This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition 'global aCtIVISm' at the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe from December 2013 to March 2014.

'Today political protest often takes the form of spontaneous, noninstitutional, mass action. Mass protests during the Arab Spring showed that established systems of power—in that case, the reciprocal support among Arab dictators and Western democracies—can be interrupted, at least for a short moment in history. These new activist movements often use online media to spread their message. Mass demonstrations from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Taksim Square in Istanbul show the power of networked communication to fuel “performative democracy”—at the center of which stands the global citizen. Art is emerging as a public space in which the individual can claim the promises of constitutional and state democracy. Activism may be the first new art form of the twenty-first century.

global aCtIVISm (the capitalized letters form the Latin word civis, emphasizing the power of citizens) describes and documents politically inspired art—global art practices that draw attention to grievances and demand the transformation of existing conditions through actions, demonstrations, and performances in public space.' - from publisher's website

The publication is divided into five main themes, each of which is addressed in essays by leading thinkers. The essays are followed by images of art objects, illustrations, documents, and other material as well as case studies by artists and activists.

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Chapter headings
People, Politics, and Power - Peter WEIBEL
Chapter I: Activism and the Citizen
Learning from the Streets: Civil Disobedience in Theory and Practice - Robin CELIKATES
War and Peace in an Age of Ecological Conflicts - Bruno LATOUR
Institutionalising the Commons: An Italian Primer - Ugo MATTEI
Living in a Time of Crisis - Antonio NEGRI
Last Exit Indignation: On Neutralising Civilians in Democracies - Peter SLOTERDIJK
The Right of Resistance: Approaches in Legal Philosophy - Karl-Peter SOMMERMANN
Don't Fall in Love with Yourselves - Slavoj ZIZEK
Olaf Bertram-Nothnagel: lowercase d: Getting There - Olaf BERTRAM-NOTHNAGEL
Sacha Goldman: Lead to Believe - Regis DEBRAY
Stephane Hessel: The Hope of Continuity - Stephane HESSEL
Chapter II: Public and Private Sphere
A Public Presence versus Greed, Brutality, and Control: Gezi Park - Can ALTAY
Liberating Public Spaces: Where to Start? - Korhan GUMUS
Re:emerging, Decentring, and Delinking: Shifting the Geographies of Sensing, Believing, and Knowing - Walter MIGNOLO
Athens: Metropolitan Blockade — Real Democracy - Dimitris PAPADOPOULOS, Vassilis TSIANOS, Margarita TSOMOU
Freedom in the Clouds - Slavoj ZIZEK
Chapter III: How to Do Activism
'Arab Spring Is Not Over, but Continues in a Different Way.' - Youness BELGHAZI, Hadeer ELMAHDAWY
Activist Women's Rights Group: Demands and Methods - Sarah MASKE
The Ordinary Arts of Political Activism - Rita RALEY
The Artistic Mode of Revolution: From Gentrification to Occupation - Martha ROSLER
Whistle-blowing as a Global Protest Movement and Its Relationship with the Law - Guido STRACK
Nearby Facts to Trouble the Emperor: A Note from China - ZHENG Bo, 鄭波
The Riahi Brothers: Everyday Rebellion: A Cinema Documentary, a Web Platform, and a Smartphone Application - Arman T. RIAHI, Arash T. RIAHI
Chapter IV: Tactical, Social, and Global Media
Distributed Citizenship and Social Media - Graham MEIKLE
Beyond the 'Twitter Revolution': Digital Media and Political Change in Iran - Marcus MICHAELSEN
Finger Power and Smart Mob Politics: Social Activism and Mass Dissent in China in the Networked Era - Zixue TAI
Christoph Watcher and Mathias Jud: Crossing the Bosphorus with Tin Cans: How Global Networking Compels Self-Criticism - Christoph WATCHER, Mathias JUD
Chapter V: 'Artivism' — Art and Activism
Humour's Opponents: Artistic Activism and the Ludic Aesthetic - Sruti BALA, Veronika ZANGL
Networked Disruption: Connecting Art, Hacktivism, and Business in Political Struggles - Tatiana BAZZICHELLI
Protest Everywhere? - Dietrich HEISSENBUTTEL
In the Back of the Beyond: 'What Time Is It on the Clock of the World?' - Sarah LEWISON, Dan S. WANG, 王念華
Noises in the Concrete: Artistic Activism in Sao Paulo - Andre MESQUITA
Demonstrations Are Performances - Joulia STRAUSS
The Chronicles of Russian Activist Art - Tatiana VOLKOVA
How the Jordanian Music Scene Missed the Arab Spring - Ahmad ZATARI
Raising Resistance: Reinterpreting Art within the Gezi Movement - M. Ragip ZIK
Ammar Abo Bakr and Ganzeer: Street Art War in Egypt: An Interview
Angela Bonadies and Juan Jose Olavarria: La Torre de David (The Tower of David) - Angela BONADIES, Juan Jose OLAVARRIA
Erdem Gunduz: The Meaning of Freedom — Excerpts from an Interview with the Turkish Artist Erdem Gunduz
Brian Haw and Mark Wallinger: State Britain: Activist Art vs. Artistic Activism - Idis HARTMANN, Peter WEIBEL
MTL: #OCCUPYWALLST: A Possible Story - Nitasha DHILLON, Amin HUSAIN, Yates MCKEE
Jackie Sumell: The Best Activism Is Always Equal Parts Love and Equal Parts Anger - Jackie SUMELL
Teatro Valle Occupato: The Valle Theater Commons Foundation: How to Deploy the Law in Current and Future Struggles - Ugo MATTEI
Global Activism: Art and Conflict in the 21st Century
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