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ISEA2015: The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art
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Tuesday, August 18 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
[Closing Ceremony + Keynote] The Yes Men: Tactical and Creative Resistance

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The Yes Men will tell contemporary stories of traditional mischief, focusing on the role of creative disruption in the service of social movements.


The Yes Men are Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, two guys who couldn’t hold down a job until they became representatives of Exxon, Halliburton, Dow Chemical, and the U.S. federal government. As the Yes Men, they use humor, truth and lunacy to bring media attention to the crimes of their unwilling employers.

Armed with nothing but quick wits and thrift store suits, the Yes Men impersonate big-time corporate criminals to draw attention to their crimes against humanity and the environment.

Their outrageous satirical interventions at business events, on the internet, television, and in the streets form the basis of two award-winning feature documentaries, The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World, festival favorites in Toronto, Berlin, SXSW and others.

Their latest feature documentary, The Yes Men Are Revolting, adds to their hit list some of the biggest climate criminals, hilariously targeting such planet-plundering entities as Shell Oil, Gazprom Oil, and the US Chamber of Commerce.

Their work has been shown in the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennale, ARS Electronica, and many other art exhibitions.

They are the recipients of numerous awards, including Creative Time’s Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, Grierson Documentary Award, Berlinale Panorama Audience Award, the United Nations Association Film Festival Grand Jury Award, Best Documentary Award at HBO Comedy Arts Festival, and the Audience Award at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

They are the authors of several books, articles, and they lecture internationally on art and social change.

They are the founders of a nonprofit, the Yes Lab, and the Action Switchboard, an online platform for generating real-life direct actions in the service of social movements.

As a result of their two decades of work, the Yes Men have discovered that tackling hard-boiled issues with huge dollops of laughter is a powerful tool for change, and now they want everyone to get involved in the fight.


Moderators
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Malcolm Levy

Artistic Director, ISEA 2015
Malcolm Levy is an artist and curator whose practice focuses on photography, video and further contemporary image making. | | Recent exhibitions include the Maraya Arts Park (Sharjah), CSA (Vancouver), Gallery 295 (Vancouver), Supermarkt (Berlin), Audain Gallery (Vancouver), Grim Museum (Berlin), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), the Burrard Arts Foundation (Vancouver), Transfer Gallery (New York) and WAAP (Vancouver). | | He was the... Read More →

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The Yes Men

The Yes Men, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, have been called “the Jonathan Swift of the Jackass generation” by author Naomi Klein. The Yes Men have impersonated World Trade Organization, Dow Chemical Corporation, and Bush administration spokesmen on TV and at business conferences around the world. They do this (a) in order to demonstrate some of the mechanisms that keep bad people and ideas in power, and (b) because it’s... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wong Theatre Simon Fraser University (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada)

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