Guerilla Art Workshop
April 19, 2010, 23:06
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It’s free…

It’s fun…

And might change the world! 🙂

In this workshop we will explore how to effectively cut-and-paste, dance, draw or flash our messages to the world; that is, we will consider the potential of guerilla art as activist tactic. Loosely following Keri Smith’s definition of guerilla art as (anonymous) works of art “installed, performed, or attached in public spaces, with the distinct purpose of affecting the world in a creative and thought-provoking way”, it presents an invitation to imaginatively and innovatively engage with our environment and communities, affirming the crucial aspect of participatory action.   As the creation of art in so-called non- art contexts, guerilla art suggests freedom of expression, the “opening of public space” and a kind of “Do-It-Yourself creativity” (terms borrowed from artist/activist L. M. Bogad). As such, it offers access both to producing and encountering art in unexpected ways and spaces. It is this radical unpredictability that seeds the idea of unlimited possibility associated with guerilla art.  In this sense, it could be a way to guard against the (hegemonic) tendency of the dominant culture to counteract or minimize the effects of activist strategies that have become stale or too recognizable. In the workshop we will: critically discuss the use of guerilla art as activist tactic; experiment with some guerilla art methods; and devise guerilla art actions around the themes of art, gender and revolution for 25 April 2010!



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