From Abbie Hoffman to the 99%: History and Strategies for Culture Jamming
The term culture jamming comes from broadcasting terminology for jamming the airwaves. It involves ways of making your own media to counter the media messages we see every day and to make interventions into culture via media. We'll look at the history of culture jamming, including the Situationists International and the Yippies from the 1960s, feminist zines from the 1980s and 1990s, to the current practice by the Yes Men and Reverend Billy. We'll watch movies and videos of performances, read zines, have discussions, and have the chance to participate in some low cost/low tech (but potentially high visibility) culture jamming of our own. The makeup and interests of the members will play a determining factor into our activities and content -- we will be as active as the group wants to be!
University of Minnesota East Bank
121 STSS: Science Teaching & Student Services (New bldg across from Weisman Art Center) 222 Pleasant Street SEMinneapolis, MN 55455
Fluffy Singler (aka Laura Winton) has taught this class through EXCO and through MCTC as well as teaching a portion of it through the University of Minnesota. She has been an activist for over 25 years, including feminist activism, working with the homeless, anti-war and anti-poverty activism. She was involved with the early days of Greens organizing in this country in the late 1980s/early 1990's, running the Left Green Network for two years. She has published a feminist zine and participated in several forms of culture jamming herself. She is currently a writer, theatre artist, and educator.
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