The Overpass Light Brigade: Art + Electronics in the Wisconsin Uprising
Interview by Nathaniel Stern.
Wisconsin has arguably been ground zero for union busting, DIY social movements, corporate takeover of government, and divisive - and often misinformed - political debate in the US for more than a year. And the Overpass Light Brigade (OLB), initiated by Milwaukee artists Lane Hall and Lisa Moline, have been a guiding light - literally - in how ground-up messaging and change can happen. Now a collaboration between many people, the OLB relies on an ever-widening community of activists, artists, thinkers, and do-ers for their "Signs of Resistance." After a few rounds of local rye whiskey at Milwaukee's Riverwest Public House Cooperative - one of the only Co-op bars in the country - Nathaniel Stern did an email back and forth with OLB co-founder Lane Hall to find out more about what makes them tick, how they see themselves, and where the movement they are a part of is headed.
Nathaniel Stern (USA / South Africa) is an experimental installation and video artist, net.artist, printmaker and writer. He has produced and collaborated on projects ranging from interactive and immersive environments, mixed reality art and online interventions, to digital and traditional printmaking, latex and concrete sculpture - often with kinetic parts. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. http://nathanielstern.com/