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Thu, Mar 26, 2015 7:00pm –

30 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

Goethe Institut New York

Florian Malzacher: Truth is Concrete

With Florian Malzacher, Nato Thompson, Gregory Sholette, Reverend Billy, Noah Fischer, Rashida Bumbrey and others

The many political and economic crises occurring around the world have brought increased focus to the relationship between art and politics. Over the past few years, artists have been active at protests in Tahrir Square in Egypt, Syntagma Square in Athens, Zuccotti Park in New York, the Maidan in Kiev and in Japan following the Fukushima disaster. In Truth is Concrete: A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real PoliticsFlorian Malzacher presents 99 strategies that explore the role the arts can play in fomenting political change. The Goethe-Institut New York and Creative Time Reports, a media initiative from the New York public art organization Creative Time, invite politically engaged artists and activists across generations to discuss some of these strategies and to examine how the relationship between art and politics has changed in recent years.

Florian Malzacher is an independent performing arts curator, author, and dramaturge as well as the Artistic Director of Impulse Theater Festival in Germany. He is co-editor of Truth Is Concrete. A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics with steirischer herbst, published by Sternberg Press in 2014.
Nato Thompson has organized major projects for Creative Time since 2007. Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions. His writings have appeared in publications including BookForumFriezeArt JournalArt ForumParkettCabinet, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. The College Art Association awarded him for distinguished writing in Art Journal in 2004. His book Seeing Power: Socially Engaged Art in the Age of Cultural Production was published by Melville House in 2012.