Tuesday 4th August 2020, 8:00pm
Session 233: Strike Art by Yates McKee
For this session, Nadine Helm selected a chapter from the book Strike Art: Contemporary Art and the Post-Occupy Condition by Yates McKee (Verso Books: London, 2016)
What is the relation of art to the practice of radical politics today? Strike Art explores this question through the historical lens of Occupy, an event that had artists at its core. Precarious, indebted, and radicalized, artists redirected their creativity from servicing the art world into an expanded field of organizing in order to construct of a new—if internally fraught—political imaginary set off against the common enemy of the 1%. Art after Occupy, McKee suggests, contains great potentials of imagination and action for a renewed left project that are still only beginning to ripen, at once shaking up and taking flight from the art system as we know it.