Activist and art professor Max Haiven recently delivered a TED talk at TEDxNovaScotia titled “>The Debt of Creativity, in which he elaborates on the ideas he discussed in his essay Privatizing Creativity. It’s worth 15 minutes of your time to tune in.
Image: A Debtors’ Prison — William Hogarth.
Artist George Pfau believes zombies are an irresistible cultural force. But while most of us limit our interest to binging on Walking Dead episodes, or perhaps taking part in a Zombie Walk, for Pfau the study of zombies makes up a huge part of his art practice.
His most recent project is the Zombie Index, a website that explores the ever-expanding breadth of possibilities of what a zombie can be.
“Zombies inspire me because they provide a fascinating middle zone between alive and dead, individual and collective, inside and outside,” Pfau explained.
This particular nature of zombies is (Read more…)
As a man with no tattoos, Noel Franus is an unlikely candidate as the founder of P.INK: an organization that connects breast cancer survivors with tattoo ideas and artists.
But as anyone with a family member who is also a breast cancer survivor can attest, the urge to do something to help can be strong. For Franus, the urge struck when his sister-in-law Molly was diagnosed with breast cancer and was surprised to learn that after her mastectomy she’d be short two nipples.
“There were no resources for women with breast cancer, doing reconstruction, wanting to do something (Read more…)
Indebted States of America by Maine artist Eric Leppanen is created with 169 of his own credit cards, collected over the past 23 years, adorned with the 50 U.S. state quarters and framed in gold leaf.
“It speaks to the marketing of ‘Big Banks’ to indebt Americans with bait and switch tactics and easy/free money,” explained Leppanen in an email. “The last 20 years of credit card marketing has fueled the economic boom, collapse and enslavement of millions and our own government is a shining example for all of us to follow.”
“After 16 years working for Bank (Read more…)
The latest book by comic artist Joe Sacco isn’t really a book at all. The Great War is a single 24-foot-long panoramic image that illustrates the first day of the battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916.
And while the style is certainly Sacco, The Great War differs from his previous projects, such as Safe Area Gorazde and Footnotes in Gaza, in ways beyond the book’s physical format.
From The Guardian:
There are literally thousands of people in The Great War, along with horses, heavy artillery, barbed wire, trenches and, as the narrative progresses, explosions, stretchers and (Read more…)
New Yorkers have spent the past two weeks tripping over themselves as they attempt to locate new Banksy works as they pop up each morning.
The British artist is currently halfway through a month-long residency “on the streets of New York,” and his daily creations, which include video and other creative interventions, have been generating heaps of buzz.
Banksy himself has been posting each day’s work along with text and audio commentary on his website Better Out Than In, but here are a few of the highlights from the first half of October.
The Sirens of the Lambs
Some (Read more…)
Who on earth thought this was a good idea?
Well they were right!
Has it really been a year since all of this
The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is focusing its attention on itself as of late, with many prominent PCs, including at least one MPP, pushing for Tim Hudak to face a leadership review. This appears to have the potential to open up new or previous hidden rifts in the PC Party, and more interestingly, in Canada’s conservative movement as a whole. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who was once a provincial PC Cabinet Minister, is speaking out in support of Mr. Hudak’s leadership, and so are some members of the PC Party via the new website LetTimLead.ca.
Political (Read more…)
Federal politicians must often focus their attention, energies, and expertise on matters of international significance, matters of national significance, matters of regional significance, and matters of local significance. A lot of the time, they must do all of that at the same time, managing themselves on each issue. There’s a lot involved: the creation of policy, ensuring responses are prepared for a variety scenarios, staying informed on the issues, reaching out to stakeholders, managing correspondence, informing others, and advocating for their constituents. On top of all of this, they have to keep in mind their re-election, if they are so (Read more…)
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has recently confirmed his support for the legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana. This approach is fairly bold, and it is exactly the kind of leadership we, as Canadians, need.
The reasons for legalization are extremely well-known, researched regularly for everything from intense policy discussions, to personal arguments, to high school debates. Many high profile groups and individuals have come out in favour of legalization, including the Canadian Bar Association, four former BC Attorneys General, and former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders.
Marijuana is currently used as a currency by the perpetrators of organized (Read more…)
The British Government has recently passed legislation to block pornographic content from being accessible online. Now, if a Briton wants to view pornography, they must specifically request that the block be lifted for them by their Internet service provider. This is absolutely moronic and regressive legislation for a number of reasons.
It won’t work.
The Government of the UK claims that the purpose of this new law is to prevent children from being exposed to adult content. Unfortunately, this will do nothing to prevent that, as accessing pornography will still be extremely easy, even for those who are not very (Read more…)
Yesterday I hit up the Henry Ford, a museum in Detroit which is one of the coolest all-American museums in the US. I about burst into tears when I discovered that the bus that Rosa Parks made history in was there, so naturally my mom decided I needed to watch The Help when we got home (which, of course, also made me cry). All of this made me particularly attentive when I came across this comedy video by the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), which takes on the challenges experienced by actors of color. The videos is hilarious, while the (Read more…)
Daniel Ortega, who holds the office of President of Nicaragua in defiance of Nicaragua’s Constitution, is championing a mega-project; a canal across the eastern part of Nicaragua that would provide an alternative to the Panama Canal. The estimated cost is $40 billion.
My initial reaction, when I heard about this is, Nicaragua’s GDP is only $10.5 billion, and no foreign investor would be foolish enough to put up this kind of money to finance it.
I was wrong. Chinese billionaire Wang Jing is putting up the money, through the HKND Group, based in Hong Kong, and registered in the (Read more…)
On Thursday, I had the pleasure of being a guest at the Liberal Party of Canada in Saanich-Gulf Islands‘ Hope and Hard Work goal-setting meeting. Getting together with other Liberals is always a treat, but watching the process that this riding uses was informative.
In the room with me were around 20 extremely dedicated people passionate about improving their community. They made solid plans to make a real difference in their community, and solid plans to reach out to their community.
For the Liberal Party to truly rebuild, we need to ensure that we’re making intelligent goals and (Read more…)
Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada are focusing on Canadians, while the Conservatives are focusing on attacking Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada. And the Liberals are calling for change: real change and real accountability in Parliament. It should be the place that works for and with Canadians to solve problems, not create them.
Canadians need something to vote for. The Liberal Party is committed to listening to Canadians and working with them to build a better Canada.
Be part of the change.
Advertising can be an annoying, all-intrusive, manipulative way to hock a bunch of crap we don’t need, or it can be an entertaining and necessary cog in the wheel of any business. The most effective ads are the most honest ones (which are also the least greasy). After all, an ad that is lying might get a customer in the door the first time, but when they see a difference between what they were promised and what’s actually being delivered, the brand is tainted and has lost a long-term customer.
The recent commercial for Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed (a product of the (Read more…)
Bob Rae’s incredible life of public service is one that all Parliamentarians, regardless of their political stripe, should try to emulate. Bob’s dedication to the public interest has made Canada a much better place. Canadian federal politics will be diminished without his wit, oratory skill, and thoughtfulness.
FUN FACT: Bob Rae was the only MP to serve with both Pierre Elliot Trudeau and Justin Trudeau.
FUN FACT: Bob Rae voted on the Charter of Rights.
FUN FACT: Bob Rae’s hair hasn’t always been white.
President Obama paid a visit to Mexico at the beginning of May, and met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
They talked about narco-terrorism and immigration reform. Nothing much much will come of this, because the government of the US is dysfunctional. Congress isn’t going to pass any change to immigration laws, or do anything to curb the flow of assault weapons from the US into Mexico. And Mexico doesn’t really want any more help from the US in the war on the narco-terrorists.
They also talked about trade, however. That’s a different matter, because much of trade policy is (Read more…)
This week’s FFP is a new one-hour documentary by Garrett Graham (in collaboration with the Tar Sands Blockade) about the direct action efforts of activists in Texas, who try to stop construction of the planned Alberta tar sands pipeline. There is some seriously heavy-handed narration at the beginning, but if you can get through that, the film eases into more observational and testimonial style of filmmaking that is solid. BLOCKADIA is a film about an important fight against the disgusting oil and gas industry and the Canadian and American politicians who have no regard for the environment. It’s also (Read more…)
At the recent Montreal Anarchist Bookfair, where another (better) world of incredibly inspiring, provocative and boundary-pushing art and media is on display each year, I stumbled upon Eloisa Aquino and her wares – a series of zines on awesome butch dykes, appropriately called The Life and Times of Butch Dykes. The teeny books are what every great zine should be, for me: oozing with the love and devotion the creator, as well as political, punchy, fun, informative, and accessible. It’s a fantastic series—eight and counting—that brings to life the lives of important butch dykes from herstory. Soon after the Bookfair (Read more…)
Place Olympe de Gouges, Paris, artist unknown
At a small 5 cornered cross-roads on the eastern fringe of the Marais in Paris (3e), Place Olympe de Gouges attracts little attention. Five tiny streets converge around a small brick circle with a solitary tree and a small plaque. Olympe de Gouges was a revolutionary feminist put to death by the Republic for accusing revolutionary leadership of injustice. Some historians consider Gouges the first modern feminist. A full year before Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Gouges published the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the (Read more…)