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I edited a terrible review of this book that is soon to appear in Perspectives on Anarchist Theory magazine The book deserved better At the very least, I enjoyed the process of scraping and hacking at the fat left behind by an anonymous writer s muddled ego, and I polished what remained down to a smoother bone.This is an important text because it was written as a collective project, to fill a gap in existing literature and inquiry It asks a simple question, and follows it to others what is I edited a terrible review of this book that is soon to appear in Perspectives on Anarchist Theory magazine The book deserved better At the very least, I enjoyed the process of scraping and hacking at the fat left behind by an anonymous writer s muddled ego, and I polished what remained down to a smoother bone.This is an important text because it was written as a collective project, to fill a gap in existing literature and inquiry It asks a simple question, and follows it to others what is the relationship between art and anarchism Is there an anarchist aesthetic How can radical art be radical practice What can we learn from radical art and artists of the past This is a collection of essays that begins to answer those questions it is beautiful, readable, visionary, and necessary Recommended (((FREE BOOK))) ⇞ Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority ☠ Protestors, rows of riot cops, tear gas lobbed into crowds these are the images that easily flood into the mind when one thinks about a gathering to protest the IMF, the WTO, a meeting of the G, or the war on Iraq The movement against corporate globalization has brought anti authoritarian politics into the forefront of world consciousness, but what do we know and what have we seen, really of the cultural and aesthetic sides of these and other rebellions against the status quo To date, precious little has been written by anarchists and anti authoritarians about the role of art and culture in society, and in revolutionary movements like these Realizing the Impossible is an inclusive and sprawling collection of art and writings that addresses this gap in our understanding of revolutionary movements Do it yourself printmaking, Zapatista video, street art in Argentina s popular uprisings, radical puppetry, the monuments to Haymarket martyrs, turn of the century Australian Industrial Workers of the World printmakers, illustrator Clifford Harper, and wobbly poet Carlos Cortez are just a few themes in this collection that bridges time and geographical and cultural boundaries If you re an artist creative person and also have radical anarchist politics, this is the book for you I have it on my shelf next to the earlier excellent books But is it Art Art as Activism and From ACT UP to the WTO Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization It s fantastic, inspiring, and will make your art better. This book felt exciting, inspiring, and challenging at times Gorgeous art from many different sources The essay format allowed many different perspectives to be expressed about the connections between radical political activism and art The first half of the book focused mostly on printmakers The second half of the book focused on what the editors termed interventions which included video media, street theater, and examples of reclaiming and interacting with public space Many of the essa This book felt exciting, inspiring, and challenging at times Gorgeous art from many different sources The essay format allowed many different perspectives to be expressed about the connections between radical political activism and art The first half of the book focused mostly on printmakers The second half of the book focused on what the editors termed interventions which included video media, street theater, and examples of reclaiming and interacting with public space Many of the essays are well researched and the analysis is well thought out Some of the material is heavily theoretical and some is based on personal experiences and actions The scope of this book includes many international projects and historical examples to honor and learn from the mistakes and successes of our like minded elder activists So, this weekend Erik rails on me for giving the book he co edited w Josh MacPhee, which isn t clear in the description on this site only 3 stars For honesty and clarity s sake, I haven t actually finished the book, so there The lesson here is to watch what you review when your friends are writers who lurk around book themed social networking sites checking up on their own work Geez at any rate I enjoyed everything I ve read so far and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in So, this weekend Erik rails on me for giving the book he co edited w Josh MacPhee, which isn t clear in the description on this site only 3 stars For honesty and clarity s sake, I haven t actually finished the book, so there The lesson here is to watch what you review when your friends are writers who lurk around book themed social networking sites checking up on their own work Geez at any rate I enjoyed everything I ve read so far and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in politically motivated artistic practices Good people came together to make this book happen Shameless self plugs aside, this sprawling anthology of writings and pictures by and about anti authoritarian art, artists and art movements thickens the bridge between the arts and activism Highlights include an awesome interview with the late printmaker Carlos Cortez, an expos on Indonesian print collective Taring Padi, a mindblowing look at radical playground construction in Denmark,and a hilarious history of monuments to the Haymarket Martyrs both the cops and the eight anarchists for whom Shameless self plugs aside, this sprawling anthology of writings and pictures by and about anti authoritarian art, artists and art movements thickens the bridge between the arts and activism Highlights include an awesome interview with the late printmaker Carlos Cortez, an expos on Indonesian print collective Taring Padi, a mindblowing look at radical playground construction in Denmark,and a hilarious history of monuments to the Haymarket Martyrs both the cops and the eight anarchists for whom May Day s red root is celebrated And yeah, I wrote a chapter about radical puppetry and I m interviewed in a chapter about printmakers, so call me up if you want a copy This book excited methan any in recent memory It s nearly impossible to find clear descriptions and analysis of anarchist art, much less many, many images that were previously inaccessible Inspiring. tis da sheet in the arsenal of art activism history books.