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The Interventionists : Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life - Nato Thompson

The Interventionists

Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life

By: Nato Thompson (Editor), Gregory Sholette (Editor), Joseph Thompson (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780262201506
Number Of Pages: 152
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

Forewordp. 10
Trespassing relevancep. 13
Interventionism and the historical uncanny... Or: can there be revolutionary art without the revolution?p. 133
Anarchy in the ruins: dreaming the experimental universityp. 143
Interviews
Krzysztof Wodiczkop. 27
Lucy Ortap. 31
William Pope. Lp. 40
e-Xplop. 43
Ruben Ortiz-Torresp. 53
Alex Villarp. 67
Institute for Applied Autonomyp. 78
The Surveillance Camera Playersp. 86
Valerie Teverep. 92
The Yes Menp. 106
Critical Art Ensemblep. 117
subRosap. 123
Appendix
The Amateur: Critical Art Ensemblep. 147
The Archive: Spursep. 148
The Chameleon: The Center for Tactical Magicp. 149
Collectives: Gregory Sholette and Blake Stimsonp. 150
Detournement: Nato Thompsonp. 151
Illegality: Yomangop. 152
Laughannilingus: William Pope. Lp. 153
The Tour: e-Xplop. 154
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ISBN: 9780262201506
ISBN-10: 026220150X
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 25.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.91