Artists At War
1. Your name, names of collaborators or collective name (aliases are fine).
Steven L. Anderson & Thomas McKenzie
2. Name of activity, campaign, project etc…
Artists At War
3: Is this activity affiliated with any other groups?
4. Dates of activity (month, year, duration, is it ongoing?).
Dec. ’07 - present
5. Location(s) of activity (city, street, store, gallery, web site, be specific).
6. Type of activity (please attempt to classify the tactic).
Online gallery featuring artists’ work that reacts to and explores global and personal issues of the Iraq war, militarism, etc. AAW also includes a blog for discussion of these and other topics.
7. Target and goal of activity.
Artists At War seeks to provide a solid foothold of subversive artwork that can support a thread of defiance and demystification through the culture at large. AAW provides shelter and exposure for work that defies a market that tends to be anesthetized and distracted. We encourage artists to share work here regardless of whether the thrust of the work is didactically "Anti-War." Artists At War aims to demonstrate and record what we as creative actors do and say during these tumultuous times.
8 Please describe the activity in a paragraph.
Online gallery featuring artists’ work that reacts to or explores global or personal issues of the Iraq war, militarism, etc. AAW also includes a blog for discussion of these and other topics.
9. What was the outcome of activity?
Lots of good feedback, and have found solidarity form people around the world.
10. What did you learn from this activity?
Ya gotta do something!
11: What influenced the decisions you made in creating this activity? (be specific)
We were talking about how to stop the war, and wanting more direct action. This isn’t exactly direct action, but it does engage a community of artists and activists.
12. How do you measure success for this activity?
Success is that the site exists, and people are paying attention to it.
13: In order to continue and be successful with this or other related activities, what would you do or need? (Be specific: is it a question of tools, more people, concepts, lock boxes, training, cultural change.)
More time to create connections with artists and others in the community would be welcome.