On December 3, 2004, twenty years to the day since the Bhopal disaster, the Yes Men (http://www.theyesmen.org) infiltrated a major international news outlet to draw fresh attention to an horrific event that had claimed thousands of lives, and permanently poisoned many more. Jude Finisterra (a pseudonym), posing as a spokesperson for Dow (which had recently bought Union Carbide), announced on BBC World Television that the company had decided to take full responsibility for the events in Bhopal. This action, and many more, are featured in the documentary The Yes Men Fix the World (Bichlbaum, Bonanno, & Engfehr, 2009).
EMP blaster bug by Andrew Scott (2004). Acrylic on PVC gel and iron. Andrew Scott is an artist, musician, and sound designer from Vancouver BC. His work is inspired by biology, technology, and science fiction. His robot bugs are among his favourite works, as they were created solely for his own amusement.
Additional photos of Andrew's artwork may be found here. Andrew can be reached at email@example.com.
"La consommation de pornographie chez les hommes gais"
Front cover image by permission of Justin Jorgensen, www.justinspace.com, from his well known series Obscene Interiors: Hardcore Amateur Decor, which he describes as “a collection of real online male personal ad photos and my critique of the decorating found within.”
"Mustang Suite" was created by Dana Claxton, an interdisciplinary artist who works in film, video, photography, performance, aboriginal broadcasting, and pedagogy. She was born in Saskatchewan of Lakota Sioux descent, and now makes Vancouver, British Columbia, her home. For detailed information see http://www.danaclaxton.com.
Surveillance in Vancouver high schools. Image by Richard Smith, aka Flickr user 'smith.' Uploaded 2006. Made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
The Oui/Non Referendum Indicator (proposed installation for Mont Royal, Montréal).
Photomontage by Matt Soar.
Shirley With Her Colour Cards by Lorna Roth.
This photo was taken at the Fuji Film and Television Research Lab headquarters in Mt. Fuji, Japan, in 2004. It is part of an ongoing series of colour balance imagery related to Lorna Roth’s international research on technologies, skin colour, and sociocultural cognition. Her book, Colour Balance: Race, Technologies, and “Intelligent Design” is in progress. For more information about her work visit http://artsandscience.concordia.ca/comm/faculty/roth.html.
Cover image, Z_Orb, by Sabine Bitter.
Sabine Bitter works with Helmut Weber. They have collaborated on projects addressing urban geographies, architectural representations, and related visual politics. Their series of photo- and video-works such as Recent Geographies, Caracas Hecho en Venezuela and LIVE LIKE THIS! engage with specific moments and cultural logics of globalization as they are materialized in architecture as a frame for social meaning.
Photo by Bryce Macfarlane.
[murmur]’s Spadina Avenue installation was launched in October 2005 and funded primarily by Toronto’s “Live With Culture” program.