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Art Threat - Political Art Journal
Art Threat is a journal of political art. We embrace art that confronts, interrogates, or even shrugs off the status quo, and explore pressing issues affecting art and culture, stimulating debate on the world around us and how it is interpreted.
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Wild At Heart: Keep Wildlife In The Wild - New Contemporary artists paint t
2012-05-29 14:47:00
Animals inspire, intrigue, and move people in a way nothing else can. Andrew Hosner and Amanda Erlandson gathered together a group of incredible ?new contemporary? artists for ?Wild at Heart ? Keep Wildlife in the Wild?, to touch on that connection while raising awareness about wild creatures around the world. Now on at Thinkspace Gallery ...
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Quebec casseroles illustrated by Ben Tardif
2012-05-26 21:28:00
Montreal illustrator Ben Tardiff depicts the "casseroles", the nightly pot-clanging protests that challenge the legitimacy of the Quebec government.
Our ?Emperor? Has No Clothes
2012-05-25 22:11:00
If an instant reminder of let-your-lesson-be-learned childhood story, The Emperor’s New Clothes, isn’t what comes straight to mind when you see Margaret Sutherland’s portrait of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, then … well… you need to read more children’s stories. The painting, called Emperor Haute Couture, is on display at the Wilson Room of the ...
A loud revolution - Friday Film Pick: Casseroles - Montréal, 24 Mai 2012
2012-05-25 14:37:00
This week’s FFP is a lovely short film showing what has become the nightly ritual of taking to balconies and the streets of Montreal to bang on pots and pans, showing solidarity with the student protestors and registering disapproval of the draconian measures undertaken by by the Quebec government to put an end to the ...
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How the West Was Won - Art of Nicola Verlato
2012-05-24 18:50:00
Nicola Verlato?s ?How the West Was Won? is a visually striking series of oil on canvas that tells the tale of the culture clash between monotheism and polytheism throughout human history. Depictions of wild west cowboys versus natives, depictions of the sacred heart and more flare with brilliance in his remarkable use of oils to ...
Photographer seeks arrested student strikers
2012-05-22 07:01:00
Photographer Brett Gundlock is currently in Montreal seeking portraits of demonstrators who have been detained or arrested during the ongoing student strike.
More About: Canada , Toronto
Quebec?s red square hits Cannes? red carpet
2012-05-19 01:19:00
Xavier Dolan and the team behind Laurence Anyways wore the symbol of Québec's student strike when they arrived for the film's premiere at Cannes .
More About: Red Carpet , Jean Charest , Et Cetera
Aggressive misinformation from millionaires - Koch brothers-funded institut
2012-05-17 16:31:00
The Heartland Institute, that whacky rightwing think tank in the US that has corporations abandoning it faster than you can say Titanic, has added another bonehead move to its long list of ridiculous and offensive propaganda tactics. Last week Heartland, which is already facing isolation in a charged US pre-election atmosphere where many formerly uncaring ...
Indian state attacks artists - Poets & performers jailed, driven undergroun
2012-05-17 04:18:00
Last week the award-winning documentary filmmaker and activist Anand Patwardhan, along with Ratna Pathak Shah, Sudhakar Suradkar and Prakash Reddy launched a defence committee for Kabir Kala Manch, a cultural performance group that had been spreading awareness in India on many issues including women’s rights, caste oppression and development inequality. The group is featured in ...
More About: Performance , Advocacy
99 musicians for the 99 percent - Occupy This Album features music by Yoko
2012-05-16 23:35:00
A compilation featuring 99 tracks by 99 artists, including heavy hitters such as Tom Morello, Yo La Tengo, Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco, Yoko Ono, Thievery Corporation, Willie Nelson, Girls Against Boys, and Debbie Harry.
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Mobile app shows dirty side of making cellphones - Phone Story by Molleindu
2012-05-14 18:05:00
The Phone Story game acts as an interactive brochure -- self-critical of it's own platform and educating the player about the inhumane practices behind the endless spiral of consumerism & obsolescence foisted on humanity by high tech corporations for decades, made manifest by our wonderous pocket computers.
More About: Screen , Android
Watching them watching us - Monday Music Pick: Our Protection by LAL
2012-05-14 13:10:00
The deeply political, community-committed, and talented LAL from Toronto, sing about surveillance with images from the Toronto G20 manifestations from two summers ago. LAL was formed in 1998 and is comprised of poet, singer & Bengali-rooted Rosina Kazi, producer, sound designer, philosopher, aphorismist and Barbados-born king of chill, Murr, and last but not least bassist ...
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Ghosts with Shit Jobs - Is this $4,000 ?lo-fi sci-fi? the future of Canadia
2012-05-12 00:13:00
If the Harper government gets its way, corporate entertainment or art-on-a-shoestring budget are likely to be the only options left to Canadians.
More About: Ghosts , Future , The Future
Portraits of WWII Veterans From All Sides - Jonathan Alpeyrie shares 210 di
2012-05-08 14:25:00
The aged faces of men of many nations look into Jonathan Alpeyrie?s lens for his collection of 210 photographic portraits of men who fought in WWII. The goal behind his project, World War II Veterans , on display until May 12, 2012 at Anastasia Photo in New York City, was to reunite as many veterans as ...
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7th Berlin Biennale highlights political art - Curator Artus Zmijewski crea
2012-05-07 08:15:00
Zmijewski wants to transform the art of impotence and individualist survival, which is how he describes contemporary art markets and the institutionalized art world of galleries and curatorial careers, into art that is "genuinely transformative and formative", art that "practices politics", and art that is "real action in the real world and [that bids] a final farewell to the illusion of artistic immunity".
More About: Education , Reviews , Performance , Political , Word
More houses, less prisons - A review of the compelling documentary Herman's
2012-05-04 17:25:00
Incredibly creative and inventive new documentary about former Black Panther Herman Wallace.
More About: Screen , Documentary , Houses , Review , Storyline
A doc that makes you want to occupy - We Are Wisconsin at Hot Docs 2012
2012-05-03 21:46:00
We Are Wisconsin is a doc that makes you want to occupy!
More About: Screen , Madison
One Month Later ? How the 2012 Federal Budget Impacts the Arts
2012-05-03 03:59:00
With the release of the 2012 federal budget one month behind us you?ve likely captured the gist of the budget ? cuts to the CBC and none to the Canada Council for the Arts . Here?s a full breakdown of how the cuts (and non cuts) affect arts and culture in Canada over the next three ...
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Hot Docs 2012 Midpoint Roundup - A guide to the political stuff at Toronto'
2012-05-01 23:58:00
Today is day five of Hot Docs 2012 and unlike last year, a lethal combination of meetings, movies and meanderings have kept me from a daily tally here at Art Threat. No mind, I intend to make up for it in the remaining five days of the fest, beginning with this round-up post. At some ...
More About: Screen , Political , Roundup , Toronto , Stuff
Just do it (direct action)! - Activist documentary made free for May Day
2012-05-01 18:01:00
A fantastic activist documentary about direct action climate change activists in the UK is free online today for May Day!
More About: Screen , Action , Documentary , Free , Direct
Art for social justice: 12 remarkable women - Roots to Resistance project s
2012-04-30 09:00:00
Twelve women. Twelve stories of political courage. Twelve portraits. The Roots to Resistance project is spreading word around the world about the groundbreaking work of twelve women who have dedicated their lives to fighting for social justice.
More About: Social , Women , Justice , Features , Project
Storytelling in post-Mubarak Egypt - Al Jazeera short-doc on performance ar
2012-04-29 01:41:00
Al Jazeera's Artscape presents a wonderful short documentary on Abeer Soliman, an Egypt ian storyteller and performance artist whose work changed after the uprising.
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Managing Public Art - Interview with Bryan Newson of Vancouver's Public Art
2012-04-25 12:00:00
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas ?Abundance Fenced? Bryan Newson is the Manager of the City of Vancouver?s Public Art Program. He and his staff have been responsible for bringing you everything from Ken Lum?s Monument for East Vancouver to Rodney Graham?s Aerodynamic Forms in Space, and hundreds more. I met with Bryan a few weeks ago to ...
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Hot Docs 2012 preview - The good, the bad, the incomprehensible
2012-04-24 18:40:00
Great international titles make it into this year's Hot Docs while some fantastic Canadian political docs get shut out. A mixed bag for sure.
More About: Screen , House , Preview , Canada , Features
Music Monday: Paper Doll by Stef Lang
2012-04-24 03:48:00
Stef Lang takes the uprising of women internationally against the pressure that consumer culture creates for young women (and undoubtedly for young men as well) to the pop scene with this great, dancable song that could easily contend with the same hits that push the “look” she’s speaking out against. She gives the mainstream a ...
More About: Music , Paper , Monday
Improvising statehood at the Berlin Biennale - Khaled Jarrar issues postage
2012-04-23 14:52:00
It is a postage stamp for a nation that exists somewhere between memory’s twilight, international conflict and the aurora of hope. Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar has designed a postage stamp for Palestine for the Berlin Biennale (which opens April 27). The stamp pictures the Palestinian Sun Bird and the words “State of Palestine” in Arabic, ...
More About: Issues , Et Cetera
Cake art gets Kony?d - Social media facilitates another political misunders
2012-04-20 02:12:00
Recently the Swedish Minister of Culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, was presented a cake at an event that many have decried as racist – understandably when one takes a first glance at the thing. The story and ensuing outrage has gone viral, with accusations of racism flying faster than homophobic comments from Rick Santorum. The whole ...
More About: Social , Media , Political , Sweden , Cake
Sonic solidarity for Ziba Kazemi - An interview with Iranian artist Shahrza
2012-04-19 09:36:00
It Is Only Sound That Remains is a sound theatre performance by artist by Shahrzad Arshadi, meditating on the life and death of Zahra Kazemi.
More About: Performance , Sonic , Artist , Interview
Humour: The most vicious way to attack someone - Artwork of illustrator Zin
2012-04-17 22:09:00
When I found Zina Saunders? [pronounced Zai-nah] animations on Mothers Jones a couple weeks ago I knew I?d have to ask her for a chat. We got on the phone last week and by the time I was off I was texting my friends that she was one of the best interviews I?d had. Firey, ...
More About: Humour , Artwork , Illustrator
Artistry flows from V6A, ?Canada?s poorest postal code?
2012-04-16 09:00:00
At the very top of the spiral marble staircase in the Carnegie Centre, past the century-old stained glass windows depicting Milton, Shakespeare, Spencer, Burns, Scott and Moore, there?s a small, light-filled classroom. Inside, ten people sit around a table holding pens, scraps of paper in front of them. This is the Thursdays Writing Collective, a ...
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