Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority / Edition 1

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Protestors, rows of riot cops, tear gas lobbed into crowds—these are the images that easily flood into the mind when one thinks about a gathering to protest the IMF, the WTO, a meeting of the G8, or the war on Iraq. The movement against corporate globalization has brought anti-authoritarian politics into the forefront of world consciousness, but what do we know—and what have we seen, really—of the cultural and aesthetic sides of these and other rebellions against the status quo? To date, precious little has been written by anarchists and anti-authoritarians about the role of art and culture in society, and in revolutionary movements like these.

Realizing the Impossible is an inclusive and sprawling collection of art and writings that addresses this gap in our understanding of revolutionary movements. Do-it--yourself printmaking, Zapatista video, street art in Argentina’s popular uprisings, radical puppetry, the monuments to Haymarket martyrs, turn-of-the-century Australian Industrial Workers of the World printmakers, illustrator Clifford Harper, and wobbly poet Carlos Cortez are just a few themes in this collection that bridges time and geographical and cultural boundaries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904859321
  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 1,224,275
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh MacPhee is an artist, curator, and activist. His work often revolves around themes of radical politics, privitazation, and public space. Josh organizes the Celebrate People's History Poster Series and runs a political art distribution website. He is also the author of Stencil Pirates: A Global Survey of Street Stenciling, published in July 2004. Erik Reuland is a Minneapolis-based print-maker and puppeteer. He explores the intersections of art, radical politics and everyday life in his zine, Trouble in Mind. In collaboration with incarcerated illustrators, Erik creates political storytelling posters for the Prison Poster Project.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Towards Anarchist Art Theories...   Erik Reuland   Josh MacPhee     2
In Print
Life, Labor, Art: A Discussion with Carlos Koyokuikatl Cortez   Christine Flores-Cozza     8
Flavio Costantini: Artist of Anarchy   Bill Nowlin     20
Reveil Anarchiste: Salon Painting, Political Satire,
Modernist Art   Patricia Leighten     26
Clifford Harper: Anarchist Illustrator   Icky A.     42
El Grito del Diseno: Diseno Mestizo and the Radical Visual Language in Chicana/o Newspapers   Dylan Miner     54
Gee Vaucher: Crass Art   Erik Reuland     68
Shadows in the Streets: The Stencil Art of the New Argentina   Erick Lyle     76
Subversive Multiples: A Conversation Between Contemporary Printmakers   Meredith Stern     104
Taring Padi: Under Siege in Indonesia   Roger Peet     120
Moving Images and Interventions
A Magical Land of Roving Santa Claus Armies, Pirated Energy Drinks and a Giant Squatted Urban Village: Political Art Activities in Denmark   Brett Bloom     130
A Conversation with Black Mask   Iain McIntyre     152
The Process is in the Streets: Challenging Media America   Dara Greenwald     168
When MagicConfronts Authority: The Rise of Protest Puppetry in N. America   Morgan Andrews     180
Beyond Authenticity: Aesthetics Strategies and Anarchist Media   Kyle Harris     210
The Department of Space and Land Reclamation   Josh MacPhee   Nato Thompson     220
Movements and Militant Media: Communications Technology and Latin American Grassroots Politics   Carlos Fernandez     228
Queer Art/Queer Anarchy: An Interview with Luis Jacob   Allan Antliff     236
The Twilight of Vanguardism   David Graeber     250
Struggles at Haymarket: An Embattled History of Static Monuments and Public Interventions   Nicolas Lampert     254
Better a One-legged Man than a Woman   Erika Biddle     272
Branding Anti-Consumerism: The Capitalistic Nature of Anti-Corporate Activism   Anne Elizabeth Moore     285
Reappropriate the Imagination!   Cindy Milstein     296
Author Biographies     308
Index     310
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