[ISEA2015] Workshop: Mike Bonanno & Andy Bichlbaum – Generating Creative Actions with the Yes Men

Workshop Statement

In this workshop, we will explain our methods for creating guerrilla media actions in the service of activist campaigns. The workshop begins with a very brief overview and history of creative activism, followed by a few examples of our own contributions to the field. Then, we begin the process of generating ideas for new actions, and we form breakout groups to brainstorm ideas. Afterwards, we come together again and we focus on one or two of the project ideas generated by the groups, to create a recipe needed to bring that project to completion. We will also walk the groups through posting the project ideas on our new online platform for creative action, www.actionswitchboard.net. In this workshop for ISEA, we pay special attention to the benefits and pitfalls of collaborating with activist organizations; a process that can make actions far more effective at achieving activist goals. Duration: Half Day. eviltwinbooking.org/presentations/the-yes-lab

  • Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno, USA.The Yes Men are an activist group known for satirical interventions at business events, in the streets, and in the media. Armed with nothing but fake websites and thrift store suits, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno impersonate corporate evildoers in order to draw attention to their crimes against humanity and the environment. Their hit list includes some of the biggest climate criminals, targeting planet – plundering entities such as Shell Oil, Gazprom, and the US Chamber of Commerce. eviltwinbooking.org/speakers/the-yes-men