Lambert made international news after the 2008 US election with The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica of the “paper of record” announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. In the Summer of 2011 he began a national tour of Capitalism Works For Me! True/False – a 9 x 20ft sign allowing people to vote on whether capitalism worked for them . He has collaborated with groups from the Yes Men to the Graffiti Research Lab and Greenpeace. He is also the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, the Anti-Advertising Agency, Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces online advertising with art) and SelfControl (which blocks grownups from distracting websites so they can get work done).
Steve’s projects and art works have won awards from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum, the Creative Work Fund, Adbusters Media Foundation, the California Arts Council, and others. Lambert’s work has been shown everywhere from museums to protest marches nationally and internationally, featured in over fourteen books, four documentary films, and is in the collections of The Sheldon Museum, the Progressive Insurance Company, and The Library of Congress. Lambert has discussed his work live on NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and been reported on internationally in outlets including Associated Press, the New York Times, the Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, The Believer, Good, Dwell, ARTnews, Punk Planet, and Newsweek.
He was a Senior Fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006-2010, developed and leads workshops for Creative Capital Foundation, and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase. Steve is a perpetual autodidact with (if it matters) advanced degrees from an reputable art school and respected state university. He dropped out of high school in 1993.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab, E15-344
“Lambert has spent years researching, developing, and testing the “art of activism” – applying an artistic aesthetic tactically, strategically, and organizationally. He’ll share some of what he’s learned from history, cognitive psychology, marketing, and sociology to better understand audiences and make more effective activism.”
I will have a video screened at this festival as part of the “Oh Internetz” event.
Please join us on May 24th, at 6.00pm, to celebrate the opening of Ireland’s most ambitious New Media Arts Festival to date.
RUN COMPUTER RUN @ GLITCH 2013 is an exhibition focused on examining artistic responses to cultural, economic, and social factors that currently affect the evolution of the Internet. The festival features four exhibitions, eight workshops, a symposium featuring leading thinkers and curators in the field of New Media Art, and a showcaseof short films.
Now in its third year, GLITCH is an opportunity for the public to engage with new art in an exciting and innovative way. With a huge range of events and a programme of exhibitions involving Internationally renowned artists including Casey Reas, Marius Watz, FIELD, Pixel Noizz, Constant Dullart, Evan Roth and many more, this year’s GLITCH festival is the most ambitious and largest to date.
GLITCH: Run Computer, Run! is curated by Nora O’ Murchú, Post-doctoral researcher at CRUMB, University of Sunderland.
GLITCH is sponsored by: Arts Council Ireland, EU Presidency fund, CRUMB, University of Sunderland, Layar, EXHIBIT A, LUAS, Basic.fm, Select Digital Print Group, Bavaria
Media Partner: Totally Dublin
For more information, please see our PRESS RELEASE attached.
I’ll be representing the Center for Artistic Activism at this roundtable on alternative education programs on Thursday.
What are the theoretical and political repercussions of education outside of a traditional classroom? Whether spurred on by a tidal wave of student debt, changes in technology, or new and nontraditional learning scenarios emerging from various academic disciplines, DIY education is on the rise. This workshop and roundtable brings together artists, educators, and researchers to present case studies of important experiments in this area to explore the future of creative learning outside of the conventional classroom, moving beyond questions of whether these alternative spaces can produce meaningful learning.
Mary Walling Blackburn, Anhoek School; Jen Messier and Jonathan Soma, Brooklyn Brainery; Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Abby Kluchin, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research; Haley Mellin, Bruce High Quality Foundation University; Mark Allen, Machine Project; J. Morgan Puett, Mildred’s Lane; Michael Mandiberg, New York Arts Practicum; Jon Santiago, NYC Resistor; Yukiko Hanawa and Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, Occupy University; Steve Lambert, School for Creative Activism;Nova Benway & Taeyoon Choi, The Public School; Katherine Carl and Srdjan Jovanović Weiss, School of Missing Studies; Carla Herrera-Prats, SOMA Summer; Caroline Woolard, TradeSchool.coop. Moderated by Michael Mandiberg, College of Staten Island, CUNY.
The James Gallery Room 9206
April 11th 2013
Center for the Humanities
The Graduate Center
City University of New York
Cosponsored by Graduate Center Digital Initiatives and JustPublics@365.
Sculpture Magazine did a review of Capitalism Works For Me! True/False in their most recent issue. Read the PDF: SculptureMag-Steve Lambert.pdf
I’m going to try to make the screening. I discuss illegal billboards in the film. See you there?
The Documentary THIS SPACE AVAILABLE directed by Gwenaëlle Gobé on the impact of visual pollution on cities is screening at The New School on March 15th at 6PM. Panel discussion with director to follow.
The event is free and open to the public.
Billboards and commercial messages dominate the public space like never before. Can we reverse this visual pollution? This Space Available looks at diverse activists from the worlds of advertising, street art, and politics. Influenced by the writing of Marc Gobé ( Emotional Branding ), his daughter Gwenaelle directs with tremendous verve in her depiction of New Yorkers and others around the world who want to reclaim the integrity of their cities against an onslaught of visual pollution.
I participated in this “twitter panel” for Creative Time about Nato Thompson and Liam Gillick’s discussion for Creative Time Reports. The whole discussion was archived via Storify and you can read through the embedded page here:
I’m proud to be included in this radio piece for Future Tense (Australian public radio) on Pranks and Tricksters. The show also interviewed Charlie Todd (Improv Everywhere), Bani Brusadin, and Dr. Gabriela Coleman.
You can download the Pranks and Tricksters MP3 or just listen to it here:
The interview went really well and the production is excellent. I highly recommend giving it a listen.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS TAKING PLACE AT NO LONGER EMPTY’S TEMPORARY EXHIBITION VENUE, LOCATED AT 29-27 41ST AVENUE, LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS
Date + time: Thursday, January 24th, 8 pm – 10 pm
Location: 29-27 41st Avenue, Long Island City
Flux Factory is pleased to present its last edition of Flux Death Match, a feisty debate series in which opinionated experts lay down their thoughts, and put their foot in their mouths over hot button issues. Spontaneous quips, grisly “smack downs,” and a punishing fog machine are the name of the game. But in true action fashion, the final blow comes from the audience.
Steve Lambert, visual artist and co-founder of Center for Artistic Activism; Alexis Clements, writer and current fellow at Cultural Strategies Initiative; and Deborah Fisher, Executive Director of A Blade of Grass, will tangle over the art worlds’ most scarce resource: CASH. Where should it come from? Who gets it? And what should they do with it?
This fourth Death Match, Arts Funding: Follow the $$$$, is Flux Factory’s contribution to No Longer Empty’s How Much Do I Owe You? exhibition which focuses on value and exchange. The event starts at 8:00 pm with an open bar and reception for the panelists and audience members. The debate begins at 8:30 sharp and will be followed by a Q&A session, after which the audience will determine the winner. In keeping with the topic, high stakes are at risk: the winner takes all presenter honoraria and distributes as s/he sees fit.
The series is organized and moderated by Douglas Paulson and Christina Vassallo and is generously supported by our main sponsor AT&T. Additional funding is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.