September 22, 2016 by: Natalie Fleming
Techne Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies is pleased to announce:
CREATIVITY AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
A public presentation and subsequent workshop with Igor Vamos, AKA Mike Bonanno, of the legendary, culture-jamming, activist duo: The Yes Men.
Vamos will present and discuss several of his groundbreaking tactical media projects including his recently unveiled project, Share the Safety.
This event is free and open to the public. UB students and faculty interested in continuing in subsequent days of the Fall 2016 workshop may sign up following the presentation.
Igor Vamos is an artist best known for his work with The Yes Men, a creative activist duo that has released three award-winning feature films about their actions skewer corporate power: The Yes Men (2003), The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)and The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014). Their work has been hailed as revolutionary by prominent figures such as author Naomi Klein, who called them “The Jonathan Swift of the Jackass generation” and George W. Bush, who responded to their work by stating “There ought to be limits to Freedom.”
Prior to co-founding the Yes Men, Vamos was already known for creating media spectacles for causes; for example his 1994 “Barbie Liberation Organization” project, in which the voice boxes of Barbie Dolls and GI Joes were swapped, causing a global news story about gender stereotyping in children’s toys. In addition to appearing in the popular media, Vamos has shown in museums and galleries (including the Smithsonian, the Whitney Biennial, and solo shows in Europe. He has also spoken and keynoted many conferences, such as RE:publica in Berlin and ISEA in Vancouver.
Vamos has worked for over 20 years in higher education, including the last 18 years as in the Art Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he is currently an Associate Professor.
For more information, contact Paul Vanouse.