Art as resistance describes in short form the cultural territory where Art Threat has pitched its tent. So too with the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, an online and print journal out of Los Angeles, CA that bills itself as a “weirdo thinktank” but thoughtfully carves a path for contemplating the form (rather than function) of rebellion.
The third issue was released in May. Topics covered include: Building the Temporary TV Studio: Experimental Media for Feminist Trespass (by Emily Forman), Physiognomy of the Oppressed (by Dave Murphy), Temporary Public Spaces (by Ashley Hunt), Quasi-cinemas and Hand Grenades (by Mariana Botey), Re-enacting Stonewall (by Matt Wolf).
Back issues are archived on their website — highlights include articles on: CIRCA The Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, Imagination as an Instrument of Survival, Activist Art and the Counter-Public Sphere, Deescalation Tactics for Outraged SUV Drivers, Decolonizing the Revolutionary Imagination – and much more. It’s a fascinating and excellent bid to deepen the conversation about the relationship between art and social change.
William Butler Yeats wrote “Beauty is truth” (and “truth beauty, that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know’”) … ‘Beauty is truths’, perhaps rings more clearly to postmodern sensibilities. Art as a refuge for truth(s) is an energetic and expanding cultural space in the fin de siecle of Western Empire.