Delicious Coffee In a Raised Fist

Catalog items: Expresso La Forza label | New Harvest Coffee logo | Baristas Rise Up Today we’re going to talk about my favorite thing in the morning, afternoon, and early evening: coffee. Even though I feel complicated about the use of raised fists for logos, I accept all things about coffee. It’s GREAT there are other hyper… Continue reading Delicious Coffee In a Raised Fist

Raised Fist[ing]

Raised fists in activist settings symbolize strength, unity, resistance, and community. Fists themselves have additional meanings: often one thinks of hitting or violence, but to the queer community an additional meaning lurks pruriently behind the surface. After raising for LGBTQ rights throughout the 1980s, and for AIDS activism in the 1990s, a confluence of fists and safer sex rhetoric emerged visually through the production of images of raised fists in gloves in the late 2010’s.

Reuse, Repurposing, and Capitalizing on Raised Fist images

Boss Revolution: Logo from IDT Telecom, Inc.

TODAY’s FISTS: Boss Revolution | Underdogs As raised fist images are used over more decades and with a broader variety of political meanings, the attentive viewer notices this icon used for advertising and marketing purposes that may seem to dilute or complicate the original political intentions for which this image is often used. Millenial media… Continue reading Reuse, Repurposing, and Capitalizing on Raised Fist images

Pedagogy: What in Art Makes Change

"Fist" by Frank Cieciorka, 1965

My BIG QUESTION is: how do arts-based cultural works effect change? And the inverse of that is: what is missing in the understanding of the effectiveness of participatory, relational, or socially-engaged art when we want to find cultural resistance within it? What other ways can we think about “effectiveness” or “utility” or the impact of… Continue reading Pedagogy: What in Art Makes Change

Where It Lands: Users and Relational Aesthetics

We did an overview of what activist, and socially-engaged / participatory art is and who it is made by in the last posts, so now lets look at some of the ideas artists and makers invoke behind this type of work: users and usership, relationality, intersubjectivity* and groups. Users of the Art/Cultural Experience Activists and… Continue reading Where It Lands: Users and Relational Aesthetics

Intro To Study

Over the next three months there will be weekly [ish] posts with writing and readings. Learn with me, talk back to me and each other. To get started and read along, I suggest the following: “Contributions to a Resistance Visual Culture Glossary” by Nato Thompson, Peruse Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution, edited by… Continue reading Intro To Study