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Photos from the School for Creative Activism Barcelona

The School for Creative Activism went to Barcelona to work with activists working on access to medicines. They created an action to get patients to question the arbitrary pricing of pharmaceuticals which was covered in El Diario. …

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Ai Weiwei on Self-Censorship and Freedom of Expression

The sculpture 'Surveillance Camera' made of marble in 2010 by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is displayed as part of the exhibition 'Evidence' at the Martin-Gropius Bau museum in Berlin, during a press preview on April 2, 2014. On 3,000 square metres in 18 rooms and the Lichthof court, the museum will be displaying works and installations from the artist which were either designed for the Martin-Gropius-Bau or have not yet been shown in Germany, from April 3 to July 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE +++ RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

In an email to the Huffington Post, Ai analyzed the culture of “self-censorship” at play in China’s art world, drawing a line between the government’s actions and an old Chinese saying, which translates to “killing the chicken to scare the monkey.” The essay is reprinted in full below.

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Wall Street Occupennial – Report from HuffPost Arts

For the past 3 weeks Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has shaken up our nation in what one protester called a “protest movement not seen in America since the 1960s.” Having gained support from veterans and students alike, OWS is now reaching out to artists to contribute to the massive momentum.

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Call to Artists from Occupy Wall Street

The Wall Street Occupennial is an urgent call for artists to contribute to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement currently centered at Liberty Plaza in the Financial District of New York City. The Occupennial is founded on the belief that artists have a crucial role to play in helping to elaborate and sustain the democratic public space that is currently being created by the occupation of Liberty Plaza and other sites across the globe.

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The Artist and Social Transformation

May 10, 2011 Washington, DC by Edward Norton, Member, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Edward Norton speaking on the artist and social transformation at Fresh Angle: A Ford Forum on the Arts. Photo courtesy of the Ford Foundation As we witness the tumultuous change sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa, […]

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The Artist and Social Transformation

May 10, 2011 Washington, DC by Edward Norton, Member, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Edward Norton speaking on the artist and social transformation at Fresh Angle: A Ford Forum on the Arts. Photo courtesy of the Ford Foundation As we witness the tumultuous change sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa, […]

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