mark cooley
Since 2002
Works in United States of America

Mark Cooley is an interdisciplinary artist interested in exploring the intersections of art, activism and institutional critique in a variety of contexts. Subjects of particular interest are U.S. foreign policy, corporate culture, and the political economy of new technologies. Recently, Mark has focused his attention on food production and consumption and the ways in which artists may mediate in these processes.

The New American Dictionary

The Boston-based performance group Institute for Infinitely Small Things has published a book called The New American Dictionary.

The dictionary highlights the terminology of fear, security and war that has permeated American English post 9-11. It includes 68 new terms i.e. Preparedness and Freedom Fries as well as terms that have recently been redefined i.e. Torture.

The dictionary also has an interactive dimension. 58 terms are left undefined for the reader to pencil in their own definition. Furthermore, readers are invited to submit their additions to the institute for a possible inclusion in the 2nd edition.

The New American Dictionary is available at several online stores.


exhaust emissions balloons

a huge balloon, tied to a car�s vent-pipe, depicting the amount of exhaust emissions a car releases a day.

the "bursting earth" project is similar, but more dynamic. activists attach world globe balloons on exhaust pipes of cars in Berlin. the exhaust gas inflates the ballons. after the message becomes readable, there is a big "bang".

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Aram Bartholl is a german artist renowned for making physical abstractions of the digital world, particularly game-worlds.

One of Aram's not-to-be-missed performances is inspired by the popular computer game World of Warcraft (WoW).

In WoW, the nickname of the player's avatar is constantly hovering above the head of the player so that the identity is visible for everyone else in the game.

Aram took this little feature out of cyberspace to see how it would look if people's names would float above their heads in the physical world too.

WoW has been performed at different locations around the world. Luckily, it is well-documented!

Getting coffee WoW style Workshop in Ghent Project Site




Aesthetics and Politics

REALIZING THE IMPOSSIBLE: ART AGAINST AUTHORITY by Josh MacPhee, Erik Reuland, editors :: There has always been a close relationship between aesthetics and politics in anti-authoritarian social movements. And those movements have in turn influenced many of the last century's most important art movements, including cubism, Dada, post-impressionism, abstract expressionism, surrealism, Fluxus, Situationism, and punk. Today, the movement against corporate globalization, with its creative acts of resistance, has brought anti-authoritarian politics into the forefront. This sprawling, inclusive collection explores this vibrant history, with topics ranging from turn-of-the-century French cartoonists to modern Indonesian printmaking, from people rolling giant balls of trash down Chicago streets to massive squatted urban villages and renegade playgrounds in Denmark, from stencil artists of Argentina to radical video collectives of the US and Mexico. Lots of illustrations, all b&w.;


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Fri Jun 04, 2010 00:00 - Fri Jun 04, 2010

United States of America



had a dream

thanks for your note Mary. i would suggest that all art is political or becomes politicized as soon as someone pays attention to it. this is sort of inescapable in my mind, but there are many that insist on trying to maintain the modernist paradigm. art for arts sake. i say look at the state of the world. how about art for life's sake. sorry to hear about your MFA experience, and i hope it pushed you to make more work. i must say rhizome has been a little disappointing to me for the last few years. the direction, i think, has moved away from highlighting consciously political works to a lot of rehashing of a pop art mentality - still political - but more of a celebration of popular culture (often with a retro or ironic tint) rather than stuff that might generate critical ideas. obviously, this isn't a rule, just something i've generally sort of noticed about rhizome over the years. i could be wrong. i do wish there were as many people criticizing Obama that there were criticizing Bush. Obama might actually listen. Bush was a lost cause it seems.


had a dream

Mon Jan 18, 2010 00:00 - Mon Jan 18, 2010


A year has passed and the euphoria has subsided. I've been reflecting for the past couple of weeks on a phrase that made its way through the media and onto t-shirts and wall plaques in the fall of '09, and which I again only recently stumbled upon in a activist bookstore. The timing was poignant, a few days after president Obama's Dec. 1st. announcement at West Point of his decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. The Phrase:
"Rosa sat so Martin could walk, so Obama could run, so our children can fly."
On this Martin Luther King Day I cannot help but dream another world is possible.


agriART: Companion Planting for Social and Biological Systems

Mon May 04, 2009 00:00 - Mon May 04, 2009

United States of America

agriART: Companion Planting for Social and Biological Systems

April 21 - May 15, 2009
Fine Arts Gallery. George Mason University
Public Reception - April 21, 5:00 - 7:00

agriART brings together an array of art works that critically engage with cultures of food production and consumption. The exhibition features projects that represent where we are and what we can do to (re)create sustainable relationships with our sources of nourishment and the communities in which we live.

Participating Artists

Fritz Haeg
Beehive Design Collective
Nance Klehm
Ted Purves & Susanne Cockrell
Critical Art Ensemble & Beatriz Da Costa & Claire Pentecost
The Center for Urban Pedagogy with Amanda Matles
Deena Capparelli & Moisture
Lisa Tucker
Philip H. Howard
Amy Franceschini

Essays by:

Claire Pentecost
Ron Graziani

Curatored by:

Mark Cooley flawedart[at]
Ryan Griffis ryan.griffis[at]

Exhibition Web Site