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Keep Hope Alive Block Party (KHABP), 2013

Whenever the inequitable distribution of resources crosses into territories once thought impossible, Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) has responded with a public party to highlight the achievements of various oligarchies and plutocracies in a manner that is less painful to those […]

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A Public Misery Message: A Temporary Monument to Global Economic Inequality, 2012

CAE transforms statistical data on global economic inequality into an embodied spatial experience. Using a helicopter, participants are lifted to hover at a height that allows them to visualize the economic separation of the top 1% from the bottom 99%. […]

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Winning Hearts and Minds (WHaM), 2012

100 days of public programming.

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Underground Tarot, 2011

A series of freighted image/text constructions designed to illicit political free association among viewers. Like tarot deck icons, the images absorb whatever meaning a viewer wish to project on them. While the images are clearly political in some manner, there […]

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Radiation Burn, 2010

Radiation Burn: A Temporary Monument to Public Safety Summary CAE’s project is about the use of the so-called “dirty bomb” as an instrument for state propaganda. We intend to recreate the hype around this instrument while at the same time […]

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Concerned Citizens of Kyoto, 2010

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan. CAE notices that the museum is underused if not completely unrecognized by the majority of the city’s population. In order to change perceptions, CAE initiates a campaign to give away free beer and […]

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Renaming Project, Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia, 2002

Local citizens had been requesting/demanding that the city council dual-name Victoria Square with its local aboriginal counterpart “Tarndanyungga.” (Dual naming has recently become a fairly standard Australian social policy). The council neither refused nor consented. Frustrated by this situation, it […]

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Child as Audience, 2001

Child as Audience was done in collaboration with Creation is Crucifixion and the Carbon Defense League. This package, designed primarily for teenage boys, offers a host of radical software, instructions on how to hack a GameBoy, a hard core CD, […]

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