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In our chaotic world of co-opted imagery, does art still have power? A fog of images and information permeates the world nowadays: from advertising, television, radio, and film to the glut produced by the new economy and the rise of social media . . . where even our friends suddenly seem to be selling us the ultimate product: themselves. Here, Nato Thompson—one of the count In our chaotic world of co-opted imagery, does art still have power? A fog of images and information permeates the world nowadays: from advertising, television, radio, and film to the glut produced by the new economy and the rise of social media . . . where even our friends suddenly seem to be selling us the ultimate product: themselves. Here, Nato Thompson—one of the country’s most celebrated young curators and critics—investigates what this deluge means for those dedicated to socially engaged art and activism. How can anyone find a voice and make change in a world flooded with such pseudo-art? How are we supposed to discern what’s true in the product emanating from the ceaseless machine of consumer capitalism, a machine that appropriates from art history, and now from the methods of grassroots political organizing and even social networking? Thompson’s invigorating answers to those questions highlights the work of some of the most innovative and interesting artists and activists working today, as well as institutions that empower their communities to see power and reimagine it. From cooperative housing to anarchist infoshops to alternative art venues, Seeing Power reveals ways that art today can and does inspire innovation and dramatic transformation . . . perhaps as never before. From the Hardcover edition.


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In our chaotic world of co-opted imagery, does art still have power? A fog of images and information permeates the world nowadays: from advertising, television, radio, and film to the glut produced by the new economy and the rise of social media . . . where even our friends suddenly seem to be selling us the ultimate product: themselves. Here, Nato Thompson—one of the count In our chaotic world of co-opted imagery, does art still have power? A fog of images and information permeates the world nowadays: from advertising, television, radio, and film to the glut produced by the new economy and the rise of social media . . . where even our friends suddenly seem to be selling us the ultimate product: themselves. Here, Nato Thompson—one of the country’s most celebrated young curators and critics—investigates what this deluge means for those dedicated to socially engaged art and activism. How can anyone find a voice and make change in a world flooded with such pseudo-art? How are we supposed to discern what’s true in the product emanating from the ceaseless machine of consumer capitalism, a machine that appropriates from art history, and now from the methods of grassroots political organizing and even social networking? Thompson’s invigorating answers to those questions highlights the work of some of the most innovative and interesting artists and activists working today, as well as institutions that empower their communities to see power and reimagine it. From cooperative housing to anarchist infoshops to alternative art venues, Seeing Power reveals ways that art today can and does inspire innovation and dramatic transformation . . . perhaps as never before. From the Hardcover edition.

30 review for Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Twenty-first Century

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beyza Yavuzcan

    Dahiyane. Eyleme dökülmüş bazı fikirkerin sanat mı aktivizm mi olup olmadığını birçok farklı yönden farklı farklı örneklerle pekiştirmiş Thompson. Ufuk açıcı ve bakış açısı katacağını düşündüğüm bir eser, çok şey sorgulatıyor.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    "On either side of the political spectrum we find a population increasingly convinced that there is a conspiracy of power against them. (And they are right!) We are dealing with a rapid dismantling of our capacity to trust what we hear, and in that wasteland we find the only reasonable outcome: radical paranoia. The erosion of trust in an era of vast paranoia is of no small consequence. For what we are truly discussing behind the shroud of television, radio, film, internet and public relations is "On either side of the political spectrum we find a population increasingly convinced that there is a conspiracy of power against them. (And they are right!) We are dealing with a rapid dismantling of our capacity to trust what we hear, and in that wasteland we find the only reasonable outcome: radical paranoia. The erosion of trust in an era of vast paranoia is of no small consequence. For what we are truly discussing behind the shroud of television, radio, film, internet and public relations is an ongoing war on meaning itself. If people can no longer trust what is being said—if they can summarily dismiss all points of fact—then, after a while, we find ourselves in a Tower of Babel moment. Politics and social life depend greatly on the capacity to communicate, and the ongoing manipulation of meaning has begun to radically erode that bond."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Fenix

    Brillant! The Didactic/ Ambiguous perspectives & tropes within activist art was clarifying. Brillant! The Didactic/ Ambiguous perspectives & tropes within activist art was clarifying.

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