The interventionists: users' manual for the creative disruption of everyday life

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MASS MoCA, 2004 - Art - 154 pages
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Art made to attach to buildings or to be given away? Wearable art for street demonstrations or art that sets up a booth at a trade show? This is the art of the interventionists, who trespass into the everyday world to raise our awareness of injustice and other social problems. These artists don't preach or proselytize; they give us the tools to form our own opinions and create our own political actions. The Interventionists, which accompanies an exhibit at MASS MoCA, serves as a handbook to this new and varied work. It's a user's guide to art that is exciting, provocative, unexpected, inspiring (artistically and politically), and fun. From Michael Rakowitz's inflatable homeless shelter and William Pope.L's "Black Factory" truck with pulverizer, gift shop, and giant inflatable igloo to the Biotic Baking Brigade's political pie-throwing, the art of The Interventionists surveys a growing genre and offers a guide for radical social action.

The book classifies the artists according to their choice of tactics: the Nomads, who create mobile projects; Reclaim the Streets, artists who act in public places; Tools for Resistance: Ready to Wear, artists who produce fashion for political action; and the Experimental University, artists whose work engages pedagogy and theory. The accompanying text includes essays by noted scholars putting the work in a broader cultural and social context as well as texts by the artists themselves.

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Review: The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life

User Review  - Jenna - Goodreads

This is a really interesting movement, Interventionists are modern day, high-tech Situationists. The book came out of a show at Mass MoCA a few years ago, but I find the work still relevant and exciting. Read full review

Review: The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

a brilliant exhibition at Mass MOCA. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
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Nicholas Mirzoeff pg 143
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Lucy Orta
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Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Nato Thompson is Associate Curator at MASS MoCA and curator of the MASS MoCA exhibition Becoming Animal. He is the editor of The Interventionists (MIT Press, 2004) and was curator of the MASS MoCA exhibit it accompanied.

Gregory Sholette is an artist, writer, cofounder of REPOhistory artists' collective and Batza Family Chair of Art and Art History at Colgate University.

Nicholas Mirzoeff is Director of the Visual Culture program at New York University. He is the author of "Watching Babylon: The War in Iraq and Global Visual Culture" (2005) and "An Introduction to Visual Culture "(1999).