“The role of the artist is to make revolution irresistible.”– Toni Cade Bambara
The Artivist Network engages a diversity of tactics that create intentional spaces for creative collaboration; from running “Art Spaces” at mass mobilizations, international summits and climate camps to “Artivist Residencies” for movement artists; from nomadic artivist-led voyages to trainings for new activists; from campaign design to long-term collaboration with existent movements. While much of our practice involves the sharing of theoretical and tactical approaches to “Guerrilla Communication”, we work to organize spaces for hands-on collaboration as a way to create inviting low-threshold spaces for self-organization and co-creation that empower activists with new tools for communication, while building community and network.
The Artivist Network has organized and supported spaces for the creation of art and propaganda around mass mobilizations and international climate conferences on every continent besides Antarctica. Our open-to-all spaces are laboratories for supporting the development of creative actions and media-stunts, empowering small and under-funded groups with basic materials and support needed to have impactful actions. We have organized art spaces at UN COP Climate Summits in Bangkok, Copenhagen, Cancun, Durban, Lima, Paris, Marrakech, Bonn, and Katowice. We have organized ArtSpaces to support marches and mass mobilizations in New York, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Pengang, Barcelona, Berlin, Kuantan, Budapest and many more.
Standing Rock ArtSpace (COP25 Madrid, Spain)
The Artivist Network organized a permanent artspace at the movement convergence center in central Madrid to support local youth, diaspora and international groups in creating that led to successfully executing dozens of actions inside the conference center using creative tactics as well as painting the 12 meter illuminated lead banner for the evening-time march. Artivists-in-Residence members carried out a choregoraphed sound-swarm and executed giant size street wheat-paste murals.
Fridays For Future (Barcelona, Madrid, Katowice, Budapest, Kuala Lumpur)
The Artivist Network prioritizes support for grassroots groups who have a story that needs to be told. Since 2018, the Artivist Network has actively supported Fridays for Future movements across the world to help them better incorporate art as an organizing tool and to support them in more clearly communicating their messages.
World Beyond Banks ArtSpace
Artivist Network organizers from Africa, Asia and Europe gathered at the XXXXXXXX summit held in Bali, Thailand to support local movements in creating art for protests.
Imidir Water Protector Camp (Morocco)
The Artivist Network visited the permanent indigenous camp in Imidir, Morocco, that had successfully occupied a water pipeline that was illegally stealing water from their community. During an extended visit, we painted a mural with a camp resident and led a stencil workshop that allowed water defenders to paint directly on the water pipeline and water tower they were protesting.
COP24 (Rondo Artspace, Katowice, Poland)
In XXXX, the Artivist Network was lent a space directly in front of the UN conference center in Katowice, Poland. It was cold, but we were able to temporarily convert a spacious museum foyer and boutique into a space for mass creation, including light banners, giant inflatable gas pipelines, the enamouring plastic jellyfish of Artivist-in-Residence Angeline Pittinger, and one BIG rapid-response disobedient action pulled off in a matter of hours.
COP23 (w/ Rhizome Collective, Bonn, Germany)
In XXXX, the Artivist Network was hosted by the Rhizome Collective at their space in Bonn, Germany to support the creation of activist art, including collaboration between Artivist-in-Residence Angeline Pittinger and members of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development to create large scale puppets of the goddess Kali and an adverserial capitalist.
COP21 ArtSpace (w/ Jardin d’ Alice and 350.org, Paris, France)
Mass art organizing space at Le Jardin d’Alice in Paris to prepare for the D12 mass civil disobedience, Climate Games, as well as actions inside and outside the UN conference center.
COP15 (w/ YOUNGO): https://youtu.be/U3w68hMPFSA
At their first major UN Climate Summit, members of the Artivist Network worked with YOUNGO to set up an ArtSpace that became the center
Climate Camp Tour:
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During the summer of 2019, the Artivist Network visited several climate camps and organised many artspaces before demonstrations and mass actions. Tour stops included climate camps in Vienna (Austria), Ende Gelande (Germany), Limity Jsme my (Czech Republic), Camp-in-Gas (Portugal), and Civil Green Conference, Rebellion Artspace and Global Climate Strike Artspace (Hungary).
Other ArtSpaces include: The Climate Games 2015 (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Earth First Camp (2015, 2016. UK), Rolling Restance Camp (2017, UK), BaseCamp (2018, UK), Maleta Art Space (2019, Chile), Ende Gelande (Germany), TTIP-CETA Game Over (Brussels, Belgium), Bali World Beyond Banks ArtSpace (Bali, Indonesia), Limity Jsme My (Czech Republic), Obódz Dla Klimatu (Poland), Austrian Climate Camp (Austria), COP15 (w/ YOUNGO, Copenhagen), COP16 (w/ YOUNGO, Cancun), COP17 (Durban), COP20 (w/ Tierra Activa, Peru), 8M Woman’s Strike (w/ Arts Can Battlo, Barcelona), Fridays for Future (Barcelona), Fridays for Future (Budapest), Fridays for Future (Malaysia), Powershift Conferences (2007, 2009, 2011. USA) and more…
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