The Iraqi born artist, who gained worldwide fame in 2007 with his performance Domestic Tension (aka. Shoot an Iraqi), explained why media art has the potential to contribute to a discussion about today’s most burning political and social issues
Hans Bernhard on why UBERMORGEN.COM are not activists, but ‘actionists – in the communicative and experimental tradition of viennese actionism – performing in the global media, communication and technology networks’
A day that featured a Deputy Chief of LAPD, traffic Islands, fruit that grow on private soil but fall into the hands of LA citizens, data in Stamen wonderland, Texan oilscape and an audio mirror somewhere in Denmark
Back in July 2007, Russia’s Duma voted to allow the country’s biggest energy monopolies, Gazprom and the state oil pipeline company Transneft, to employ and arm private security units in order to ‘protect themselves from terrorist attack.’ Artists PSJM’s political fiction project explores the possible sequels of the Russian proposal
Couples are geometrically arranged into compositions of up to 110 bodies with two colours. The Acts feature the various possible combinations of penetrator / penetrated: white man-white woman, white man-white man, white man-black woman, white man-black man, black man-black woman, black man-black man, black man-white woman, black man-white man
The work is both intensely dramatic and irresistibly funny. Flooded McDonald’s hints at the consumer-driven power and influence, but also ‘impotence, of large multinationals in the face of climate change.’ Unlike some documentaries on the same subject, the movie doesn’t point an angry finger, it doesn’t give lessons and make you feel guilty as sin, it elegantly and comically allows you to draw your own conclusions
Asking for your help in collecting videos, information, links, online essays, artistic experiences, etc about the role of architecture, urbanism and technologies in the conflict Palestine/Israel
Recognizing that Israeli colonies and military bases are excruciating instruments of domination, the project assumes that a viable approach to the issue of their appropriation is to be found not only in the professional language of architecture and planning but rather in inaugurating an “arena of speculation” that incorporates varied cultural and political perspectives through the participation of a multiplicity of individuals and organizations. How could the architecture of Israel domination be reused, recycled or re-inhabited by Palestinians?
The Lufttransa bus arrives in Brussels to denounce the practice of deporting refugees and immigrants living illegally in Germany and examine it in the context of the process of European integration
Shoot an Iraqi is equally pertinent reading for those who seek insight into the current conflict in Iraq, and for those fascinated by interactive art technologies and the ever-expanding world of online gaming
The latest issues of two of the best magazines you could get your hands on, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest and Volume, are out and i beg you not to bypass them
The bold and unescapable installation, inspired by a controversial enterprise of a Gazprom initiative to build a direct gas pipe from Russia to Germany, highlights a series of political issues that impact architecture
Resist is bringing you a live webcast with Gael Garcia Bernal, supported by Amnesty International UK. The debate that will try to bring some answers to the question: How will decentralised communications networks shift the way we understand poverty and our power to resist its causes?
The exhibition ‘Artur Żmijewski: The Social Studio’ reflects the artist’s conviction that in order for art to regain its value in society, it has to expose societal conflict and disclose the conditions in which social antagonisms are cultivated and maintained by the powers that be
Booklets on media art, politically-engaged graphic design and comics zine, essays about cities built from zero, slums and the worst way to deal with them, etc. What a lovely Summer i just had
The work of artists, designers and activists like Lize Mogel, John Emerson and Brooke Singer demonstrate that maps have the potential to bring about social changes
Johannes Gees’ action salat is a very relevant interaction in the xenophobic political climate in Switzerland
A famous architect and a no less renowned group of activists participate to what is probably the best section of the itinerant European Biennial of Contemporary Art. Hop on the pirate bus!
PSJM acts as an trademark of happening art addressing issues of the artwork in the market, communication with consumers, or function as an artistic quality, using communication resources borrowed from capitalism of the spectacle to underscore the paradoxes produced by its unbridled development.
Or how Karl Marx made me buy a blue Summer dress
Banquete_nodos y redes presents more than 30 Spanish digital and interactive works that critically and creatively explore the notion of Network as a shared matrix, not just from a technological perspective but also from a socio-cultural perspective
The gallery asked Santiago Sierra, Alicia Framis, Elmgreen and Dragset and James Casebere to reflect on the issue and be as caustic as ever
How to export the dynamics of Free Culture and the Copyleft philosophy to general processes of knowledge generation and transmission among citizens. The contents generated are Copyleft, and can be copied, redistributed or modified freely
In a project that addresses the problem of future human food production and the ongoing consequences of the breeding, manipulation and mistreatment of plant and animal species, corn seeds are submitted to a new, broad educational curriculum
A traveling exhibition featuring thirteen recent artworks that use private information as raw material and subject matter
Kumao’s performative technologies generate artistic spectacles in order to visualize the unseen: psychological states, emotions, compulsions, thinking patterns, and dreams
Some of my favourite artists, activists and architects were in Barcelona for an amazing conference. And where was i that week?
In her installation and book, Ines Doujak criticizes the way multinational corporations reap profits by taking out patents on indigenous plants, food, knowledge, even human tissues from developing countries and turn them into lucrative products. Without sharing the benefits with the country of origin
Antarctica is the first complete and organic public showing of the artworks created by the artists as a result of their experience to the edge of the world
10 maps and 10 essays about social issues from globalization to garbage; surveillance to extraordinary rendition; statelessness to visibility; deportation to migration
An exhibition of artworks which makes more tangible the contradictions and responsibilities that we encounter personally and as a society, giving the public the possibility of broadening and analyzing our perceptions and actions
The uses of satellite technologies that emerge from state-sponsored espionage but also media art & activism
Videos, models, original drawings, inflatables from a group of experimental architects and critical artists who had more stamina and attitude than the Rolling Stones themselves
Black-bag operations and cultural jam services improving corporate advertisement since 1977.
When i interviewed Wafaa about his latest art work last week, i had no idea his project would be censored and his view silenced
Featuring Critical Art Ensemble’s video Immolation and The Office of Experiments investigation into truth serums
Under its motto CONSPIRE…, transmediale.08 seeked to examine dubious worlds of story telling and remote opinion making, to look critically at the means of creative conspiratorial strategies, and use these to uncover new forms of expression and digital discourse.
A conversation with hackitectura.net about new ways of using “situation rooms” to empower the action of social networks, rather than central powers. “How could situation rooms enhance distributed control? How could they be used to generate socially useful knowledge and to increase coordination between social movements?”
Subversive sand castle, chroma key protest, exercises in body aesthetics, machines for capturing light animations, “world leaders” workshops in primary schools, etc.
How the Black World, a world of the world of classified programs, projects, and places, whose outlines, even existence, are deeply-held secrets by the military, leaves traces.
Being aware of the current environmental crisis doesn’t mean being able to comprehend its extent and complexity. A few words with Brooke Singer and Michael Mandiberg