From Abbie Hoffman to Reverend Billy: History, Practice and Pedagogy of Culture Jamming
The term culture jamming comes from broadcasting terminology for jamming the airwaves and involves ways of making your own media to counter the media messages we see every day. 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, have discussion, and participate in some low cost/low tech (but potentially high visibility) culture jamming of our own as well as discussing some current theories of culture jamming. Some light reading (less than 15-20 pages per week) will be given.
Class meets 7-9:30, Thursdays from March 18 - April 15th in 430 Blegen at the University of Minnesota.
Eletronic Disturbance Theatre is in the news lately. They represent activities that include virtual sit-in ins and other forms of internet activism that truly represent the roots of the term culture jamming -- to jam radio waves (or broadcasting airwaves) -- in this case jamming internet websites. Ricardo Dominguez is in trouble now for activities that potentially stand up to government policies on immigration. Below is an email that I've received, as well as some links to articles.
It's always interesting to me that whenever I get ready to teach about something, there it is in the news! Here's some info from an email I just received today about the Guerilla Girls, which we will be talking about soon.
Yoko Ono Lennon announces Guerrilla Girls On Tour as one of the recipients
of the 2010 Courage Awards for the Arts. The Yoko Ono Lennon 2010 Courage
Awards for The Arts will be presented on Sunday 28 March 2010. Guerrilla
Girls On Tour is an anonymous touring theatre company of 26 women trained in
a variety of comedic theatre techniques who develop unique and outrageous
activist plays, performance art and street theatre. The troupe has
presented over 200 performances and workshops around the world addressing
reproductive rights, war, sex trafficking, hunger, herstory/history/hirstory
and violence against women. They will work with feminists in Slovenia on a
collaborative performance of their new play If You Can Stand the Heat: The
History of Women and Food at the City of Women Festival in October. For
more info on Guerrilla Girls On Tour email Aphra Behn at [email protected]
or visit www.ggontour.com
As an update, we had a brief discussion last week and decided that we would watch the Chicago Conspiracy Trial when the full class was able to come, so we'll be watching it this week and then probably doing just a little bit of catch up--we may start with zines this week too.
430 Blegen Hall Minneapolis, MN
Taught this as a segment in Drama and The Media, taught in Fall 09 as an EXCO class that went pretty well. Have lots of experience with DIY media and culture jamming.
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