By Marilyn DeLaure, Moritz Fink, Mark Dery
The essays, interviews, and inventive paintings assembled during this targeted quantity discover the moving contours of tradition jamming by way of plumbing its historical past, mapping its variations, trying out its strength, and assessing its efficacy. Revealing how tradition jamming is straight away playful and politically transgressive, this obtainable assortment explores the measure to which tradition jamming has fulfilled its progressive goals. that includes unique essays from fashionable media students discussing Banksy and Shepard Fairey, foundational texts reminiscent of Mark Dery’s tradition jamming manifesto, and paintings by way of and interviews with noteworthy tradition jammers together with the Guerrilla ladies, The sure males, and Reverend Billy, Culture Jamming makes a vital contribution to our figuring out of inventive resistance and participatory tradition.
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Historically, artists have been the vanguard of societies—pushing boundaries, challenging traditions, introducing new and experimental ways of thinking and being. ” Jammers also trouble these boundaries, bringing art into the streets, and activism into museums. The Guerrilla Girls, featured in chapter 19, protest discriminatory practices of the Western art world, including the dearth of works by women and artists of color in museums. One of their most famous posters features a reclining woman, nude except for her snarling gorilla head mask, and pointedly asks: “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met.
They also created images that took the icon of the stone-throwing street fighter against the police to the point of absurdity. The warrior is a fighting woman in pink, she is a samba dancer. A year later in Genoa, it was Martians, UFOs, the U-NO men and women soldiers of the PublixTheatreCaravan, bikini girls, tire men, and others that distorted and alienated the firmly fixed image of what a radical demonstration is supposed to look like and how it is to act. (3) These creative jams confronted authority with imagination, subverting the stereotype of the angry, fist-waving protestor.
On the day of multinational energy giant Chevron’s annual shareholder meeting, the hashtag #AskChevron began trending on Twitter. ” The activist group Toxic Effect had paid to promote the hashtag on Twitter, seeking to draw attention to Chevron’s sordid record of environmental damage and malfeasance in Ecuador by inviting people to tweet their own questions to the corporation. ,” and “Can you tell me which country I should bribe & dump my toxins in? Larry Summers won’t return my calls” (Abrams 2014).