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Art and Activism
Situationist International and Psychogeography
Graffiti and Street Art
In the News
"Banksy Was Here"
Leo Fitzmaurice: temporary art interventions
An interview with artist William Pope L.
"Artist Draws 'Clean' Graffiti from Dirty Walls"
"Urban Outsider Artists Evoke Society's Margin"
"Spray can prankster tackles Israel's security barrier "
"Culture: Shepard Fairey Has a Posse"
Abbie Hoffman Brigade
The purpose of the Brigade is public propagation of activist art in a variety of media and settings. The purposes of the art work varies dependent upon issues generated within the public context. From the moment of conception all works are public domain- there are no copyrights, only human rights.
Together our actions are stronger; within groups energy combines and change happens. Founded in 2001, Anti Gravity Surprise is a public art collaborative that performs cultural research. Each year we create and exhibit multimedia artwork focusing on one social issue. Our projects grow through collaboration, using creative practice as a force for social change.
During the past twenty years, Art Attack has expressed the multi-disciplinary ideas and forms of over thirty artists through collaborative work. the composition and roles of the group changes in response to the changing opportunities that are presented to them. the process and result of the work is public and most often the constructions are temporary. the realization of the work is shared, responsive and visible; and is informed by the collaborative process including neighborhood dynamics, and the interactive processes of site acquisition, resource exploitation, design, and implementation.
The Barnstormers are a collective of New York/Tokyo-based artists who create large-scale collaborative paintings, films and performances.
Beige is a multimedia programming collective.
Billboard Liberation Front
Interventions with advertising, includes manifesto and tactical strategies.
"This web-site represents an effort to engage with the environment that surrounds us in a creative, original and active way. This is intended to benefit the environment and its occupants. This engagement will add oddity, colour and new ideas into our surroundings."
The Cacophony Society is a randomly gathered network of individuals united in the pursuit of experiences beyond the pale of mainstream society through subversion, pranks, art, fringe explorations and meaningless madness.
Center for Tactical Magic
The Center for Tactical Magic engages in extensive research, development, and deployment of the pragmatic system known as Tactical Magic. A fusion force summoned from the ways of the artist, the magician, the ninja, and the private investigator, Tactical Magic is an amalgam of disparate arts invoked for the purpose of actively addressing Power on individual, communal, and transnational fronts. At the CTM we are committed to achieving the Great Work of Tactical Magic through community-based projects, daily interdiction, and the activation of latent energies toward positive social transformation.
to Raise Aesthetic Consciousness
An organization dedicated to raising the level of aesthetic awareness and reflection of the man and woman on the street. CRAC was formed several years ago by a small enclave of ordinary citizens concerned about the ever-increasing uglification of our world. Includes their manifesto, membership opportunities, Operation Ugly-Aware, and news.
Critical Art Ensemble is a collective of five artists of various specializations dedicated to exploring the intersections between art, technology, radical politics, and critical theory.
Deconstructionist Institute for Surreal Topology
The Deconstructionist Institute for Surreal Topology specializes in Revolutionary Studies, and the advancement of Applied Autonomy.
Based in Berlin and New York City, e-Xplo includes Heimo Lattner, Rene Gabri, and Erin McGonigle. e-Xplo develops maps, routes, sound and film materials as reflections of a multifaceted investigation into location, context, social identity, landscape, and the public space of information.
Welcome to Flux Factory Inc. A 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization supporting innovation in things.
A site dedicated to the work of General Idea formed in 1969 by AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal.
Glowlab - Collective working in psychogeography and an international project called Active Slumming.
Guerrilla Girls official website - fighting discrimination with facts, humor, and fake fur since 1985
Instant Coffee is a service oriented artist collective that initiates and facilitates the creation and execution of artist's projects.
Institute for Applied Autonomy
(IAA) was founded in 1998 as a technological research and development organization dedicated to the cause of individual and collective self-determination. Our mission is to study the forces and structures which affect self-determination and to provide technologies which extend the autonomy of human activists. Technologies include "Little Brother," a propaganda robot, and "Streetwriter,"a custom built, computer controlled industrial spray painting unit that prints text messages onto pavement.
The Madagascar Institute is an art combine in Brooklyn that specializes in large-scale sculptures and rides, live performances, and guerilla art events.
Northern Arts Tactical Offensive - a collective resurgence of radical art - "purveryors of the finest subversive political street art."
A site by the collective, The Organism. Includes the Institute for the Preservation of Bad Art and pyschogeographical projects.
The Pink Bloque was founded in 2002. Its first organized protest was May Day and took issue with wage inequities. Since then it has protested the U.S. Patriot Act, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue and the war in Iraq, familiar targets for protesters.
The Praxis Group is a Minneapolis-based unit which stages site-specific, unsanctioned and unsolicited projects within the confines of public spaces which are privately owned.
The Progressive Junta is a broad coalition of American citizens focused on peaceful and progressive change in America and the world. The Progressive Junta is made up of thousands of citizens including schoolteachers, engineers, laborers, professionals, artists, students, professors, journalists, scientists, nurses, doctors, lawyers, and spiritual leaders. Members of the Progressive Junta guard their anonymity in a post-9/11 world and prefer to launch a guerilla campaign from the foothills of the American political landscape.
REBAR is a collaborative group of creators, designers and activists based in San Francisco. Rebar’s work ranges broadly in scale, scope and context, and therefore belies discrete categorization. It is, at minimum, situated in the domains of environmental installation, urbanism and absurdity.
Reclaim the Streets is a direct action network for global and local social-ecological revolution(s) to transcend hierarchical and authoritarian society, (capitalism included), and still be home in time for tea.
Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir
Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir believe that Consumerism is overwhelming our lives.They stage campaigns such as retail interventions to stop the shopping!
REPOhistory began in Manhattan in 1989 as a study group of artists, scholars, teachers, and writers focused on the relationship of history to contemporary society. It grew into a forum for developing public art projects based on history and a platform for creating them.
Home page of the activist art group, Scultura, headed up by Mike Garibaldi.
Spurse is an international architectural collective with no fixed content or members. Since 1998, they ahve been dedicated to experimentation with a trans-urban milieu, producing numerous interventions ranging from buildings to performance to installation to texts.
Temporary Services is a group of three persons: Brett Bloom, Marc Fischer, and Salem Collo-Julin. We embed the creative work we present within thoughtful and imaginative social contexts and strive to create participatory situations. We champion public projects that are temporary, ephemeral, or that operate outside of conventional or officially sanctioned categories of public expression.
Visual Resistance is a crew of 8 or 9 artists and activists based in Brooklyn. We first came together to organize the No RNC Poster Project in summer 2004. We use art to transform and liberate public space. We are involved in local struggles around public space, urban development, freedom of speech, and political repression.
The Wooster Collective was founded in 2001. This site is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.
Formed in 1996, Workhorse Studios is the vision of Logan Hicks, a classically trained artist who cut his teeth on the urban Baltimore street scene, currently resides in Los Angeles. Workhorse is active in the urban arts scene, and also does commercial design work. They are collaborating on a new project with the Wooster Collective from Boston.
The Yes Men have impersonated some of the world's most powerful criminals at conferences, on the web, and on television, in order to correct their identities.
Artivistic is an international transdisciplinary conference/event in Montréal on the interPlay between art, information and activism.
Page on censored work in Georgia, public arts proposal, etc. hosted by printmaker and activist Bill Fisher.
Art-Anon is a loose confederate of New York City-based artists interested in hacking into the established power structure and offering a self-empowering alternative to all other repressed or disenfranchised folk.
Bikes Against Bush is an interactive protest/performance occurring simultaneously online and on the streets of NYC during the Republican National Convention. Using a wireless Internet enabled bicycle outfitted with a custom-designed printing device, the Bikes Against Bush bicycle can print text messages sent from web users directly onto the streets of Manhattan in water-soluble chalk.
"Nobody Died When Clinton Lied" is a guerilla slogan campaign spreading the word via t-shirts and bumperstickers. The web site also keeps a blog of viewer sightings.
Break the Silence Mural and Arts Project (BTS) is an arts/activist group committed to using creative projects to facilitate social change and greater awareness of the complexities of the conflict in Occupied Palestine.
Billionaires for Bush is a strategic media and street theater campaign whose combustible mix of humor, savvy messaging, grassroots participation, and cutting edge internet organizing tools will flush out the truth about the Bush administration's disastrous economic policies and help turn the fatcats out of power in November.
Flash mobs are sudden gatherings of people at a predetermined location at a predetermined time. People in flash mobs usually perform
according to a written script, then disperse quickly.
Surveillance Camera Players
The Surveillance Camera Players protest against the use of surveillance cameras in public places by performing specially adapted plays in front of these cameras.
Republic Art is a transnational research project exploring and developing progressive practices of public art.
Movements and Culture Resource
Art activism links from the Department of American Studies at Washington State University.
Art as Social Intervention
A site housed at Concordia University in Montreal and created for symposium on public art. Includes examples of interventions and an extensive bibliography.
Art in the
Art in the Public Interest (API) is a nonprofit organization that supports the belief that the arts are an integral part of a healthy culture, and that community-based arts provide significant value both to communities and artists.
Each December for the last 10 years Cacophonous Santas have been taking to streets in major metropolitan areas and generating a bit of naughty Noël mayhem. It all started back in 1994 when several dozen Cheap Suit Santas paid a visit to downtown San Francisco for a night of Kringle Kaos. Things have now reached Critical Xmas and these infamous Santacons are now held in over a dozen cities each year.
Valerie Solanas' SCUM Manifesto was written in 1967 and published in 1968, the year she shot and wounded Andy Warhol.
Extropic Art Manifesto of Transhumanist Arts
How to write a manifesto
a list of links to manifestos
Here is the Cheap Art Manifesto, originally distributed by the Bread and Puppet Theater in 1984.
Culture jamming group Abrupts manifesto
Antonin Artaud's manifesto
Graffiti and Street Art
God Bless Graffiti Coalition, Inc.
The God Bless Graffiti Coalition, Inc. was founded in 2000 in Chicago in order to combat growing national and international anti-graffiti trends.
Space Invaders has inspired a form of street art, championed in partular by an artist named "Invader". Using ceramic tiles, Invader cements together mosaic images of traditional Space Invader aliens, bonus spaceships, and variations on those themes.
Toynbee tiles are messages of mysterious origin found embedded in asphalt in several major cities in the United States, with at least two known examples in South America as well.
Site of Peat Wollaeger, St. Louis stencil and graffiti artist.
L.A.'s first Graffiti Art website established in 1996 by Too Tall Jahmal and designed by veteran L.A. graf artist Unit One. Check the gallery for freights, bombs, productions and more.
A gallery of graffiti art from around the world.
Artist and culture jammer Ron English's illegal billboards. Check out the article about him from the link, "Here's the Latest Billboard Event."
WKInteract is a French urban artist currently living in New York City. His distinctive black and white painted murals can be admired in more places than just the streets. The bold images, in which movement is practically palpable, are also being appreciated in exhibit spaces, including the display windows of the Parisian temple of consumption Galeries Lafayettes.
One of the best and most complete art stencil websites with tons of images, artist profiles, tutorials on stenciling methods, news on art, links, etc.
and Adventurous Artists
Incomplete encyclopedia of Urban & Adventurous Artists in Europe. Includes annotated history and illustrations of public projects.
British art activist great site.
- The Writing on the Wall
All things graffiti.
Obey Giant Art, a guerilla stickering/postering group? individual? started by Shepard Fairey. Gives guerilla tactics and an extensive list of links to other guerilla sites.
Robbie Conal and Art Attack
L.A. based painter and guerilla posterer Robbie Conal.
Counter culture group Negativlands site
A Hot Weather Activity for Lonely Asphalt Near You (Toynbee style)
Stickers, stencils, and street art - site includes subscription info, a forum for sticker discussions, and more.
Copenhagen based Sebastian Campion has put this fantastic site together demonstrating "TECHNOCULTURAL TRENDS, RESEARCH & CREATIVE INTERVENTION." Public art and web site categories are Activistic, Architectural, Audible, Cinematic, Conceptual, Graphic, Scientific, Sensorial, Strategic, Surface, Wireless.
ARTEXTE Information Centre, Quebec, provides an extensive, searchable database of public art projects done in Quebec and Canada since the 1960's.
Judgement on Markers...
An awesome design challenge for the public realm. Sandia National Laboratories charged a panel of outside experts with the task to design a 10,000-year marking system for the WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) site, and estimate the efficacy of the system against various types of intrusion.
and Puppet Theater
The Bread and Puppet Theater (often known simply as Bread & Puppet) is a politically radical puppet theater, active since the 1960s, currently based in Glover, Vermont. Its founder and director is Peter Schumann.
The name Bread & Puppet derives from the theater's practice of sharing its own fresh bread, for free, with the audience of each performance as a means of creating community, and from its central principle that art should be as basic to life as bread.
We are a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age. Our aim is to topple existing power structures and forge a major shift in the way we will live in the 21st century.
Printed Matter, Inc. the worlds largest non-profit dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists in a book like format.
FLUXUS PORTAL FOR THE INTERNET
For 30 years, Creative Time, a New York-based nonprofit organization, has commissioned and presented adventurous public arts projects of all disciplines. From the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Grand Central Terminal, and Times Square to milk cartons, the Internet, and billboards, Creative Time has supported artists in invigorating our urban landscape.
Abrupts culture jamming page
FREE WORDS is a book which belongs to whoever finds it. 3000 copies have been produced by artist Sal Randolph and are being distributed free worldwide. The books are placed on the shelves of bookstores and libraries creating an art situation that infiltrates public and commercial space.
More Culture Jamming info
of Public Secrets
Minimum Definition of Revolutionary Organizations. (Situationist)
NOT BORED! is an anarchist, situationist-inspired, low-budget, irregularly published, photocopied journal.
The Gunk Foundation
A charitable organization awarding grants for the production of non-traditional public art projects. Site contains info on applying for grants and an archive of previous recipient work.
Psychogeography site. Self described carthographic sadism, gabber avant- gardism, disco socialism, peripatetic hedonism, autonomous spacetravel
Links to Situationists International and Social Anarchism, and a great list of on-line Art and Culture links.
Working definition of pyschogeography
The question of organization for the Situationist International, written by founder Guy Debord in 1968.
This article takes a look at graffiti through history to the present day. We’ll take you from the caves to 21st century london, meeting some of the uk’s leading artists along the way.
Guerrilla Art definition and citations, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
"Doing Their Own Thing, Making Art Together", an article by Holand Cotter about contemporary artists' collaboratives.