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How did Situationism Influence Art History?

  • Posted on: 27 November 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Wide Walls

It is rare for an art movement to be completely original. The go forward meanings of avant-garde do not mean that its movements are a tabula rasa and this is certainly true for Situationism. Spurred by many previous concepts, this artistic and political movement started emerging during the early 1960s in France and it experimented with the idea of constructing a situation – hence the name. Constructing a situation was setting up an environment favorable for the fulfillment of a particular desire. This was the main concept for all representatives of Situationism[1]. All of the initial theories concerning the development of this movement came from an organization called Situationist International (often referred to simply as SI) – a group whose activities we shell investigate to detail in the remainder of this text.

Topic of the Week: Your Favorite Anarchist Media

  • Posted on: 14 November 2016
  • By: thecollective

What’s Your Favorite Piece of Anarchist Media Right Now?

We’ve had a topic of the week regarding the role of anarchist media in the past, but this week is focused on your personal favorite—a “Best of” compilation by you the commenters.

Books, pamphlets & zines, news articles, music, films, vlogs, podcasts, Surrealist paintings, Dadaist subway performers, subversive puppet shows, comics, pirate radio stations, etc…. The list of anarchist media is expansive and inexhaustible.

Anarchy and Art: Exploring the Art and Political Views of Camille Pissarro

  • Posted on: 12 July 2016
  • By: thecollective

Camille Pissarro’s artwork is best known for the influence it had on Impressionism. He is lesser known for his anarchist beliefs, which permeated his artwork. Nevertheless, Pissarro’s artwork did not overtly call for a violent revolution as one might expect. His paintings featured bright colors, detailed figures, and pleasant settings. Without understanding Pissarro’s background and belief system, it is likely that one will not understand what he hoped to convey through his pieces.

Interview with Jesse Cohn on Anarchist Resistance Culture

  • Posted on: 21 May 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)
Jesse Cohn's book cover

Fight Back Podcast speaks with Jesse Cohn, author of Underground Passages: Anarchist Resistance Culture, about his new book.

“What anarchists demanded from art was what they demanded from all aspects of their political lives: that it should, as much as possible, embody the principle in the practice, the end in the means.

TFSR: Jesse Cohn on anarchist art, lit & resistance culture (1848-2011)

  • Posted on: 20 April 2015
  • By: Bursts

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on April 20th through April 26th, 2015, then podcasting at radio4all.net. Also airing this week on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, KXCF in Marshall, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM.

Folding the Black Flag at Space Mountain

  • Posted on: 5 December 2014
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Folding the Black Flag is "an exploration of Nihilist Poetics formed through collaborative installation and an extended series of 'Performance Not-Happenings' from New York City to Miami. The exposition is an attempt to 'fold' both in the sense of pack-up/give-up abandon, and of rehistoricization and temporal revisionism - to actively create a new past by reorganizing and layering its facts (can the Dadaists, for instance, be written onto the Black Panther Party?)..."

Kalan Sherrard Interview

  • Posted on: 7 November 2014
  • By: worker

Kalan Sherrard, called “NYC’s Most Avant-Garde Nihilist Subway Performer” by NYMag is a multidisciplinary artist living in New York City. His performance-based work involves arrangements of found objects, loaded text, hybrid sound, and offbeat costumes. His puppet shows, which have been described as “better than Tim Burton,” utilize the deformed creations of combined objects. He also draws, collages, creates installations, and directs photography projects.