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L. M. Bogad and Performance-based Activism

July 15th, 2011 by Dave · No Comments

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of going to a talk on campus by L. M. Bogad. He is a professor at UC Davis and spoke on the topic of performance-based activism. He’s been involved with number of groups, including Billionaires for Bush and The Yes Men. On his website, he has video clips and photos of lots of great examples. These would work great as visual prompts in a unit on global issues.

Along the same lines, Yes Magazine has an article about 5 acts of performance-based protest. I’m not thrilled with the tone of the article (“laughtivism” seems overly reductive) but the events themselves are very interesting. For one thing, it is great to show students that activism has many different faces. I tend to emphasize the activism that we take in our everyday actions, and it is important show students the range of responses that are available.

Tags: art as activism · audio · blog · climate change · consumerism · global issues activities · pictures · politics · video · visual prompts

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