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Art + Activism
30 Nov 2010
Sydney, Australia
The Artlab involves 22 months of rigorous research and experimentation between a ‘rapid response’ team of international ‘ecological health’ experts who are also practicing media artists, designers and engineers. The Sydney Artlab has investigated the Flying Fox relocation program to be undertaken at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens and provided design solutions that depend on nurturing human / bat relations. These include the wonderful Botanic Garden Xtension at Barangaroo and the exhibition X.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Sustainability
14 Oct 2010
21 August - 31 October 2010
Sydney, Australia
The exhibition features works by Australian and international contemporary artists that respond to ecological concerns. It reflects the diversity of environmental debates and concerns within and beyond Australia today, and features works that address a spectrum of issues including sustainability and recycling. Artists include Amy Franceschini (Futurefarmers) and Joni Taylor.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions
19 May 2010
The "Über Lebenskunst" project is turning the city of Berlin into a showcase for initiatives that bring together culture and sustainability and examine (brand) new models for action. Whether neighborhood gardens, urban beekeepers, carrot mobs, Wiki woods, sewing cafés or climate pirates on the Berlin’s Spree River - the Call for Future is directed at everyone who wants to come up with ideas both in and for Berlin.

Art + Activism / Calls / Events / Social Practice
30 Mar 2010
At various sites in Bjørvika, Oslo
The development of waterfronts is a current trend in post-industrial cities where industrial harbor areas are being transformed into new urban spaces that emphasize mercantile, residential and recreational requirements. Common Lands - Allmannaretten is a one-year ongoing investigation into the context of the waterfront development of Bjørvika, the former harbor area of Oslo.With projects by Bik Van der Pol, Dellbrügge & de Moll, Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen

Architecture / Art + Activism / Urban/City
01 Feb 2010
Airplot is the piece of land in the middle of the proposed third runway site at Heathrow airport, owned by Greenpeace, Emma Thompson, Alistair McGowan, Zac Goldsmith and tens of thousands of people from around the world. The Airplot is a fundamental part of the campaign by Greenpeace and other groups to block construction of a new runway. Greenpeace is now inviting professional designers and design teams to consider how to fortify and enhance the airplot so that if necessary, they can physically block construction of a third runway.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Public Projects
11 Jan 2010
April 28-30
Sydney, Australia
This inaugural camp invites germinal, spectral, peripheral, and hypothetical ideas to be presented in a range of Show & Tell formats, including Installation, Paper, Performance, Recital, Round-table, and Screening.

Welcoming research finds, works in progress, poetry readings, film screenings, slideshows, conceptual cooking, travel reflections, labyrinthine introspections, artworks, and all other profundities to be offered up for engagement. Specifically intended to facilitate outer realisations of the inner excitations of artists, researchers, academics, and practitioners, in the spirit of exposure, stimulation, and cross-pollination.

Art + Activism / Calls / Events
02 Jan 2010
A National Conversation about Art, Labor, and Economics
Art Work is a newspaper and accompanying website organized by Temporary Services. It consists of writings and images from artists, activists, writers, critics, and others on the topic of working within depressed economies and how that impacts artistic process, compensation and artistic property.

Art + Activism / Free
11 Dec 2009
By Das Beckwerk
Copenhagen, Denmark
Song for COP 15 by artist and author:

Art + Activism / Symposium / Conference
18 Nov 2009
Imagining cities beyond oil
"Post-Oil Cities is a project created and directed by Lluís Sabadell Artiga within Híbrids 2.0 which investigates the relationship between human beings and their surroundings from an ecological point of view. In addition to POST-OIL CITIES, Híbrids 2.0 has open lines of research on Art and Ecology, Perception and Landscape and Architecture and Environment.

The project uses the capacity of visionary creativity to think, imagine and design our cities, regions and areas beyond oil (Post-Oil), generate a new imagination for the twenty-first century that will be a reference in the present."

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Symposium / Conference
01 Nov 2009
In the light of Copenhagen
Belgium, Brussels
"A new United Nations climate conference will be taking place in Copenhagen in early December 2009. Its aim is to come up with a Copenhagen Protocol that will replace that of Kyoto. It would be no exaggeration to say the Copenhagen conference will be of historic significance even before it has taken place. After all, a good and wide-ranging protocol is essential if there is to be any chance of taking vigorous action against climate change. And there’s not much time to lose. The latest data all point to the accelerated warming of the planet.

Just before the UN conference, the Kaaitheater is holding the second Burning Ice encounter. We are once again inviting artists, philosophers, sociologists and politicians to formulate challenges for art in the light of the Copenhagen conference. The basic ingredients of Burning Ice 2 are the play Holland Tsunami by the Dutch theatre company SPACE and the performance Evaporated Landscapes by Mette Ingvartsen. Debates and talks will be held on the topics covered. The full programme will be announced in October."

Art + Activism / Artists / Sustainability
24 Jul 2009
Architecture and Human Rights at the Border
US, New York
Thursday, July 30, 2009

Van Alen Institute, in collaboration with the Human Rights Project at Bard College, presents a discussion between Teddy Cruz and Thomas Keenan on architecture, human rights, and spatial conditions at the U.S. border.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Symposium / Conference
13 May 2009
U.S., Baltimore
Artist and educator, Hugh Pockcok is weighing all of his food and drink and all of his urine and shit. The difference between the two weights is approximately what has been transformed into Energy. "This energy is what moves my body and mind. During this period of time I am finding that I am able to more closely observe the passage of energy as it moves from the food that I eat, tthrough my body and then, through the many interactions I have, out into the world."

My Food My Poop May 22nd- Aug 16th Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland.

Art + Activism / Food / Sustainability
12 May 2009
Out of Control
KRAX is a node of reflection, meeting and action about the implication and appropriation of the citizens in the construction and transformation of the city.

The KRAX Meeting is an international meeting of creative citizen initiatives. The KRAX Meeting visualizes and connects different independent initiatives who develop new formats of political, cultural and economic organisation and participation in the city. During the 4 days of the Jornadas, groups of 7 different cities meet in Barcelona to share and to debate, among them and with initiatives from Barcelona, creative experiences of political thought and action.

From the 20th to the 23rd of May 2009.

Art + Activism / Events
07 May 2009
A stage for creative/political thinking
A new, quarterly print-and-online magazine dedicated to solving problems at the intersection of arts and politics. The Arts Politic creates a conversation amongst leaders, activists, and idea-makers along the pendulum of global civic responsibility.

Art + Activism / Magazines
19 Apr 2009
US, New York
The wonderful and active Christopher Kennedy just helped to launch: Artiscycle– a project of the Institute for Applied Aesthetics, exploring alternative models of art, design and education that help form authentic communities. The idea is to develop an appendix of best practices from collaborative artists and educators at the forefront of interdisciplinary practice and to incubate a re-imagined community learning space that will house the Institute.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Education
14 Apr 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
In connection to the coming UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen in December 2009; COP 15, a series of shows are taking place. Deep green tackles both current issues and draws lines back to an earlier history of environmental art. With Anja Franke , Nils Norman , Sergio Vega, Aleksandra Mir, The Yes Men, Camilla Berner, Tue Greenfort, Learning Site, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Andrea Polli and Free Soil.

Art + Activism / Sustainability
10 Mar 2009
Open Call, crash course
London, UK
C.R.A.S.H - A Postcapitalist A to Z brings permaculturists and activists, artists and young precarious/unemployed workers together to share skills for resistance and self-resilience in a time of economic and ecological collapse.

The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination is a network of socially engaged artists and activists whose work falls in between resistance and creativity, culture and politics, art and life. We are inviting creative resisters, unemployed workers and art activists to take part in our latest project - C.R.A.S.H: A post capitalist A to Z - in London’s financial district in June 2009.

Art + Activism / Social Practice / Sustainability
03 Mar 2009
US, Stanford
April 15-17, 2009
The Rising Tide conference is a series of topically organized panels, seminars, and roundtable discussions, bringing together creative professionals, scholars and students to engage in conversations and debates about the intersections of ethics, aesthetics, and environmentalism. This groundbreaking conference will be jointly hosted by California College of the Arts and Stanford University.

Our audience and collaborators come from various disciplinary backgrounds. They are artists, activists, community organizers, venture capitalists, philanthropists, students, and faculty of Fine Arts, Design, Architecture, Writing, Criticism, Curatorial Practice and Environmental Sciences who are helping to push the green revolution to a tipping point.

Art + Activism / Sustainability / Symposium / Conference
03 Mar 2009
"The numbers kept coming up in the daily reports. Five here, fourteen there, one day after another. And then the growing figure mounting over a thousand. Peripherally it was ever-present, but still only an abstraction. It was no longer enough to know how many. I needed to see pictures of them, to familiarize myself just a tiny bit more with what was happening far from my warm home. And it really isn’t much. It too is a mere summary, just one more step beyond bare numbers ..."

Art + Activism
20 Feb 2009
U.S. Baltimore
March 27-29, 2009

A group of activists and organizers, including Red Emma's, the Indypendent Reader, The Baltimore Development Cooperative, campbaltimore, and the Campaign for a Better Baltimore are calling for a conference called The City From Below, to take place in Baltimore at 2640, a grassroots community center and events venue.

"The city has emerged in recent years as an indispensable concept for many of the struggles for social justice we are all engaged in - it's a place where theory meets practice, where the neighborhood organizes against global capitalism, where unequal divisions based on race and class can be mapped out block by block and contested, where the micropolitics of gender and sexual orientation are subject to metropolitan rearticulation, where every corner is a potential site of resistance and every vacant lot a commons to be reclaimed, and, most importantly, a place where all our diverse struggles and strategies have a chance of coming together into something greater. In cities everywhere, new social movements are coming into being, hidden histories and herstories are being uncovered, and unanticipated futures are being imagined and built - but so much of this knowledge remains, so to speak, at street-level. We need a space to gather and share our stories, our ideas and analysis, a space to come together and rethink the city from below."

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice / Urban/City
03 Feb 2009
Art about Human Rights
Poland, Poznań
"Stand-up". Art about Human Rights project will respond to the growing needs for acceptance and respect to diversity, dialog and social reflection.

"We believe that art is a right medium to communicate with local community. We want also create opportunity for young, active art-makers to expresses their selves and equally contribute to a more conscious and creative society which will be able to hear and speak about Human Rights problems."

Call for works / projects:
Art works / projects / other actions which are somehow connected with Human Rights problems which will be exhibited in a gallery space in Poznan (Poland) during first part of March 2009.

Art + Activism / Calls / Events
25 Jan 2009
Microcosm Publishing is an independent publisher and distributor based in Bloomington, IN and Portland, OR. They distribute & publish zines, books, pamphlets, stickers, buttons, patches, t-shirts, posters, films, and more!

"Our focus is disseminating ideas and information through these items. I want to show that zine writers and DIY artists are a credible contribution to society and should be respected as such. I feel that zines have been largely marginalized through most of their existence."

Art + Activism / Books / Magazines
20 Jan 2009
Liberating Foreclosed Housing for People
Miami, Florida
Take Back the Land has been liberating public and foreclosed land and homes since 2006-- occupying foreclosed homes and moving people into these places!!

"It is immoral to maintain vacant homes for the purpose of profits in the future, while human beings are forced to live on the street today. The madness of such a policy is only compounded when one considers the owners of these vacant homes are not other people, but banks, the same banks receiving billions of dollars in bailouts without having to trade in the foreclosed homes for use by some of the people financing the bailouts. Additional government resources, including police and other government agencies, should not be used to evict low income people from homes in order to maintain vacant structures for bailed out banks to profit from some time in the future."

Art + Activism / Social Practice / Urban/City
19 Jan 2009
Language Works - Video, Audio and Poetry
Belgium, Brussels
"The work of Vito Acconci (b. 1940) deals with critical, now and then even playful aspects of identity politics – the ‘self’ as a social construct – and is characterized by self-motivated research into the relationship between artist and viewer, how individual and social space are related to one another. The extensive exhibition offers an insight into the practice that this influential artist carried-out in the 1970s, from the perspective of the role of language as a catalyzing impulse. This is thereby the center of gravity shaping Acconci’s conceptual, performance-based videos and audio works, wherein he executes an intense dialogue between his body and psyche, the ‘I’ and the ‘you’, the public and private space, in the form of stream-of-consciousness monologues. This historic, groundbreaking body of work, distinguished by an unusually psychodramatic intensity, is supplemented in this exhibition by graphic transcriptions of audio works and early poetry works. In these works the physical materialization of language is central, achieved through means of syntactical experiments and typographical permutations."

At Argos vzw (Jan.27 2009 - April.11 2009)

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Social Practice
15 Dec 2008
Is a project by artists Christian Hillesö and Johan Tirén. In the year 2000 and again in 2008 they sent letters to the 100 largest companies, according to the Fortune Magazine Global 500, which is based upon the annual turnover of global corporations. The appeal to the ethical responsibility of such corporations - who tend to be involved in everyday lives in the global village - was manifested in three basic questions: what is your views on Democracy?, what is your views on power?, what is your views on economy? -Read their answers as well as non- answers online.

Art + Activism / Public Projects
12 Dec 2008
Belgium, Brussels
"Politics of Change is a research project in which artists, theorists and activists reflect on innovative ideas, contributions and solutions which support distributed and grassroot structures. This reflection takes place through a program of free discussion and dialogue and is documented in a multimedia archive-installation.
The focus is on the role of women at the core of these communities.
Drawing on a wide range of artistic and theoretical approaches, the aim is to imagine new and sustainable relationships between humans, their environments and (appropriate) technologies."

December 18, 19 and 20, 2008

Art + Activism / Events
25 Nov 2008
UK, Cambridge
A collection of diverse volunteers who live, work or study in Cambridge team up in pairs to discuss their city. They cut, core and peel apples to reflect the forces that shape Cambridge and it’s residents. The exhibition, at The Shop, presents the results of this community collaboration.

8 December - 20 December 2008
Free Entry

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Social Practice
19 Nov 2008
UK, Essex
The Field Station Energy Café is a project by Pilot Publishing (Amy Plant and Ella Gibbs) which will reinvigorate Gunpowder Park with a feeling of the original ‘commons’ where land was used as a resource for all.
The construction of Energy Café will turn normal planning procedures on its head. The process will be developed organically, out of necessity, through people’s involvement.

Art + Activism / Public Projects
02 Nov 2008
Greening Our Urban Spheres
US, San Francisco
An exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts that brings together a diverse group of practitioners who combine art with cultural activism to explore questions of how we ensure sustainability for our growing urban populations. "Since our relationship with nature varies so much from one culture or locale to the next, The Gatherers provides an opportunity to explore not only the differences, but also the similarities, of their attempts to green our urban spaces. In doing so, it touches upon a broad range of interlinking matters, from environmental issues to urban spatial justice, through interactive programs, urban interventions and public dialogue."

Artists and artist collectives in the exhibition include: Fallen Fruit, Amy Franceschini with Wilson Diaz, The National Bitter Melon Council, Oda Projesi, Marjetica Potrc, Public Matters, Ted Purves and Susanne Cockrell, Rebar, roomservices and Åsa Sonjasdotter. The Gatherers is co-curated by Berin Golonu and Veronica Wiman.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Sustainability
30 Oct 2008
LE GRAND MAGASIN is the title of a store opening in October 2008 in Berlin. The store and exhibition will display and sell products from European cooperatives. It will provide a forum and raise consciousness about products promoting solidarity and alternative types of doing business and manufacturing.
The Project is made by artist Andreas Wegner and will be an exiting exploration and display of workers owned businesses and area that has been little explored in a European context.

Art + Activism / Artists / Social Practice / Sustainability
25 Oct 2008
Another labor of love edited by Marc Herbst, Robby Herbst and Christina Ulke. This one is released in coordination with the California Biennial.

Over 300 pages of contemporary action and thought crafted & collected for 7 months. This "brick of a book" explores current cultural resistance practices, antiwar activism and contemporary critical theory in three distinct sections. The book comes with in depth analysis of activist and art projects as well as resolute analysis of cultural conditions.

Art + Activism / Books
09 Oct 2008
art in a socially political context
‘Provo’ was a Dutch counterculture movement in the mid-1960's that focused on provoking violent responses from authorities using non-violent bait. Formed in 1965 in Amsterdam mainly younger people ventilated their thoughts through magazines, leaflets and gatherings.

The exhibition shows what artists in Flanders have generated - since the Provo movement - towards some radical social ideas and how they had to defence themselves against the censure of the established elite for safeguarding their artistic freedoms.

From 18th October till 23rd November 2008.

Art + Activism / Artists / Exhibitions / Organizations
06 Oct 2008
The Shut Down the Camp Initiative calls for a day of action against the Sandholm refugee camp in North Zealand, Denmark.
On the 25. of October we are planning a massive civil disobedience action. Our aim is to dismantle the Sandholm camp, and thereby physically challenge the racism of the Danish refugee policy.

Art + Activism
03 Oct 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark
Is a Danish grass roots organization working for freedom and justice. They operate in between culture, fashion and politics. In 2006 they produced two t-shirts in support of FARC and PFLP. These organizations are in the EU list of terror organizations and this made the Danish Government charge them with supporting terrorism. Who's a freedom fighter and who's is a terrorist, and who gets to define that is the fundamental question. After being acquitted the first time, the second time they were convicted in the court. F&L is now trying to get the case to the highest Danish court.

Art + Activism
29 Sep 2008
Brussels, Belgium
PARK 58 is an initiative that aims at a creative reinvention and participative re-appropriation of the city of Brussels, starting from the imaginary mental transformation of a very special place – relatively unknown – in the heart of the city: Parking 58.

This parking lot, built on the occasion of the World Exhibition in ’58, directly tells a lot about the history of Brussels, in its past and present realities. Its highest level offers a stunning and unmatched 360° panoramic view on the city. This specific building, which stands for 50 years of “Bruxellisation” and drastic changes to the cityscape and urban tissue, involving the spectacular rise of King Car, symbolizes many long-abandoned options in the development of urban structures and mobility. Designed for the use of the clients of the Carrefour supermarket at the floor level, its vast rooftop remains largely unoccupied.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Sustainability / Urban/City
24 Sep 2008
A multifaceted project on a national scale, Democracy in America travels across the country to take the temperature of artists’ relationships with and reactions to the historic roots and practical manifestations of the American democratic tradition. Creative Time will promote active participation and open discourse during the 2008 election season and beyond by engaging a diverse community of artists, activists, thinkers, and citizens to create spaces for dialogue, exploration, and congregation. The project includes: a 7-day exhibition at the historic landmark Park Avenue Armory, performative artist commissions from coast to coast and at the RNC and DNC, mobile projects visiting communities in Queens and Brooklyn, and a publication giving artists a platform to reflect on democracy in this country.

Art + Activism / Events
23 Sep 2008
A call for submissions
UK, Sheffield
The artist initiated group called Grow Sheffield, in collaboration with Access Space, is seeking contributions for a magazine called Collaborative Cultures to be published this autumn. The issue will reflect a theme which connects the activities of Access Space to the wider world.

They are looking for pieces of COMMONSense: prose (stories, thoughts, book reviews, bibliographies...), poetry, songs, pieces of code, photographs, cartoons, drawings, graphics or anything else you can think of. These might approach the theme in relation to green issues, land ownership, social relations, the internet, the music industry, copyright, software, or anything else that makes sense to you.

Art + Activism / Magazines / Organizations / Social Practice
22 Sep 2008
US, New York
In Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera bring to life over forty years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee as part of Exit Art's Curatorial Incubator Program, this important and timely exhibition surveys the creative work of dozens of international social movements.

September 20 - November 22, 2008 at Exit Art.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions
12 Sep 2008
A Journal of Ideas, Contexts and Methods Volume 2. No. 1. Summer 2008

The current issue evolved from the two-day conference Aesthetics and Politics: With and Around Jacques Rancière co-organized by Sophie Berrebi and Marie-Aude Baronian at the University of Amsterdam on 20 and 21 June 2006. A transcript of the keynote lecture ‘Aesthetic Separation, Aesthetic Community: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art’ delivered by Rancière to the conference on 20 June is published here for the first time.

Art + Activism / Free / Magazines
12 Sep 2008
From September 17th to 21st 2008 the European Social Forum (ESF) is being held in Malmö, in the south of Sweden. The forum is by far the biggest meeting place for social movements and a progressive civil society in Europe - with the aim to create a better Europe and a better world. More than 20 000 people are expected to participate in Malmö. During five days over 200 seminars and workshops will be mixed with even more culture, film, music, informal meetings, activism and demonstrations.

Art + Activism / Social Practice / Sustainability
09 Sep 2008
Austria, Vienna
Sept. 12-13, 2008
Symposium in 3 "heuristic historical phases":
-the 18th century – man, along with all other creatures, is embedded in an Economy of Nature (Linné).
-19th century - this wholeness seems to be lost: the discovery of ‘ambiences’ results in the duplication of heterogeneous environments in sociology as well as in biology.
-20th century onwards - these different environments tend to be colonised more and more by the term ‘system’.

Art + Activism / Events
04 Sep 2008
US, San Francisco
The Great Rehearsal:
A symposium and week of events
on the World Revolution of '68 and its legacies

September 17-25, 2008

1968 was a world revolution. From Mexico City to Tokyo, Paris to Prague, Columbia University to Berkeley, it was a revolutionary event that at once failed and transformed the world. The process it put into place continues today. 1968, the long '68, altered fundamental balances of power and set the stage for today's new movements. '68 was a great rehearsal. For what, it is up to us to decide.

The Global Commons Foundation, PM Press, and Historians Against the War invite you to a week of discussions and events on the worldwide events of 1968 and their legacies.

Art + Activism / Events / Free
28 Aug 2008
Aug. 30 + 31

Wander to the wild with artist Amy Franceschini and botanist Stefen Ericsson. Learn to identify the natural enviroment
surrounding your city. By examining a 10 x 10 meter sample of wild space in Umea, Sweden, workshoppers will discuss the relationships in this community of plants as it might relate to relationships in cities both spatially and socially.

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability / Urban/City
22 Aug 2008
US, Chicago
Hull-House Kitchen: Re-thinking Soup
Every Tuesday, 12-1:30pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Residents' Dining Hall
800 South Halsted

A gathering every Tuesday to eat delicious, healthy soup and have fresh, organic conversation about many of the urgent social, cultural, economic, and environmental food issues facing us all.

Please join us in the historic Residents' Dining Hall, where Upton Sinclair, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B.DuBois, Gertrude Stein and other important social reformers met to share meals and ideals, debate one another, and conspire to change the world. Activists, farmers, doctors, economists, artists, and guest chefs will join us each week to present their ideas and projects.

Art + Activism / Events / Free / Sustainability
18 Aug 2008
US, Los Angeles
Park[ing] Day 2008 hits the streets of Los Angeles on Friday, September 19, 2008, as artists, designers and activists throughout the city step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and transform curbside metered parkings spots into temporary public parks.

Art + Activism / Events
09 Aug 2008
US, Oakland
10,000 Steps is a unique collaboration between marksearch (Sue Mark and Bruce Douglas), an independent artistic cultural research team, and the Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation. In this two-year stewardship project, the artists are working with neighbors and community groups that surround four historic parks in downtown Oakland – Jefferson, Lafayette, Lincoln and Madison Square Parks – to beautify and draw attention to green urban public space.

The team has co-hosted many park greening events in and around the parks: clean-ups, picnics, and community gardening. Future events include the creation of butterfly gardens in Madison and Lincoln Square Parks as well as a youth bench-building project at the Lincoln Rec Center.

Art + Activism / Social Practice / Sustainability
05 Aug 2008
Anywhere is dedicated to exploring ideas and action about the commons—which encompasses natural assets such as oceans and clean air as well as cultural endowments like the Internet, scientific research and the arts.

Art + Activism / Blogs / Virtual Soil
03 Aug 2008
Locating Art and Politics in New York City
US, New York
A network of cultural, educational, and activist organizations and individuals dedicated to developing coordinated strategies to raise people’s awareness of the multitude of art political activities in New York City.

Art + Activism
02 Aug 2008
The 2008 G8 on Hokkaido, a Strategic Assessment
Bristol, UK
A document by a collection of activists, scholars, and writers currently based in the United States and Western Europe who have gotten to know and work with each other in the movement against capitalist globalization. Written at the request of some members of No! G8 Action Japan, who asked for a broad strategic analysis of the state of struggle and particularly, of the role of the G8, what it represents, the dangers and opportunities that may lie hidden in the moment.

Art + Activism
30 Jul 2008
Borgerhout, Belgium
in week 32

An open meeting around the pamphlet
'design your own utopia'.

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice
21 Jul 2008
UK, Kent
The Camp for Climate Action, at Kingsnorth, Kent, 3rd to 11th August.
"The world is changing. Food riots abroad, house prices and pensions collapsing at home, energy prices skyrocketing worldwide. And slap bang in the middle of all of this - climate change."
Oganize and make culture for a sustainable future not dependent on endles capitalist expansion.

Art + Activism / Sustainability
20 Jul 2008
Where do you stand?
US, Chicago
July 21 + 22nd, 2008

Futurefarmers in collaboration with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will host two building workshops and 4 discussion sessions led by scientists from the University of Chicago. The general public will be invited to participate in discussions with the guests in the Energy Tent.

Art + Activism / Free / Public Projects / Social Practice
08 Jul 2008
San Francisco
It is really happening. Instigated as an art project and utopian proposal to the city, San Francisco has accepted and hosting a Victory Garden in front of City Hall.

Art + Activism / Public Projects
06 Jul 2008
Gallery 16 generously publishes "Victory Gardens 2007+". A chronicle of the reimagining of the original wartime Victory Garden program. The book features essays by Lucy Lippard and Mike Davis along with historical photos and context, and project documentation and insight.

Art + Activism / Books
05 Jul 2008
A series of seminars, lectures, screenings, syllabii and literature on the notion of the political in postmarxist theory developed by Katja Diefenbach, Advising Researcher Theory Department, Jan-van-Eyck-Akademie Maastricht

2008 the seminars focus on the analysis of labor power, immaterial work, and the notion of common.

Art + Activism / Education
01 Jul 2008
St Petersburg
Chto delat/What is to be done? was founded in early 2003 in Petersburg by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod (see full list of participants on the web site) with the goal of merging political theory, art, and activism.

Since then, Chto delat has been publishing an English-Russian newspaper on issues central to engaged culture, with a special focus on the relationship between a repoliticization of Russian intellectual culture and its broader international context.

Art + Activism / Magazines
28 Jun 2008
1% WATER, an exhibition running at art center Z33, aims to be a catalyst for change, reconnecting us physically and psychologically to water and helping us to shape a sustainable future.

Part of it, the Water Archive, is an aquatic 'laboratory' immersing the visitor in water samples collected from the region of Hasselt. The archive aims to provoke questions about the character of natural waters and to raise awareness of man-made issues such as pollution.

Visitors can help to complete the archive by bringing or sending water samples from their own environment. Fresh water from the euregion, Belgium and other places is welcome.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Public Projects
16 Jun 2008
Stockholm, Sweden
Färgfabriken, Stockholm
14 June - 17 August

6808 begins in the revolts of 1968 and moves along to examine how issues such as resistance, change, alternative culture and art have been used in the 40 years passed.

Besides the retrospective, 6808 looks to the future. We study the element of questioning, the demand for change and the progress made.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions
12 Jun 2008
City As Lab
US, Chicago
The magazine AREA Chicago is out with a new issue all available online. Its a Local Reader on Experimental Policies on the Ground in Chicago. Co-edited by Aaron Sarver, Daniel Tucker and Micah Maidenberg.

Art + Activism / Magazines / Social Practice / Urban/City
08 Jun 2008
Once again The Journal of Aesthetics and protest Press brings us "an emblematic, ambitious, and inspiring online project": In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement and Movements.

Coordinated by the editorial collective Team Colors, Whirlwinds provides a set of useful documents for contemporary radical organizing. Each essay and interview addresses the issues of fulminating power, and gives strategic insight into the strengths and weaknesses of current movement/s in the U.S. Whirlwinds’ strategic context is this summer’s RNC and DNC protests.

Art + Activism / Free / Virtual Soil
03 Jun 2008
US, San José
Time for some self promotion!

On June 5,6 and 7, we will present a bus tour, an outdoor film/video festival and an on-site exchange in conjunction with the 2nd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge in San Jose, California.

This tour takes inspiration from the spirit of counter cultural activities prevalent in this region in the late 1960’s, namely the activities of the Mid-Peninsula Free University, Homebrew Computer Club,draft-resisters and the back-to-landers.

The local landscape will provide a campus for our roaming classroom. The bus will traverse the Santa Clara Valley using public facilities, nature preserves and back alleys to host projects by a wide range of practitioners. We will use this free campus to explore, discover and generate critical responses to the pressing issues that affect not only ourselves, but our whole round planet.

A Free Soil reader will be published alongside this project that looks at various forms of education as cultural production and creative resistance.

Reports will follow. Stay tuned.!

Art + Activism / Education / Events / Social Practice
01 Jun 2008
Through the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor
An invitation to look ata our collective existence on all the relevant scales: the intimate, the local, the national, the continental and the global. A mobile assemblage of people presenting their projects, observations, experiments, discoveries and questions, and producing value through social exchange.

Art + Activism / Events
26 May 2008
CABAN UNNOS: IT’S NOW-OR-NEVER invites artists and other participants to collaborate on building a one-night-house in Berlin during the NEW LIFE BERLIN Festival in June 2008.
The project is conceived and developed by the Sheffield-based art group No Fixed Abode.

Architecture / Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Exhibitions
22 May 2008
Canada, Montreal
"It is precisely at the moment where one thing becomes something else that the action gets really exciting. That’s where the exchanges happen: chemical reactions, fistfights, osmosis, infections, kisses. Surface to surface, separate entities meet and make a border. The relation changes, the border changes. One thing to count on: it will never stay the same. Given the alternating violence and richness of borders, what strategies can we develop to better work with and across them? As cultural producers, how do we navigate this territory in order to create politically relevant work?

As part of SKOL’s new summer internship, Gina Badger, Adrienne Mak, and Amy Novak are inviting proposals to participate in a six-day intensive development and creation workshop that will culminate in a collaborative exhibition. Participants in the workshops will be asked to prepare a presentation for a panel, help come up with activities and fieldtrips, and collaborate in creating the exhibition."

The workshop series will take place in Montreal from July 10 to 16; the exhibition will run from July 18 to August 14, and will be followed by a publication.

Art + Activism / Calls / Exhibitions
22 May 2008
May 15 – June 1st, 2008

In anticipation of the next “official” Viva! Action Art event planned for 2009, six artist-run centres from the Montréal region are staging a “Mini” Viva!. Loosely organised around performative projects taking place this spring at La Centrale, Dare-Dare, articule, Skol, Praxis and Clark, this edition of Viva! derives its theme from a performance and workshop entitled Performance & Activism in Everyday Life presented by La Centrale, which aims to provide a space for the sharing of tactics and stories amongst peer artists. Viva!, in many respects, shares this collaborative spirit by providing a space for like-minded centres to share dissemination tactics for art practices that might not be as visible. Artists featured include Kerri Reid as well as the launch of Livraison #9, As if all were well with Stephen Wright et al. (Skol), Andrew Chartier (Praxis), Andrea Cavagnaro (Dare-Dare), The Black Market Type & Print Shop (curator: Joseph Del Pesco) and Michael Toppings (articule), Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Lori Blondeau & Adrian Stimson (La Centrale – curator: Joanne Bristol), an exhibition organised by Ayesha Hameed, Nahed Mansour, Tatiana Gomez and Leila Pourtavaf (La Centrale), and an open studio event with nearly 100 artists (Clark).

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice / Urban/City
14 May 2008
An ongoing video project about global justice movements
'In between the movements' looks at the networking that is taking place between global justice movement groups. The project investigates corresponding practices and their influence on theory.

Interviews were conducted on various subject areas. ‘No Border No Nation’ and ‘§129a’ looks at the criminalization of left-wing movements in the course of the anti-G8 demonstrations in Genoa 2001 and Heiligendamm 2007. The situation of the residents near a G8 summit is topic of ‘NOG8’. ‘Transplanted’ talks about the lack of a genuine civil society in Albania. ‘Queer’ shows the necessity of Queer Politics and anti-discriminatory demands. ‘Transversal’ is a little stroll through a socio-cultural center in a search for transversal lines that always cross through new movements and institutions.

Each video as well as its poster is developed in close collaboration with activists from different geographical and cultural contexts giving insights into various perspectives of resistance. In between the movements constitutes itself as an example for collective knowledge production.

Art + Activism / Organizations
07 May 2008
‘Revolution, I Love You’ is a slogan from May ’68 that recalls the exuberance, deep desire for change and belief in the possibility of freedom illuminating a precious moment of universal revolt. The exhibition investigates 1968 as an interlude of liberty and global resistance, focussing on the interplay between the politics of the street, radical philosophy, and the explosion of creative responses in the period. It considers the modalities of the unrest across Europe against the backdrop of contrasting economic and political systems in East and West.

The exhibition Revolution, I Love You brings together works created in the immediate aftermath of 1968, more recent artistic responses to the legacy of that world-changing year, as well as current approaches to contemporary social and political struggle.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions
05 May 2008
MIT Press
Tactical Biopolitics suggests that the political challenges at the intersection of life, science, and art are best addressed through a combination of artistic intervention, critical theorizing, and reflective practices. Transcending disciplinary boundaries, contributions to this volume focus on the political significance of recent advances in the biological sciences and explore the possibility of public participation in scientific discourse, drawing on research and practice in art, biology, critical theory, anthropology, and cultural studies.

After framing the subject in terms of both biology and art, Tactical Biopolitics discusses such topics as race and genetics (with contributions from leading biologists Richard Lewontin and Richard Levins); feminist bioscience; the politics of scientific expertise; bioart and the public sphere (with an essay by artist Claire Pentecost); activism and public health (with an essay by Treatment Action Group co-founder Mark Harrington); biosecurity after 9/11 (with essays by artists' collective Critical Art Ensemble and anthropologist Paul Rabinow); and human-animal interaction (with a framing essay by cultural theorist Donna Haraway).

Art + Activism / Books
24 Apr 2008
Brussels, Belgium
Bains::Connective is an artistic working and presentation space located in the ancient swimmingpool of Vorst|Forest, in Brussels.

In the context of Some Political Art, B::C invited Jakob Jakobsen to talk about self-organization and autonomy in knowledge production and education. He will use his own concrete experiences with the Copenhagen Free University and the Free Class as examples of self-education, leading to a discussion about possible paths for autonomous educational initiatives and institutions in the shadow of the current neo-liberal colonisation of the educational sector.

The lecture is on Monday april 28, 2008 and is free.

Art + Activism / Education / Events
21 Apr 2008
Two days of demonstration, direct action, public information, street-party, squatting… in defence of free spaces and for an anti-capitalist popular culture. Through these two days, autonomous spaces and squats gained visibility as a european/global political movement.

Decentralized and autonomous actions of all kinds, depending on what people feel to be the most appropriate to their local context.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Events / Urban/City
18 Apr 2008
"In all parts of the world, city governments struggle to keep pace with the energy and mobility needs of their expanding populations. Tourism, migration, military conflict, and environmental disasters all keep human beings on the move. Many choose their destinations, while others are forced towards them. Our 21st century world may ride the precarious line between the temporary and the permanent, and the ecosystems plundered by our unquenchable energy needs might have the final word. "

Conducting Mobility is an online exhibition Ryan Griffis and Claude Willey collide with a carload of cultural projects, including our own FRUIT, focusing on the problems of mobility and energy.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Virtual Soil
17 Apr 2008
Unhoused is a public place for Ava Bromberg and Brett Bloom, to conduct research for a forthcoming publication they are calling "Unhoused". The book is a follow up to their double-book "Belltown Paradise / Making Their Own Plans" which is available for free through their site. This journal is a place where they post their research and information gathering, which they hope is interesting to others working on issues of global housing crisis and creative actions taken to counter them in very particular, localized ways.

Architecture / Art + Activism
16 Apr 2008
Krakow, Poland
Jagellonian University Krakow
26 April 2008

This seminar will examine the multiple legacies of 1968 for contemporary art in terms of new artistic practices involving dematerialisation, performance and the use of new media; social and institutional critique; as well as the impact of political upheavals on art. It will also consider the contemporary implications of the social movements and artistic radicalism of 1968 against the backdrop of the organised commemoration of the 40th anniversary, as well as the specificities of the experience of 1968 in the countries of Eastern Europe.

Art + Activism / Events
15 Apr 2008
Rethinking Art as Social Practice
US, Santa Cruz
The University of California Santa Cruz will host a three-day conference and month long series of interventionist exhibitions in May 2008. A series of exhibitions featuring the work of participating artists will run concurrently with the conference, hosted by: the Art department and the Sesnon Gallery at UCSC; the LAB, San Francisco; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose. Interruptions will foster exchange between scholars, innovative regional and international artists and curators, through panel presentations, performances and indoor and outdoor exhibitions. There will be a Wikipedia dedicated to real-time collaboration and exchange between participants. The conference will generate a publication documenting the scholarly and artistic work emerging from this event.

Art + Activism / Events / Exhibitions / Social Practice
14 Apr 2008
Art Changing Attitudes toward the Environment
US, New York
May 9-31, 2008
The exhibition is directly tied to the seminar, Unlearning Intolerance: Art Changing Attitudes Toward the Environment, sponsored by the United Nations Department of Public Information in cooperation with NWM and UNEP. The exhibition compliments and expands upon the perspectives presented at the Unlearning Intolerance seminar, including the connections between art, action and human security, and art as a vehicle for environmental action. The works of art to be displayed at the exhibition are creations of the seven artists participating in the Unlearning Intolerance seminar.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Sustainability
14 Apr 2008
U.S. Florida
The Temporary Travel Office has just released a 44 page report that summarizes their research and initial recommendations for expanding the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve in Jacksonville, FL.

The report, titled "Contaminating the Preserve," outlines two proposals: the first one is their 2006-7 proposal for an 800 km elevated boardwalk connecting the current Preserve to Guanabacoa, Cuba as well as the more recently proposed extension to the current Preserve that they are currently referring to as the Ash Site Annex, a 43 square mile area of Northwest Jacksonville that contains 7 former incinerator and ash-dump sites.

You can download the report as a 3.4MB PDF file.

Art + Activism / Artists
13 Apr 2008
Open call to Artists, Photographers, Sound & Video Artists, Musicians, Mapmakers & Urban Explorers, for an upcoming publication focusing on current political movements & struggles in an election year!

Team Colors is pleased to announce their partnership with Journal of Aesthetics and Protest to produce a publication titled In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement, and Movements, which will seek to intervene in and around the upcoming protests against the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

The publication is a one-off online journal of theory, action and organizing, to be released May 15, 2008.
More info.

Art + Activism / Books / Calls
08 Apr 2008
US, Urbana, IL
"The Audacity of Desperation is an art exhibition, political action, and on-going dialogue. This show confronts, expresses and unravels states of desperation. Artworks by activists, artists, enthusiasts, and very concerned people, are made in editions of 100 with the intention of free distribution to audiences. In this way, these artworks will be activated outside of the exhibition space and in domestic spaces, on bodies, clothes, bags, and in public spaces."

May 7th - June 15.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Free
04 Apr 2008
Critical Spacial Tour
US, San Diego
Los Angeles to Tijuana 2008 Mobile Conference
Saturday, May 3, 2008

A one day train, trolley ride that explores local and regional issues in Southern/Baja California region. Discussions on Track will focus on four topic areas: transportation, social issues, the natural and built environment impacting the region. Projects visited include: the LA River, Hobart Rail Yards, 710 Expansion, Great Park, San Gabriel River, Casa Familiar, Tijuana River and many others.

Art + Activism / Education / Urban/City
01 Apr 2008
An International Comparison
May 22-24, 2008
Department of Urban Open Space Planning
Universitat Kassel

New gardens of everyday life and use are becoming widespread in cities around Germany and other European countries. Whereas experts still concentrate on traditional types of gardens, changed kinds are emerging, especially joint projects such as “International Gardens” by and for migrants, “selfharvesting-gardens” or vegetable patches in public parks. Phenomena like these are identified as forward-looking elements in urban development which require closer examination. The conference “Gardens as everyday culture” is
seen as a step in that direction.

Art + Activism / Sustainability
01 Apr 2008
Helsinki, Finland
GRASSROOTS is a 2-day conference, a public forum for discovering and debating the wide field art and ecology today with renowed and specialist speakers leading the way. You don’t need to be a specialist, just come with an open and enquiry mind.

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability
26 Mar 2008
London, UK
"The Arts & Ecology programme is engaged in a series of initiatives alongside the conferences and lectures. This is envisaged as part of the same long-term strategy to be a catalyst:
- Profiling interesting practice
- Initiating and supporting new work
- Making links with artists and organisations across disciplines to promote dialogue"

Their new blog consolidates some of the latest projects and contemporary thinking around the roles and responsibilities of contemporary arts towards ecological concerns.

Art + Activism / Blogs / Organizations
24 Mar 2008
Creativity and Enclosure in the Cities
Two days of workshops, discussions, walks, presentations, installations and screenings that articulate approaches and experiences around the contentious nexus of culture and urban regeneration in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, London, Glasgow and Barcelona.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Events
23 Mar 2008
Current Issue - Vol 28 no 1
Fuel for Thought: oil, energy, conflict and art

Artlink covers contemporary art in Australia and through its networking with the national and international scene, provides a context for evaluation and analysis. It regularly produces Special Issues on specific areas, and undertakes major theme-based features.

Art + Activism / Magazines / Sustainability
22 Mar 2008
Mojave, US
We recently met artists and educators Deena Capparelli and Claude Willey who are behind the project MOISTURE. Two deeply inspired folks...

MOISTURE is an experimental research project undertaken by a Los Angeles-based artist collective. Focused on developing location-sensitive structures for the collection, retention, and use/re-use of water in the Mojave Desert, the collective are invested in creating microclimates within one of the driest desert regions on the planet.

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Education / Sustainability
12 Mar 2008
Mexico And Guatemala
Border Film Project is an art collaborative that distributed disposable cameras to two groups on different sides of the U.S.-Mexico border - undocumented migrants crossing the desert and American Minutemen trying to stop them.

Art + Activism / Public Projects / Social Practice
12 Mar 2008
Institutional Critique as Instituent Practice
Vienna, Austria
March 13 – April 19, 2008
Kunsthalle Exnergasse

Artists: Agentur, Bini Adamczak / Persson Baumgartinger, Zanny Begg / Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg / Dmitry Vilensky, Chto delat?, Marcelo Expósito / Nuria Vila, Anna Sigmond Gudmundsdottir / Tone Hansen / Marit Paasche, Martin Krenn, Lia / Dan Perjovschi.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions
10 Mar 2008
U.S. Washington
Diplomacy will NOT be our plan on March 19. If you're in the US, please consider coming to Washington DC on March 19 to participate in a day of massive civil disobedience on the 5th anniversary (!!) of the Iraq War.

Art + Activism
05 Mar 2008
Helsinki, Finland
GRASSROOTS is a 2-day conference, a public forum for discovering and debating the wide field art and ecology today. It is taking place at Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland, on the 16th and 17th of April. See the web page for the full program.

Art + Activism / Sustainability
04 Mar 2008
U.S. Pasadena
March 13 - 14, 2008
A two-day symposium at Pasadena City College, "Anytime, Anyplace," will examine artists' collectives that focus on political, social, and environmental issues and their strategies for engaging individuals and communities.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Grant Kester, critic and associate professor of art history at UCSD. Kester's current book project is "The One and the Many: Agency and Identity in Contemporary Collaborative Art."

Representatives from three art collectives will make presentations:

o Chicago-based Temporary Services, a group of three artists, produces creative exhibitions, events, projects and publications aimed at creating socially dynamic situations and spaces for dialogue. The artists are Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer.

o Futurefarmers, a San Francisco-based inter-disciplinary collective internationally known for a practice that extends across conventional artistic categories. Futurefarmers will begin a week as artist-in-residence at the college at the close of the symposium. Their exhibition "The Reverse Ark: The Flotsam & The Jetsam," will open in the PCC art gallery on Friday evening.

o Temporary Travel Office is Ryan Griffis, who teaches new media art at the University of Illinois, with Sarah Ross, an artist whose works focus on myths of health, safety and cleanliness that surface in the physical and visual structures of everyday space. The final session of the symposium will be a tour with Temporary Travel Office to sites of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice
27 Feb 2008
Århus, Denmark
The culture that we all create should not be owned or privatized by corporations. The instrumentalisation of art and culture for economic gain is an invasion of our life worlds that needs to be addressed and countered. We will produce with lust for life and dance on the graves of the bloodsuckers from the creative class and the experience economy.

With: Sine Bang (DK), Kayle Brandon (UK), Kristine Briede (Latvia), Adams & Itso, Field Work (DK), Groupwork/Students from the Art Academies (DK), Andreas Wegner (D/AUS), Henrik Moltke (DK), Amy Balkin (US), YNKB (DK)
Curated by Field Work; Lise Skou and Nis Rømer

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Free / Open Source / Public Projects
26 Feb 2008
Boston, USA
Platform2 is a series of events in Boston, MA, that are designed to facilitate dialogue about art & social engagement. The three platforms include: Failure, RISK, The Commons, and Art + Activism.

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice
24 Feb 2008
The School of Panamerican Unrest is an artist-led, not-for -profit public art project that seeks to generate connections between the different regions of the Americas through discussions, performances, screenings, and short-term and long-term collaborations between organizations and individuals. Its main component will be a nomadic forum or think-tank that will cross the hemisphere by land, from Anchorage, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego. This hybrid project included a collapsible and movable architectural structure in the form of a schoolhouse, as well as a video collection component.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Education / Social Practice
22 Feb 2008
A journey through the history + currents of free education, counter-institutional movements + the economy of information in Silicon Valley + beyond.
San Francisco
Free Soil is organizing a bus tour, outdoor film/video festival and on-site exchange, in conjunction with the 2nd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge in San Jose, California June 5-7, 2008

We are seeking submissions to include in this project. Please visit the links below to learn more about the projects and submission guidelines.

Call for Projects:
Onsite Learning Exchange / Teach-ins
Submission Deadline: March 30, 2008
Stipends Available

Call for Submissions:
Free Soil Reader: Free/Radical/Counter Institutional Reader
Submission Deadline: April 15, 2008
Stipends Available

Call for Flm/Video/Performance:
Outdoor Film/Video Screening
Submission Deadline: April 15, 2008
Stipends Available

Art + Activism / Calls / Education / Social Practice
22 Feb 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark
This is the third event in a series initiated by the Library of Radiant Optimism (Brett Bloom + Bonnie Fortune) and YNKB, which started in late 2006 with The Radiantly Optimistic Poster Show!exhibited at YNKB, December 2006, and at Messhall, Chicago, June 2007. Over this weekend there will be talks workshop and food. Read the program online. All is taking place at YNKB at Nørrebro, Copenhagen

Art + Activism
21 Feb 2008
"Constant is a non-profit association for art and media, based and active in Brussels since 1997. Constant works in the fields of open source, free software, cyber-feminism, social interaction and participation, copyleft and copyright alternatives, the conditions of cultural work.

Constant develops radio works, electronic music, database projects.Constant functions as a networked laboratory for a group of artists, designers and researchers. We generate reflection on network culture through the creation of art projects, networks, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Networks and links between cultural producers shed new light on the conditions of work, and make analysing the transfer of digital information necessary."

Art + Activism / Open Source / Organizations / Virtual Soil
16 Feb 2008
a call to participate
US, New York
"The activities of the Art Workers' Coalition began when the artist George Takis removed one of his sculptures from the Museum of Modern Art, in 1969. This act drew attention to the conditions for artistic production, within the broader context of feminist, anti-racist and anti-Vietnam War movements, and the critiques of artistic autonomy that were beginning to emerge out of Conceptual Art and Minimalism.

The Art Workers' Coalition presented the director of MOMA with a list of 13 demands, one of them being an open hearing on museum reform. They were refused, so they instead held the meeting at the School of Visual Arts ... "

Kirsten Forkert asked people to select and read aloud one of the documents which they thought had an interesting relationship to the present, perhaps because it struck them as still relevant today.

Art + Activism / Artists
04 Feb 2008
A project dealing with the status quo of the human rights in Europe seen from the perspective of visual art. Starting by the end of 2007, over a period of three years analyses and visions of human rights issues in Europe will be developed and disseminated in the general public with the means of art.

Six art institutions have jointly developed the “Land of Human Rights”. The different parts of the program – exhibitions inside and outside the gallery space, poster campaigns, media projects, film programmes, residency programmes, theoretical discourse etc – are conceived and carried out on the institutions own authority. In terms of content a knowledge transfer takes place regarding questions of arts and human rights as well as an interchange of experts: artists who deal with aspects of the human rights discourse will present their work resp. develop new works – in communication with human rights activists and researchers.

Art + Activism
03 Feb 2008
What We Know of Our Past, What We Know of Our Future
US, Chicago
A three day gathering to talk about socially-engaged, political, and critical artwork, its international iterations, history, and future.

"These three days are organized by the Library of Radiant Optimism (Brett Bloom + Bonnie Fortune), YNKB (Kirsten Dufour-Andersen + Finn Thybo Andersen) and Mess Hall. This is part of an ongoing series that asks how we can have optimism in our politics and work in the face of neoliberal globalization, war, economic, environmental, and other global crises. Our activities have included a poster show in Copenhagen and Chicago, and an upcoming discussion-based event similar to this one in Copenhagen."

Art + Activism / Events
28 Jan 2008
Imagining Sustainable Futures
US, New York
Department of Art & Art History, Film & Media Studies, and Environmental Studies Programs, Colgate University
This exhibition and symposium explores environmental issues including global warming and sustainability across natural, built, and digital environments. Creative Solutions for Sustainable Futures emphasizes interdisciplinary, digital, networked art and research that draws upon environmental science, computer science, design, hacking, gameplay, engineering, and eco-criticism.

Talks, panels, performances, and presentations by Natalie Jeremijenko, Brooke Singer, Joline Blais, Tom Sherman, Jane Marsching, Don Miller (aka no carrier), Colin Ives, Alex Galloway, Amy Franceschini and Andrea Polli.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Sustainability
19 Jan 2008
US, Los Angeles
Artists, Activists, and citizens reimagine the city asa a living environment, reclaiming its geography and resources; Fallen Fruit, L.A. Urban Rangers, Farmlab, Edible Estates.

Art + Activism / Sustainability / Urban/City
17 Jan 2008
Environment: Perils, Promises and Perplexities
GREENWASHING presents the work of 24 international artists and artist-groups whose practice suggests that the literalism embedded in old-fashioned concepts such as 'environmentalism' and 'nature' are not equipped to comprehend the ecological territory of our time. Today we negotiate an evermore urgent and pervasive ecological (and thereby cultural, political, social and economic) arena that is darkly shadowed by potentially catastrophic ecosystemic collapse. In the face of a constant bombardment of eco-economic guilt, corporate agendas and political point-scoring, what might emerge is genuine perplexity and false promises, though still possibly capable of unleashing creative change.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Sustainability
16 Jan 2008
Portland, Oregon
City Repair was formed in Portland, Oregon in 1996 by citizen activists who wanted a more community-oriented and ecologically sustainable society. Born out of a successful grassroots neighborhood initiative that converted a residential street intersection into a neighborhood public square, City Repair began its work with the idea that localization (of culture, of economy, of decision-making) is a necessary foundation of sustainability. By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture.

Art + Activism / Organizations / Sustainability / Urban/City
14 Jan 2008
The Rural Route Film Festival has been created to highlight works that deal with rural people and places. While the term "rural" is defined by Webster's Dictionary as: 1) Of or relating to the country: RUSTIC 2) Of or relating to people who live in the country 3) Of or relating to farming: AGRICULTURAL, the creators of Rural Route Film Festival leave it up to you, the film and video artists, to explain your own definition of "rural."

Coming to the Red Vic in San Francisco Feb. 5, 2008.

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability
10 Jan 2008
On the Margins of Technology
London, UK
The Not Quite Yet presents an exhibition of new work by artists Manu Luksch + Mukul Patel, Loraine Leeson, Stacy Makishi and Lois Weaver. The artists have been invited to respond to a research project that engages groups of older people in East London exploring their relationship to technology and its development.

Art + Activism
28 Dec 2007
Copenhagen, Denmark
Urban Pilgrimages are poetic urban extracts. They dig their way into the grain of cities and find out what places and its people are really about. Participants get involved in individually tailored, dramatized performances about their city, based on an online survey, a blog and continuously growing internet archives.

Urban Pilgrimages can take on various forms, such as behavioral instructions or procession-like journeys with collective movement, gesture, sound, props, food, music and personal encounters. The personalities and communities within the given place with their stories and emotions become the artistic material. Individual experience becomes a public field, which generates a new cartography of a place - the essential toolkit for the 21st century voyager.

Art + Activism / Public Projects / Urban/City
11 Dec 2007
MFK is a gender separatist art and educational space by and for persons who identify as women. It's an ongoing public art project aiming to create a place were art, politics and feminism are brought together, opened and combined. Their blog is in Swedish but you can also see this interview by Jeuno JE Kim.

Art + Activism / Blogs / Education / Organizations
11 Dec 2007
US, Chicago
In the midst of creating new syllabi and updating older ones, I have been revisiting the current work of many people. Daniel Tucker is a very profound and prolific artist and activist based in Chicago–Contributor to AREA, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest and much more...

Art + Activism / Artists / Urban/City
10 Dec 2007
I don't know why we have not pointed to Raketa until now, but they are a wonderful "institute" that runs interdisciplinary, collaborative projects and experiments within art, design, architecture and digital media.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Artists
05 Dec 2007
Another amazing work by Michael –The invisible enemy should not exist” is a layered narrative about artifacts stolen from the National Museum of Iraq, Baghdad, in the aftermath of the US invasion of April 2003; the current status of their whereabouts; and the series of events surrounding the invasion, the plundering and related protagonists. The centerpiece of the project is an ongoing series of sculptures that represent an attempt to reconstruct the looted archeological artifacts.

Art + Activism
05 Dec 2007
US, Various Cities
Floating Lab Collective is a group of metropolitan DC-based artists working collectively on performances, media art and research. A recent project, Protesting on Demand, attempts to institutionalize the act of protesting, which normally is something that is very fluid and improvised (in its choreographic sense). In this collective performance the act of protesting becomes serialized, and aesthetisized through a series of actions.

Art + Activism / Social Practice
29 Nov 2007
San Francisco
Nov. 30, 2007–Jan. 26, 2008

Some day this war's gonna end.
—Lieutenant Colonel William Kilgore, Apocalypse Now

An attack curated by Jennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla, and Jens Hoffmann

Apocalypse Now: The Theater of War examines the philosophical terrain of war. Featuring images and sounds related to war and the impact war has on the human mind, the exhibition is more than a simple illustration of war. Instead it describes war as a universal idea of human antagonism, a set of languages and iconographies embedded in our everyday lives and broader social consciousness. Beyond an actual, specific conflict, it confronts its audience with the unpalatable side of humanity, the scenes and situations that resist engagement.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions
21 Nov 2007
From Campus to the Middle East
US, Berkeley
Last year, a group of UC Berkeley students and faculty members organized a teach-in about Israel's war on Lebanon. Attended by hundreds of students, faculty, and community members, the event was an opportunity to challenge assumptions and consensuses. The teach-in on December 6 is a follow-up event to last year's, stemming from our concern about the direction of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and increasing campaigns against critics on U.S. campuses.

The teach-in focuses on the continuing occupations of Iraq and Palestine, on the threats of American wars against Syria and Iran, and on the intimidation crusades of lobbies and pressure groups against members of the academic community who have voiced criticism. We think these issues are linked and need to be publicly debated. Our teach-in features four experts who will provide informed and critical perspectives.

Organized by a UC Berkeley Faculty and Students Collective: Berkeley Teach-In Against America’s Wars.

Art + Activism / Events / Organizations
20 Nov 2007
The greenpepper is a magazine for social justice and environmental issues, a tool for groups working toward social transformation. It is conceived as an essentially participatory project and only exists through numerous collaborations and support.

Art + Activism / Virtual Soil
14 Nov 2007
San Francisco
This public art project is the start of a large-scale urban earthwork that involves replacing sidewalks with native plant life to establish a connective greenbelt between the Mission District’s two largest parks: Franklin Square Park and Dolores Park. The greenbelt will be a narrow landscaped strip running east west through neighborhoods now lacking public green spaces. On the whole, the self-supporting native plants will thrive, as they have evolved for thousands of years to suit San Francisco’s semi-arid climate. Also, the permeable soil will absorb rainwater otherwise headed for the sewage treatment plant, which, during heavy rains, overflows into the Bay. Visually, the greenbelt will be reminiscent of the now landfill-covered Mission Creek with a stream of planted vegetation separating pedestrians from cars.

Art + Activism / Sustainability / Urban/City
13 Nov 2007
US, San Diego
The Political Equator Conferences were launched in June 2006 with an investigation into the theme of Urbanities of Labor and Surveillance. Political Equator ll stages an exploration of the intersection between sociopolitical and natural domains, foregrounding the notion of a collective territory, but also a territory of collaboration that transgresses hemispheric boundaries.

The field of operations represented by the collectives of architects and urbanists brought together for Political Equator ll traces an invisible trajectory across the political equator. This time the axis runs south to north, along which emergent Latin American practices of intervention simultaneously engage the politics of the environment and policies that are shaping contemporary cities. The Political Equator re-emerges in 2007 as a collaboration with Tránsito(ry) Público / Public(o) Transit(orio), following an event-based itinerary that travels from Los Angeles to San Diego to Tijuana, and back again. This provocative series of events and interventions will be hosted by major cultural institutions, neighborhood-based NGOs, and independent alternative spaces, eventually crossing over into the no man’s land of the border zone itself, where the Tijuana River symbolizes the conflicts these collaborative practices seek to expose and engage.

Art + Activism / Education / Events
10 Nov 2007
Artivistic is an international transdisciplinary three-day gathering on the interPlay between art, information and activism. Artivistic emerges out of the proposition that not only artists talk about art, academics about theory, and activists about activism.

For the third edition of Artivistic, the expression [ un.occupied spaces ] was chosen to stimulate new ideas in response to the hidden confusions caused by the infinite networks of 21C globalization and neo-liberalism. [ un.occupied spaces ] dares to link the charged issues of environmentalism, indigenous and migrant struggles, and urban practices together through the angle of occupation. In an interconnected world, critical thought and action cannot but become flexible and uncompromising at once. To think with occupation consequently becomes a strategy for approaching these issues in a way that will reveal their interdependence, and fuel creative and tactical collaborative actions between “co-artists” (artists and non-artists). Built around three interrelated questions, the event consists of roundtables, workshops, interventions, exhibitions, performances, and screenings at our temporary headquarters at 5455 av. de Gaspé, #701 and in different venues and spaces of Montreal.

Art + Activism / Events
10 Nov 2007
The Imaginary Border Academy (L’Académie de la frontière imaginaire) was initiated at the Artivistic gathering in Montreal , 25-27 October, 2007;

It is our aim to provide copyleft pedagogical resources for engaging all forms of borders.

As was agreed with the clink of two Caribs by an incomplete decision making body, the academy is within the tradition of Autonomous Education, Free Universities, Community Education and Free Skools.

The Academy strives to cultivate a non-hierarchical pedagogical approach to understanding, subverting and undermining borders.

Art + Activism / Education
10 Nov 2007
For over thirty-five years Herman Joshua Wallace has been in solitary confinement in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Solitary Confinement, or Closed Cell Restriction (CCR) at Angola consists of spending a minimum of 23 hours a day in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell. Five years ago the activist/artist Jackie Sumell asked Herman a very simple question: "What kind of house does a man who has lived in a 6' x9' box for over thirty years dream of?" The answer to this question has manifested in a remarkable project called THE HOUSE THAT HERMAN BUILT.

Art + Activism / Artists / Books
08 Nov 2007
Belgium, Antwerp
If I Can’t Dance… is a rolling curatorial project based on performative practices, which departs from a spirit of open questioning and a long term enquiry with artists.
It explores how feminist thinking on all levels (social, artistic, political, theoretical, ideological or structural) is important to our cultural life.

At the initiative of bolwerK in Antwerp, we are issuing
a call for reactions to this quote by Emma Goldman in the form of a visual contribution. These will be screened at a mobile “video speakers corner”, Thursday evening, 6 December, during the Antwerp Nocturne on several public buildings.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Social Practice
06 Nov 2007
Queen Victoria School, a small inner-city elementary school on Vancouver's east side, recently completed an extensive, school-wide, interdisciplinary study of water. An original musical play about water, written by the children with the help of teachers and artists in residence, came next. The play was a major success and proved to be a catalyst that made the children aware of issues surrounding water on a global level. As a result of this process, the idea of raising funds to help build a well in Africa was born.

Art + Activism / Social Practice
05 Nov 2007
"Green Dreams aims to shed light on the development of more than 30 years of environmentalism on the basis of artistic contributions. The retrospective view contains the implicit question of how environmentally sound action can be realised in the future in an increasingly globalised world. Artistic production relating to the issue lends itself for such a retrospective, since it does not merely remain as a commentary but in some cases also has a practical influence."

Art + Activism / Artists / Exhibitions
31 Oct 2007
Artists and the desire for social change from 1871 to the present
The exhibition 'Forms of Resistance' reflects on art and life and departs from four historical moments: the French Commune in 1871, the Russian Revolution of 1917, May 1968 and our world after the Berlin Wall came down (1989).

Based on these benchmarks it includes works by Manet, Courbet, Lissitzky, Rodchenko, Malevich, Brigada Ramona Parra, Atelier Populaire, Tucuman Arde, Sherk, Haacke, Johannesson, General Idea, Leonard, Piper, Ressler and Superflex amongst others.

"The exhibition tells the story of art and social change through the lens of resistance and artistic desire. Ambitions for progressive social or political changes in the past 150 years are compared, selecting specific moments at which collaborations between art and activism were at their most pronounced. 

From 22 September 2007 through to 6 January 2008".

Art + Activism / Artists / Exhibitions
24 Oct 2007
US, Berkeley
SAFE, the Society for Agriculture and Food Ecology is a group initiated by students at UC Berkeley who catalyze honest discussion of a truly sustainable food system.

Through panels, speakers, events and workshops they bring this discussion onto their campus with the intention of being inclusive, productive and impassioned on behalf of thier common goals of agricultural sustainability, ecological integrity, healthful human nutrition and vibrant rural economies.

"We feel strongly that this discourse is a critical element in the formation of policy goals, urban consumer literacy, and the shaping of food science. We also hope to embolden those interested in food/farming to make a career in these fertile fields."

They have also organized The Local a market stand featuring fresh local produce on UC Berkeley Campus once a week.

Art + Activism / Free / Sustainability / Urban/City
23 Oct 2007
The Copy South Research Group was established in December 2004. It is a loosley-affiliated group of researchers based in a number of countries across the South and the North who seek to research the inner workings of the global copyright system and its largely negative effects on the global South.

The entire group first met together in August 2005 at the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom for a 'by invitation only' workshop. Its first publication is the Copy/South Dossier.

Art + Activism / Free / Organizations
20 Oct 2007
The MediaShed is the first "free-media" space to open in the east of England. It's a place where members can come hang out, learn, propose some training, create and propose new projects using free-media or show things they have made on one of our screening nights. The MediaShed is designed to be as open and accessible as possible, welcoming all.

Free-media is best thought of as a means of doing art, making things or just saying what you want for little or no financial cost by using the public domain, free software and recycled equipment. It is also about saying what you want "freely", using accessible media that can be taken apart and reused without unnecessary restrictions and controls - "free as in free speech".

Art + Activism / Free / Organizations
13 Oct 2007
Can art change politics, does politics determine art?
Eindhoven, Netherlands
A two day discussion seminar reflects on some of the issues
brought up in the exhibition Forms of Resistance. The seminar will introduce the exhibition and invite a number of artists, theorists and activists to discuss the political possibilities of the art field.

Some of the questions addressed include:
- What are possible relationships between art and political action?
- What role does aesthetics play in articulating the desire for social and political change?
- How can we interpret the political desires of previous artistic
generations today and how does it impact on our understanding of the history of art?

Will Bradley, Marcelo Esposito, Charles Esche, Brian Holmes,
Gerald Raunig, What, How, For Whom?, and Marina Vishmidt.

Art + Activism / Events / Exhibitions
05 Oct 2007
A weekend gathering for collaborative + creative reflection on art + politics
North West, England
Technology / Authorship / Ways of Living / Art Market
5th - 7th October, 2007
Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, North West England.

The Knowledge Lab is an attempt to provide a collective space for anti-capitalist reflection. It is located at the margin of the university, an institution essentially geared towards the production of knowledge as a resource for corporate interest and as justification for particular constellations of power relations. The Knowledge Lab is hence also an attempt to claim back some of the university's space, resources and know-how from the military-industrial complex and make them available for people concerned about and working against the status quo of unceasing commodification, exploitation, war, and biospherical destruction.

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Education / Events
22 Sep 2007
A Journal of Ideas, Contexts and Methods
Art & Research is new, artist-led internationally peer assessed journal which welcomes submissions from artists, researchers, academics, critics and curators which seek to engage with all areas of research in Fine Art practice and/or pedagogy.

Art + Activism / Free / Social Practice / Virtual Soil
22 Sep 2007
San Francisco

Once again the Bicycle Film Festival comes to San Francisco. This year it is full of off-site events, street performances and screenings at the Victoria theater. Hop on a bike and come by.

Free Valet parking for bikes.

Art + Activism / Sustainability / Urban/City
06 Sep 2007
US, Los Angeles
Spacial Justice is a new journal published by the UCLA Department of Urban Planning. This volume proceeds from the notion that justice is, and should be, a principal goal of urban planning in all its institutional and grassroots forms. Yet why speak of spatial justice instead of social justice? What do critical spatial thinking and practices contribute to the pursuit of justice?

Art + Activism / Books / Urban/City
04 Sep 2007
A wonderful project in its early stages. Superfund 365 , A Site-A-Day, is an online data visualization application with an accompanying RSS-feed and email alert system. Each day for a year, starting on September 1, 2007, Superfund365 will visit one toxic site currently active in the Superfund program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the end, the archive will consist of 365 visualizations of some of the worst toxic sites in the U.S., roughly a quarter of the total number on the Superfund's National Priorities List (NPL).

Art + Activism / Sustainability / Virtual Soil
03 Sep 2007
US, Minneapolis
October 4 - February 17, 2008
Walker Art Center
Brave New Worlds considers the present state of political consciousness expressed through the questions of how to live, experience, and dream. Organized by Walker visual arts curators Doryun Chong and Yasmil Raymond, the exhibition of some 70 works by 24 artists from 17 countries doesn’t resort to simplistic notions of “political art.” Instead, the diverse artistic voices gathered here seek different potentials for engagement and thus collectively offer a look beyond glib expressions of globalism.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions
01 Sep 2007
As a flagship station of the American public radio network, WNYC, New York Public Radio's mission is: "To make the mind more curious, the heart more tolerant and the spirit more joyful through excellent radio programming that is deeply rooted in New York."

Art + Activism / Free
30 Aug 2007
Sep 21
PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event centered in San Francisco where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.

Art + Activism / Urban/City
28 Aug 2007
Issue #5 of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest
now available!!!

On Speech and talking; Yes Men, Art Workers Coalition (revisited), Jason Del Gandio, Mariana Botey, Matt Dunnerstick, Jessica Cannon, Ashley Hunt and many many more!!

Art + Activism / Books
25 Aug 2007
September 13-16, 2007
Bristol, UK
OFFLOAD is the UK’s first network media and systems arts event on nature, sustainability and ecology. The event brings together international, national and local artists and practitioners interested in creating work that use new and existing media. OFFLOAD is interested in interactive, playful, participatory and socially aware practice.

Art + Activism / Events / Public Projects / Sustainability
20 Aug 2007
San Francisco
August 25, 2007
Dolores Park, San Francisco

A Really Really Free Market is like a potluck for whatever you want to give or take away. Have you ever brought one dish to a potluck and gone away with a full belly and a balanced meal? Everybody brings something and goes away with more.

We all have skills, ideas, objects, smiles, talents, friendship, excitement, discussions, and many other things to share. If we bring them all together at the Really Really Free Market, we can provide more balanced and full lives for everyone.

The Really Really Free Market is an attempt to put these ideas into practice for four hours every month.

Art + Activism / Free
16 Aug 2007
US, Chicago
The Stockyard Institute will initiate an interactive exhibition using the Hyde Park Art Center as a site to critically explore the intersection between art, education, and the city. Working with other artists, collaboratives, and groups, such as The Center for Urban Pedagogy (New York), rum46 (Denmark), Think Tank (Philadelphia), Artlink (UK), and AREA Chicago Art, Research, Education & Activism (Chicago), to name a few, the Stockyard Institute will transform the gallery space into a temporary factory that will design and implement an extensive series of programs and events throughout the two month project.

Pedagogical Factory will interrogate the overlap between education, economics, art, and activism, creating a venue to explore alternatives to traditional notions of education and social art.

Art + Activism / Social Practice / Urban/City
12 Aug 2007
Emergency Room is a physical space and dynamic process where artists of different backgrounds and methodologies can spark a dialogue and work together on a constantly evolving exhibition. Created by Danish artist Thierry Geoffroy/Colonel, as a means of gathering artists' views on the world today, Emergency Room encourages artists to produce works in a state of emotional or intellectual urgency, considering only the events of the last twenty-four hours prior to display.

Art + Activism
07 Aug 2007
A publication addressing issues in the economics, politics, and ideology of copyright in the global South.

The Copy South Research Group is a loosley-affiliated group of researchers based in a number of countries across the South and the North who seek to research the inner workings of the global copyright system and its largely negative effects on the global South.

Art + Activism / Free
04 Aug 2007
The documentation from the seminar held in Copenhagen is now online if you didn't get the chance to go.

"The Situationist movement was a cultural revolutionary movement that had its highest point of activity across Europe in the 1960s. But many of the Situationist ideas are still relevant and useful in our daily struggle against neoliberal globalised capitalism."

Art + Activism
27 Jul 2007
8 - 12th August 2007
"The Chaos Communication Camp is an international, five-day open-air event for hackers and associated life-forms. The Camp features two conference tracks with interesting lectures, a workshop-track and over 30 villages providing workshops and gettogethers covering a specific topic."

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Events
25 Jul 2007
Last night I watched a documentary on 'Mass Moving', ... "an artistic movement born in the wake of may 68. Composed of artists and engineers, the group is defined by its ephemeral projects and actions. When the Mass Movers realize that their ideal is not the same, they shut down with a spectactular auto-da-fé. Through Mass Moving, we see not only the story of an era, but also the beginnings of the ecological and alternative energy movements. An artistic movement that is as topical today as it ever was."

Art + Activism / Artists / Public Projects
24 Jul 2007
The Feral Trade Courier is a live shipping database for a freight network running outside commercial systems.

"Feral Trade forges new, wild trade routes across hybrid territories of business, art and social interaction. Goods are run along social routes, avoiding official channels of grocery distribution in preference for a hand-carried cargo system, often using other artists or curators as mules."

Art + Activism / Public Projects / Social Practice
22 Jul 2007
Mexico City
La Lleca - means "la calle" (the street) is a slang word used by prisoners in penitetiaries in Mexico City.

La Lleca is more than a critique of the prison system in Mexico. It attempts to generate knowledge that is linked to and that has an effect on our lives.

The aim of the project is not artistic production per se; rather the project is what we term a “social intervention”—meaning that it attempts to change the institutional space a specific prison in Mexico City, its functioning, and the power relations that structure it both on a micro- and macro-level, while, at the same time, providing a physical and psyche space for the development of various workshops, relationships, and projects in collaboration with members of La Lleca.

Art + Activism / Social Practice
18 Jul 2007
Until Sep 16
The exhibition traces the theories of the Situationist International in contemporary architecture and urbanism. INSTANT URBANISM creates a conceptual link with the historical show on the Situationist International at the Tinguely Museum in Basel, by drawing upon the radical propositions made by the Situationists with relation to transforming architecture and city spaces.
With a documentation of interventions and actions within urban and public spaces of the city, INSTANT URBANISM brings together the work of Lucy Orta (France), Santiago Cirugeda (Spain), EXYZT (France), Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss (Belgrade, Basel), NL architects (Netherlands) IAN+ (Italy), PPAG (Austria), amongst others.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Social Practice
09 Jul 2007
San Francisco
In 1979, the Dead Kennedy's, Jello Biafra ran for mayor of San Francisco. As he campaigned, Biafra wore t-shirts from his opponent Quentin Kopp's previous campaign and at one point vacuumed leaves off the front lawn of another opponent, current U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, to mock her publicity stunt of sweeping streets in downtown San Francisco for a few hours. His platform included unconventional points such as forcing businessmen to wear clown suits within city limits, erecting statues of Dan White all over town, allowing the parks department to sell eggs and tomatoes with which people could pelt them, and a citywide ban on cars,legalizing squatting in vacant, tax-delinquent buildings and requiring police officers to keep their jobs by running for election voted on by the people of the neighborhoods they patrol.

In the upcoming San Francisco mayorial elections, two artists will run for mayor. Chicken John will use his 1975 GMC pickup, which he converted to a zero-emissions vehicle that runs on coffee grounds and walnut shells as his campaign platform, and claims that "more city money goes to the arts, but not the kind of art like the 60-foot-tall fiberglass and stainless-steel structure by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen erected nearly five years ago on San Francisco's waterfront, which he calls an insult to every artist in the city."

If Chicken John is elected mayor of San Francisco, one of his first orders of business will be to hold a raffle so that some lucky person wins the chance to drive a truck smack into the gigantic Claes Oldenberg/Coosje van Bruggen "bow-and-arrow" sculpture that sits on the Embarcadero.

Art + Activism
08 Jul 2007
US, Berkeley
July 11- August 29, 2007
UC Berkeley Pacific Film Archive
Eco-Amok! Whether anxiety arises from rogue radiation, environmental spoliation, or genomic manipulation, a movie can be found to match the menace. There are rarities like Saul Bass's Phase IV, an acute account of ants with larger-than-life intelligence; Jack Cardiff's The Mutations, in which a crazed botanist tries to meld folks and foliage; Michael Lehmann's Meet the Applegates, a tale of terrorist roaches that want to inherit the earth, even if it's radioactive; and Rene Daalder's harrowing Habitat, a greenhouse with effects, in which CGI meets horticultural hell.

Art + Activism / Events
07 Jul 2007
U.S. Boston
A few months ago a group of twenty-five Boston artists, curators and art professionals met one evening for a conversation about art and activism. At the beginning of the evening, pencils were distributed and the guests were asked to write questions on paper tags and hang them on the wall; resulting in a list of 45 questions.

via Big RED & Shiny

Art + Activism / Events
03 Jul 2007
A network of artist research groups
London, UK
The alt.SPACE Network is an international, transdisciplinary formation of self-organized, non-institutional research groups with the collective aim of exploring cultural production through a variety of different media and through a range of contextual and theoretical approaches. They share the belief that in a time that stands witness to the increasing entrenchment and subsumption of research and criticality into the manufacturing processes of global, profit-driven corporate industries, self-organization and the non-totalizing, informal networking of micro-practices offer a site of resistance and dissent.

Art + Activism / Urban/City
21 Jun 2007
August 14-21, 2007
Eight days of low-impact living, debates, learning skills, and high-impact direct action tackling the root causes of climate change.

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability
16 Jun 2007
Yes Men posed as ExxonMobil and National Petroleum Council (NPC) representatives and delivered an outrageous keynote speech, "EXXON PROPOSES BURNING HUMANITY FOR FUEL IF CLIMATE CALAMITY HITS" to 300 oilmen at GO-EXPO, Canada's largest oil conference, held at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta. The speech was billed beforehand by the GO-EXPO organizers as the major highlight of this year's conference, which had 20,000 attendees.

Art + Activism
15 Jun 2007
"Filip Berte's project EUtopia? is both a research and creative project that wants to focus on the actual European context of living. It deals with stories, collected from all over Europe, and will materialize them in the construction of a house in the European District in Brussels. An old building-site-car functions as a mobile compartment of the house and will both serve as a Mobile Embassy and the EUtopia? archive.

It is the project’s aim to gather all the present and future EU-member states under one roof, shaping them in rooms, corridors, landscapes on scale, etc… This will be a work in progress (construction/deconstruction), that can be followed-up by the public at least for two years."

Architecture / Art + Activism / Artists
04 Jun 2007
Ephemera is an electronic forum for developing and extending discussions of critical perspectives on organization. It is transdisciplinary and encourages contributions from a broad spectrum of academics, researchers, activists, practitioners, employees and other members of organizations.

Art + Activism / Magazines / Social Practice / Virtual Soil
02 Jun 2007
Stay informed if you stayed at home like me.

Dropping Knowledge
Blogs and Videos
a radio project from neutroTransmitter and unitednationsplaza project
Art Goes Heiligendamm
Art and Intervention

Art + Activism
27 May 2007
Davis, California
“Come to our treehouse and we’ll make you a sandwich.”

For one night only, Caroline Cloak and Lissa Ivy Tiegel [arborists] invite you to climb a branch ladder to our treehouse rejuvenation station.

Entry to the treehouse will be limited to coupon-holders due to constraints of time and space. Each party of 2-3 will be welcome for a 10 minute stay, including a customized sandwich. Coupons forthcoming.

Hours of Treehouse operation: 7-8pm; 9-11pm; 12-1:05am.

The treehouse is part of a lively one night outdoor art party featuring interactive, installation and performance art, DJs, live music and food under a full moon. Uncanny is put on by students at UCDavis, this year at an organic farm and vineyard with access to Putah Creek.

Davis, California
Thursday, 31 May 2007
7pm to 1:05am

Art + Activism / Events / Public Projects / Social Practice
25 May 2007
When the countryside becomes urban
"Firefly was set up in 1999 with the aim of integrating art into every part of daily life. Its base is in Brussels and it moves nomadically around the city and its outskirts. Its main concern is an emphatically social rooting. Firefly is intended, in its creative work, to enter into communication and dialogue with the street.

To achieve this they work on a series of Creative Platforms in combination with selected sites that they discover, analyse and artistically assimilate. These sites are in most cases non-places, places that belong to everyone and no one, places with scars, places where the collective subconscious is very much alive.

N6: The Stone Road is build up around the dream to make an inventory of all Belgian trunk roads, to interpret Belgium through its trunk roads as a single huge city. The study of the Chaussée de Mons is a first step towards realising this dream, an almost random line, running almost north-south from the centre of the country."

Art + Activism / Artists / Organizations

15 May 2007
See slide show:

Last week while I was in Barcleona, I had the good fortune of meeting up with a friend who offered to host me for a day. I asked if there were any urban garden projects going on, and the next day we were on the subway leading to the outskirts of town, walking up a dirt road into the valley of San Genis to Can Masdeu.

A winding dirt road lead us to a cluster of hand painted signposts and bulletin boards framing a view of arcadia"

You have arrived in a
rural/urban social center.
It is not a hostel.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If you would like to visit the
house and/or get involved in
the project please talk to someone
from the community.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Here we collectively organize
diverse acitivities. We invite you
to come especially on Sundays to the
interactive workshops of Collserola.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If you use any materials
return them to where you found them
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Here there are no door keepers,
Security, cameras, or cleaning service.
This project depends on

Can Masdeu is a squatted social centre in one of the last non-urbanized valleys, San Genis, part of the Collserola National Park in Barcelona. It was squatted by an international group of activists in December 2001, and the terraces surrounding the masia (country mansion) are cultivated by neighbors who live in the neighborhood below, Nou Barris. It sits on 49.4 acres of land. Parts of the masia were built in the 1600s, and in the early 20th century and the house was a nunnery and leper hospital. Surrounding the mansion are terraced gardens that provide food for the entire community. Sections of the land are community gardens dedicated to the neighbors. These are broken up into small plots separated by bamboo fencing.

Can Masdeu gained international attention in April 2002, when over 100 national police came to evict 11 squatters defending the house in positions of passive resistance. Unable to remove the squatters from lockdowns, tripods, on ropes and planks extended out of windows, and even a hanging bathtub, the police waited for the squatters to get thirsty and hungry and come down. After three days of media attention, hundreds of protesting onlookers chanting slogans and stopping traffic on the local highway, and even a solidarity group organizing a sit-in in the Spanish Embassy in Holland, the judge ordered the police to leave and the case reopened. Later rulings favored the owner, the Hospital of San Pau, but no eviction notice has been given.

The project includes a bakery, pizza oven, bike kitchen, cafe, and a social center, the PIC, or Punt d'Interracció de Collserola, which opens Sundays to the public and offers a variety of activities and workshops, often related to environmental issues, permaculture and organic farming, communal living, and community autonomy.

The PIC and the rurbar, a cafe serving local and organic meals and drinks, is open most Sundays from noon until evening. Activities are listed on the website and in the newsletter Infousurpa.

As of 2007, more than 28 people live in and share the house. Community participation includes bi-weekly meetings, organic gardening, housework, and two collective meals per day, and each member contributes roughly 25 euros/month to food costs. The working languages of the house are Catalan and Spanish, but as it is an international group, English, Italian, French, Basque, and Esperanto are also spoken.

Upon entering the main courtyard, we were greeted by a table of people enjoying a community lunch including fresh baked bread and several dishes of food from their gardens. We happened to arrive on a Friday which is the baking day.

After wandering around the grounds and leafing through their extensive zine and radical left library for over 2 hours, it became very clear that Can Masdeu was organizing beyond the local community and that it had become an important link in an international network of social organizations and movement carrying genuine social ecological and political value;
many of its residents have participated in broader social struggles, including the demonstration for a "New Culture of Water" against the Damming of the Ebre River, and the Campaign Against the Europe of Capital and the War.

One aspect of this community that seemed to be the glue of its efficiency and survival was the distribution of responsibilites. The group works in a very open way, such that they make sure that people who have specific skills pass them on to other people. In the case of doing renovation work, they might run a workshop so that when they repair or develop something, they can also teach a group of people as they go along. It seems that skill sharing and rotating roles is essential, such that if one system fails, more than one person will know how to fix it.

Currently Can Masdeu is prodding ahead with educational programs, outreach and rehabilitating the compound with the intention of being completely sustainable. Evidence of this dots the land; solar panels, composting toilets, pedal powered washing machine, rainwater catchment tanks, solar showers...

The city of Barcelona has plans to develop the valley, but the project has received international attention and is in a holding pattern at the moment. The project was an inspiration and breath of fresh air during our stay in Barcelona. I will carry this day with me into the urban garden in San Francisco. Thank you Can Masdeu!

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Art + Activism / Social Practice / Sustainability / Urban/City
12 May 2007
Dissent Network is the website of the international mobilization against the G8 summit 2007 in Heiligendamm, Germany. It is meant for an exchange of documents and information in different languages and between countries.

Related Reading:
Shut Them Down! is an essential collection of reflections on the movement against the 2005 G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland. As well as action stories from the frontlines of resistance to the summit, there are detailed accounts of how various aspects of the mobilisation were organised, and analysis of the lessons to be learned.

Art + Activism
11 May 2007
US, New York
Once again. The ever wonderful festival including, city joy ride,
art exhibition, screenings, and more...
May 16-21, 2007

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability / Urban/City
08 May 2007
The European Union Identity Trading Game
"Europoly is a research project starting from a game questioning public and private identity of migrants coming to European countries, analyzing chance and demands coming from European Union laws. The project aim is to enlighten the reflection among the human condition in the European Union, due to the enlargement of borders and many contradictions existing within rules and matters of fact.

It is in the intention of the project to make invisible people among us more visible. Raising questions among the opportunities offered by entering the EU and the struggle to match certain requirements imposed by laws, the project doesn't intend to provide any answer or judgment, rather to remind everyone of us that behind systems of laws there are people living their everyday life."

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Virtual Soil
04 May 2007
04.05 - 05.05.2007
Vienna, Austria
The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna presents a symposium exploring the way in which aesthetic strategies have contested, and continue to contest the public realm. Today, the “public” is most certainly in question, and both public space and democratic processes seem to be increasingly under attack.

Art + Activism / Events

03 May 2007
Arts in (Climate) Crisis
By Joni Taylor
Part 1

Apocalypse may be the new black, but the Plague, the Cold War and the Millennium Bug combined did not add up to the deserved attention that the dangers of Global Warming are receiving.
The scientific evidence, detailed in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) drove the message home to (most) politicians that the planet is in dire straits, and their responsibilities lie further off than just the next election. On a local level, reports of North Alaskan fishermen hearing the sound of thunder for the first time in history and Media images of hurricanes, tsunamis and shattering icebergs did their bit to freak out the couch potato public. But still not everyone cares enough to be convinced. Potentially thousands of viewers were misinformed by the recent ‘documentary’ The Great Global Warming Swindle, when the already questionable talking heads claimed that overzealous Neo-Marxists and boosted Government funding were to blame for the ‘myth’ of man made global warming. It smacked of conspiracy theory, but compared to the depressing prophecies of Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ one almost wished the ‘Swindle’ was true.

Artists have often aligned themselves with activist causes, and have helped to move radical social change. Anti-establishment or outspoken views have never been at odds with the creatively minded. And Nature itself has long been an inspiration. At the turn of last Century, the romantic landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich depicted the fears of the oncoming era of mechanical industrialisation. Land Artists emerged alongside the noisy environmental movements of the Sixties, pointing out Starship Earth’s fragile beauty by making temporary and ephemeral pieces. Green party candidate Joseph Beuys regenerated the city of Kassel by planting his 7000 oaks in 1984.

This Century there has been a hip move towards green design and sustainable architecture. The slickness of sites like Treehugger and Worldchanging can't be denied. There have also been a number of exhibitions lately focusing on ecological systems, such as ‘Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art’ at Chicago's Smart Museum; The Sharjah Biennial, 'Art, Ecology and the Politics Of Change' and the recent focus of the RCA (and accompanying book - LandArt: A Cultural Ecology handbook).

But climate change or global warming as a specific cause is a relatively new one for artists. As subject matter, the enemy here is invisible - but its affects are not.
More artists are collaborating with scientists in a bid to inform their work on a technical level. But while the scientists role is a didactic and theory based practise, the artist deals with the nuances and the abstract. Art asks to be interpreted by the viewer, and its appreciation is often personal. Art speaks another kind of language - one of emotion - and this is why it may be better understood by the public, amidst the Babel of scientific jargon.

There are 3 artistic strains in dealing with climate change.

One is reducing the co2 emissions produced by artists themselves - not flying to that next art fair or finding alternatives to energy sucking Plasma screens. Just like a UN delegate, an artist is accountable for his /her carbon footprint. Using recycled and green products is another indication of ‘Slow Art’.(The next art movement perhaps?) London’s seven meter tall WEEE man, made of the industrial detritus used in a typical lifetime, was a successful shock factor device standing on the River Thames.

Another method is making art that depicts the effects of warming and pollution. The most memorable tools in Gore's film were the postcards of glaciers in the Twenties, compared with the dried up and sandy images of today. Photographers relish travelling to exotic places to bear witness to both environmental damage and utopian beauty, and bring back images to share with a city bound audience.

The last, most innovative area is the collision of art and science to create visualising tools, or to quote worldchanging ‘making the invisible, visible’. By transforming data and graphs to a visual language, artists can demonstrate the bare facts with humour and delight. Some even use ecological systems in their work, mimicking nature.

As you will see in part 2, there is a range of new arts initiatives aimed specifically at publicising climate change, with sponsors in tow. Will the public be driven to action by seeing an image on the side of a bus, or a public commission through their car window?
Let's hope that narrowing all the attention to climate change will not take away the real issue, which is the impact humans are having on the environment.
The new ecosystem here is one of dangerous networks - political situations, technological development, corporate responsibility and greed are all connnected to this alienation from the planet earth.
And let's hope that a walk in the country or a breathtaking sunset can also still do the trick when it comes to remembering what is at stake.

Commissioned by DAMn Magazine

Images courtesy of The Canaray Project

Art + Activism / Articles / Sustainability
03 May 2007
+discursive picnics
UNWETTER is an international group of artists, curators, theoreticians and activists. Like Unwetter (German for stormy and turbulent weather) radical global transformations reshuffle conventional knowledge systems and hierarchies, opening new spaces to be explored.
UNWETTER's basic format is the Discursive Picnic that connects different contexts in an ongoing process of reciprocal exchange.
Website is also a great resource for further reading and links.

Art + Activism / Public Projects / Sustainability
02 May 2007
An evolving online comic collection questioning the notion of "homeland".

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew
28 Apr 2007
Copenhagen, Denmark
Stewart Home reports in an article in Mute magazine from the seminar "Expect anything fear nothing" recently held in Copenhagen. This and the description of the riots and situation around the now demolished Youth House makes it a necessary read. Plus the seminar site have some good resources to situationist material.

Art + Activism / Artists / Urban/City
20 Apr 2007
US, New York
May 12-13, 2007
Creative Time, inSite + The Cooper Union
Two day conference re-thinking the challenges of engagement in the public sphere.
"In the network society everyone puts together their own city. Naturally this touches on the essence of the concept of pubic domain...Public domain experiences occur at the boundary between friction and freedom."

Art + Activism / Events / Urban/City
19 Apr 2007
A Benefit for Friends of the Urban Forest
US, San Francisco
More than 100 Bay area artists and Friends of the Urban Forest invite you to join us at Arcadia: Artists Celebrate Trees, an exhibition and auction to be held April 23, 2007 at California Modern Gallery in San Francisco.

Arcadia is an invitational biennial event conceived by artists in 2002 as a way to make a significant contribution to San Francisco's urban ecosystem. Artists have welcomed the opportunity to transform their art into trees and enhance our city one artwork and one tree at a time.

Art + Activism / Artists / Exhibitions / Organizations
17 Apr 2007
Non Aligned Initiatives in Education Culture
May 24 to 28
The debates around education are shifting.
The crisis in education offers potential modes of critical engagement: drawing on activist practices and processes of participation which circulate in the wider culture, it allows us to claim the power to shape and define the terms of the debate.
SUMMIT is a proposal to change the terms of the debate away from a purely bureaucratic engagement with quantitative and administrative demands and from the ongoing tendency to privatize knowledge as so called "intellectual property".

Art + Activism / Education / Events
16 Apr 2007
US, Berkeley
Conference Schedule
April 27, Friday night, 7:00-9:00

The rich and bountiful commons that Californians once enjoyed as a gift of nature and fruit of public efforts are under assault today. Our resources are degraded, our services privatized and our public spaces increasingly pre-empted. But the state’s commons-wealth are not mere amenities for our private lives or raw materials for the economy. They are collective goods, shared resources and collective achievements that underpin our and future generations’ well-being, our civic life and our possibility for a democratic life together.

What exactly are commons? How do they work? How can we protect them? Join scholars, activists, scientists and writers from around the state to examine the crises of California’s commons, recover their history and imagine their possible futures.

Download the brochure.

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice / Sustainability
11 Apr 2007
Artistic Movement for an InterMediterranean Politic
"Love Difference is a network of institutions, organisations and individual people who are committed to providing society with a new model of cultural integration through art and creativity. It was established in Biella in Spring 2002 in the Politics Office of the Cittadellarte–Fondazione Pistoletto. The aim is to bring together, around the regions facing onto the Mediterranean Sea, people and institutions interested in creating new prospects that reach beyond the tragic conflict between different cultures."

Art + Activism / Artists / Organizations / Social Practice
10 Apr 2007
Call for Participation!

Artivistic is a transdisciplinary three-day gathering on the interPlay between art, information and activism. Artivistic emerges out of the proposition that not only artists should talk about art, academics about theory, and activists about activism.

"Artivistic does not only provide a platform for political artists and artistic activists, but partakes in the very movements that work for change. In the pursuit of temporary moments of pleasure, we move towards freedom, for resistance is perpetual and oppression, ever-changing."

Proposals welcomed: roundtables, workshops, expeditions & walks, interventions, performance, projections, show-and-tells, broadcasts, games, visual arts, media & technology arts, street arts, informal arts, experimental arts, is-it-art arts, etc.

Art + Activism / Calls / Social Practice
08 Apr 2007
Globalism - Crisis + Opportunity
US, Chicago
Green World Symposium
April 26-28, 2007

3 days of artists and "cultural producers" addressing globalism:

"Globalism is radically transforming our world, creating new political instabilities, economic interdependencies, ecological stresses and cultural hybrids. The negative results of globalism have been widely discussed: the loss of cultural and ecological diversity; the consolidation of economic and media power; the rise of violent reactionary and fundamentalist movements."

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability
02 Apr 2007
Poster project
Europe, Various Cities
The project HOLY DAMN IT is an artistic intervention in the process of a political debate about social alternatives in the international protest and resistance movements against the G-8 summit in Heiligendamm near Rostock in 2007.

Ten international artists and artist collectives from four continents have created one poster each.

Art + Activism / Events
01 Apr 2007
"spring_alpha" is a networked game system set in an industrialised council estate whose inhabitants are attempting to create their own autonomous society in contrast to that of the regime in which they live. The game serves as a "sketch pad" for testing out alternative forms of social practice at both the "narrative" level, in terms of the game story, and at a "code" level, as players are able to re-write the code that runs the simulated world. The basic aim of the game is to change the rules by which the society in that world runs. This is done through hacking and altering the code that simulates that world, creating new types of behaviour and social interaction. How effective this becomes depends on the players' ability to spread these new ideas into the society.

Art + Activism / Social Practice / Sustainability / Virtual Soil
30 Mar 2007
“A world of words and their meanings at your fingertips”
DICTIONARY is a collective effort to define words, language, notions, terms, concepts, ideas, meanings, expressions, sayings – in other words means of communication. DICTIONARY has the format of a semi-anarchistic dictionary in which a group of participants have chosen the world of words and their meanings summed up in the final and first edition of DICTIONARY.

Art + Activism / Books
30 Mar 2007
"The Institute for Infinitely Small Things is a research organization whose mission is to invent and distribute new practices of political engagement in everyday life. While the macropolitical realm of issues, parties and policy is important, it begins with asking social and political questions about tiny things, such as, “What can you do for free in Harvard Square?” and, “What happens when you do what an advertisement tells you?” The Institute’s methodology is to complexify small things rather than simplifying large ones."

Art + Activism / Artists / Events / Organizations
29 Mar 2007
US, New York
"The Rising Tide facilitates a creative outlet to students, artists, and residents of the city to explore visually issues and concepts related to climate change. Through this action, perhaps a less abstract understanding of climate change will be achieved and provide a continued dialogue about complex issues of climate change in a relevant context. "

Organizer Sea Of People is also looking for 5,000 participants, and no less than 200 volunteers. dressed in blue, to redefine lower Manhattan under the ten-foot sea level rise scenario. The project is part of Step It Up 2007, a nationwide campaign that aims to deliver a clear and powerful message to the US congressional leadership: Cut global warming pollution by 80% by 2050!

Art + Activism / Artists / Calls / Events / Organizations / Public Projects
28 Mar 2007
US, New York
Printed Matter presents the exhibition Group Work, together with the launch of a publication by the same name by the Chicago-based artists' collective Temporary Services.

Temporary Services presents their Aesthetic Analysis of Human Groupings, an installation consisting of words and symbols for human groupings, as well as hundreds of photos of social groupings appropriated from books and magazines, displayed throughout the exhibition space.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Group Work, the latest book in Printed Matter's Emerging Artist Publication Series will be launched. Based on a pamphlet published by Temporary Services in 2002 titled Group Work: A Compilation of Quotes About Collaboration from a Variety of Sources and Practices, this publication provides a multitude of perspectives on the theme of Group Work by practitioners of artistic group practice from 1960s to the present.

Art + Activism / Books / Exhibitions / Social Practice
27 Mar 2007
Miklós Erhardt and Dominic Hislop's project group 'Big Hope' is based on a mutual interest in discussing strategies of engaging with social issues and communicating with a broader public in art. Together they have worked on a number of internationally exhibited, collaborative photographic, video and mapping projects - often involving certain marginalised social groups, as both project participants and audience.

Art + Activism / Artists / Social Practice
20 Mar 2007
Non-aligned Initiatived in Education Culture
Berlin, May 24-28 2007

There are principles within learning and teaching that extend far beyond the years spent within the institutions of education. What models are emerging for an understanding of both an expanded duration of education as well as for our need to redefine what needs to be know within a contemporary civic landscape?

SUMMIT is a proposal to change the terms of the debate away from a purely bureaucratic engagement with quantitative and administrative demands and from the ongoing tendency to privatize knowledge as socalled "intellectual property". Instead of concerns with its purely organisational dimensions we would hope to steer it towards some of the important questions faced by our cultures today.

Art + Activism / Calls / Education
11 Mar 2007
San Francisco
Over a decade ago, Bound Together Bookstore, a collectively run anarchist bookstore located on San Francisco’s Haight Street, presented the first Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair on March 30, 1996. Today, the event takes place in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park near Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, where the event is still held annually.
Admission is free.

Art + Activism / Books / Events
11 Mar 2007
Seminar on the Situationist Movement in Scandinavia
Copenhagen, Denmark
The Situationist movement was a cultural revolutionary movement that had its highest point of activity across Europe in the 1960s. But many of the Situationist ideas are still relevant and useful in our daily struggle against neoliberal globalised capitalism.

The seminar also serves the purpose of putting the Situationist movement back into the Scandinavian cultural history from which it has been excluded. Read more in the Scandinavian situationist text archive

The seminar takes place: March 15 & 16 2007 at Folkets Hus, Stengade 50, Copenhagen

Art + Activism / Events / Urban/City
07 Mar 2007
Stock Exchange of Visions is a website which invites visitors to become aware of the future of the planet through a series of interviews with artists, scientists, sociologists and futurologists - people who have a vision of the future and discuss culture, environment, resources, economy and society.

Art + Activism
03 Mar 2007
New Climates is an online exhibition of new and existing artworks responding to the relationship between art, global climate change and networked culture. New Climates takes the form of a continuously-updated and extensive video weblog.

14 artists have been selected to create short web-videos responding to the pervasive discourse and images of the climate change crisis.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Sustainability / Virtual Soil
23 Feb 2007
Yesterday, the monthly kino21 series started off at ATA with a new English version of Society of the Spectacle (France, 1973), Guy Debord's fourth film. It uses a soundtrack of excerpts from his most reknowned Situationist text "La societé du spectacle " and a collage of documentary, still image and detourned movie clips.

Ken Knabb's translation - among many other texts and pamflets by the Situationist, Karl Marx, Bertolt Brecht, ...etc - can be found on the amazing Bureau of Public Secrets website.

Art + Activism / Artists / Free
22 Feb 2007
My hero's:
Another amazing project/research brought to us by the Arts Council England:

'The New Audiences Website is one of the largest free resources on developing audiences in the world. It offers a great opportunity to learn from our peers and we urge arts professionals to take advantage of its richness.'

New Audiences was set up to encourage as many people as possible, from all backgrounds and every walk of life, to participate in and benefit from the arts.

Art + Activism / Organizations / Public Projects / Social Practice
18 Feb 2007
Green Gold
A few banana links
Glasgow based artist, Jan Nimmo, has been gathering images and testimonies to make a series of portraits of banana workers since 2000. She recently completed her second documentary film, Pura Vida?, which exposes the devastating effects that agrochemicals used on Costa Rica's pineapple and banana plantations have on workers, communities and the environment.

For her projects, Nimmo has been collaborating with Banana Link, a small and dynamic not-for-profit co-operative, founded in 1996 that campaigns for a fair and sustainable banana trade. Their website is a great resource for the many social and environmental issues that affect the international banana trade.

A bit older, but still ripe:
In 2005, the second International Banana Conference took place in Brussels. One of the outcomes was the Organizer's Declaration, calling for the establishment of a permanent multi-stakeholder banana forum, some form of regulation to limit the impacts of supermarket “buyer power” and for the enforcement in practice of labour legislation, health, safety and environment measures.

Art + Activism / Artists / Events / Organizations
16 Feb 2007
The exhibition will include short and clear facts about the work in the ProMidNord -project and about the Mid Nordic Region in general. The subjects are the comprehensive strategy, energy, environment, youth-democracy and culture. The artexhibition "MORE THAN THIS - voices and expressions on sustainability" will provide artistic perspective about sustainable development.

Art + Activism / Sustainability
14 Feb 2007
A collaborative platform for creating 100 concepts on the issue of war, to be invented, arranged and presented by scientists, artists, theorists and activists at four public, two-day events in Frankfurt, Munich, Graz and Berlin. The aim is to create key concepts that either play a significant role in current discussions of war, have so far been neglected, or have yet to be created.

Art + Activism / Events
12 Feb 2007
"Artists should be at the centre of society keeping alive a utopian vision, because society will not improve if the people envisioning a better society are politicians."
-Peter Sellars

As the tenth anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight colleagues approaches, and a decade of empty promises fades in the Niger Delta, a wide coalition of organisations and individuals has gathered to ensure that their courageous struggle will never be forgotten.

Remember Saro-Wiwa is launching a unique public art initiative – the Living Memorial – dedicated to Ken, his colleagues, and the issues that they fought and died for. It will be Britain's first ever mobile memorial, moving from site to site over two to three years, while at the same time planning for a permanent home.

See the shortlist of artists.

Art + Activism / Public Projects / Quotes / Sustainability
11 Feb 2007
Making maps for an island planet
A journey around our interdependent world through debate, art and workshops at the Royal Geographical Society, London.

Art + Activism / Sustainability
06 Feb 2007
ATSA is an organism founded in 1997 by artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy to create urban interventions: installations, performances and realistic stagings bearing witness to the various social and environmental aberrations which preoccupy the two artists. Their works investigate and transform the urban landscape and restore the citizen’s place in the public realm, depicting it as a political space open to discussion and societal debates. ATSA promotes an open, active and responsible vision of artists as citizens contributing to the sustainable development of their society.

Art + Activism / Artists / Social Practice
06 Feb 2007
Various presents COLLECTIVE PRANKS, PROTEST GRAPHICS, AND SPACE RECLAMATION, a west coast tour of Retooling Dissent, the video documenting creative resistance projects from protests against the World Economic Forum. It features collaborations and tactical media by The Institute for Applied Autonomy, The Bikewriters, StreetRec, and Spain’s Las Agencias/New Kids On The Black Block.

Art + Activism
06 Feb 2007
Creative Resistance Projects from the World Economic Forum Protests
US, New York
This is a bit of old news, but I felt it should be archived here:

A period of dissent and experimentation around the February 2, 2002 meeting of the World Economic Forum in Manhattan (NYC) at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. The global executives and corporate elite attending the annual conference, usually held in Davos Switzerland, carved the streets of New York City into a police state. Meanwhile artists and activist--tactical media practitioners, from around the world created new tools and held workshops intending to send them a clear message: The September 11th attacks will NOT gag the critiques of globalization. This video explores the collaborations and ideas of four collectives working on projects at the WEF protests.

Art + Activism / Social Practice
05 Feb 2007
San Francisco
"The Digger Archives is an ongoing Web project to preserve and present the history of the anarchist guerilla street theater group that challenged the emerging Counterculture of the Sixties and whose actions and ideals inspired (and continue to inspire) a generation (of all ages) to create models of Free Association.

The Diggers combined street theater, anarcho-direct action, and art happenings in their social agenda of creating a Free City. Their most famous activities revolved around distributing Free Food every day in the Park, and distributing "surplus energy" at a series of Free Stores (where everything was free for the taking.)"

Art + Activism / Free / Organizations / Social Practice / Urban/City
01 Feb 2007
The SocialEast research forum considers the art and visual culture of Eastern Europe from the end of the Second World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, through collaborative projects, exhibitions and seminars. The goal of SocialEast is to encourage comparative research into the art history of the countries of Eastern and Central Europe, as well as consider wider issues in socialist visual culture.

The international exhibition ‘Revolution is not a Garden Party’ is envisaged as a tribute to the revolutionary spirit of the Hungarian Uprising and considers the resonances of social and political revolution in contemporary art.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions
01 Feb 2007
US, Chicago
April 19 - May 6, 2007
Version is an annual springtime convergence that brings together over 400 artists, musicians, and educators from around the world to present some of the most challenging ideas and progressive art projects of our day. The eighteen day festival showcases emerging trends in art, technology and music and has earned critical accolades here in Chicago and abroad.

The hybrid art festival / art fair brings together individuals, groups and networks that utilize visual and conceptual art strategies, innovative social practices, public art projects, and new music to push the counter cultures forwards.

Art + Activism / Calls
31 Jan 2007
US, San Francisco
World Factory presents over 30 international artists whose works respond to the issues and conflicts within the global “free market” economy. The outsourcing of manufacturing from “First World” to “Third World” countries causes serious impacts on both sides: pollution, displacement of populations, excessive exploitation of natural resources, and uneven development resulting in further divisions between the rich and the poor. Concurrently, the formation of a global consumerist culture is exerting significant influences on local cultures. World factories are not only producing material goods for the consumer market but are also producing a new social consciousness and mobilization. The artists in World Factory are responding to these conditions with different models and new methods of creation. Taking the form of an exhibition-in-progress, World Factory uses a variety of strategies for presentation including the overlapping phases of the gallery installation, workshops, film screenings, seminars, off-site and site-specific projects, and web-based works.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions
31 Jan 2007
Project duration: august 2004 - july 2007
ProMidNord is a projectinitiative of the MidNordic Committee to the Interreg IIIB -program.
The project consists of five different workpackages, which all aim to strenghten the potential and attractiveness of the whole region.
The five areas of co-operation:
1) Strengthening the MNR as a macroregion and introducing joint Spatital Development as a method
2) Environment and eco-competitiveness
3) Sustainable Energy Development
4) Youth, Regional Development and Democracy
5) Culture and cultural heritage as a means for sustainable development

Art + Activism / Sustainability
24 Jan 2007
The Art of Climate Change
Cape Farewell brings artists, scientists and educators together to collectively address and raise awareness about climate change. Created by David Buckland, Cape Farewell has led three expeditions into the wild, beautiful and icy High Arctic, a place for artistic inspiration and scientific enquiry.

Art + Activism / Sustainability
20 Jan 2007
A grassroots protest gains attention and action
The "Children of Don Quixote" organized a tent city made up of 300 red tents to house Parisians in a demonstration demanding some attention from the government to deal with the homeless situation.

Within weeks, "Quixote cities" appeared in Marseilles, Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, and Toulouse. These demonstrations led to the French government increasing funds to $92 million from $11 million, allowing shelters to stay open 24 hours - and on Monday earmarked $46 million more to place 27,000 persons. Next month, lawmakers will debate a law that makes housing a legal right - something President Jacques Chirac, under pressure from the Quixote media coverage, proposed in his New Year address.

News stories:
CS Monitor
Habitat International Coalition

Art + Activism / Organizations / Public Projects / Urban/City
15 Jan 2007
National Endowment for the Arts Releases Study on The Arts and Civic Engagement
A large population survey is first to find links between arts participation and community health

"People who participate in the arts are people who help make communities thrive, according to a study released today by the National Endowment for the Arts. The study, The Arts and Civic Engagement: Involved in Arts, Involved in Life, reveals that people who participate in the arts also engage in positive civic and individual activities -- such as volunteering, going to sporting events, and outdoor activities -- at significantly higher rates than non-arts participants. The report shatters the stereotype that art is an escapist or passive activity, showing instead that it is associated with a range of positive behaviors. The study also reveals that young adults (18-34) show a declining rate of arts participation and civic activities.

Download the full Report:

Art + Activism / Organizations / Social Practice
10 Jan 2007
US, New York
A group exhibition that inventively explores the representation of “nature” through the perspective of networked culture. The exhibition includes works by C5, FutureFarmers, Shih-Chieh Huang, Philip Ross,Stephen Vitiello, and Gail Wight, who provocatively combine art and politics with innovative technology, such as global positioning systems (GPS), robotics, and hydroponic environments.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Sustainability
24 Dec 2006
US, Berkeley
"This soil and the airspace extending above it shall not be a part of any nation and shall not be subject to any entity's jurisdiction."

This project was winner of a national public art competition to commemorate the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley. It uses the political process to create a space free from any outside jurisdiction. A six inch column of land and airspace are legally redefined as not being a part of any nation, state or city therefore no laws are applicable within the small space. A granite ring surrounds the land and bears the inscription above.

Art + Activism / Artists / Free / Public Projects
16 Dec 2006
Copenhagen, Denmark
Ungeren (the youth house) in Copenhagen is from the 14th of December and onwards under threat to be evicted by the police at an unknown date. It started in 1982, an occupied house was after a long struggle given to the squatter movement by the commune. It has since then been a self governed hot spot for culture, concerts and activism. In 2003 the house was for unknown reasons and against all agreements sold by the commune to a right wing religious sect. All attempts of negotiating a solution have failed, and a confrontation is now unavoidable. If in the area your support will be needed.

Art + Activism
06 Dec 2006
Hungary And International
A selection of artists and cultural workers from various geographies speak about their motivations, satisfactions and frustrations with collaborative work. The interviews are available as audio and in written form. A project by Miklos Erhardt.

Miklos is also a member of the group Big Hope with Dominic Hislop & Elske Rosenfeld. The group have done a ray of projects ranging from "Protest Songbook" to Commonopoly - a large scale game like structure.

Art + Activism / Social Practice
03 Dec 2006
P2P Immigration
"This project aims to tackle immigration problems with a simple and universal strategy.

A person-to-person agreement. A trade, an exchange for a temporary timespan; A citizen would gain the citizenship of a foreign country for a time given, in the base of mutual agreement with a native citizen of this country. Each of the citizens involved in the trade get the same timespan of citizenship in the country of the

Art + Activism / Public Projects
28 Nov 2006
Artist Harrell Fletcher re-present images from The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, which is a memorial museum for what is referred to in Vietnam as The American War.

"Even though many of the images were familiar to me, seeing them all together and presented from the Vietnamese perspective was very striking."

Art + Activism
28 Nov 2006
Publication date: 11 December 2006
London, UK
Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook will present a compendium of texts, dialogues and collaborations by and among ecologists, economists, cultural theorists, activists and art writers that extend from the notions of land, cultural production and the emergencies of 21st century.

Art + Activism / Books / Sustainability
27 Nov 2006
Martha Rosler: Art & Social Life; The Case of Video Art
The Seminar with Martha Rosler takes place in the context of unitednationsplaza December 10–15, 2006
It explores the media history of the 60'ties and 70'ties which offered the hope of social transformation through art, activism, and community interventions. The seminar deals with what kind of issues and moments can be adapted for visionary impulses in current video art.

unitednationsplaza is exhibition as school. Structured as a seminar/residency program in the city of Berlin, it will involve collaboration with approximately 60 artists, writers, theorists and a wide range of audiences for a period of one year. In the tradition of Free Universities, most of its events will be open to all those interested to take part.

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice
24 Nov 2006
"Solidarities - The things we mean and want when we say we"
US, Chicago
A new Issue of Area is out "critically exploring the very basic political question of solidarity"
Edited by Daniel Tucker, contributors are too to many to mention here, but this is good stuff go check it out yourself, all content is published under Creative Commons and can be read online
Area is also link of the week.

Art + Activism / Magazines
24 Nov 2006
Copenhagen, Denmark
Bonnie Fortune and Brett Bloom are current in residence in Copenhagen and have a project in process going, a part of it is: "The Library of Radiant Optimism for Let's Re-Make the World" - "a library of how-to books from the counter culture of the late 60s/early 70s as well as their own projects and investigations in relation to the groundswell of oppositional living that happened then." A small Pdf publication can be downloaded freely.

Art + Activism / Magazines / Social Practice
16 Nov 2006
The PLANT! project is maintained by 6 small groups of students from Calvin College. PLANT! consists of 6 neighborhood-centric sites that have been converted from unused space to urban gardens that will act as vehicle for the participants to better understand "place" in terms of geography, a concept, topography, history, community, science, botany, the environment, psychogeography, emotions, situations and any other way imaginable.

Art + Activism / Public Projects / Sustainability
12 Nov 2006
Modern day Mark Twain... a raft made from trash and biodiesel engine floats down the Mississippi equip with solar ovens, a bicycle-powered sound system, wind-powered lights, and rain water collectors.

Official Website

Art + Activism / Free
10 Nov 2006
The Italian Media Jacking Movement
'Telestreet' is a network of pirate micro TV transmitters setup by media activists across Italy as reaction against Silvio Berlusconi's 'personal' RAI network.

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Organizations
06 Nov 2006
Get out and Vote and document...

Art + Activism
31 Oct 2006
"Information wants to be Free", Stewart Brand
San Francisco
This exhibition will combine artworks, experimental film and video, documentary material and artifacts that trace the countercultural discourse that made Brand's assertion possible: from its early manifestations in the postwar bohemian underground to its adoption as a basic principle by a new generation of artists, hackers, and activists.

Please visit the ever amazing resource:
Radical Software online

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Magazines / Virtual Soil
29 Oct 2006
US, San Francisco
On Sunday November 5th, San Francisco artist Banker White organizes a beach cleanup. Volunteers will assist her by removing collecting colored plastics and remove glass and waste materials other people have left behind while seeing, experiencing and respecting this beautiful beach and ocean. When the material is collected it will be sorted by color and value, while a time-lapse video animation will be recorded of the whole process.

Want to participate.?

Art + Activism / Calls / Events
27 Oct 2006
School of Geography, Universtiy of Leeds
The School of Geography at the University of Leeds offers a new Masters Programme in Activism and Social Change (ASC). It is the first of its kind in Europe, and offers students an opportunity to be fully engaged in an innovative and original interdisciplinary programme of research-led teaching and participatory study which brings together the worlds of academia and progressive social campaigning.

Art + Activism / Education
25 Oct 2006
GfZK Leipzig, 28 October 2006 – 21 January 2007
LIMINAL SPACES/ grenzraeume originated from an initiative of individual Palestinian and Israeli artists united in their opposition to the destructive dynamics and ever growing hardship and deprivation of basic civil and political rights endured by Palestinians under Israeli occupation.

An unprecedented network of artists, curators and cultural producers emerged, meeting often under difficult circumstances, despite the harsh context of ever increasing violence and the complete collapse of the political peace process.

The results are an exhibition and conference. No website but here's a link to the rhizome announcement in English.

Art + Activism / Events / Exhibitions / Public Projects / Social Practice / Urban/City
21 Oct 2006
San Francisco
Where art, activism and food collide. Bioneers is a forum for connecting the environment, health, social justice, and spirit within a broad progressive framework. Speakers include:
Michael Pollan on Centralized Food Systems,
Paul Stamets on Mycoremediation
Lois Gibbs... on Love Canal and chemical pollution.

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability
12 Oct 2006
Helsinki, Finland
Cyber Ninja's on bikes in Helsinki.! All information is in Finish, but just take a look at it and you will get the feeling of what it is about; and it comes with a manual.

via artsufartsu.

Art + Activism
08 Oct 2006
Latitudes is an independent curatorial practice that works with artists, institutions and organisations to facilitate and produce temporary and sustained projects such as exhibitions, commissions, publications, research and events.

Current Publication:
LAND, ART: A Cultural Ecology Handbook: (launching December 2006) |
about land, cultural production and the emergencies of our time...

Art + Activism / Books / Organizations / Sustainability
07 Oct 2006
Reunion is an action research, contemporary visual arts project that has emerged from a secession of projects by Sophie Hope and Sarah Carrington through their curatorial partnership B+B. Reunion is a two year project consisting of research, meetings, residencies and exhibitions that try out ideas and reflect on what it means to be political as a cultural producer in Europe today.

Art + Activism / Artists / Public Projects / Social Practice
03 Oct 2006
A production of General Public Agency, Thurrock: A Visionary Brief in the Thames Gateway has redefined what is meant by ‘culturally-led regeneration’. It is a major programme of new thinking about Thurrock and the Thames Gateway, bringing an international perspective to local, regional and national policy debates around cultural practice in regeneration.

See Nils Norman's, Thurrock 2015 from the Obsolescence and Entropy Mobile Research and Investigation Field Centre Vehicle.

Art + Activism / Urban/City
02 Oct 2006
Navdanya is a participatory research initiative. It was initiated as a reaction to the Punjab Violence and the Bhopal tragedy in 1984, to provide direction and support to environmental activism. Those events demanded a paradigm shift in the practice of agriculture. Navdanya was born of this search for nonviolent farming, which protects biodiversity, the Earth and small farmers. Navdanya is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture. It has created awareness on the hazards of genetic negineering, defended people's knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the face of globalisation. It has its own seed bank and organic farm.

Art + Activism / Organizations / Sustainability
30 Sep 2006
A postcolonial exhibition project in 5 acts
One of the theses that the curators want to investigate is whether it, in our joint cultural heritage, is possible to find the roots of the nationalistic and xenophobic tendencies today.

The project is an interdisciplinary investigation conducted together with a number of players and thinkers in the Nordic region and the rest of the world – in dialogue with a number of historical phenomena, places, and institutions in the Nordic region. Mutual learning is in focus for the project, and our hope is that the process will result in a continued dialogue that can enrich the places and the peoples, who live and act in the project locations, and those who visit there.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions
26 Sep 2006
How high will sea level go?
US, San Francisco
" is a collaborative art project designed to raise awareness of smart solutions to global warming and the consequence to future generations if we don't act now."

Art + Activism / Artists
26 Sep 2006
Bruce Mau at the MCA
US, Chicago
Massive Change: The Future of Global Design is an exhibition that changes the way you think about design just as contemporary design is changing the way we live in the world. Design affects all aspects of our lives and holds the possibility of changing the very nature of human life itself. Massive Change is an exhibition grounded in a provocative proposition. It is a celebration of the human capacity to change the world and a call to recognize both the power and the responsibility of design.

Art + Activism / Events / Exhibitions
22 Sep 2006
Media that matters
US, New York
MediaRights is a community organization dedicated to maximizing the impact of social-issue documentaries and shorts. They help adult and youth filmmakers reach audiences, educators and librarians bring films into their curricula and nonprofits and activists integrate media into their campaigns.

MediaRights is a project of Arts Engine, Inc., an organization committed to producing, distributing and promoting independent media of consequence, for example through their film festival

Art + Activism / Events / Free
17 Sep 2006
The People's Free Space is a community organization based in Portland, Maine whose mission is to create autonomous collective spaces for sharing information and resources, building community, and fostering sustainable alternatives and creative resistance to social, economical, political, ecological oppression. It is our belief that education is an essential component of building a stronger, informed and connected community.

Art + Activism / Free / Organizations
12 Sep 2006
Århus, Denmark
Is an interdisciplinary art project consisting of a video production, a web site and the magazine Speak Up!
The magazine Speak UP! set up tolerance is an independent magazine that focuses on freedom of speech, visibility, responsibility and possibility in the current social and political everyday.
Made by Uzma Ahmed Andresen, Tanja Nellemann and Grete Aagaard
download the magazine

Art + Activism / Magazines / Public Projects
07 Sep 2006
US, Chicago
People Powered designs experimental pilot programs that integrate art, environmentalism, and communities. By presenting these projects in exhibitions and public locations in the city, People Powered creates a platform for discussing how these practices may intersect.

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Sustainability
05 Sep 2006
US, Chicago
Salvation Jane is:
-a pasture weed in australia (pretty, but unedible to our hooved friends),
-the name of a yet-to-materialize all girl rock band,
-an evolving and involved network of earnest, experimental, adventurous and big-hearted bunch who really are in the practice of re-connecting self to self, mapping private ways through the public realm and discovering and nuturing the wild within the built environment.

Art + Activism / Public Projects / Urban/City
04 Sep 2006
US, Chicago
The Under Fire exhibition and series of events are a continuation of the international discussions and publications initiated by artist and writer Jordan Crandall. Under Fire presents a discursive engagement with global militarization and political violence, incorporating perspectives from multiple disciplines to explore the contemporary organization, representation and materialization of war.

Featuring: Annie Abrahams/Clément Charmet, An Architektur, deGeuzen, Joy Garnett, Mariam Ghani, Dara Greenwald, Tsila Hassine, Ricardo Miranda-Zuñiga, Hillary Mushkin, Trevor Paglen, Joel Ross, Michael Wilson & xurban

Art + Activism / Events / Exhibitions
04 Sep 2006
Food continuously circulates through the landscape into our homes and bodies organizing our calorific, symbolic and social energies. Juice, the essence of food, can also mean credit, electricity, access, flavor and love. The topic of food, as product as well as service, as metaphor as well as material, as energy as well as connectedness, will preoccupy us at Doors of Perception 9. The encounter will be held in New Delhi from 28 February to 4 March 2007.

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability
03 Sep 2006
US, Los Angeles
Sundown Schoolhouse is a geodesic home based educational environment with an activist mission. In the classic model of the schoolhouse, students of many ages {18 to 80...} come together to study a diversity of disciplines. It is a school for the gently radical design, literary, performing & visual arts. We foster models for active creative practices that engage with the messy realities of the world around us, from our relationships with the diverse peoples in our city to the eroding natural and urban environments we inhabit.

Art + Activism / Education
20 Aug 2006
Nothing is Neutral
US, Los Angeles
The work of Andrea Bowers explores recent histories of art and politics, amplifying questions of democracy and social engagement.

"Vieja Gloria” is a documentary about the first suburban tree sit in America.

An interview with Andrea at Neue Review.

Art + Activism
14 Aug 2006
A temporary urban park
US, San Francisco
Last year, REBAR reclaimed the street for parks and people by transforming a metered parking spot into a park. Now they want San Franciscans' support to enlivening the streets and improving the quality of urban human habitat.
September 21, 2006 will be PARK(ing) Day.!
Goal is to call attention to the need for more urban parks and public places; and to connect with ways to permanently reclaim urban space for people.

Here is their manual.

Art + Activism / Events / Organizations / Public Projects
12 Aug 2006
Lebanon Web Jam
Live audio/video streaming transmission from Waag Society in Amsterdam, in direct connection with Beirut and surrounding localities. The event was initiated by Streamtime, a web support campaign for Iraqi bloggers.

After one month of violence and carnage, this Global Web Jam brings together live interviews and conversations, video clips, cartoons and blog blurbs, soundscapes, DJs and VJs, a lively mix of information, art, protest, party and reflection.

This is a call for an immediate end to the violence and destruction, in defiance of war, and in search for solidarity.

Art + Activism
01 Aug 2006
"A film about food and globalisation, fishermen and farmers, long-distance lorry drivers and high-powered corporate executives, the flow of goods and cash flow–a film about scarcity amid plenty. With its unforgettable images, the film provides insight into the production of our food and answers the question what world hunger has to do with us."

Art + Activism
24 Jul 2006
US, San Francisco
A plastic, inflatable loaf of french bread towed around the San Francisco bay by Greenpeace so that it could be viewed by the thousands of people lining Crissy Field and Aquatic Park who had come to view the Naval ships coming into the Bay as well as the politicians and Admirals aboard the reviewing ship, the USS Dartmouth. The intention was to point out ecological damage to the bay by the US Navy and the damage to our planet by the nuclear testing in the South Pacific.

See also, Seeing Peace.

Art + Activism
16 Jul 2006
US, San José
free soil will make a bus tour of the Silicon valley focussing on the recent history and environmental impact of the High-Tech Industry.
ZeroOne ISEA August 7-13, 2006

Art + Activism / Education / Public Projects / Sustainability
09 Jul 2006
Copenhagen, Denmark
This is quite unique; a group of artists and activists took over one of the longest running independent TV stations in Copenhagen (tv stop). While continuing some of the political activism and interest in everyday life of the past they also set out to make TV about TV and art that reflects critically on the medium. It broadcasts for 2 hours three days a week in the larger Copenhagen area both on air and on cable. It is selforganized in the way that there is a steering comittee, and then it is open to a number of independent groups producing TV. Last week was Queer TV in relation to the Queerfestival in Copenhagen. Tv-tv is definately a must see if you are in the region.

Art + Activism / Public Projects
06 Jul 2006
Europe, Various Cities
from their website:
"In 2003 Andrea Creutz and Lise Skou, initiated the project swop network as a platform for production and dissemination of materials and ideas surrounding contemporary political, economic and social debate.
The project has grown into different initiatives that vary from distributing a free paper, establishing a currency called 'Hidden Flow' Currency, opening a Give Away Shop, and more."

Art + Activism / Free / Public Projects / Sustainability
04 Jul 2006
Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Plant Seeds of Hope in Secret Garden
With their bare hands and the most basic of tools, prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have fashioned a secret garden where they have grown plants from seeds recovered from their meals. For some of the detainees - held without charge for more than four years and who the US say are now cleared for release - the garden apparently offers a diversion from the monotony and injustice of their imprisonment.

The UK-based campaign group Reprieve has urged people to send seeds. They have established a PO Box, details of which can be found on the group's website.

Art + Activism
29 Jun 2006
The web site was first launched in 2000. It has now been relaunched as an extension of research currently underway for a book by Temporary Services. Groups can submit information on the site, and it is a great resource. Go use it!

Art + Activism / Organizations
29 Jun 2006
Forced migration and subsequent state-inspired forms of integration which large amounts of world citizens are experiencing are at odds with the lives and liberties of the privileged. i.e. also artists, who enjoy a global world in which they are free to move around.

A wandering exhibition, “On Mobility”, initiated by Saskia Bos, De Appel in Amsterdam collaborates with a number of colleague institutions abroad. A mutating group of artists explore the tension between the nomadic existence of artists and the mobility of groups of people who do not move by their own choice.

Art + Activism / Exhibitions
26 Jun 2006
Action-based arts and the Urban Environment
Bonnie Sherk, founder of Crossroads Community (The Farm) in San Francisco, 1974-1980. The Farm, located beneath a freeway interchange in the heart of the city, served as a series of community gathering spaces: a farmhouse with earthy and elegant environments; a theater and rehearsal space for different art forms; a school without walls; a library; a darkroom; a pre-school; unusual gardens—all providing an indoor/outdoor environment "for humans and other animals."

Other links:
-Community Arts interview with Bonnie Sherk.
-2007 at the CCA Wattis Institute exhibition.
-June 28, 2006: Lecture: Ecological Activism: Local vs. International

Related Articles:
-Playing to the Senses: Food as a Performance Medium
-Will Bradley's, Let It Grow

Art + Activism / Events / Exhibitions / Sustainability
24 Jun 2006
An Indian activist group started in the 70's (drawing universal attention to the Uttarakhand Himalayas) contributed substantially to the emerging philosophies of ecofeminism and deep ecology and fields of community-based conservation and sustainable mountain development.
A more recent act of resisitance: Tree hugging.

Art + Activism / Sustainability
13 Jun 2006
An Amnesty International Campaign Against Censorship
Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information.

**Undermine censorship by publishing irrepressible fragments of censored material on your own site. The more people take part, the more we can defeat unwarranted censorship and create an unstoppable network of protest

Art + Activism / Virtual Soil
02 Jun 2006
June 2-3, Frankfurt, First Edition
Germany, And Other Central European Countries
DOW a collaborative platform for creating 100 concepts on the issue of war, to be invented, arranged and presented by scientists, artists, theorists and activists at four public, two-day events in Frankfurt, Munich, Graz and Berlin. The aim is to create key concepts that either play a significant role in current discussions of war, have so far been neglected, or have yet to be created.

Art + Activism / Events
31 May 2006
Artist, Joost Conijn built a car that runs on wood,using wood as fuel instead of petrol. In order to keep the motor running, Conijn travels through woods, independent of petrol, leaving cultivated roads behind. Crossing little villages, people guide him to local saw-mills and offer him some food and spare wood. Wood Car stems from Conijn's desire to move and transport himself independently, towards alternative ways of life just outside the accommodated environment, open-mindedly questioning cultural presumptions.

Other projects include a self-made "Airplane" and a non-judgemental documentary, "Siddieqa, Firdaus, Abdallah, Soelayman, Moestafa, Hawwa en Dzoel-kifl", about a group of self-governing, anarchic children living in Holland.

Comprehensive Site of his work, but in Dutch:

Hout Auto:
the Challenge Blog
Still Photo

1. Quote from Handbook for Space Pioneers

Art + Activism / Artists / DIY / Homebrew / Sustainability
26 May 2006
US. Berkeley
Since 1998, a broad-based popular movement under the leadership of Hugo Chávez's Bolivarian government has been effecting sweeping changes in all levels of Venezuelan life and in the field of international power relations. A series of exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum curated by Chris Gilbert bring together works by media collectives and worker-produced videos that constitute an incitement and encouragement to this process of people taking power in Venezuela and internationally.

The museum wanted to change the concept of the exhibition cycle from being in solidarity with the workers and revolutionary movements to a "neutral" term. As a consequense Chris Gilbert resigned, read his critique of the current political climate here:

Art + Activism
25 May 2006
Mexico And Guatemala
Guatemex is an artificial island built upon the Suchiate river between Mexico and Guatemala. A beautiful structure floating on the border between two countries - a piece of no man's land - which hundreds of people cross every day.
In Guatemex these immigrants can access, via satellite internet, information that might prove useful for their journey. Documents with legal rights, routes, emergency numbers, health information, ..etc are displayed for them along with the possibility to chat with a guide located on another point of the border - in Frontera Corozal - also in Chiapas.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Public Projects
25 May 2006
Outdoor movie theatre
US, Santa Cruz
Beyond showing great movies and bringing a broad community together, part of their mission is helping reclaim public space and transforming our urban environment into the joyful playground it should be.
Schedules and other GDI-locations are published on the site along with a DIY page, to learn how to start your own Guerilla Drive-In.

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Events
10 May 2006
Copenhagen, Denmark
A batch of wonderful pamphlets from the Artist Placement Group to Copenhagen Free University all avaliable in print and online.

Also check out Jackob Jakobsen's Info Center.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Artists / Public Projects / Urban/City
07 May 2006
Free access to wonderful content; Free Range Practice Guides, Buying Collectively, and Protesting in Public to name a few.
Other projects and connections:
Energy Beyond Oil
Access to Recycled Technology
Brave New Brum


Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Free / Organizations / Sustainability / Urban/City
23 Apr 2006
US, Los Angeles
Founded in 1994 by two AIDS activists, Ultra-red have expanded over the years to include activists and organizers from a variety of social movements both in Los Angeles and abroad. In 2004, on their tenth anniversary, the four members of the group launched a restructuring of Ultra-red into an aesthetic-political organization. The newly reorganized Ultra-red permits a greater diversity of projects and campaigns on a local and international level, with multiple groups and alliances taking up the Ultra-red moniker. Collectively, the Los Angeles-based group has produced radio broadcasts, performances, recordings, installations and pubic space occupations (ps/o).
[from their mission statement]

Art + Activism / Urban/City
20 Apr 2006
Converting unused train tracks to public promenades!
US, New York
Friends of the High Line is an organization dedicated to the preservation and reuse of the High Line, a 1.5-mile-long historic elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan.

If only they could keep it wild like it is right now, but they are supported by nearly all the elected officials representing the High Line neighborhoods, numerous civic organizations, and thousands of preservationists, open-space advocates, design professionals, and civic-minded individuals and businesses from New York and across the United States which seems to have pulled them in a very corporate direction.

Nonetheless, it will be an accessible, car free zone and...their site is a great resource.
{see images now!}

Art + Activism / Organizations / Public Projects / Urban/City
18 Apr 2006
US, Los Angeles
Edible Estates is an ongoing series of projects to replace the American front lawn with edible garden landscapes responsive to local culture, climate and inhabitants.

Click around for Edible Estates projects.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Public Projects / Sustainability / Urban/City
17 Apr 2006
The first "Summit of Micronations" in August 2003, kings, presidents and representatives of “self made” countries met each other for the first time in Helsinki.

Participants included: The Principality of Sealand, Ladonia, NSK-State, Kingdoms of Elgaland & Vargaland, Transnational Republic and State of Sabotage.

Curated by Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta

Art + Activism
09 Apr 2006
Manchester, UK
This artist-led project was initiated by UHC Collective in 2005 and is an attempt to provide shelter from the rain of narrow economic orthodoxy shaping Manchester. It is an attempt to bring together community activists, artists, voluntary sector workers and academics free from interference from corporate or party political interests.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Public Projects
07 Apr 2006
US, San Francisco
Can you imagine a speech given by president Bush that would convince you that he has had a change of heart and could actually be the president of your dreams?

If not, listen to some of the speeches artist Helena Keeffe collected.

Art + Activism / Artists
21 Mar 2006
US, New York
Center for Urban Paedagogy (CUP) makes educational projects about places and how they change. They bring together artists, activists urban planners and more to make educational projects.

"CUP works with youth to create collaborative projects that explore the urban environment. Our educational projects build on the everyday experiences of young people in the city to ask questions about democracy, civic participation and social justice. We believe that civic engagement requires a new kind of civic education, one that explains how important decisions actually get made, what is at stake, and how residents can be involved. Our projects use art, design, and technology to draw the connections between everyday life and the decisions that give it form."

Architecture / Art + Activism / Education
20 Mar 2006
Audio Project
US, Various Cities
Invisible-5 is a self-guided critical audio tour along Interstate 5 between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It uses the format of a museum audio tour to guide the listener along the highway landscape.

Invisible-5 investigates the stories of people and communities fighting for environmental justice along the I-5 corridor, through oral histories, field recordings, found sound, recorded music, and archival audio documents. The project also traces natural, social, and economic histories along the route.

Art + Activism
11 Mar 2006
Academic turns Bogota Columbia into a social experiment
From hiring 420 mimes to control traffic in Bogota to launching a "Night for Women" where 700,000 women went out while their husbands stayed home to appearing on TV taking a shower and turning off the water as he soaped to campaign to save water Antanas Mockus, Mayor of Bogota Columbia uses art, humor and creativity to empower and sensitize citizens.

Art + Activism / Education
05 Mar 2006
After Winter Comes Spring: A Critical Look at Food Systems in Chicago
US, Chicago
Very interesting compilation of texts on food production and consumption by Brian Holmes, Sarah Lewison, Nance Klehm and more. Some amazing things happening in Chicago.

Art + Activism / Articles / Sustainability
03 Mar 2006
Banksy's Marks + Stencils on Isreal's West Bank Barrier
The Israeli government is building a wall surrounding the occupied Palestinian territories. It stands three times the height of the Berlin wall and will eventually run for over 700km - the distance from London to Zurich. The International Court of Justice last year ruled the wall and its associated regime is illegal. It essentially turns Palestine into the world’s largest open-air prison.”

Art + Activism

27 Feb 2006
Life Support Systems
Mushrooms dining on motor oil. In our own backyard …
San Francisco
Soil is the vital system which supports growth of plants which supply food and oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide and nitrogen is a foundation of life, yet we know less about it than we do about deep space. A shovel full of soil contains more living material than the total number of humans ever born. This is a frontier where fungi lay traps for thread-like worms, bacteria dine on toxic chemicals, and unknown species leave scientists and artists with an exciting world of discovery.

Recently, while doing research about mycoremediation we came across the work of Paul Stamets and Diane Whitmore. Stamets coined the term “mycoremediation” which refers to fungal mycelia used in bioremediation. Of particular interest was the work Stamets did with Battelle Laboratories, which was a major contribution to the research at a Washington State Department of Transportation site. This project involved four similar diesel-contaminated mounds of soil, which gave the team the possibility to apply varying remediation techniques in a comparable situation. Three mounds were covered with plastic tarps of which two piles were treated with bacterial remediation techniques and one was left unmanaged. The fourth pile was put into parallel, alternating layers of soil and pure culture sawdust spawn. This mound was left uncovered. Within a few weeks oyster mushrooms thrived on this specific pile and one month later plant life reappeared. A milieu of life forms (mushrooms, insects, larvae, birds, seeds) manifested a small ecosystem prospering on the (previously) toxic soil, in stark contrast to the three other piles. This experiment is evidence that with mycoremediation, brownfields can return to greenfields.

Mycelium possesses the ability to decompose organic structures by using enzymes to dissolve cellulose and lignin within. When the right fungal species are introduced in a contaminated environment, similar chemical bonds that are present in pollutants are broken down by these enzymes as well. Together with the habitats existent organisms, mycelium can decompose a wide variety of durable toxic chemicals. The fact that we can use mycoremediation to destroy the characteristic properties of long-chained toxins and break them down into less complex ones, gives us the possibility to use the technique in many different ways.

In 2002, artist Diane Whitmore was asked to be part of Chlorophilia, a one evening event at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. This green happening, curated by Phil Ross, exhibited the work of plant breeders, garden societies and research scientists, aligning the work of both artist and expert in a tradition that is as old as human culture. Diane had been interested in collecting edible mushrooms for a few years, when her friend suggested she see a Stamets lecture. She was immediately inspired by him and started experimenting with motor oil. She felt that the word on mycoremediation had to get out into other worlds. The Chlorophilia show seemed like an excellent environment for Diane’s OYSTER MUSHROOM BAR, a format that allowed her to engage with her audience and present a recipe to reverse disasters. In one evening she reached 250 people.

Diane’s Bar project took the form of five stools surrounding a bar where visitors were presented with place settings of a different sort. They received dinner plates of snow-white mycelium, and were encouraged to place drops of motor oil onto the cultures, and examine the result with forceps, scalpels and magnifiers. About one hundred plates of agar culture were served. Each plate was served upon information-laden placemats that visitors could take home. People also received ‘servings’ of mushrooms which had been feeding off of motor oil drained straw, and dissected them. In the meantime, standing behind her bar, Diane had the opportunity to answer questions and inform her audience about the possibilities of mycoremediation.

In an email interview with Diane, she revealed the roots of her interest in recycling and renewal: “As for my personal history, I think it really hit me at the age of 25. That would have been 1988. I had a job as a deckhand sailing across the Atlantic on a wooden ship. One day, I was asked to take out the trash. This meant dumping overboard. I didn't understand some of the subtleties of boat living at this point. I simply threw the black bag overboard, expecting I guess, for it to sink. It was a doldrummy, calm hazy day and the bag did not sink. I watched it float away from the ship, unable to retrieve it. It just floated there. It was very upsetting to me.

With help, that day, I organized a system to sort, dispose of and pack out waste. There were times, out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, that I'd see a lone styrofoam cup float by. The Ocean is really big, and you don't see boats for a week at a time, yet a styrofoam cup floats by you. It changed me, I think.

My first gig at the Exploratorium was as a volunteer for a Garbage Symposium in 1994. I was still a student at SFAI. There, I met Mel Chin, who was working with hyper-accumulating plants, remediating a site in Minnesota, my home state. I got interested in that along with collecting wild food and medicine. I had been using junk in diorama-type artworks since the boat trip, then incorporated my interest in systems and sculpture into a recycling and sorting system at the San Francisco Art Institute. Later, I co-developed a human-powered recycling system for the Burning Man project, a week-long temporary community in Nevada that hosts as many as 30,000 participants.”

So for those of us not attending Burning Man, we can look to the sky while we dip our toes into the far reaches of the earth in our backyards. Think globally, act locally!

Amy and Stijn

Art + Activism / Artists / Events / Sustainability
23 Feb 2006
An Appeal for a worldwide reading
The Peter-Weiss-Foundation for Art and Politics has declared the 20th of March (the third anniversary of the outbreak of the war in Iraq) as an anniversary of the political lie. The Foundation organizes the annual Literatur Festival Berlin and did send out an appeal for a worldwide reading of Eliot Weinberger's "What I Heard about Iraq" to heighten awareness about political communication. Readings will be held Athens, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Calcutta, Durban, Everett, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Magdeburg, Melbourne, New York, Prague, San Francisco, Zürich, and other cities.

Art + Activism / Books / Events / Organizations
04 Feb 2006
A digital parody of the corportate ecology of McDonalds!
A refreshing use of the online video game medium! This little gift from the makers of the May Day Net Parade: Molleindustria presents the dirty business of corporate culture!

Art + Activism / Education / Virtual Soil
01 Feb 2006
Strategies of over-identification
Organized by the Jan van Eyck Academy and the Stedelijk Musuem, this symposium tackles the new wave of cultural activism that has occurred through anti-populist or anti-globalist struggles.

People involved include: BAVO, Alexei Monroe, Dieter Lesage, Aernout Mik, Jens Haaning, Boris Groys, Joep van Lieshout, AS#176, Divided states of America

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