Critical Art Ensemble: The Convergence of Art, Technology, and Counterculture
Since the 1980s this collective has lucidly transgressed the limits, encouraging artistic reflections in places it has been able to cause discomfort in.
Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a group that has managed, on numerous occasions and over the course of many decades, to provoke authorities. Since the group was first formed in 1987, they have published six titles that are their intellectual basis for applying art, to service critical activism. Their two main representatives and ideologists are Steve Kurtz and Steve Barnes; both enjoy exploiting art as an agent of chaos, which can make their audience ponder about certain local and global problems: on several occasions they have record governments’ authoritarian and oppressing attitudes, and they have designed energetic strategies to fight them.
The group is interested in the intersection of art and critical theory, with technology and political activism. Their supports or preferred media to develop their activities are the Internet, printed design, the digital image, performance, photography, video and printed and digital publications; they develop reactionary tactics which confront the normality the government promotes on issues such as vigilance, war, data collection and racial, political and economic issues.
They have become involved in different parts of the world, identifying themselves with rebel factions that employ art as a liberating tool; the drench themselves with local problems and begin a dialogue and interaction with the environment, to climax in concrete actions that have ranged from interfering with radio signals, printing posters and shirts, sending messages using electronic media and critical and inclusive performances, overall, they employ anything at hand and their actions defy being limited.
There is plenty of material on the net surrounding this group. Steve Kurtz has given several lectures in renowned institutions such as MIT, web channels such as TED talks, and many universities; the six books he has published can be found free of charge online on his webpage, there we can also find a wide record of his activities.
This collaboration seeks to activate consciousness and creativity; his experience should become an example for new generations, just as the diverse organisations that continue to pursue similar goals. The path he has travelled in with the CAE is worth studying, in order to become inspired and informed. At the end of the day, his admirable trajectory is in itself an honest invitation to unleash the rebellious seed that we all carry inside of us —and to do so with common good and freedom as our primary objectives.
Why shrinking the size of life is synonymous of well-being
One of the great misunderstandings regarding modern spirituality is that to achieve it requires many things: readings, food, exercise, travel, groups and techniques. But perhaps it should be suggested
What is energy medicine yoga?
Energy Medicine Yoga (EMYoga) is slightly different from other types of Yoga, but it provides the same benefits in addition to a few very specific ones. One of them is that it gives you much more in
Red tea, the best antioxidant beverage on earth
Red tea is considered to be the most unusual of teas because it implies a consistently different preparation process. ––It is believed that its finding came upon surprisingly when traditional green
Is the internet on the verge of self-awareness?
More than 50 years ago, Marshall McLuhan described technology as an extension of our brains, constantly mutating and branching out. “These new media have made our world into a single unit,” the
How art can help us to age, healthy
Perhaps many of us already well know the formula for aging in health and wellness. A balanced diet and, as much as possible, one that’s natural. Keep our brains active and stimulated. Preserve and
Earthanima: documenting the living language of nature
The basic intuition that the Earth is alive and that nature has a language through which it communicates with us is what prompted this wood-art project named Earthanima. For the past couple of years
Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on science and spirituality
The Dalai Lama has been interested in science since he was a child. Over the years he’s visited many laboratories and has attended conferences that discuss consciousness from the scientific point of
Brian Eno's literary recommendations to rebuild society
Artists and authors often get asked what books or records they’d take with them to a deserted island. On principle, this is naturally an extreme anthology: urgency and tragedy guide its selection. It
Bill Mollison, natural ideologue and father of permaculture
Permaculture has established itself as a path towards communitarianism, but one that is in full symbiosis with nature. In practice, it is more than just a combination of agriculture, horticulture
A New Year's resolution for the earth
Worrisome quantities of waste are generated by human populations. Especially in cities, these have reached unprecedented and alarming levels. A largely uncontrolled practice, it affects everything on