Beautiful Trouble - A Toolbox for Revolution
What is Beautiful Trouble?
Beautiful Trouble is a book, web toolbox and international network of artist-activist trainers whose mission is to make grassroots movements more creative and more effective.
A collaborative effort by 70 artist-activists-strategists and 10+ leading creative campaign organizations including the YesMen/YesLab, Ruckus Society, Other 98% and others, the project is already a success. Praised by Naomi Klein as “elegant and incendiary,” the book is being used by campaigns and classrooms across North America and Europe; it just sold its 10,000th copy, and is being translated into seven languages. A beta of the web toolbox is now online, and offers all the book content (and more) to the public under a creative commons license.
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The limits of critique: 'artivism' and post-politics
by Manuel Delgado
Over the last three decades, political art has taken different forms which have been grouped – in an imprecise way, and accompanied by the typical problems of defining limits and content, as so often happens when reducing into a unit – under the general label of activist art, or «artivism». These creative productions offer political denunciations and inherit the vehemence of agitation and propaganda, yet seem to assume a wider range of implications, both in terms of having unique and different theoretical roots, and because of not settling, as agitprop, to be mere carriers of party slogans, or tools available for teaching popular pedagogy in revolutionary projects. Artistic productions within this new genre appear as formulas for public or contextualized art, in that they interpellate the spaces they interact with – the street, the plaza, semi-public areas – in order to address the inherent qualities that demonstrate their willingness to cover up all types of ruptures and cracks, signs of vulnerability in a socio-political system that these artistic productions reject and discard.
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#OccupyGezi: The art of the Turkish protests
by Yaman Kayabalı
The Occupy Gezi movement started in Istanbul with the aim of preserving one of the very few green areas left in the city and turned into a group of massive, nation-wide anti-government protests. This has ignited a flurry of creative production which has resulted in a variety of posters, banners and street art...
This post was originally published on the V&A Museum's Posters blog. Our thanks to V&A curator Catherine Flood and Yaman Kayabali for permission to repost it here.
The protests that started with the Occupy movement in Istanbul have since spread to other Turkish cities such as the capital Ankara and Turkey's third largest city, Izmir.
Twitter was officially labeled as a "troublemaker" by the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan after the start of the protests as it was instrumental in distributing information for the protestors in a time when the traditional media practiced self-censorship.
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