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

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Overview

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 TheInterventionists 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262201506
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,379,530
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Nato Thompson is Chief Curator at the New York—based public arts institution Creative Time.

He edited The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of EverydayLife and Becoming Animal (both published by the MIT Press) and curated the MASS MoCA exhibitions they accompanied.

Gregory Sholette is an artist, writer, cofounder of REPOhistory artists' collective and BatzaFamily Chair of Art and Art History at Colgate University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 10
Trespassing relevance 13
Interventionism and the historical uncanny ... or : can there be revolutionary art without the revolution? 133
Anarchy in the ruins : dreaming the experimental university 143
Interviews
Krzysztof Wodiczko 27
Lucy Orta 31
William Pope.L 40
e-Xplo 43
Ruben Ortiz-Torres 53
Alex Villar 67
Institute for applied autonomy 78
The surveillance camera players 86
Valerie Tevere 92
The yes man 106
Critical art ensemble 117
subRosa 123
App The amateur : critical art ensemble 147
App The archive : spurse 148
App The chameleon : the Center for Tactical Magic 149
App Collectives : Gregory Sholette and Blake Stimson 150
App Detournement : Nato Thompson 151
App Illegality : YOMANGO 152
App Laughannilingus : William Pope.L 153
App The tour : e-Xplo 154
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