Artist Activism

At the end of the 20th century, hacking was bleeding edge. When the ideas, practices and pranks of this experimental niche of technophiles attracted the attention of a handful of activists in Italy, they understood that information and communication were what would give shape and voice to social, political, and cultural processes in the near future. +KAOS is a cut and paste of interviews, like a documentary film transposed on paper. It describes the peculiar relationship between hacktivism and activism, in Italy and beyond, highlighting the importance of maintaining digital infrastructures. While this may not sound as glamorous as sneaking into ...
In 2010, drawing on Richard Grusin’s theory of “premediation”, the Italian artist collective IOCOSE – specializing in pranks and hoaxes – released the video In the Long Run. The video is the realistic reconstruction of the media event “death of a star”. It was realized following the ritual rules of news format displayed in such cases, staging the death of Madonna as narrated by the BBC. As the art curator and critic Domenico Quaranta explains, there is a long tradition of fake media events, the most famous being The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles. In the Long Run, however, differs from ...
PublisherPrinted Matter2010
We contradiction culturists and garbologists. We create our own notes from the toss-out’s of the economy’s music. We strip the music of its purposes and sing the deedles beyond the reach of the purposemakers…
PublisherIll Will Editions2019
The meme reopens the basic question of the Party, and offers what is perhaps the minimal basis for organizing a force of rupture in the twenty-first century. The fluidity of the meme makes it possible to join a march, a blockade or a roundabout occupation without having to buy into a “common interest” or the legitimizing “beliefs” of a movement. It does not solve, but simply defers the question of a common grammar of suffering to a later point…The meme authorizes everyone to act on their respective experience of how the ‘elites’ (a deliberately under-constructed enemy) have screwed them over, ...
PublisherNew Models2019
New Models speaks with Z, founder of Black Socialists of America (BSA) about the organization’s recently launched DUAL POWER MAP: a critical tool for building a new economic order in America within the existing capitalist structure, starting with black worker-owned businesses and co-ops
PublisherPrinted Matter2010
(The stage lights, like a cell phone searching for a signal, slowly come up and start to flicker.) A fugitive figure moves to the edge of the stage and holds out a bottle of water. After a long pause, ze [“IT,” carved into zer chest] speaks. Fugitive figure [a trans- prefix]: This will be my brief aside before the performance, my trans ( ) critique, before/on/and within the (empty set). On this day only one will be hunted down by the state machinery, that old chthonian apparatus for bearing no name in the desert of the real. It is after all ...
PublisherPrinted Matter2011
Petroleum refining began within the Greenpoint area in 1866. More than 50 refineries had been established along Newtown Creek by 1870. Refinery operations ceased in 1966, and petroleum bulk storage discontinued in 1993 on the ExxonMobilowned properties of the former refinery parcels. British Petroleum began operation of a bulk fuel storage terminal in 1969, which continues to operate today. On September 2, 1978, the U.S. Coast Guard discovered an oil spill entering the Newtown Creek from Meeker Avenue. In 1979, an investigation of the spill beneath the Greenpoint area determined the release to be approximately 52 acres, with the total ...
PublisherPrinted Matter2009
Whether you choose to regard it as an illusion, a sleight, a spell, or an invocation, this pamphlet is best thought of in terms of magic(k). This may seem confusing at first, especially since “magic” means many things to many people. The Center for Tactical Magic does not exclusively align itself with any one interpretation of “magic”, in part because it is the vast range of interpretations that give magic(k)—both with and without the “K”—power in the world of meaning. Therefore this mini grimoire is likely to exploit many of your preconceptions of magic(k) in an effort to dislodge your ...
PublisherPrinted Matter2012
The Zone explores the intersections between neo-liberal and colonial regimes in the contemporary Palestinian context. By evoking both the phantasmagoria of the dream-worlds and the dystopia of the catastrophe that marks this landscape, the project reveals a situation of surreal absurdity and a growing sense of the uncanny. Navigating a dialectic of dreamworld and catastrophe, desire and disaster, past and present. The incongruence is arresting. The dissonance jarring.
Victims’ Symptom is a collection of interviews, essays, artists’ statements and glossary definitions, which was originally launched as a Web project (http://victims.labforculture.org). Produced in 2007, the project brought together cases related to past and current sites of conflict such as Srebrenica, Palestine, and Kosovo reporting from different (and sometimes conflicting) international viewpoints. The Victims Symptom Reader collects critical concepts in media victimology and addresses the representation of victims in economies of war.
PublisherPrinted Matter2008
Since 1991, Dyke Action Machine! and now DAM Inc. has been an industry leader in lesbian messaging, a specialized form of media critique that we virtually invented. We provide all-in-one edutainment systems that satisfy the needs of both lesbians and straights alike. While our 2008 sales were nearly nonexistent, our influence has been viral. The firm is headquartered in New York City and employs two people worldwide. DAM Inc.’s Strategic Operating Areas are: Female Defense; Precision Engagement; Intelligence/Surveillance/ Reconnaissance and Lesbian Branding.
Publisher(D)IRT2019
In solidarity with Decolonize This Place’s nine weeks of action leading up to the Whitney Biennial, we produced an alternative to the museum’s official guide. Our spring guide is designed to lead the reader through the crisis at the Whitney caused by the continuing presence of tear gas manufacturer Warren B. Kanders on the museum’s board of trustees. We have made the PDF available for download and encourage you to share and print the the guide. Please feel free to assemble the guide and bring it with you to the museum. You may choose to leave it in the museum’s ...

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