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50 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
13: SUPERSTORES – Bass Pro Shops
The Lost Episode! We recorded this episode over 2 years ago and dug it out of the vaults for you! We left off at episode 12 - The Chevy Suburban. Superstores, supercenters, megastores! These aren't big boxes, they are GIANT boxes and inside are not only swaths products, but on-brand restaurants or services like opticians and hairdressers. Yes, we could have gone to Bed Bath & Beyond, explored the cafe at the top floor of a Nordstrom's, or even wandered around a Walmart. But you know how we do, we chose Bass Pro Shops! Listen as Pat, Steve, and Steve go through the lifecycle of a retail outing, from excited to disenchanted. Steve and Pat get kinda uncomfortable, but that's the point! Bass Pro Shops is a hunting, fishing, camping, and outdoor clothing and recreation chain started in Springfield Missouri but, while they started in the south, they have stores across the country. They own the brand Cabela's and have over 175 stores bringing in $8 billion in revenue in 2018. Bass Pro Shops sponsor NASCAR drivers and host the NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum in their flagship Springfield store. Their Bass Pro Shops "Outdoor World" stores include restaurants, aquariums, open ponds with live fish and boats, taxidermy, bowling alleys, as well as shooting and archery ranges and classes on outdoor skills. Sound Note: This show was recorded in a superstore and moving car - and given that it still sounds good! Thanks to Jimmy Bigbee Garver who recorded, edited, and mixed this episode. Links: Bass Pro Shops on wikipediaThe Memphis PyramidThe Socialist Rifle Association Photos Steve, Steve, and Pat, hiding among the camoflauge Outside the store, showing off our purchases Pat, reconsidering owning a vehicle in New York City Thank you We want to thank our sponsor who made this episode of the Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions possible, Bass Pr– just kidding! That’s never gonna happen. This show is paid for by donations to the Center for Artistic Activism, a 501.3c non-profit organization. If you like our work – donate! (It’s a tax-deductible and a little bit goes a long way) DONATE!
47 minutes | Jun 5, 2019
12: The Chevrolet Suburban
"It's a brand new car!" The gang hit the road in a 2018 Chevrolet Suburban SUV. Rugged, automation, comfort, and luxury - how can we use these lessons in our activism? Sound Note: This show was recorded in a moving car. Thanks to Jimmy Bigbee Garver who recorded, edited, and mixed this episode. The Chevy Suburban Why the Suburban? It's the longest continuous use automobile nameplate in production, starting in 1935, and has traditionally been one of General Motors' most profitable vehicles. Chevrolet Suburban - Wikipedia We were driving the 11th Generation of the Suburban. Truck front, station wagon back: it's the reverse mullet of the Chevy truck line. If you're not familiar with the Suburban... What do we make of fake engine noises? Faking It: Engine-Sound Enhancement Explained-Tech Dept.www.popularmechanics.com - The Rise of the Fake Engine RoarBMW M5 generates fake engine noise using stereoA roar deal: why your car’s engine noise might be fake Thank you We want to thank our sponsor who made this episode of the Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions possible, The Chevrol– just kidding! That's never gonna happen. This show is paid for by donations to the Center for Artistic Activism, a 501.3c non-profit organization. If you like the show - donate! (It's a tax-deductible and a little bit goes a long way) DONATE!
18 minutes | Nov 28, 2018
Creative Resistance 5: Success & Failure
Creative Resistance is a special edition podcast mini-series in affiliation with the Center for Artistic Activism and is hosted by Research Fellow, Sarah J Halford. EPISODE 5 -- SUCCESS & FAILURE Creative Resistance is a special edition podcast mini-series in affiliation with the Center for Artistic Activism and is hosted by Research Fellow, Sarah J Halford. In this episode, we heard from art activists Diana Arce, Elliot Crown, Mark Read of The Illuminator, and André Leipold of the Center for Political Beauty. From Stephen Duncombe, co-founder of the Center for Artistic Activism: "I'm very interested in metrics which are relative to what artistic activists want to do\...I think it's too arrogant to say, 'here's the one path to success' - that doesn't get to the nuances of how artistic activism works. But I do think we need to demand that people have an idea of what they want to have happen and have criteria, their own criteria, for measurements of: are we moving closer to it or farther away from it? Because without those measurements how do you know if what you're doing actually works?" Photo credit: Elliot Crown (Pictured: Elliot Crown in costume). Key takeaways from episode 5: How do we know when something has succeeded or failed? We "measure" it with parameters called **metrics. ** Everyone has different metrics of success and failure; it's up to you to choose your own. These may be statistical (i.e. how many people showed up to my event?), but they could also be more intangible (i.e. a story someone shared about changing their actions). Remember the affect/effect relationship when figuring out your metrics of success and failure. If someone told you that your work made them feel a certain way, great (that's the affect). But did they do something different (that's the effect) based on that feeling? We're shooting for a tangible effect in artistic activism. Going back to your objectives/goals can help you to determine your metrics. (https://c4aa.org/2016/09/diana-arce/)(https://c4aa.org/2017/01/elliot-crown/)(https://c4aa.org/2016/08/andre-leipold/) Music By (in order of appearance): Theme: "Drum Flute Loop in G Minor" by Enoe"Golden Hour" by Podington Bear"Sepia" by Podington Bear"Hip Horns with Drums" by Ryan Cullinane Music courtesy of freemusicarchive.org Special thanks to Professor Stephen Duncombe. For more information on the Center for Artistic Activism, visit: https://c4aa.org THAT'S IT! This was a mini-series, and this was the last episode. The Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions will return to this feed in the future. Thanks again to Sarah J Halford, creator and host of Creative Resistance: The Podcast Mini-Series Who is Sarah J Halford? Sarah J Halford is an academic and activist based in Boston. She has worked closely with the Center for Artistic Activism as a research fellow, conducting fieldwork for the Æfficacy project. Additionally, she worked as a fellow of the Urban Democracy Lab and acted as lead researcher in projects for the British Council. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate of Sociology at Brandeis University, where she is conducting research on social movements and culture. Sarah received a Master of Arts in 2017 from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she created and produced a podcast mini-series, entitled Creative Resistance, as her thesis. After collecting interviews with art activists from around the world, she identified several recurring themes in her data and dedicated an episode in the mini-series to each of them. Creative Resistance is meant to act as a widely-accessible pedagogical resource for artists and activists alike, and is an example of the growing trend of research projects that utilize free and public mediums for dissemination. She extends her deepest gratitude to Stephen Duncombe and the entire team at the Center for Artistic Activism for providing the support, opportunity,
13 minutes | Nov 21, 2018
Creative Resistance 4: Context
Creative Resistance is a special edition podcast mini-series in affiliation with the Center for Artistic Activism and is hosted by Research Fellow, Sarah J Halford. EPISODE 4 -- CONTEXT In this episode, we heard from art activists: Ron Goldberg, Elliot Crown, Avram Finkelstein From Avram (on the context of the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic): "Well, it was pretty nightmarish actually. In 1984 - it was before Rock Hudson was diagnosed, Reagan had never mentioned the word, it was a very private moment to be experiencing what I did...Of course, I thought I was going to die myself - there was no HIV test back then, so you just had to make assumptions about yourself. And you have to realize people were literally dying in hospital corridors and being thrown out of their apartments and dying on the street. It was really bad! It's impossible to understand how bad it was." Photo credit: Avram Finkelstein (pictured at center, circa 1985) Key takeaways from episode 4: Context can make or break any action. It is perhaps the single most important element of artistic activism, as there's a context for your audience, your tactics, and even logistical things like location and the weather. The various contexts that we're working with need to be on our minds consistently when creating artistic activism, and a helpful way to do that is to practice shifting our focus from the little picture to the big picture and back again. The more you look, the more contextual elements you'll see that need to be taken into consideration. Ron Goldberg Full Interview TranscriptElliot Crown Full Interview TranscriptAvram Finkelstein Full Interview Transcript Music By (in order of appearance): Theme: "Drum Flute Loop in G Minor" by Enoe"Conveyor Belt" by Podington Bear"Adventure Darling" by Gillicuddy"Please Listen Carefully" by Jahzzar Music courtesy of freemusicarchive.org Special thanks to Professor Stephen Duncombe. For more information on the Center for Artistic Activism, visit: c4aa.org Donate Now Enjoying this show? We're glad. Your donations help make things like this happen. The Center for Artistic Activism is a 501.3(c) non-profit - we do this because we love it. If you love it to - donate! A little bit, (or a lot). We make it easy and we have great thank you gifts: c4aa.org T H A N K S
18 minutes | Nov 14, 2018
Creative Resistance 3: Tactics & Strategies
Creative Resistance is a special edition podcast mini-series in affiliation with the Center for Artistic Activism and is hosted by Research Fellow, Sarah J Halford. Tactics & Strategies In this episode, we hear from art activists Ron Goldberg, Joey Juschka, Diana Arce, André Leipold (Center for Political Beauty). From Ron: "You have to get into a room. Get in a room with people who maybe don't think the same way as you, but who see the same problems. It's about building that trust, that love, that knowledge-base." ACT UP protest of the FDA in 1988 Photo credit: (http://www.actupny.org/)## Major takeaways from episode 3: A tactic is a thing that you do in order to reach an objective. In artistic activism, often times those tactics will be art-related. A strategy is the overall plan for your work, which takes on different areas - often artistic activism takes on a cultural strategy, but there can be a legal strategy, political strategy, and so on. Strategies are also linked to goals, the big things that we want the work to accomplish. We create a strategy in order to direct the tactics and collect successful objectives along the way. There is no one right way of approaching tactics and strategies in art for social change efforts. Ron Goldberg recognized that his tactics needed to be ready at a moment's notice with the ability to be improvised, Joey Jushka wants her writing to be funny and imaginative, while Andre Leipold and Political Beauty want to throw you off your axis and provoke you into action. Ron Goldberg Full Interview TranscriptJoey Juschka Full Interview TranscriptDiana Arce Full Interview TranscriptAndré Leipold Full Interview Transcript Music By (in order of appearance): Theme: "Drum Flute Loop in G Minor" by Enoe"Please Listen Carefully" by Jahzzar"Golden Hour" by Podington Bear"Hip Horns with Drums" by Ryan Cullinane Music courtesy of freemusicarchive.org Special thanks to Professor Stephen Duncombe. For more information on the Center for Artistic Activism, visit: c4aa.org Donate Your donations help programs like this happen. The Center for Artistic Activism is a 501.3(c) non-profit - we do this because we love it. If you love it to - donate! A little bit, (or a lot). We make it easy and we have great thank you gifts: c4aa.org/donate T H A N K S
20 minutes | Nov 7, 2018
Creative Resistance 2: Audience
Creative Resistance is a special edition podcast mini-series in affiliation with the Center for Artistic Activism and is hosted by Research Fellow, Sarah J Halford. Episode 2: Audience! In this episode, we heard from art activists Avram Finkelstein, Mark Read and Rachel Brown of The Illuminator, Diana Arce, and Beatrice Glow. From Avram: “First of all, I think that art that isn’t about communication is about class. So, if you’re an activist who’s making art and what you’re trying to do or say is not clear, you’re no better than being in a Gagosian Gallery. It’s not activism if it’s not understandable. So, clarity is essential to having an audience understand it.” Avram Finkelstein | C4AA.org - photo credit ACTUPny.org From Beatrice Glow: “I talk about these domino-effects in a perfume shop, and that allures an audience that I find normally wouldn’t go into an art space. An art space presents this hierarchy, and in a shop it’s broken down into consumer language, which is I think becoming a universal, international language at this point. So, how do we find new ways of reaching out to folks? That’s the biggest challenge that I think educators and artists face today.” Beatrice Glow | C4AA.org - photo credit - Beatrice Glow Major takeaways from episode 2: The audience is a key element in artistic activism; incorporating the audience into the work is what can take the art from a personal project to social activism.We need to figure out who the audience or audiences are, and get as specific as possible.Then, we need to investigate what kinds of signs, symbols, and codes resonate with them so that we can make artistic activism that is understandable to the people we’re trying to reach. Avram Finkelstein Full Interview TranscriptDiana Arce Full Interview TranscriptBeatrice Glow Full Interview Transcript Music By (in order of appearance): Theme: “Drum Flute Loop in G Minor” by Enoe“Adventure Darling” by Gillicuddy“Conveyor Belt” by Podington Bear“Please Listen Carefully” by Jahzzar Music courtesy of freemusicarchive.org Special thanks to Professor Stephen Duncombe. For more information on the Center for Artistic Activism, visit: c4aa.org Donate The Center for Artistic Activism is a 501.3(c) non-profit - we do this because we love it. If you love it to - donate! A little bit, (or a lot). We make it easy and we have great thank you gifts! c4aa.org T H A N K S
24 minutes | Oct 31, 2018
Creative Resistance 1: What is Artistic Activism?
Creative Resistance is a special edition podcast mini-series in affiliation with the Center for Artistic Activism and is hosted by Research Fellow, Sarah J Halford. In this episode, we meet Diana Arce, who is an artist, researcher, and activist based in Berlin. Diana’s also the creator of Politaoke, a karaoke-style participatory performance in which audience members are invited to step into the shoes of politicians from their region by delivering portions of political speeches. You’ll hear more from Diana in the coming episodes, but you can read her full interview with the Center for Artistic Activism here. If you want to know more, Diana and others are featured in our great Artist-Activist Interviews as well. And be sure to check out her website for more of her incredible works of artistic activism! Art activists in this episode:. Diana Arce Diana Arce Full Interview Transcript Major takeaways from episode 1: No matter if you’re an artist who wants to use your work for the greater good, an activist who wants to get creative, or someone with zero experience in either area but is really concerned about an issue - artistic activism is for you because it’s for everyone.Artistic activism utilizes the affect/effect relationship. Affect, as in feelings, effect as in results. So, people see the art and they feel something that motivates them to do something.Objectives are the smaller, more attainable accomplishments that are necessary steps toward goals, the bigger accomplishments. So, we can start thinking about what overall goals we want the work to accomplish (i.e. stop systemic racism! Make feminism intersectional!, etc.), and then figure out the necessary objectives that we need to reach before that can happen.And, artistic activism has been used for years and years by people from all types of actions and movements, so creating this work is actually a continuation of efforts from activists of prior generations. DONATE Like this podcast? Help us out and donate a little something tax deductible to the C4AA Credits An additional art activist in this episode: Avram Finkelstein Avram Finkelstein Full Interview Transcript Music By (in order of appearance): Theme: “Drum Flute Loop in G Minor” by Enoe “Sepia” by Podington Bear “Adventure Darling” by Gillicuddy “Please Listen Carefully” by Jahzzar Music courtesy of freemusicarchive.org Special thanks to Professor Stephen Duncombe. Listen to more C4AA podcasts here.
3 minutes | Oct 29, 2018
Coming soon: Creative Resistance Mini-Series!
Enjoy C4AA's podcasts? Donate now! Pat and the Steve's have been doing C4AA work around the world, so we haven't seen new Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions episodes in some months. However, we have good news. C4AA Research Fellow Sarah J. Halford has delivered Creative Resistance - a podcast mini-series on the basics of artistic activism, as told by the practicioner's themselves. In each episode, Sarah explores a fundamental theme of artistic activism through interviews with art activists who discuss examples of their work and some invaluable lessons that they’ve learned along the way. The entire mini-series is guided by the expert theoretical and practical knowledge of C4AA co-founder, Stephen Duncombe. Episode list: What is Artistic Activism? Audience Tactics and Strategies Context Success and Failure Art activists in this episode:. Diana Arce Diana Arce Full Interview Transcript Avram Finkelstein Avram Finkelstein Full Interview Transcript For more information on the Center for Artistic Activism, visit: c4aa.org Music By: Theme: “Drum Flute Loop in G Minor” by Enoe Music courtesy of freemusicarchive.org
42 minutes | Dec 26, 2017
We're back! Stephen Duncombe arranges a Sunday Brunch at Jane Restaurant in NYC. Steve Lambert brings a long his mom as the expert, a former Domincan nun with a masters degree in Theology. Booze and gossip in the daylight For many people Brunch is a socially acceptable excuse to get drunk before noon and talk trash with your friends. Lambert is skeptical, but all are reminded there's versions of this in many cultures (Sunday Menudo, Dim Sum, etc) and that most of these people are replacing church. So... what can we use here? Secular Liturgy Rita Lambert talks about the idea of a secular liturgy. How do we create traditions and rituals to support our campaigns that incorporate social bonding? Liturgy Noun liturgy (countable and uncountable, plural liturgies) A predetermined or prescribed set of rituals that are performed, usually by a religion. An official worship service of the Christian church. via wiktionary Pop Culture Recommendations Patricia Jerido - The Man Who Invented Christmas and the many versions of A Christmas Carol Stephen Duncombe - Ramen shops (coming to your town soon) Rita Lambert - Christmas and Holiday decorations Steve Lambert - The Good Place Thanks Thanks to our listener turned volunteer editor: Mr. David Hart!
73 minutes | Feb 4, 2016
10: Professional Wrestling
Episode 10: Professional Wrestling! This time the gang heads to Newark to see WWE Smackdown live! This is the first time any of them have seen professional wrestling live, and the most wrestling any of them had ever seen in their lives. Why? Professional wrestling, love it or hate it, is massively poplular. With over 300 events per year and 36 million viewers in 150 different countries – people love professional wrestling! And the history of professional wrestling - goes back hundreds of years to Bunkum, Ballyhoo, sideshows, Punch and Judy shows, even Commedia Dell'arte! It pops up in the 40's in the USA, Mexico, and Japan. It's part of the beginnings of the history of television! Gorgeous George in the 1940s While various leagues existed across the US, World Wrestling Entertainment eventually consolidated them and now hosts events across the world and airs them on television – they even have their own subscriber based cable channel. "The WWE is the AFL of wrestling" Check out the stats on the popularity of wrestling at the Indeed Wrestling blog. Memphis Wrestling TV Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW0GYDnPS2s Memphis Wrestling Full Episode 08-14-1982 Nature Boy Ric Flair vs King Jerry Lawler. Watch Rick Flair play the heel. Key Wrestling Terms Heel (or the Villian) - In professional wrestling, a heel (also known as a rudo in lucha libre) is a wrestler who is villainous or a "bad guy", who is booked (scripted) by the promotion to be in the position of being an antagonist.13 They are typically opposed by their polar opposites, faces, who are heroic or "good guy" characters. In order to gain heat (with boos and jeers from the audience), heels are often portrayed as behaving in an immoral manner by breaking rules or otherwise taking advantage of their opponents outside the bounds of the standards of the match. Face (or the good guy) - In professional wrestling, a face, babyface is a heroic or a "good guy" wrestler, booked (scripted) by the promotion with the aim of being cheered by fans.1 Faces, traditionally, will wrestle within the rules and avoid cheating (in contrast to the heels that use illegal moves and call in additional wrestlers to do their work for them) while behaving positively towards the referee and the audience. Not sure about wrestling? Read THE WORLD OF WRESTLING, from Mythologies by Roland Barthes - yes, Barthes "got" wrestling. Want to watch some movies instead? Here's two videos that can help you understand Watch: Wrestling Isn't Wrestling - "A case study of longtime WWE superstar, Triple H, to explain why wrestling is an epic example of storytelling at its best." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYvMOf3hsGA Watch: Beyond the Mat-Pro Wrestling Documentary - "A heartfelt documentary focusing on the lives of professional wrestlers and how their sport is not fake." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryt6uc4Ojes Wrestlers we talk about These are really worth checking out. Rusev! Since recording, we've learned Rusev was Russian last year – his intro videos included images of Putin – and changed to Bulgarian in 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebLU-SSnMKs Bo Dallas Bo Dallas - The most inspirational wrestler. ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS BO-LIEVE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i4cvjzIME0 The New Day The New Day uses the "power of positivity"... sort of? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S4S2IoBSSo Rolling Stone calls The New Day WWE Wrestlers of the year - "The two-time tag champs have transformed from preachy dreck to a source of constant entertainment as duplicitous positive-energy evangelists." Lucha Dragons The Lucha Dragons - Acrobatic mexican wrestlers with an asian motif https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1KhWIopO8w Roman Reigns Roman Reigns does The "Superman Punch" Roman Reigns Superman Punch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsheKbiKLVU Tyler Breeze Tyler Breeze takes selfie's in the ring before and after the match https://www.youtube.com/watch?
57 minutes | Dec 14, 2015
Episode 9: Zumba! We took a Zumba class with Laci Chisolm of Fit 4 Dance and learn about real leadership. Have you donated to the Center for Artistic Activism yet? We need money for lasers! Show Notes: "Hard work can be fun!" This episode builds on our Mani-Pedi episode about self care and our TGI Friday's episode with its having fun with friends theme. Is our activism on a treadmill? How do we make it surprising? How do we change leadership and perspective in the room? Creating a form and allowing for deviation. Enter at your level, and everyone develops some proficiency Don't intellectualize it, let people learn by experience "It's better to see and participate, rather than be told." - Pat Jerido We bypass fear and don't address those feelings and jump straight to the rational arguments of justice and fairness. Allowing spaces where people can feel afraid. "If you're in a place of fear, that means nothing bad is happening. You have a luxury to be fearful." - Pat Jerido Where are the people who become the model actors in overcoming fear? Modeling vs teaching The mistakes of Campus Activism Everyone wants to be the guy in the Greenpeace zodiac boat. Activism: It's not all righteous and glamorous. Fighting Dean Wirmer vs solving real problems Find and recognize your allies 3 Picks Duncombe: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-7K_OjsDCQ Pat: Star Wars Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCc2v7izk8w Lambert: Stop watching movies on your laptop: get a TV. Check out more examples of artistic activism on our site, artisticactivism.org and actipedia.org. Music: The Reigning Sound, "Stick Up for Me" courtesy of the Free Music Archive The Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions on iTunes and wherever you get your podcasts. More on the Center for Artistic Activism at artisticactivism.org, Stephen Duncombe at stephenduncombe.com, Patricia Jerido on Twitter, and Steve Lambert at visitsteve.com
86 minutes | Oct 18, 2015
Episode 8: The Rock and Roll Megachurch We went to the rock and roll megachurch, Hillsong Church, in NYC. Topics: Shapeshifting vs. Speaking in the language of your audience Documentation and telling your own story Showmanship Run your meeting on time Sorting it out yourself vs. being given answers The Apostle Paul in Corinthians Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. all the above according to bible.com Things we talked about Filmmaker Adam McKay, who made The Other Guys put together publicdomainprotestsong.com a few years back. Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the dharma talks of Jack Kornfield. The Bodhisattva vows: Living beings are numberless, I vow to save them all. Confusions are countless, I vow to cut them all. The Buddha's teachings are limitless, I vow to penetrate them all The Buddha's way is highest, I vow to achieve it. Larry Lessig for President 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaqrQz71bMk Religion Themed Picks Pat's Picks Moral Mondays - Moral Mondays are protests in North Carolina, United States of America. Led by religious progressives, the protests are in response to several actions by the government of North Carolina which was elected into office in 2013 and are characterized by civil disobedience - specifically entering the state legislature building to be peacefully arrested. The movement protests many wide ranging issues under the blanket claim of unfair treatment, discrimination, and adverse effects of government legislation on the citizens of North Carolina. The protests in North Carolina launched a grassroots social justice movement that, in 2014, spread to Georgia and South Carolina, and then to other U.S. states such as Illinois. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5edIR9EGa0 Steve Lambert's picks: Louis Theroux specials https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k95pLSNAsdA The Satanic Temple - "The Satanic Temple (TST) facilitates the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty." "After a statue of the Ten Commandments was donated to Oklahoma City by State Representative Mike Ritze and placed outside the Oklahoma State Capitol, the ACLU sued for its removal. While the case is currently in court, The Satanic Temple proposed a solution where the City could keep its statue and the ACLU would drop its lawsuit. All that would be required would be for Oklahoma City to accept The Satanic Temple’s donation of a statue of Baphomet (as well as any other similar donation from other religious or atheist organizations)." via Satanic Temple | Oklahoma City Statue https://youtu.be/qTSLnBxUTaA Steve Duncombe's Picks Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5ZB8Lg1tcA Pat has a new career: Leadership Matters Consulting at LeadershipMattersConsulting.org Other Notes Check out more examples of artistic activism on our sites, artisticactivism.org and actipedia.org Music: The Reigning Sound, "Stick Up for Me" courtesy of the Free Music Archive The Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions on iTunes and wherever you get your podcasts. Steve Lambert, Patricia Jerido, and Stephen Duncombe More on the Center for Artistic Activism at artisticactivism.org, Stephen Duncombe at stephenduncombe.com,
58 minutes | Sep 8, 2015
...with our experts Sydney and Sebastian Railla-Duncombe. Stephen Duncombe's kids: Sydney and Sebastian Show Notes Part 1 - we read and respond to your letters! A letter from the famous and acclaimed writer, Mr. Jason Grote about our TGI Fridays episode. Greensboro sit-ins happened at Woolworth's - Wikipedia - The Greensboro sit-ins were a series of nonviolent protests in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960, which led to the Woolworth department store chain removing its policy of racial segregation in the Southern United States. While not the first sit-ins of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the Greensboro sit-ins were an instrumental action, leading to increased national sentiment at a crucial period in US history. The primary event took place at the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth store, now the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. And also: We're out spent and out budgeted! How do we compete with pop culture that is so well funded? Then, The Minecraft Part Minecraft.net https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94HcXdpcJlI Minecraft (via Wikipedia) Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson and later developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including survival modes where the player must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, a creative mode where players have unlimited resources to build with and the ability to fly, and an adventure mode where players play custom maps created by other players. The PC version of the game is renowned for its third-party mods, which add various new items, characters and quests to the game. Major League Gaming | Wikipedia Major League Gaming (MLG) is a professional eSports organization. MLG has held official video game tournaments throughout the United States and Canada. Major League Gaming competitions have been broadcast on television, ESPN.com, and other broadband sites. SuperSquid's YouTube Page How do we plan for regular innovations? Autonomy Affinity Groups The People's Climate March "ActivistCraft" -- Sydney Theme: Characters, Personas, Costumes, and Authenticity. And being heard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAv8Mv9tzoA Billionaires For Bush https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_PnGfDnbTQ Superbarrio Man - Real Life Superheroes Wiki - Superbarrio Gómez (Super Barrio) is a Mexican Real Life Superhero based in Mexico City who uses non-violent means to fight crime and corruption with protests, civil disobedience and political action. He wears a red and yellow wrestler's mask in the tradition of the luchadores complete with a red and yellow suit and cape emblazoned with a "SB" in a pentagon-shaped shield. The Spook Who Sat by to the Door | Wikipedia - a 1973 film based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Sam Greenlee. It is both a satire of the civil rights struggle in the United States of the late 1960s and a serious attempt to focus on the issue of black militancy. Dan Freeman, the titular protagonist, is enlisted in the Central Intelligence Agency's elitist espionage program as its token black. After mastering agency tactics, however, he becomes disillusioned and drops out to train young Chicago blacks as "Freedom Fighters". As a story of one man's reaction to white ruling-class hypocrisy, the film is loosely autobiographical and personal. Invisibility as a strength "Meetings are these ideal egalitarian spaces – if you're an extrovert." -- Stephen Duncombe Alternate reality game (ARGs) via Wikipedia - An alternate reality game or augmented reality game (ARG) is an interactive networked narrative that uses the real world as a platform and uses transmedia storytel...
56 minutes | Jul 14, 2015
6: Mani Pedi Day!
We get manicures and pedicures at a Brooklyn Nail Salon. What Pat calls "the definition of comfort" makes Steve Lambert very uncomfortable. Show notes below... Linda Sarsour! 3 sides of Linda Sarsour Our guest: Linda Sarsour, is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, a White House recognized "Champion of Change", and is the co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York. She has received numerous awards and honors including "Champion of Change" by the White House, the New York City Council's Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction Award and received the inaugural American Muslim of the Year honor from the Council on American Islamic Relations. Linda is a force on Twitter @LSarsour A recent profile from Al Jazeera Linda Sarsour: New Generation of Muslim Activists We visited a Nail Salon. Duncombe and Lambert were reluctant to do this. Linda & Pat at the salon Duncombe goes for black Nail colors Steve Duncombe = black Pat Jerido = silver Steve Lambert = clear Linda Sarsour = pale pink Nail Salons are popular - according to Nails Magazine people paid nearly 7.5 billion dollars in nail services in 2013 and the industry is growing. Just look around your area, there will be a nail salon somewhere! What makes these spaces work, and how can we use it? Topics covered: Self Care Gender Norms The Nail Salon exposés in the New York Times The New York Times - The Price of Nice Nails: Manicurists are routinely underpaid and exploited, and endure ethnic bias and other abuse, The New York Times has found. The New York Times - Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers: Some ingredients used in nail products have been tied to cancer, miscarriages, lung diseases and other ailments. The industry has long fought regulations. The fallout of those exposés has also been covered by the Guardian and includes emergency measures rolled out at the state level Trashy Magazines Sanctuary Symbolic acts of self care The Ministry of Love and the Sunshine Committee Leaving places feeling good Showing visible Appreciation activism as a sanctuary Transactional vs. Transformative relationships Downtime NYPD ends program monitoring Muslims We mentioned the painter, Mike Henderson. Here's a video profile of him done by KQED. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06zBkppD56o Also, the Poet Audre Lorde Our pop culture picks Stephen Duncombe recommends Super Natural on The CW. "the series follows the two brothers as they hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings in the world." And Super Natural Fan Participation Pat Jerido recommends the new Pixar movie, Inside Out - which Lambert has now seen and also recommends! Steve Lambert recommends The Home Depot and the idea of home repairs and remodeling can be a profound creative pursuit. Linda Sarsour recommends the Annual Arab American Bazaar on July 26, 2015 in Shore Road Park, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Other Notes We recorded during a mild thunderstorm. It happens in New York in the summer. Check out more examples of artistic activism on our site, artisticactivism.org. Music: The Reigning Sound, "Stick Up for Me" courtesy of the Free Music Archive The Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions on iTunes and wherever you get your podcasts. Steve Lambert, Patricia Jerido, and Stephen Duncombe More on the Center for Artistic Activism at artisticactivism.org, Stephen Duncombe at stephenduncombe.com, Patricia Jerido on Twitter, and Steve Lambert at visitsteve.com
54 minutes | Jun 8, 2015
5: Stand Up Comedy
For our latest expedition we went out for a night of live stand up comedy. Combining local clubs, touring acts, cable networks, netflix, and the White House correspondents dinner, the American art form of stand up is far reaching and growing. We headed to the The Comedy Cellar in New York City with our special guest, Leonidas Martin from EnMedio. Show notes Leonidas Martin As an artist, professor, activist and “expert joke teller,” Leonidas Martin has invigorated the wave of Spanish protests beginning in 2011 known as M15. When not teaching new media and political art at the University of Barcelona, writing about art and cultural politics for online and print media or directing and producing documentaries, Martin organizes social actions with the Barcelona-based artist collective “Enmedio” (which translates to “among” in English). One such action, which showcases the group’s trademark combination of interventionist tactics and politically engaged artistic practice, is Evictions Are Not Numbers, They Are Faces and Eyes (2012). For this action, which took place on the one-year anniversary of the first M15 protests, members of Enmedio pasted portraits of evicted Spaniards onto the storefront windows of banks around the country. The large photographs put faces to the names of those that the banks would not or could not support, frankly embodying the consequences of the financial crisis. @leodecerca enmedio.info @enmedio_info EnMedio's Unemployment Office action Leo at the Creative Time Summit W. Kamau Bell - Walter Kamau Bell (better known as W. Kamau Bell) is an American stand-up comic. Prominent within the San Francisco stand-up comedy scene, he is best known as the former host of the FXX television series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue-dpYV4Zms https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC1yV4-qS_c Comedy is Truth and Pain Aziz Ansari is an American actor and comedian. He starred as Tom Haverford on the NBC show Parks and Recreation. Aziz Ansari Is a Feminist - David Letterman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz7ZzQbSiGA What is our Two Drink Minimum that "helps ease people into the issues or discussions we want them to have"? What is our 3 drink maximum? What is the freedom and the boundaries we give our audiences. Creating and performing drafts in front of an audience. Combining the premise and a perspective Finding the right message vs finding the right audience Cultivating a relationship with your audience Planning something unexpected Using cruelty, but remembering humanity Punching up vs punching down - see also How Obama has weaponized wit. Transcending boundaries Exploring mysogyny to release it Anthony Jeselnik is an American comedian, television host, writer, producer, and actor. Jeselnik is known for his dark comedy style, which emphasizes misdirection, non-sequiturs, biting insults, an arrogant bearing, and a stage persona that frequently takes amoral stances. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFnKTs6CXwQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUVLMXcNcoo Louis C.K. is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director and editor. He is the creator, star, writer, director, executive producer and primary editor of the acclaimed FX comedy series Louie. C.K. has won a 2012 Peabody Award and five Emmy awards, as well as numerous awards for The Chris Rock Show and Louie, as well as his stand-up specials Live at the Beacon Theater (2011) and Oh My God (2013). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbR8A27sxg8 Amy Schumer is an American stand-up comedian, writer and actress. She placed fourth on the fifth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing and placed second on Comedy Central's Reality Bites Back. In 2012, she held a recurring role on the Adult Swim series Delocated. She is the star of the sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, which has been airing on Comedy Central since 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM2RUVnTlvs Leo's three conflicts:
57 minutes | May 9, 2015
4: The Billboard Hot 100
"People in the art world, in general, are afraid of popular... it's the fear that if you like what everyone else likes, then you're no different than them, you might just be like them. And people are quite frightened of that." - Brian Eno This episode we had author, philosopher, and punk rock drummer Max Trembley tour us through hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Show Notes The Pernicious Rise of Poptimism - The New York Times - "Should gainfully employed adults whose job is to listen to music thoughtfully really agree so regularly with the taste of 13-year-olds?" Icona Pop - I Love It - What Steve remembered as the "I don't care" song. How the Hot 100 works "This week's most popular songs across all genres, ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen Music, sales data as compiled by Nielsen Music and streaming activity data provided by online music sources."" Song 1 - Jon Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars Uptown Funk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPf0YbXqDm0 Uptown Funk - Chart Performance Performed with live band on Saturday Night Live The Wolf of Wall Street Spike Lee's Malcolm X Song 2 - Taylor Swift - Blank Space https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-ORhEE9VVg Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Official Video) Blank Space - Chart Performance Song 3 - Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp-EO5I60KA Thinking Out Loud - Chart Performance Song 4 - Hozier - Take Me to Church https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSVMgRr6pw Take Me to Church - Chart Performance It's Hozier, not Hoosier "The video... follows two men in a same-sex relationship and the violently homophobic backlash that ensues when the community learns of one of the men's sexuality. Hozier himself does not appear in the video. The song went viral following its release." - wikipedia Song 5 - Maroon 5 - Sugar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09R8_2nJtjg Adam Levine - "Since 2011, Levine has served as a coach on NBC's reality talent show The Voice... As an entrepreneur, Levine launched his own eponymous fragrance line in 2013. The same year, he collaborated with Kmart and ShopYourWay.com to develop his menswear collection. He also owns a record label, 222 Records. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that "sources familiar with his many business dealings" estimated Levine would earn more than $35 million that year." Sugar (Maroon 5 song) - Charts Video Staging Accusations "Several online magazines including Life & Style, Rolling Stone and Cosmopolitan reported that the video was allegedly staged and filmed over a course of three days on the same location. " Maroon 5-Sugar 1 Hour Music The Archies - Sugar, Sugar (Original 1969 Music Video) Brian Eno Lecture on Pop Music (skip to about 37:15) "Gloss. Sheen. Finish... a lot of attention to a particular kind of sonic production. You know, the really perfect sounds on certain instruments... That's one side." He then goes on to compare the Velvet Underground with Abba. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9nE2spOw_o Steve Lambert's signs and graffiti that didn't look like graffiti Steve Lambert and Josh Luke Improve Signs at Occupy Boston Steve Lambert helping make signs for the People's Climate March and Taking Photos with the NYPD I Can't Relax - early street painting by Steve Lambert Advertising Murals Gran Fury Gran Fury was the graphics wing of ACTUP and used advertising's tropes and polish to communicate about the AIDS crisis. James Brown - Say It Loud -- I'm Black and I'm Proud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VRSAVDlpDI James Brown I'm Black and I'm Proud on Wikipedia - "In the song, Brown addresses the prejudice towards blacks in America, and the need for black empowerment. He proclaims that "we demands a chance to do things for ourself/we're tired of beating our head against the wall/and workin' for someone else". The song's call-and-response chorus is performed by a group of young children,
24 minutes | Apr 24, 2015
3: Mini-Sode! 50 Shades of Grey
50 Shades of Grey, a series of books and a movie dealing with "deviant" or non-normative sex. And yet, also an internationally top selling book and motion picture box office sensation! We took a group of 23 sex work activists to see 50 Shades of Grey in Cape Town, South Africa. Steve and Steve give a quick rundown on some key lessons learned. Note: this episode was recorded while Steve and Steve were still in South Africa. Pat will be back next time! Two Quick Favors: Tell a friend about the show, rate/review it on iTunes or wherever you get podcasts. What would you like us to do in a future show? How do you like the show. Drop us a line on the artisticactivism.org site or @artsactivism on twitter Show Notes & Links The School for Creative Activism action in South Africa 50 Shades of Grey: translated into 52 Languages over 100 Million books sold over 500 million dollars at the box office The biggest opening night for a movie in South African history It was especially popular in the (U.S.) South 25% rating from critics on on Rotten Tomatoes SWEAT|Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce South Africa Bringing Non-Normative Sex to the mainstream How to make outsiders into insiders with a guide Wrapping non-normative topics within familiar structures The Center for Artistic Activism/Sex Worker Rights action in South Africa Making a contract Maybe radical ideas are not that radical... Music: The Reigning Sound, "Stick Up for Me" courtesy of the Free Music Archive More on the Center for Artistic Activism at artisticactivism.org, Stephen Duncombe at stephenduncombe.com, Patricia Jerido on Twitter, and Steve Lambert at visitsteve.com
52 minutes | Apr 9, 2015
2: TGI Friday’s
This month we get a meal at the TGI Friday's in New York's Union Square. Started as a single restaurant near the Queensboro Bridge in Manhattan, TGI Friday's now has over 900 restaurants in 61 countries. Known for kitchy decor, potato skins, and alchohol - but what makes this restaurant so popular? And what can we learn from it to make better art and activism? In this episode Pat, Steve, and Steve are joined by guest Maz Ali, School for Creative Activism alumni and writer for Upworthy. The Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions: No. 2 TGI Friday's with Stephen Duncombe, Patricia Jerido, Steve Lambert, and guest Maz Ali Some things we talked about (with links!): Chain restaurants can be diverse spaces - why and how? TGI Friday's - Wikipedia "an American restaurant chain focusing on casual dining... Friday's currently has over 900 restaurants in around 60 countries (excluding the United States)." Starbucks World travel, fancy restaurants and risk taking. Novel experiences being a place of comfort. McDonald's around the world - Wikipedia Choice, surprise, and doing one thing well. Shake Shack - Wikipedia "is a fast casual restaurant chain based in New York City. It started out as a food cart inside Madison Square Park in 2000, and its popularity steadily grew. It eventually moved to a stand within the park, expanding its menu from New York-style hamburgers to one with hamburgers, hotdogs, fries and its namesake milkshakes." Free Jazz - Wikipedia "Though the music of free jazz composers varied widely, a common feature was dissatisfaction with the limitations of bebop, hard bop, and modal jazz that had developed in the 1940s and 1950s. Free jazz musicians attempted to alter, extend, or break down jazz convention, often by discarding fixed chord changes or tempos. While usually considered avant-garde, free jazz has also been described as an attempt to return jazz to its primitive, often religious, roots and emphasis on collective improvisation." John Coltrane and Charlie Parker Rules of basketball Watch Empire Online Black Mirror The Righteous Mind - Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion Our Picks Pat says: Watch Empire Online Maz (and Steve L.) recommend Black Mirror Steve Lambert's new favorite book is The Righteous Mind - Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion Music: The Reigning Sound, “Stick Up for Me” courtesy of the Free Music Archive More on the Center for Artistic Activism at c4aa.org, Stephen Duncombe at stephenduncombe.com, Patricia Jerido on Twitter, and Steve Lambert at visitsteve.com
48 minutes | Mar 12, 2015
1: Transformers: Age of Extinction
In our first expedition we will watch the highest grossing worldwide movie of 2014, and one of the worst. Not to make fun of it (though that can not be helped) but to learn. This was the most popular movie last year and Patricia, Steve, and Steve try to parse out why people saw it and the lessons we can take to make more effective artistic activism. Plus we talk a bit about cultural theorist, Stuart Hall, what's good on TV, radical kids books, and Black Jesus. "I look at all the junk, and I see the treasure." - Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The Center for Artistic Activism presents: The Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions: No. 1 Transformers: Age of Extinction with Stephen Duncombe, Patricia Jerido, and Steve Lambert Show notes and links: Stuart Hall (cultural theorist) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - was a Jamaican-born cultural theorist and sociologist... was one of the founding figures of the school of thought that is now known as British Cultural Studies or The Birmingham School of Cultural Studies. He was President of the British Sociological Association 1995–97. In the 1950s Hall was a founder of the influential New Left Review. Hall is credited with playing a role in expanding the scope of cultural studies to deal with race and gender, and with helping to incorporate new ideas derived from the work of French theorists. Dream: Reimagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fanatasy - free PDF "From an acclaimed, original observer of media and culture: how we can draw upon popular fantasies to create an alternative politics through imagination and spectaclea twenty- first-century manifesto for the left." Transformers: Age of Extinction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Transformers: Age of Extinction was a box office success like its predecessor despite being panned by critics and became the only film of 2014 to cross the $1 billion mark. It grossed $245,439,076 in the United States and $841,850,000 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1,087,404,499. Shonda Rhimes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Shonda Lynn Rhimes (born January 13, 1970) is a screenwriter, director, and producer. Rhimes is best known as the creator, head writer, executive producer and showrunner of the medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice and political thriller series Scandal. In May 2007, Rhimes was named one of TIME magazine's 100 people who help shape the world. Rhimes was an executive producer for the medical drama series Off the Map which aired on ABC for one season in 2011. Rhimes serves as executive producer for ABC's new legal series How to Get Away with Murder... Scandal (TV series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012. Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, is partially based on former George H.W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith, who serves as a co-executive producer. The show takes place in Washington, D.C. and focuses on Olivia Pope's crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates, and its staff, as well as staff at the White House, which includes President Fitzgerald Grant III, Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene, and First Lady Mellie Grant. How to Get Away with Murder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - How to Get Away with Murder is an American serial legal drama series that premiered on ABC on September 25, 2014. The series was created by Peter Nowalk, produced by Shonda Rhimes and distributed by ABC Studios. Viola Davis stars as a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, with four of her students, become entwined in a murder plot. The series airs on ABC as part of a night of programming all under Rhimes's Shondaland production company. Empire (2015 TV series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Empire is an American musica...
2 minutes | Mar 7, 2015
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A monthly podcast about the most popular, highest grossing, mainstream culture. How we can use all that bad stuff for good? In each episode an an academic, an activist, and an artist from the Center for Artistic Activism will help navigate through the garbage looking for treasure. Coming soon, subscribe now and don't miss a thing. artisticactivism.org Music by the Reigning Sound, courtesy of the Free Music Archive
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