The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life / Edition 1

The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life / Edition 1

by Nato Thompson, Gregory Sholette, Joseph Thompson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 026220150X

ISBN-13: 9780262201506

Pub. Date: 09/01/2004

Publisher: MIT Press

Art made to attach to buildings or to be given away? Wearable art for street demonstrations or art that sets up a booth at a trade show? This is the art of the interventionists, who trespass into the everyday world to raise our awareness of injustice and other social problems. These artists don't preach or proselytize; they give us the tools to form our own

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Art made to attach to buildings or to be given away? Wearable art for street demonstrations or art that sets up a booth at a trade show? This is the art of the interventionists, who trespass into the everyday world to raise our awareness of injustice and other social problems. These artists don't preach or proselytize; they give us the tools to form our own opinions and create our own political actions. The Interventionists, which accompanies an exhibit at MASS MoCA, serves as a handbook to this new and varied work. It's a user's guide to art that is exciting,provocative, unexpected, inspiring (artistically and politically), and fun. From Michael Rakowitz's inflatable homeless shelter and William Pope.L's "Black Factory" truck with pulverizer, gift shop, and giant inflatable igloo to the Biotic Baking Brigade's political pie-throwing, the art of The Interventionists surveys a growing genre and offers a guide for radical social action.The book classifies the artists according to their choice of tactics: the Nomads, who create mobile projects; Reclaim the Streets, artists who act in public places; Tools for Resistance: Ready to Wear, artists who produce fashion for political action; and the Experimental University, artists whose work engages pedagogy and theory. The accompanying text includes essays by noted scholars putting the work in a broader cultural and social context as well as texts by the artists themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262201506
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword10
Trespassing relevance13
Interventionism and the historical uncanny... Or: can there be revolutionary art without the revolution?133
Anarchy in the ruins: dreaming the experimental university143
Interviews
Krzysztof Wodiczko27
Lucy Orta31
William Pope. L40
e-Xplo43
Ruben Ortiz-Torres53
Alex Villar67
Institute for Applied Autonomy78
The Surveillance Camera Players86
Valerie Tevere92
The Yes Men106
Critical Art Ensemble117
subRosa123
Appendix
The Amateur: Critical Art Ensemble147
The Archive: Spurse148
The Chameleon: The Center for Tactical Magic149
Collectives: Gregory Sholette and Blake Stimson150
Detournement: Nato Thompson151
Illegality: Yomango152
Laughannilingus: William Pope. L153
The Tour: e-Xplo154

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