CULTURE JAMMING 101
The tactics & techniques
of creative action
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Author, artist and grassroots publicist Andrew Boyd will explore the creative side of the new activism in this humorous and inspirational multi-media presentation. Taking participants on a 15-year journeyfrom sit-ins and guerrilla theatre to culture jamming, media pranks and viral campaignsAndrew demonstrates how to add intelligence, humor and artistic savvy to any political campaign. This is a must-see for anyone working directly or indirectly toward social change.
A pioneer of viral activism, Andrew was one of the driving forces behind Billionaires for Bush and the Million Billionaire March. He founded, and for several years directed, the arts and action program at United for a Fair Economy. He is currently an adjunct professor at NYU and presents/performs around the country. His writing has appeared in the Nation, the Village Voice and several anthologies on recent social movements. Andrew is also the author of The Activist Cookbook, a source book on creative direct action, as well as several [ 1 | 2 ] books of political humor published by W. W. Norton.
Length: 1-2 hours. Fee arranged on case by case basis.
Nuclear Saints of America. Free Trade Cell Phone Drill Team. Corporate Soup Kitchen. Sweat Gear. Boston Tea Party Redux. 100 Musical Chairs. Billionaires for Bush. Enron Democracy Shredder. These are not punk bands you haven't heard of. These are artistic/organizing projects that the presenter, Andrew Boyd, has helped to carry out over a 15 year career. Workshop participants will analyze these efforts, learning how to adapt artistic strategies to support political action and education.
Together, we tease out the principles of effective creative
action design, then apply them to the actions and campaigns that participants
are currently engaged in.
The workshop explores:
Excellent, funny and state-of-the-art audio-visual supporting materials will be used. Those who don't laugh on cue will be force fed dimpled chads.
Participants receive resource hand-outs, The Activist Cookbook, and other materials to take back with them into the field.
Flexible format: 2-8 hours; 10-100 participants. Fee arranged on case by case basis.