This course examines a series of aesthetic strategies that have placed art at the center of political interventionism. Topics include the art strike, anti-art, ritual iconoclasm, art activism, detournément, participation, improvisation, public art and community video. How do such strategies attest to, intervene in, or complicate claims made for art’s critical capacities? How have they contested ideas about the value and use of art in the social world? What is the relationship between aesthetic play and the “real” of direct action? These questions will guide our interrogation of the vexed relationship between art and political action.