Bringing together leading theorists of contemporary art and culture, curators and artists, The New School has presented a panel with the subject : « How Can Art Affect Political Change? » that addresses the complex relationship between creative practice and political activism. The wave of Arab Spring revolutions and the growth of the global Occupy movements have ignited a reassessment of the intersection of art, economics and politics. Key presentations were by Andrea Geyer, Marisa Jahn, Josh MacPhee, Mitch McEwen, Nicholas Mirzoeff, and Benjamin Young. They examine the shifting parameters of socially engaged art and theory within the context of these emerging political events.
The discussion is introduced and moderated by Natalie Musteata. The panel is organized in conjunction with the exhibition UNREST: Revolt against Reason, curated by Natalie Musteata.. The exhibition presents eight contemporary artists—Mounir Fatmi, Claire Fontaine, Shilpa Gupta, Iman Issa, Tala Madani, Ahmet Öǧüt, Tomàš Rafa, and Alexandre Singh—who critically engage with issues of inequity, conflict, and instability in recent history.