Things Are Good: Five Artists To Inspire You

Art can take so many forms and with new technologies those forms can get more and more bizarre. Over at the Creators Project they have put together a collection of artists that they think will be influential this year. If you’re looking for inspiration or you just want to see some neat art you should ...

Art Threat: The Art & Money Project

It’s no secret that money rules our lives. I think what we’re now seeing is really the final and most ruthless stage of the integration of art and creativity into the capitalist market or, in other words, the final stages of art’s subordination to money. But I think that almost all other ways of justifying ...

Art Threat: Ai Weiwei brings 1200 bicycles to Nuit Blanche Toronto

Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei will create a new edition of his Forever Bicycles sculpture at this year’s Nuit Blanche festival in Toronto. The eighth annual event will take place between sunset and sunrise on October 5, 2013 and feature more than 110 contemporary art projects scattered across the city. The installation by Weiwei, ...

Art Threat: Blown Up: Gaming and War

Let’s face it: shooting stuff is fun – in video, that is; but it can also be ethically complicated. Gallery 101’s current exhibition Blown Up: Gaming and War, brings to the conventions of video gaming the complexities of art, activism and critical commentary.  I am not exactly a typical gamer (don’t own a console), but ...

Art Threat: Do grassroots archives have a future? – Exhibition from archive of activist histories

About 30 people gathered in Toronto last night to discuss what many hope will grow into a movement for archiving grassroots histories. The public meeting was organized by Ulli Diemer of the Connexions Archive as a way to bring like-minded activists and scholars together to find strategies for preserving the heritage of social movements and ...

Art Threat: The DNA of a public space: The place, history and activism of a public square – Artists invite Montreals to share 9 day cultural festival

This is an amazing event!  ATSA — the collective nom de plume of artists Annie Roy and Pierre Allard — have announced FIN NOVEMBRE: THE DNA OF A PUBLIC SPACE.  Montrealers are invited to join the artists from Nov 16 – 25 in yet another of their experimental communities at Place Emilie-Gamelin, a gathering of ...

Art Threat: Invocation of the Queer Spirits – Book review: Queer Spirits by AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs

Invocation of the Queer Spirits (Governor’s Island) – AA Bronson There is always a certain magic to be found in the moment of queering. As bodies are opened to unsanctioned desires and sensations, tense moments of wonder unfold before them. Static charges crackle and spark as genders and sexualities are peeled away from the sticky ...

Art Threat: The art of roadkill – A conversation with artist Kate Puxley

Kate Puxley is a visual artist whose work has drawn attention to the Harper government’s damaging policies toward art and culture as well as our relationship with animals and the natural environment. Arresting, breathtaking, and inimitable, her drawings, paintings, installations, and most recently her taxidermy sculptures, are provocations and interventions in the social, political and ...

Art Threat: Root sculptures celebrate local activists – Pierre Leichner’s Grassroots Project

Pierre Leichner uses grass to make sculptures — for The Grassroots Project, in the shape of faces of community workers and activists from Vancouver’s East Side.  The living sculptures, pictured above, are beautiful and haunting.  “The Grassroots Project” was featured at Britannia Community Centre (Vancouver). I recently caught up to Leichner to ask him about ...

Art Threat: 7th Berlin Binennale highlights political art – Curator Artus Zmijewski creates exhibition of activist art

When you go to the website for Berlin’s 7th Binennale, you encounter a stream of changing photographs from occupy and protest movements from around the world — Venezia, Toronto, Florence, Malacky, Athens and on and on. It is emblematic of curator Artur Zmijewski’s approach the largest art exhibition in Germany, which opened on April 27. ...

Art Threat: Cake art gets Kony’d – Social media facilitates another political misunderstanding

The Swedish Minister of Culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, was presented a cake at an event that many have decried as racist – understandably when one takes a first glance at the thing. The story and ensuing outrage has gone viral, with accusations of racism flying faster than homophobic comments from Rick Santorum. The whole thing ...

Art Threat: Ai Wei Wei installs live webcams in home – Artists winks at Chinese authorities with a Big Brother flourish

Artist Ai Wei Wei has installed live webcams in his home so that authorities – and worried supporters – can keep track of his day-to-day whereabouts and welfare. Feeling hemmed in by increasingly invasive state surveillance – being followed day-to-day, round-the-clock surveillance on his home, searches of his studio, phone taps, opening his mail — ...

Art Threat: Artists invited to join Occupy Arts Committee – 3rd gathering in Montreal set for March 17

Bryant Park, Manhattan. Photo by Eric Walton Montreal artists are invited to join the growing collaboration of the Occupy Arts Committee, a gathering of artists from all disciplines who want to support Occupy Montreal with creative practice. According to organizers, this meeting will be a creation workshop to start imagining, painting & drawing … Artists ...

Art Threat: Crowd sourcing a little curatorial control – National Gallery of Canada invites young artists to submit art & public to judge

"Beat Nation" at Grunt Gallery, Vancouver Calling young (aged 16-19) Canadian political artists. Here’s a chance to get your work noticed, publicized and into the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). The NGC has announced its second annual So You Want to Be an Artist contest. It’s a cheezey title, but an opportunity for young artists ...

Art Threat: Call for artists in support of ‘Occupy’ movement – Online, international platform for performances, installations, actions in real time

Project Lowlives is seeking artists for a global online live presentation of artistic work in support the Occupy movement. Lowlives: Occupy! will take place on March 3, 2012. From the website: The Occupy protests, and the myriad of perspectives and experiences related to this unique moment, will be amplified, explored, and experimented with, through Low ...

Art Threat: 23 political art stories from 2011

Washed Up by Alejandro Durán The New Year is officially upon us, but we want to take one last opportunity to look in the rear view mirror. Here are 23 of our favourite stories and projects that took place in the world of political art in 2011. Do you have any personal picks that we ...

Art Threat: Looking for the Political at Art Basel

The politics at Art Basel, one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions in the US, may be hard to find, but they’re there for those who know where to look.  On December 4th Karen Rosenberg wrote an article in the New York Times (entitled “Art Basel: Business Over Activism”) highlighting the lack of political art ...

Art Threat: Networked Shock Art: Voina in the News – Analysis of political interventions of Russian art collective

For the last year Vorotnikov and Nikolaev have been waging a legal battle with Russian authorities for their freedom. While these challenges facing Voina have been well documented on Art Threat, Free Voina, and other alternative media sources, another battle is being fought: against state, art world, and dominant media attempts to contain Voina’s message. ...

Art Threat: Whistle while you wait

Skattered throughout Vancouver, bus stop shelters have been turned from ad space to sheet music. Adorno and Nose, as the piece is called, is a collection of ten songs composed and illustrated by Barry Doupe and James Whitman. Each poster contains a different song, notated as standard sheet music, the verse, and a drawn graphic. ...

Art Threat: Christian outrage shutters contemporary art exhibit in Manilla

A contemporary art exhibit at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines has been shut down amid accusations that the work is “blasphemous”. According to a statement, CCP management closed the controversial Kulo exhibition after board members and artists received numerous threats. While the organization gave few details, they did say that a work of artist ...

Art Threat: South African designer creates sun shades from scraps

Approached by the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe to produce a public work for their event, South African designer Heath Nash built shade structures using scrap materials — largely discarded beverage containers. Breathing new life into discarded bottles of Fanta and Castle Lager, Nash worked with a team of five local craft ...

Art Threat: The beauty and agony of home – A conversation with God’s Lake Narrows artist Kevin Lee Burton

God’s Lake Narrows is a new interactive narrative waiting to be explored on the National Film Board of Canada’s increasingly interactive website. Exploring themes of longing and belonging, Winnipeg artist and former resident of the God’s Lake Narrows (GLN) reserve Kevin Lee Burton deploys photographs, text, and a layered soundscape to introduce us to his ...

Art Threat: Two-day art festival for the homeless in Vancouver – ATSA event in the Downtown East Side

A Montreal artist collective is taking their public art to the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Billed as “The Pigeon’s Club”, an art festival for the homeless, the event will offer two days of revelry and amenities for Vancouver’s down and out, homeless and street involved. The festival which runs May 20-21, is being ...

Art Threat: Painting the world’s lungs blue – Recent works by Konstantin Dimopoulos

Bright blue trees in Port Moody, West Vancouver, and Richmond have been making some passersby stop in their tracks. The Blue Trees, a recent work by international artist Konstantin Dimopoulos is part of a larger discussion on forests worldwide. The inspiration? Each year, an area at least the size of Belgium of native forests is ...