«The pranks are about drumming up interest in an issue.» -The Yes Men
On September 19, join us for the 2017 Mitchell Artist Lecture as we continue conversations about art and activism with The Yes Men.
The Yes Men have gained international notoriety for impersonating big businesses on TV and conferences around the world for nearly two decades. They describe what they do as «Identity Correction.» Unlike identity theft, which criminals practice with dishonest intent, Identity Correction is the art of impersonating a powerful figue to humiliate them for conspiring against the public good. The Yes Men have made three award-winning feature films about their actions.
Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are co-founders of The Yes Men. Bichlbaum got his start as an activist when, as a computer programmer, he inserted a swarm of kissing boys in a «shoot-em-up» video game (SimCopter) just before it shipped to store shelves; he found himself fired, momentarily famous, and hugely amused. Since then he's worked for Exxon, Dow, the WTO, Halliburton, Monsanto, and many other companies without their approval. Bichlbaum once flew down the Nile in a two-seater airplane, bringing a live goat to a remote Sudanese village as a hostess gift for a homecoming party. Bonanno is the other half of The Yes Men. When he’s not making mischief, Bonanno is a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
About the Mitchell Artist Lecture
The annual Mitchell Artist Lecture features individuals emblematic of artistic collaboration and innovation. Each fall, a leading artist discusses the power and potential of interdisciplinary collaboration to a combined audience of university community and the greater public. Mitchell Artist Lecture is presented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which is part of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.
ADMISSION: Free, RSVP required 2017mitchellartistlecture.eventbrite.com
LOCATION: Moores Opera House, University of Houston
PARKING: Parking available in UH Lot 16B (Map: uh.edu/af-university-services/parking/_images/fy18-map1.jpg