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The Yes Men

Authored by: Jacques Servin

The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics

Print publication date:  January  2015
Online publication date:  February  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415645102
eBook ISBN: 9781315736693
Adobe ISBN: 9781317567806

10.4324/9781315736693.ch19

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Abstract

The following interview took place on February 26th, 2014 at New York University. The Yes Men are a “culture jamming” group, comprised of Jacques and Igor Vamos, whose aim is to re-articulate the perception of and issues around institutions in order to enact change. This technique, akin to an institutional hacking, as it were, utilizes the shifting of identity and play to reconceive how institutions and social issues are to be seen. This phenomenon, as a form of cultural activism, has been called ”identity correction”. The conversation that follows is between Victor Peterson II of the Center for Arts Politics and Public Policy at New York University and Jacques Servin of The Yes Men and the Yes Lab.

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