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Art Thu Jun 05 2008

Let's Talk About Art and Activism

Interested in art? Revolution? Head to the InCUBATE space this coming Saturday for a conversation between Vienna, Austria-based art theorist Gerald Raunig and Chicago-based artist Dan S. Wang. The two will discuss art and activism, using Raunig’s book, Art and Revolution, as a jumping-off point.

The book was translated into English last year and reflects Raunig’s preferred areas of study (which, I must say, read like a kind of poem): art theory, political aesthetics, cultural politics, and the politics of difference. Mostly though, Art and Revolution seems like a radical call to action. Political activism! Artistic engagement!

This event is cosponsored by the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor and Continental Drift. It’s hosted by InCUBATE (Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and the Everyday), an innovative Chicago-centric organization dedicated to new models of art funding, research, and advocacy. The group has a storefront space on Rockwell—around the corner from the Congress Theater—where they host community events and an artist-in-residency program.

If you can’t make it to Saturday’s event, then check out InCUBATE’s Sunday Soup program. It’s a simple yet brilliant concept: You buy soup (or even a soup subscription), and the proceeds go to fund mini-grants for artists. Homemade beer is also available for purchase.

To restate: Soup Eating + Beer Drinking = More Opportunities for Artists. I call that revolutionary!

Art and Revolution: Saturday, June 7 @ 7 p.m. InCUBATE. 2129 N. Rockwell.

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