Cultural Hijack: Rethinking Intervention

Published by Liverpool University Press & Jump Ship Rat
Editors: Ben Parry, Myriam Tahir, Sally Medlyn

Pages: 319
Illustrations: 155
246 x 168 mm
© 2011

Paperback £19.95
ISBN: 9781846317514 Feb 2012

Contributing artists: BGL; Pavel Büchler; Alan Dunn; Nina Edge; Gelitin; Jump Ship Rat, Mud Level; Peter McCaughey; Tatzu Nishi; Yabon Paname; Ben Parry; Michael Rakowitz; Krzysztof Wodiczko

Cultural Hijack explores our unforeseen encounters with creative action in the sites and situations of the urban everyday. These interventions and disruptions of habitual behaviours and perceptions by the anomalous and the out-of-place challenge us in radical ways to rethink our relationship to the urban environment. Cultural Hijack positions the artist as narrator, revealing the thinking behind interventions as well as the process of their creation and reception, to expose the ways in which the city becomes the playground, stage and instrument for unsanctioned artworks, informal creative practices, activist interventions and overtly political actions. Cultural Hijack aims to enrich our understanding of the creative process, highlighting artists development of new weapons in the arsenal of critical resistance, expanding and emancipating the spaces of artistic and cultural production. The interventionist becomes a catalyst for a user-generated city, whose tactical procedures are reinventing the way art is encountered and experienced. Together they form an emergent culture of appropriations of city infrastructure: acts of infiltration, subversion and reclamation that generate individual and collective empowerment within the city.

In this book Jump Ship Rat have brought together personal testimonies and original interviews, to provide unique insight into the work and the life of the interventionist artist. Cultural Hijack is a book of ideas about reclaiming our right to the city. We invite you to rummage through this creative toolbox as inspiration for a do-it-yourself urbanism.

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