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Creative activism hetac dec 2011 part 2

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Part Two of presentation given to students of CIT Crawford College of Art's HETAC module, Arts, Participation and Development, weekend on Models and Case Studies of Creative Engagement. Eimear …

Part Two of presentation given to students of CIT Crawford College of Art's HETAC module, Arts, Participation and Development, weekend on Models and Case Studies of Creative Engagement. Eimear McNally, www.makehandstands.com

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  • 1. Arts, Participation and Development Dec 2011Creative Activism
  • 2. Theatre/ Spectacle/ Performance
  • 3. Case Study 6: Improv Everywhere• Invisible theatre- Free Hugs and Improv Everywhere and Flash Mobs• See also Choir of Complaints
  • 4. Case Study 7: Rebel Clown Army • Rebel Clown Army and video
  • 5. Reclaiming Public Space
  • 6. Case Study 8: Guerilla Gardening• Guerilla Gardening• Moss Graffiti• Seedtrail (last year’s HETAC students)
  • 7. Case Study 9: Dartmouth Square• Dartmouth Square Story• Fitzwilliam Square Outdoor Cinema
  • 8. Case Study 10: Warriors Without Weapons• Brazil- the Warriors without Weapons game
  • 9. • Occupy Conversations
  • 10. Culture Jamming
  • 11. Case Study 11: Adbusting Adbusters
  • 12. Case Study 12:Guerilla Marketing Guerilla Marketing
  • 13. More…
  • 14. Precedents in Art SOCIAL SCULPTUREOnly art is capable of dismantling the repressive effects of a senilesocial system that continues to totter along the deathline: to dismantle inorder to build ÔASOCIAL ORGANISM AS A WORK OF ARTÕ EVERY ÉHUMAN BEING IS AN ARTIST who Ð from his state of freedom Ð theposition of freedom that he experiences at first-hand Ð learns todetermine the other positions of the TOTAL ART WORK OF THEFUTURE SOCIAL ORDER. (Joseph Beuys 1973)
  • 15. Creative Activism World CaféWhat can we put intopractice?
  • 16. Creative Activism TASKHow can we support theOccupy Movement tocreatively engage the 99%
  • 17. Precedents in Art• SITUATIONS• “…détournament (Guy Debord 1957)means to turn the system’s images against it, to simply divert them. It’s about finding a way to take from the system without being taken in by it. On the other hand recouperation is the process by which radical ideas and images are commodified and incorporated within mainstream society. “• Masta magazine +++ written by: Igor Stojanovski
  • 18. Precedents in Art• HAPPENINGS• “Audiences should be eliminated entirely… a group of inactive people in the space of a Happening is just Dead Space. It is no different to a dead area of red paint on a canvas… the best participants have been persons not normally engaged in art but who are moved to take part in an activity that is at once meaningful to them in its ideas yet natural in its methods.” (Allan Kaprow 1966)
  • 19. Creative Activism: Interesting Websites• Masta http://www.creativeacts.org/• Hactivism http://knowledge.exchangedublin.ie/lectures/hacktivism.html• Activist Handbook 2011 http://www.centreforglobaleducation .com/sites/default/files/publications/Activist%27s%20Handbook.pdf• Ricardo Levins Morales (Posters)• http://www.rlmarts.com/• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guernica_%28painting%29• http://www.aiweiwei.com/html/works.htm• The Lab of Insurrectionary Imagination http://labofii.net/reflection/• Journal of Aesthetics and Protest http://www.journalofaestheticsandprotest.org/• About Joseph Beuys and social sculpture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Beuys#The_concept_of_.22Social_Sculpture.22• Information Activism• Information is Beautiful• Loesje Posters• Good Is Infographics
  • 20. Finally….• A Hopi Elder speaks:•   •   "There is a river flowing now very fast.  It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.  They will try to hold on to the shore.   They will feel they are torn apart and will suffer greatly.     "Know the river has its destination.  The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water. And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate.  At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, Least of all ourselves.  For the moment that we do,  our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.     "The time for the lone wolf is over.  Gather yourselves!  Banish the word struggle from you attitude and your vocabulary.  All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.     "We are the ones weve been waiting for .