AM
Welcome Jorinde Seijdel – Editor-in-chief Open, Cahier on Art and the Public Domain

10:15 AM
Introduction Merijn Oudenampsen – Guest Editor Open 20

First Panel: Populism in Theory

10:45 AM
Rudi Laermans & Koen Abts – Sociologists, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
The Populist Triangle: People, Leader, Establishment

11:15 AM
Oliver Marchart – Political Theorist, Universität Luzern
Populism in Political Theory and Visual Culture

11:45 AM
Sara R. Farris – Political Theorist, Universität of Konstanz
Populism Unveiled: The Defence of Women as the Founding Myth of the New-Right

12:15 PM

12:30 PM
Lunch break

Second panel: Imagery & Myth

1:30 PM
John Kraniauskas – Latin American Studies, Birkbeck University London
Eva Peron as the Image of Peronism

2 PM
Sven Lütticken – Art Critic, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
A Heteronomous Hobby: Report on the Netherlands

2:30 PM
Aukje van Rooden – Philosopher / Literary Theorist, Universiteit Utrecht
The Myth of Modern politics

3 PM

3:30 PM
Tea and coffee break

4 PM
Presentation: Steve Lambert – Artist / Intelligent Troublemaker
Constructing Small Scale Temporary Utopias

4:30 PM
Screening of the film Museum Songspiel

5 PM
Q & A with filmmakers Chto Delat – Art Collective, Sint Petersburg / Moscow


Visiting Artist Lecture at Parsons

September 2010

Steve Lambert Visiting Artist Lecture

6:00pm October 27th
Kellen Auditorium
66 5th Avenue #101
New York, NY
All events are free and open to the public.
more info: 212-229-8942


Peformance/Lecture at Headlands Open House

July 2010

Just added:

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


June 23rd Senior Fellows Farewell at Eyebeam

June 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 |


American Protest! Panel at HiA

May 2010

Re:Action – A discussion series hosted by Humanity in Action

American Protest!

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.

About Re:Action

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] or (212) 828-6874 ext 3.