The Yes Men in Chicago

October 27, 2009 · Print This Article

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The Yes Men, hoaxsters who have elevated civil disobedience to an art form by taking on the biggest, most socially irresponsible corporations and the government that allows those corporations to screw the people, will be making appearances in Chicago this week for the local premier of their new film, The Yes Men Fix the World.

On Thursday, October 29th at 7:30pm, they’ll be hosted by Lumpen Magazine at Co-Prosperity Sphere, where The Yes Men will present their recent projects and hold a workshop to plan an action for Friday, October 30th, after the premier of their new film at the Music Box Theater.

If you haven’t seen their work, you should. If you have, you probably understand how important it is. The Yes Men might just have the right amount of courage, conviction, and insanity (think Ralph Nader meets Philippe Petit) to truly enact some kind of positive social change, but they can’t continue to do it without public support. In fact, they can barely afford to pull off their stunts, much less share them with us through their films.

The Yes Men recently posted a project on kickstarter.com to raise $30,000 for prints of their new film, which is in danger of not being seen by enough people. Through kickstarter, anyone can pledge from $30 to thousands, and pledges are only collected if the project gets completely funded. If not, no one loses a cent. If you can only pledge $10, convince two of your friends to do the same. If you can pledge more, you might just win a Survivaball! The project ends December 31st at 4:39pm EST.

Watch them pose as Dow and take responsibility for Bhopal, or reverse the Chamber of Commerce position on climate change! If you like what you see, help them do more.

The Survivaball. You'll need one soon enough.

The Survivaball. You'll need one soon enough.




Friday’s Twitter Roundup | 10.9.09

October 9, 2009 · Print This Article

PhotobucketOn this week’s roundup I discovered dresses that are made for cats, Pruned gave their plans for a 2118 Chicago winter Olympics, and I found Chicago Ganters’ badass album cover for Gansterlove. If you haven’t checked it out yet go see Philip von Zweck: The Fortieth Anniversary of the First Anniversary in May ’68 at Threewalls before it closes this Saturday. Have a good weekend.

Chicago Gansters = Badass album cover.

Design Council Image Database “was formed to educate the British public about good design” We need one of these. 

Plural Blog has some previews for the latest issue of Lumpen. 

Cat Fashion | http://bit.ly/2blYUQ

RT @threewalls Philip von Zweck: The Fortieth Anniversary of the First Anniversary in May ’68 (in September)..ending this Saturday!!!

Potentially Boring | “Between the Folds” a documentary on origami.

@art21‘s new season starts tonight but what I really want to watch is ESPN’s 30 on 30. Tonight a doc on Wayne Gretzky. 

I don’t feel so good about the full Kirsten Dunst, Murakami thing.

Just received an email from my mom. She just got the latest J Crew catalog in the mail and asked “Where are the female artists.” Good point.

Joe Fusaro has an interview with Janine Antoni on @art21. 

IDLM has some cool work and an interview with Shin Murayama. Sort of Hannibal Lecter meets Sports Chalet. 

@pruned gives their vision for a Chicago 2018 Winter Olympics bid. http://tiny.cc/Eu5mn

RT kingstitt More reminders on the state of Chicago art criticism from @badatsports. well said @ClaudineIse:

I haven’t purchased a Taschen book in a while but am thinking of picking this up. 

Alan Moore has a new journal out called Dodgem Logic.