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

Steve Lambert Visiting Artist Lecture at Parsons photo


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.


NYU’s ITP Summer Camp for Grown Ups

May 2010

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.


WPFolio Update

May 2010

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.Steve Lambert WPFolio Update photo


Discussion: The Artist-Citizen, Advocating Change

March 2010

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
(212) 695-0535


Steve Lambert on Utopia at Transmediale10

February 2010

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.


Liquid Democracies at Transmediale 2010

February 2010

Liquid Democracies

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?