Online Issue: August 2015

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Redemption Song: Son of Nun Returns on Firebrand After a Long Hiatus

Gabriel San Roman ~ For Baltimore-based rapper Son of Nun, the forming of Ryan Harvey and Tom Morello's rebel music record label Firebrand Records offered an opportunity to redeem his rhymes. Born Kevin James, the 37-year-old emcee took a lengthy hiatus from hip-hop until Harvey, who he’d met through activists circles years back, approached him to become part of his experiment. “I wasn’t performing and hadn’t been writing,” says James... Read more…

The Heroic Deed: Myth and Revolution

Doug Enaa Greene ~ According to legend, the last words of Che Guevara before his execution were “I know you've come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man.” What Che meant here was that the cause of revolution would live on despite his death. Whether or not the myth is true, the meaning behind it has inspired revolutionaries throughout the world. In certain ways, the myth surrounding Che Guevara has been just as important as the truth... Read more…

Oil, Body, Madness

Andrea Barr interviewed by Brit Schulte ~ I recently had the great pleasure to speak with visual and performing artist Andrea Barr, currently working in Berlin, Germany. Among our many candid conversations have been the current political climate, youth movements, and Black Bloc tactics in Germany. We have also been talking about hospital rooms, bad internet connections, bourgeois love, and good sex. I count myself lucky to know such a mind, and to know her work. These conversations produced a series of questions which you will find us exploring below... Read more...

Can't Nobody Copyright Fire

Allen Arthur ~ Art in the capitalist world exists in a frightening position: the people who have the money to support it either congregate into exceedingly narrow cliques of approval, or its subcultures and practices are eventually co-opted, homogenized, and exploited to make the form as welcoming as possible for the widest audience. The ultimate endgame of these sorts of arrogant integrations is commodification. As things become commodities... Read more…

An Opera for Beggars

Adam Turl ~ Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, one of the most important Marxist cultural artifacts of the last century, was first performed 87 years ago this month, adapted, in large part, from John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera, which had premiered two-hundred years earlier in a London barn. Gay's Beggar's Opera presented (artistic) evidence, as Walter Benjamin would later argue, of the "countermoralities" that run throughout bourgeois society... Read more...

Subside Not

Maya Weeks ~ ♫ when i break up with my boyfriend
what i need is my best friends

when i break up with my boyfriend
what i need is my best friends

girls and guys / exes and fly / babes of the future / celebrated witches / queer... Read more...

A WAR (Arab Women, Art + Revolution)

Brit Schulte ~ Under capitalism street art is an expression of an essential desire to reclaim public space. Cities are both sites of collective experience and alienation. Art produced by those struggling within their borders, often represents the most societally marginalized voices. These voices share stories of trauma, defiance, and betrayal. Paint, wheat paste, fabrics, or found objects become the tools for challenging the privatization of the space they recognize as rightfully theirs... Read more...

A Rebel's Guide to Art History

Paul Mullan ~ Longstanding left debates over the relation between art and politics are again significant, given mass upsurges such as Occupy. Nicolas Lampert’s latest publication, A People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements, is heavily weighted towards understanding this relation in these terms: an engaged art produced within really-existing mass struggles... Read more...

In Control of Our Destiny?

Søren Goard ~ Destiny, the flagship title from the studio behind Halo, is the most expensive game ever, costing over $500 million to produce. The most expensive film ever made,Spiderman 3, cost $258 million. While a large proportion of that money has gone into marketing and hype, Destiny is remarkably innovative for a number of reasons. The story, the sandbox worlds, and playing with strangers meld seamlessly into one... Read more...

The Streets are Our Palettes: A Tribute to Vladimir Mayakovsky

Dave Widgery ~ One of the delights of growing up politically lies in discovering one’s own traditions. In art they were nearly obliterated by Stalinism, declared redundant by the long post-war boom and generally buried in a "modernism" which was often apolitical and trite. It was exhilarating to unearth in Soviet Russia the most genuinely modern of modern art movements and Mayakovsky, the original "hooligan communist"... Read more...



Feuilleton

Fund drive 2015! ~ How can our dreams fit in a world that wants us scattered to the wind? ... Read more...

Evicted Art Blog

Art space as epic theatre ~ In the "post-post modern context," artists, art gestures and spaces have struggled... Read more...

The Hour GlaSS

#Goalz Like many of you I awoke to the latest life-giving pop cultural product after its midnight release... Read more...

RED WEDGE COMIX

Affirmations Calendar ~ Cartoonist and Red Wedge Comix contributor Stephanie McMillan has... Read more...

The Ansible

All Out of Bubblegum ~ The recent death of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has conjured childhood memories of WWF wrestling... Read more...

Atonal Notes 

"No More Auction Block" ~ Wednesday’s abominable act of racist terrorism (and yes, we must call it... Read more...

AfroBlazingGuns

"Dear White People" bland and uninteresting I saw Dear White People and I agree with a lot of this... Read more...

Pink Palimpsest

Revenge of the Neckbeards ~ The world of sci-fi fandom is precious little understood in mainstream... Read more...

Red Planet

Communist artists seeking new life and a new civilization. Their blog is run by Hope Asya and Thomas Crane.

Conditions

Benjamin Buchloh ~ In the visual arts, ideology critique remains a common, albeit no longer quite hegemonic, approach... Read more...

Write to Rebel

America ~ Recent disruptions of Bernie Sanders campaign events (first at the NetRoots convention and more recently at a... Read more...