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By Rita Raley

ISBN-10: 0816651515

ISBN-13: 9780816651511

Tactical Media describes interventionist media paintings practices that have interaction and critique the dominant political and monetary order. instead of taking to the streets and staging fabulous protests, the practitioners of tactical media interact in a cultured politics of disruption, intervention, and schooling. From They Rule, an interactive map of the myriad connections among the world’s company and political elite created via Josh On and Futurefarmers, to Black Shoals, a monetary industry visualization that's meant to be either aesthetically and politically disruptive, they include a vast diversity of oppositional practices.

In Tactical Media, Rita Raley offers a serious exploration of the recent media artwork activism that has emerged out of, and in direct reaction to, postindustrialism and neoliberal globalization. via shut readings of initiatives through the DoEAT team, the severe paintings Ensemble, digital Civil Disobedience, and different tactical media teams, she articulates their divergent tools and targets and locates a virtuosity that's boldly political. modern types of resistance and dissent, she unearths, mimic the decentralized and digital operations of worldwide capital and the post-9/11 safety kingdom to use and undermine the process from inside of.

Emphasizing the profound shift from technique to strategies that informs new media art-activism, Raley assesses the efficacy of its symbolic performances, gamings, visualizations, and hacks. With its cogent analyses of recent media artwork and their social impression, Tactical Media makes a well timed and masses wanted contribution to wider debates approximately political activism, modern paintings, and electronic know-how.

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Coco Fusco describes Electronic Disturbance Theater’s FloodNet operations as “nonmimetic theater,” with only “abstract representations of the ‘hits’ and textual descriptions of the purpose and/or motive for the actions,” and indeed that is an apt description of the visual record of the performances. org forum members when their server temporarily goes down, EDT is adamant: “This is a Protest. S. Defense Department, Samuel Huntington, Rep­ resentative Sensenbrenner, and others. 38 Though these targets appear focused, SWARM’s overall concern is not simply a set of antagonists but a “systemic logic,” which “ ‘others’ migrant people and people of color in general” and willfully erases the complex history of migration to the United States in order to posit a rightfully native population.

In an interview, CAE outlines the work of all socially engaged art practices: “Now domination is predominantly exercised through global market mechanisms interconnected with a global communications and information apparatus. ”18 Reverse engineering is most obviously at work in the DoEAT highway sign performance and more subtly in the other new media art projects I will discuss. What I will work to demonstrate is the way in which these new media artists use the virtuality of their medium to critique the immobility of material bodies.

Events can’t be explained by the situa­ tions that give rise to them, or into which they lead.  . ”78 The event is unpredictable; it is not fixable or determinable. It becomes history only after its rupture. 79 The unpredictable event troubles the teleology of class struggle; from that perspective, it is perhaps too messianic, the notion that revolutionary change, if it comes at Introduction all, depends on the unforeseen too troubling. From the perspective of transvergence, as Marcos Novak has described it, the event might be too deeply embedded in—­because it is constituted by—­t he disciplinary language of philosophy and would thereby inhibit the emergence of truly transdisciplinary collaborative practices.

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