Online edition: Late March/Early April, 2015

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Via Bolshe: Italian Murals of Struggle

Nathan Bassett and Jason Netek ~ Ramshackle villages made out of corrugated metal sheets, plastic tarps, and cardboard boxes line the tracks on our way into the Eternal City. The streets are littered with garbage, the air is heavy with pollution, and the buildings that lie outside the tourist zones are in dire need of repair. Rome's immortality in question, the youth we talk to all tell us that they have no hope... Read more…

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Hands Up, Don't Rap

Allen Arthur ~ New York City recently announced that the Bronx Defenders, a city-funded organization of lawyers who assist low-income defendants, would be delayed in receiving $1.7 million from the city until they “improve their standing”. Calls were made to defund them completely. Two attorneys for the organization resigned. Desperate clients will go undefended... Read more…

Killer Kabarett

Brit Schulte ~ Anita Berber was the physical embodiment of a historical moment. That moment was the Weimar Republic of Germany-whose intensity made up for its brevity. Like Anita, this moment is characterized by its “nearly unquenchable, lust for ineffable sensations.” This Republic, only living to be eleven years young, saw the rise of a fascist regime... Read more…

Mourning In America: Ronald Reagan and Postmodernism

Clint Williamson ~ In 1984, it was “morning again in America.” More “men and women [went] to work than ever before in [the] country’s history”; “interest rates [stood at] half the record high of 1980”; there were droves of new home buyers and with inflation “at less than half of what it [had been] four years [prior,]” young families were finally able to look forward upon their future “with confidence.” ... Read more...

Je Suis Charlie Chaplin

Colin Revolting ~ When millions of people held “Je Suis Charlie” signs in memory of the cartoonists killed in Paris this past January, a different Charlie came to mind. Charlie Chaplin who made his first screen appearance, 100 years ago, as the Tramp. Why did I think of this other Charlie? Chaplin knew a thing or two about satire... Read more...

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My Homeland

FJ ~ I turn on the news and all I hear is immigration, mass deportations, and unjust incarceration.
People of color coming from their homeland cause of all the exploitation done by this nation!

Cartels and DEA fraternal twins pushing the flow of narcotics. But this ain't nothing new. The CIA has been part of their crew, granting immunity to Mexico's Felix-Gallardo cuz of his funding to contras in Nicaragua... Read more...

This Ain't China

Allan Sekula ~ Allan Sekula’s This Ain’t China (1974) was a photo-conceptual artwork that fused what would later be called social-practice art with a narrative aesthetic. Sekula seemed to echo the surrealism of Jean Luc Godard’s late 1960s political films (such as Weekend and La chinoise). Maoist China, a rallying point for the attenuated New Left, stands... Read more...


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Issue One: "Art + Revolution"

From the editorial: The cultural moment does not simply call for “art and revolution” but “art plus revolution.” The difference may seem pedantic. But it is an important one. Counterposing contemporary art, literature, film, music and poetry with an abstraction of what revolutionary art “should be” is too limiting. Far more productive, interesting and useful is the struggle to apply a radical worldview to art and creativity as they actually exist in the here and now. From that point we can start to grapple with what it means to “revolutionize everyday life” in the present.

Also featured: The Iconography of the French Revolution ~ Theatre For the People: A Roundtable With Oracle Productions ~ A WAR (Arab Women, Art & Revolution) ~ Bad Girlz Bring the Noize: How Mujeres of Color Are Radicalizing Popular Music ~ Constructivism: Notes On Art + Revolution ~ Music and Historical Memory ~ No Guarantees ~ The Rebel's Guide to Art History ~ The Messiah and the Muse  ~ The Rise, Fall and Disapparation of Rupert Atwell ~ Marionette Divorce ~ Steal Away: The Visions of Nat Turner


Feuilleton

Off To the Printers We sent something very long-awaited indeed off to the printers today... Read more...

Evicted Art Blog

13 Baristas ~ Trans Venus, Black Panthers, November 7, Magpie, After You Leave, Ascension... Read more...

The Hour GlaSS

Get Off My Clit! There is nothing inherently wrong with pornography. There is however, a lot, wrong...   Read more...

RED WEDGE COMIX

International Working Women's Day ~ For the first ever post of "Red Wedge Comix"... Read more...

The Ansible

World War Kaiju ~ The advent of atomic weaponry in the 1940s forever changed the calculus of power... Read more...

Atonal Notes 

Communist Futurism? ~ There seems to be a small confluence of sorts taking place on the left right now... 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

Station Eleven ~ We’ve probably all had the thought at some point: what if the world ended... Read more...

Red Planet

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

Conditions

Wojnarowicz in Houston ~ The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) permanent... Read more...

La Marxista

Red Wedge editor Crystal Stella Becerril on race, feminism, education and the link between politics and culture.