These online articles, guest edited by Jonathan Harris, feature material complementary to our recently published special issue Global Occupations of Art (available here).
In one of two article-length contributions, Julia Ramirez Blanco exemplifies the ‘artistic turn’ in activism, paralleling the ‘social turn’ in art, by focusing on Reclaim the Streets, a British collective that organized street parties temporarily disrupting urban capitalism, finally merging with the alter globalization movement. In his contribution the artist Bill Balaskas explores Guy Debord’s ‘Society of the Spectacle’ through his exhibition presented in Thessaloniki. He links the rebel philosopher’s ideas – as a catalyst for contemporary politically engaged art – to the global economic crisis of 2008–2012. Finally ‘Three Notes on the Global Occupations of Art’, by Anna Maria Guasch, Paula Barreiro López and Menene Gras Balaguer, are short meditations on paradoxical aspects of globalized art today.