Steve Lambert Portfolio of Steve Lambert, artist, artistic activist, creative activist, co-founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, and Associate Professor at SUNY Purchase Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:45:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Included in book, CO-LAB: Collaborative Design Survey Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:45:41 +0000 → ]]> Duncombe and I did an interview as the Center for Artistic Activism for new book: CO-LAB: Collaborative Design Survey.

A direct link to our interview is at and you can buy the book as well – CO-LAB: Collaborative Design Survey.

CO LAB: Collaborative Design SurveyYoung, hungry, interdisciplinary designers and artists are teaming together in small packs to tackle personal and client projects, while bucking old world views of authorship and agency-based assembly line production. Armed with cheap gear and accessible programs, they can design anything for anyone, wearing their voice proudly on their sleeves. Authors/designers/faculty ras+e—themselves a small, interdisciplinary team—explore this collaborative landscape with an overt sense of humor, original illustrations, custom typography, dozens of Q+As with a diverse range of contemporary practitioners, and buckets of bright red ink (0, 100, 100, 0). Because design theory needs an imp, this collection of accessible essays and tightly curated Q+As refuses to bore.

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Interview on BBC World Service Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:43:42 +0000 → ]]> Yesterday I did a short interview for World Business Report on the BBC’s World Service – because when you think international business news, you think “Steve Lambert”.

The story was about a new billboard using facial recognition technology designed by M&C Saatchi. I was asked (as leader of the Anti-Advertising Agency) to bring a counter-point to the story.

The full show is linked above, but you can listen to the segment I was on below. The first half is a representative of Saatchi, the second half is me.

Download audio file (Steve-Lambert-on-BBC.mp3)

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Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions 6: Mani Pedi Day Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:06:06 +0000 → ]]> In this episode of the podcast we get manicures and pedicures at a Brooklyn Nail Salon. What Pat calls “the definition of comfort” makes Steve Lambert very uncomfortable.

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Juao Evangelista will talk with anyone also Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:08:26 +0000 → ]]> juao evangelista Steve Lambert juao evangelista Steve Lambert

Late last year I got an email from a guy named Juao Evangelista.

i wanted to know if you would be okay with me re-enacting your “I will talk with anyone about anything“.

im living in Sweden, and this is the local unspoken social contract:

so, i think it would be great to re-stage that here.

A couple weeks ago I got an email with these photos.

Dear Steve,

Sorry for a late reply.

I wrote you a long while ago, about re-enacting your work ‘i will talk with (..)‘.

I did it in Lund, Sweden – at a temporary bus stop, cous the main one was under reconstruction.

So i made a small table out of old pallets, and dragged a city bench next to the temporary bus stop – so people could have a place to sit while waiting for the bus.

after i finished the performance, i left the installation there, with a print-out from your website on how to do it.

thx for letting me do it, it was quite an aeffect on peoples day – a lot of great random conversations, and unexpected encounters.

wishing all the best, joao

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Delfina Foundation Exhibition Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:12:30 +0000 → ]]> Exhibition: A Prologue to the Past and Present State of Things, 02/07/15 — 15/08/15.

In tandem to Echoes & Reverberations at the Hayward Gallery Project Space, this major group exhibition at Delfina Foundation explores performance as a form of recording and re-writing history. Artists include Doa Aly, Marwa Arsanios, Coco Fusco, Emily Jacir, Mona Hatoum, Sharon Hayes, Mohammed Kazem, Xiao Lu, Hassan Sharif, Wael Shawky, Sharif Waked, Lin Yilin and The Yes Men with Steve Lambert and more.

A Prologue to the Past and Present State of Things launches Staging Histories, a new research and commissioning platform for performance art. Through archival research and new commissions, Staging Histories traces seminal moments of performance mapping shared histories and contemporary global concerns. The first stage of the project explores performance art from and in relation to the Arab world.

The exhibition presents a constellation of key performative works, photographs, video documentation and archival materials from the last three decades. The thematic connections cross the Arab world but relate to global politics, economics and cultural shifts. The selected artworks can therefore be understood as a preface, consequence or echo of major developments during this period.

An online catalogue has been produced in collaboration with Ibraaz Platform 009, which addresses the genealogies of performance art in North Africa and the Middle East. Contributors include Anthony Downey, Aaron Cezar, Ala Younis, Sulayman Al-Bassam and Barrak Alzaid. Download here.

A Prologue to the Past and Present State of Things is curated by Aaron Cezar with contributions from Ala’ Younis and Barrak Alzaid (Staging Histories curatorial fellows) and Jane Scarth (Delfina Foundation).

Echoes & Reverberations, a group exhibition that also emerged from Staging Histories, is at the Hayward Gallery Project Space from 23 June to 16 August 2015.

Co-commissioned by Delfina Foundation and Shubbak – A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture (11-26 July). Special thanks to the British Council, Video Data Bank, and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde.

Alongside the exhibition, there will be a reference area with publications by influential practitioners and contributions by The ARC.HIVE of Arab contemporary performing arts, a project initiated by Adham Hafez as part of HaRaKa. A partnership between HaRaKa (Cairo), Lincoln Centre’s Performing Arts Library (NYC), and the German Dance Archives (Cologne), the project brings rare film footage and material together for future research in the field for active Arab performance makers.

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Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions 5: Stand Up Comedy Mon, 08 Jun 2015 18:15:09 +0000 → ]]> We headed to the The Comedy Cellar in New York City with our special guest, Leonidas Martin from EnMedio. Combining local clubs, touring acts, cable networks, netflix, and the White House correspondents dinner, the American art form of stand up is far reaching and growing.

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London Day 6: Natalie Bennett Sun, 07 Jun 2015 23:25:19 +0000 → ]]> Natalie Bennett (leader of the UK Green Party) and I talk capitalism!

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London Day 5: Old Street Sat, 06 Jun 2015 23:28:12 +0000 → ]]> Powerful stuff yesterday: “I come from a privileged background and the system is set up to benefit me. So, absolutely, I benefit every day from a system set up for inequality”

So many thoughtful Londoners!

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London Day 4: Chrisp Street Market Fri, 05 Jun 2015 18:23:33 +0000 → ]]> London Day 4: Capitalism lost BIG yesterday at Chrisp St. Market – a more working class and minority area. We had more participation there than any other location in London and some very smart analysis. Here’s a sample…

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The Guardian: Why climate action needs the arts Thu, 04 Jun 2015 23:14:23 +0000 → ]]> → ]]> 0