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Art Threat: Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism

“>Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism is a collection of essays and interviews related to the films and filmmakers of Cinema Politica (CP), and as such provides an excellent source of Canadian documentary work that pursues effecting positive social change.

This non-profit doc-screening organization, which started in Montreal’s Concordia University, has . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism

Art Threat: Joe Sacco depicts one dreadful day of The Great War

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 . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Joe Sacco depicts one dreadful day of The Great War

Art Threat: Fearless photography explores the Egyption women of the revolution

The woman in a red dress being blasted by pepper spray in Gezi Park, Istanbul, is not an anomaly. Women are on the front lines of Turkey’s protest movement and were also well represented in the series of upheavals that was dubbed the Arab Spring. But to gain a full appreciation women’s contributions, it’s probably . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Fearless photography explores the Egyption women of the revolution

Art Threat: Butch Dykes: A Herstory told in zines

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 . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Butch Dykes: A Herstory told in zines

Art Threat: Weiwei-isms: the Coles Notes of an infamous Chinese dissident

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake shook through Wenchuan County in Sichuan province of the People’s Republic of China on May 12, 2008. Official figures listed 69,197 dead, including 5,335 children, mostly killed as a result of shoddy school construction — a horrible tragedy, particularly due to China’s one-child policy, that caught the attention of a couple . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Weiwei-isms: the Coles Notes of an infamous Chinese dissident

Art Threat: London Triptych traces queer desire across the centuries

Owing in large part to Hollywood’s discovery of its infinite star vehicle potential, the “intersecting lives” narrative has become, in recent years, something of a cop out. When the A-story isn’t strong enough, simply prop it up with parallel stories B through F and have them all fatefully (and conveniently) collide about a third of . . . → Read More: Art Threat: London Triptych traces queer desire across the centuries

Art Threat: The Human Library lends people and renews understanding

Are you curious what goes on in the mind of a queer Islamaphobe? Or perhaps you’d rather pick the brain of a polyamorous lover?

No, I’m not suggesting you call up your cable provider and subscribe to TLC. Rather, you should step away from the screen and hit up the Human Library, which . . . → Read More: Art Threat: The Human Library lends people and renews understanding

Art Threat: This art is all about anger

The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book is the second graphic novel from activist Gord Hill. It is a chronicle of several anti-capitalist and anti-globalization movements over the last two decades, from the WTO protests in Seattle to the recent Occupy movements. Hill also places a great deal of emphasis on the violence that has accompanied these . . . → Read More: Art Threat: This art is all about anger

Art Threat: 1984 is blacked out in a graphic tribute to George Orwell

Penguin Books is releasing new editions of George Orwell’s best known books on January 21 to commemorate the inaugural “Orwell Day” — an annual event to celebrate the author and his influence on media and modern discourse.

Designed by David Pearson, each book has a unique, typography-focused layout. It is the cover of . . . → Read More: Art Threat: 1984 is blacked out in a graphic tribute to George Orwell

Art Threat: Qatari poet jailed for life for poem celebrating Arab Spring

Qatar is home to the international news network Al Jazeera, including Al Jazeera English whose coverage of the middle-east and international news in general has garnered increasing respect from Western audiences. It is a cruel irony indeed that the government that funds such journalistic integrity also restricts freedom of speech in such a violent and reactionary manner. . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Qatari poet jailed for life for poem celebrating Arab Spring

Art Threat: Femininity, fantasy, and fever dreams – Book review: The Lava in My Bones by Barry Webster

In a delirious, hallucinogenic voice, author Barry Webster turns directly toward the place and experience of femininity in a queer life dominated by masculine desires. . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Femininity, fantasy, and fever dreams – Book review: The Lava in My Bones by Barry Webster

Art Threat: Growing up in the muck-stream of America – The poetics of defiance in Rodney DeCroo’s "Allegheny, BC"

“Factories By the River” by Aaron Henry Gorson, Pittsburgh, PA

“Allegheny, BC” is Rodney DeCroo’s first published book of poetry. It follows a body of musical work that has received international acclaim. His albums—there have been six so far—have earned considerable respect from reviewers on several continents for the power of his lyrics . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Growing up in the muck-stream of America – The poetics of defiance in Rodney DeCroo’s "Allegheny, BC"

Art Threat: Everyone Needs Their Heart – Vancouver’s Fugitives sing against Bill C-31

Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod aren’t known for writing music with a political slant. When he’s not writing gorgeous western-tinged melodic songs, Adrian joins Brendan in the Vancouver band, The Fugitives, a four-piece composed of musicians who double as slam poets, writers, actors and hilarious accordion players (ok, there’s only one of those). . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Everyone Needs Their Heart – Vancouver’s Fugitives sing against Bill C-31

Things Are Good: Google to Catalog Languages

The Endangered Languages Project is a new initiative run by Google to catalog languages that are threatened because of globalization. As nice as it is that the people on the planet are finding more languages in common, we still need to encourage people to embrace languages that aren’t as popular.

“We have so many . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Google to Catalog Languages

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

Art Threat: Storytelling in post-Mubarak Egypt – Al Jazeera short-doc on performance artist Abeer Soliman

Al Jazeera’s Artscape presents a wonderful short documentary on Abeer Soliman, an Egyptian storyteller and performance artist whose work changed after the uprising.

Art Threat: News Remix: Mar 23 – April1, 2012 – A bricolage of (some of) last weeks news stories

Nairobi graffiti by artists Uhuru B, Swift, Smokilah and Bankslave

Kenyan graffiti artists are painting the walls of Nairobi with reminders of government corruption. Executions are up in the Middle East – in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and Yemen – as governments there continue their efforts to quell political turmoil. Malaysia is . . . → Read More: Art Threat: News Remix: Mar 23 – April1, 2012 – A bricolage of (some of) last weeks news stories

Art Threat: News Remix: March 15-22, 2012 – Bricolage of (some of) last week’s headlines

This is the first in a new (ir)regular installment summing up last week’s news headlines using a ‘remix’ style — a quirky restless glance into the wreckless feckless immediate past. (Inspired by Harpers Magazine’s ‘Scientific Summary’.)

Aerial photo of tsunami debris from Japan

US peacekeeping forces joined with Congolese army troops . . . → Read More: Art Threat: News Remix: March 15-22, 2012 – Bricolage of (some of) last week’s headlines

Art Threat: Advocating for a diversity of tactics – Journal of Aesthetics and Protest #8 now available in print

This chart shows how the editors ‘understand how each writer's article functionalizes distrust/trust of institutionality in relationship to how much mediation they understand is useful in reflecting on the complexity of culture.’

The eighth issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest has just been released in print. While the contents . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Advocating for a diversity of tactics – Journal of Aesthetics and Protest #8 now available in print

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

Art Threat: Groucho Marx: What this country needs

This is an excerpt from Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales: Selected Writings of Groucho Marx, edited by Robert S. Bader.

During the 1940s Groucho would often write about topics related to World War II while remaining, for the most part, non-political. At home, however, most discussions with his friends . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Groucho Marx: What this country needs

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

Art Threat: Let’s do this – Book review of Making is Connecting

The optimism in David Gauntlett’s Making is Connecting (published by the fantastic polity) is difficult to escape. Much like the plethora of networks, groups, clubs and civil society manifestations he describes, the book is largely held together with positive attitudes about culture and communication combined with a philosophy that triumphs creativity over consumption.

By . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Let’s do this – Book review of Making is Connecting

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 . . . → Read More: Art Threat: 23 political art stories from 2011

Art Threat: Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme

On a recent visit home I stopped to visit my Aunt. Her partner of 23 years, my other aunt, had passed away suddenly in January and it was the first time since I received the heart breaking news that I had been able to make it home. While commiserating together I learned that my aunts […] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme