Creative activism hetac dec 2011 part 1


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Part One of presentation given to students of CIT Crawford College of Art's HETAC module, Arts, Participation and Development. 3rd and 4th of Dec 2011. Eimear McNally

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Creative activism hetac dec 2011 part 1

  1. 1. Creative Activism Arts, Participation and Development Dec 2011
  2. 2. How can we as artists engage in action for local and global transformation How can we use culture and the arts as a tool for development? How can we as activists be more creative in our approach? CHANGE ARTS DEVELOPMENT PARTICIPATION ?
  3. 3. Our world…
  4. 4. interconnected
  5. 5. interdependent
  6. 6. Small changes…
  7. 7. … big impacts
  8. 8. activism
  9. 9. culture
  10. 10. webs
  11. 11. How we see the world
  12. 12. worldviews
  13. 13. creativity
  14. 14. imagination
  15. 15. play
  16. 16. Another world is possible
  17. 17. Cultural Activism: TRAPESE <ul><li>Verson , p. 173, DIY Handbook, Trapese Collective: </li></ul><ul><li>For me, cultural activism is campaigning and direct action that seeks to take back control of how our webs of meaning, value systems, beliefs, art and literature, everything, are created and disseminated. It is an important way to question the dominant ways of seeing things and present alternative views of the world. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Insurrectionary Imagination </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogue and Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Community, Concrete action and Campaigning </li></ul><ul><li>OUR world- a systems thinking worldview </li></ul>Cultural Activism: 4 Principles
  19. 19. CRITICAL PAUSE! <ul><li>How do you SEE these principles? </li></ul><ul><li>What do YOU think? </li></ul><ul><li>PMI: Pluses Minuses and Interestings of the following examples </li></ul>
  20. 20. Social Media/ Technology
  21. 21. Social Media Activism vs clicktivism <ul><li>Social Media for Social Change? </li></ul><ul><li>Edenbee Global Swarming </li></ul><ul><li>Debate video </li></ul>
  22. 22. Case Study 1: Viral Video: Have a Break <ul><li>Greenpeace Campaign. Aim- to raise awareness of the destruction of habitat of an endangered species- the orang-utan </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>A critical perspective on this campaign: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. globalgovernancewatch .org/ngo_watch/social-media-protest-campaign-reveals-greenpeace-weaknesses </li></ul>
  23. 23. Case Study 2: Facebook Groups: Vergiss AIDS Nicht <ul><li>German Aids Awareness Campaign </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Q’s: Do you agree or disagree with the campaign strategy? Was it clever or cynical? Would you employ a similar strategy? Why? Why not? </li></ul><ul><li>See also- Letterbombing on Facebook: </li></ul><ul><li>Letterbombing </li></ul>
  24. 24. Visual Arts
  25. 25. Case Study 11: Banksy
  26. 28. <ul><li>Augustine O’Donoghue The Disappeared </li></ul>Case Study 3: The Disappeared
  27. 29. Case Study 4: Upstart <ul><li>A campaign to raise awareness about the importance of the arts and creativity in Ireland’s future </li></ul><ul><li>POSTERS animation </li></ul><ul><li>Blog/ website </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube Advertisement </li></ul>
  28. 30. Book Blocs Case Study 5: Book Blocs