Critical Art Ensemble: Disturbances book launch with Steve Kurtz

Two actors dressed in safety suits investigating a strange white mist.
Critical Art Ensemble, Disturbances Book Launch, October 2012.

A joint event with Four Corners Books and introduction by Steve Kurtz to mark the launch of Critical Art Ensemble: Disturbances, a landmark handbook for activists in art, theory, science and politics.A joint event with Four Corners Books and introduction by Steve Kurtz to mark the launch of Critical Art Ensemble: Disturbances, a landmark handbook for activists in art, theory, science and politics.

Book lauch with introduction by Steve Kurtz.

Since its formation in 1987, Critical Art Ensemble has set out to explore the intersections between art, critical theory, technology and political activism. The award-winning collective of tactical media practitioners has exhibited and performed in a variety of venues internationally, from the street to the museum to the internet. Disturbances is the first book to assess the group’s 25-year history, examining the environmental, political, and bio-technological themes of their various initiatives.

In the publication, each project is presented by the group itself, from their early live multimedia productions; to their development of models of electronic civil disobedience, digital resistance, and contestational biology and ecology; to their most recent tactical media projects.

In 2006 Arts Catalyst commissioned Marching Plague, a complex multi-media project which revealed the farcical failures of governmental germ warfare programs.

Publication details

Disturbances is a landmark handbook for activists in art, theory, science and politics, published by Four Corners Books, $40.00, Pbk, 8 x 10.75 in., 272 pgs, 250 color, 60 b&w, publication 31/10/2012

Associated events

2pm Wednesday 3 October, free  public lecture by Steve Kurtz at New Academic Building (NAB) LG02, Goldsmiths College, University of London

5pm Saturday 6 October, short talk by Steve Kurtz at Marcus Campbell Art Books, 43 Holland Street, London SE1 9JR

Websites

Critical Art Ensemble

Disturbances

Four Corners Books

Marcus Campbell Books, London