The Worlds of Art and Activism Collide

March 30, 2015 9:39 PM

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The Worlds of Art and Activism Collide

The smell of fresh paint wafted about late last week as a panel convened to interrogate the worlds of art and activism. Recently situated in a new location near Union Square, the Goethe Institut hosted an event Thursday, March 26, "Truth is Concrete," that began and ended with a call to action led by popular reverend Bill Talen, who made a name for himself and the social justice movement by leading the Stop Shopping Choir to fight a machine whose operating system Talen, Savitri D, Taja Cheek, Noah Fischer, Gregory Sholette, and Raquel de Anda deconstructed. Nato Thompson moderated their discussion, one led by Florian Malzacher, whose new book Truth Is Concrete: A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics explores various ways of merging the symbiotically connected need for art in activism and activism in art.

From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, and the Kiev Maidan and Syntagma Square in Athens, the Goethe Institut press release proclaimed, artists have been at the forefront of all these and are now taking stock, exploring the dynamic between art and politics. Savitri D did not want to waste any time wit...

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