Stephen Duncombe and I published a column called â€œActivist Art: Does it Work?â€ for Open! Magazine.
It begins like this:
Activist Art: Does it Work?
The first rule of guerÂilla warÂfare is to know the terÂrain and use it to your adÂvantÂage. The toÂpoÂgraphy on which the actÂivÂist fights may no longer be the mounÂtains of the SiÂerra MaesÂtra or the jungles of ViÂetÂnam, but the lesÂson still apÂplies. Today, the politÂical landÂscape is one of signs and symÂbols, story and specÂtacle. ReÂspondÂing to this new terÂrain, there has been an upÂsurge in the use of creÂatÂive, artistic, and culÂtural strategies as a tool for soÂcial change. This pracÂtice goes by many names: politÂical art, actÂivÂist art, inÂterÂvenÂtionÂist art, soÂcially enÂgaged art, and soÂcial pracÂtice art. No matÂter the deÂscripÂtion, artists are using their aesÂthetic trainÂing and skill to wage battles for soÂcial change. Yet as pracÂtiÂtionÂers and trainÂers in these forms of artistic actÂivÂism, we are haunted by the quesÂtion: Does it work?
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