Grassroots publicist, activist, and author Andrew Boyd uses guerrilla theater, media stunts, and creative direct action to fight social and economic injustice and inequalities. Hailed as a “master satirist” and “committed humorist,” Boyd's creativity, wit, and energy electrify his lectures and workshops as much as they mobilize his direct action. He will give a talk titled “Culture Jamming 101” from 7:30 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Geneva Room.
As Phil T. Rich, Boyd was one of the driving forces behind Billionaires for Bush (or Gore), the Million Billionaire March, and now billionairesforbush.com. His street theater and media stunts such as 100 Musical Chairs (a human bar-graph of economic inequality), and Precision Cell Phone Drill Team (corporate executives in power suits on military style maneuvers) derive from his intellectual approach of “grabbing a powerful idea from culture or the academy, turning it inside-out, putting a handle and a grin on it, and sending it back out there.” Founder and director of the arts and action program United for a Fair Economy, he is also author of “The Activist Cookbook,” a source-book for activist workshops, and, most recently, “Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe,” and “Truth is a Virus: Meme Warfare and the Billionaires for Bush (or Gore),” a chapter in “Cultural Resistance.” His writings on global resistance movements and their use of the internet have been featured in The Nation and the Village Voice. Boyd teaches at New York University, and his current book-in-progress is “Enlightened Machismo.”
An open roundtable discussion with Andrew Boyd will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday morning in the Fisher Center, Demarest Hall room 212. The discussion will be followed by a workshop with Andrew Boyd at 10:30 a.m. in the Fisher Center, Demarest Hall room 212 (sign up in advance).
Available readings: The Activist Cookbook; Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe; Life's Little Deconstruction Book: Self Help For the Post Hip