The timely essays brought together here consider contemporary social practice art that addresses the current volatile political context. Authors offer fresh assessments of recent and historical projects, many of which they have experienced firsthand. Chapters begin with descriptions of specific endeavors that convey the broad range of today’s social practice art. Critical analysis places this work in a historical and contemporary context emphasizing the dynamic nature of the field. At the same time, authors put front and center the fraught issues addressed by this important work: hard-line politics, the reach of digital surveillance, the refugee crisis, terrorist attacks, pressure for social control, and suppression of individual liberties. Contributors discuss artists whose practice puts their creative activity in the service of actions that engage audience members as active participants in a social enterprise that aims to have positive impact on the world.
PART I Free Radicals: Origins and Proliferation; 1 Thin Generosity: Contemporary Social Practice Art and the Rhetoric of Invitation - Kerr Houston; 2 Fluxus and the Joys of the Small and Slow - Roger Rothman; 3 Taking It to the Streets: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1969 War Is Over! Campaign - Martha Bari; PART II Agents of Social Change: Radical Inclusion/Radical Self-Expression; 4 Reframing Resistance and Surveillance: Lorraine O’Grady’s Art Is… - Kim Bobier; 5 Tagging 2.0: Graffiti Research Lab’s Opposition through Open-Source Technology - Jessica Keough; 6 Subversion of Surveillance: Anonymous Street Art, Artivism, and the Use of Social Media - Heather E. Dunn; 7 What Happens at Burning Man Doesn’t Stay at Burning Man: The Social Conscience of the Artist - Eric J. Schruers; PART III Global Perspectives: Reports from the Field; 8 Cairo-Art of the Street: Revolutionary Symbols in Egypt - Liz Trapp; 9 Paris-Looking to the Past: Street Art, Public Spaces, and Contemporary French Identity - Heidi E. Kraus; 10 The Netherlands-See What a Difference a Stay Makes: Hotel Transvaal and Kus & Sloop, Arts Hotels, and Social Entrepreneurship - Margo Handwerker; 11 Budapest-Institutionalizing Protest Art: Agitprop and OFF-Biennale Budapest - Izabel Galliera; PART IV Future Forward: The Revolution Will Be Live!; 12 Eat Me: Social Practice Art and the Politics of Food - Kristina Olson; 13 The DJ as Disruptor: Politics, Participation, and Postproduction in Contemporary DJ Culture - Michael D. Slaven; 14 Watching the Watchers: Ai Weiwei and the Art of Surveillance - Eric J. Schruers; 15
Loving Getting (Used to?) Into the Good, Bad, andUgly - Duncan MacKenzie