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Artistic Activism as Radical Research

Artistic activism is a practice grounded in envisioning new ways of acting and
thinking in our communities in order to create social change. It challenges the notion that art practice, research, and social activism are discrete entities. As a form of “militant” or radical research, this praxis based class focuses on a range of different forms of artistic activism as casestudies to understand how artists use creative research strategies to engage with communities, social movements, and cities. A major part of the class focuses on collaborative fieldwork in the public realm or in communities.

Course #
ART-GE 2102
Art and Art Professions


Dipti Desai

Professor of Art and Art Education