Hey everyone. Here's some links relating to the humor of politics. I've left off the Yes Men so as not to take the wind out of Nikki's sails for her presentation next week.
• Improv Everyhwere is a group headed by Charlie Todd in NYC. They call their pranks "missions" and they refer to themselves as "agents", which automatically gives their work the rhetoric of a government agency. While not all their missions seem political, I would argue that their intervention into public space often creates a political situation, whether they intended it or not. Here's some of my favorites: (Note in Frozen Grand Central an observer says "It's some kind of protest.")
Frozen Grand Central
Look Up More
• Here's a link to game of volleyball over the US/Mexico border that was produced for Wholphin.
• Daniel Joseph Martinez
From the Whitney site, "The work takes its name from Walter Benjamin’s coinage for a form of violence that functions as pure means, with knowable ends. The installation of 125 panels, painted in automotive goldflake and each bearing the name of an organization around the world attempting to affect politics through violent means, is part of a larger ongoing project whose open-ended mix of theory, politics, and research is representative of Martinez’s entire practice."
• Sandow Birk • Try and go see his exhibit at Cathrine Clark before it closes on Halloween.
• Enriqu Chagoya
• Honore Daumier
• John Heartfield
• Barbara Kruger
• William Hogarth
• Guillermo Gomez-Pena