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Double Agents

artworld agent, agent of social change

counter-intel, counter-aesthesis

insinuation, infiltration

artist, provocateur

What makes a double agent in art? What drives them? ACT’s Spring 2017 Monday Night Lecture Series, Double Agents, invites three renowned artists whose respective works provoke and thrive in the tension between competing systems of power, production, and exhibition. At play in these discussions is the role of ethics in political art amidst shifting forms of governance, suppression, and repression.

Feb 13, 2017 - 6:00pm
E15-001: 20 Ames Street, Wiesner Building

Magid will be discussing recent projects, her engagements with the law, and permission as a material of the work.

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:00pm
E15-001: 20 Ames Street, Wiesner Building

By creating proposals and aesthetic models for others to use and adapt, she defines herself as an initiator rather than an author, and often collaborates with multiple institutions as well as many individuals so that the full realization of her artwork occurs when others adopt and perpetuate it.

This presentation will show some of Bruguera’s work-strategies and discuss some of her key concepts like Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art), Arte Útil (Art as a tool), Political-timing specific and Aest-ethics in the context of current political events.

Apr 24, 2017 - 6:00pm
E15-001: 20 Ames Street, Wiesner Building

Pedro Reyes’s practice sews together the usually uneven goals/ends of art, architecture, psychology, theater, activism, and more. It’s understood that an expanded notion of sculpture is expanding into the social. His solutions engage us in the same way a practical joke would. According to Pedro, jokes have a particular mechanism, like an airbag, that cushions the collision of our expectations of reality and reality itself. So then, the sudden clash of thesis and antithesis leads to laughter—the only way we can handle the shock.