Tactical Media in the City of Machines Politics

Ryan Griffis

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    "Tactical media" was itself a tactical deployment of language—a phrase designed to circumnavigate the cultural circuits in which the activities it described were otherwise bound up: contemporary art, media theory, various DIY scenes and politicized direct action. This story will be a decidedly incomplete, partial one about how tactical media, as an idea, circulated through the conduit of listservs, festivals, formal and informal institutions, and publications from the 1990s through the first decade of the 20th Century. Chicago-based institutions like Lumpen, Deadtech, Versionfest, and the Department of Space & Land Reclamation (among others) were sites where international ideas about tactical media were circulated and experimented with.
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationSocial Networks
    PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
    Number of pages6
    StatePublished - 2014

    Publication series

    NameChicago Social Practice History Series


    • tactical media
    • Chicago history
    • art history
    • political art


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