Bjørnstjerne Christiansen on why the politically charged art collective Superflex calls its art “tools”:

We didn’t only want to call what we did projects or artworks, because  many of our works challenged how people in a gallery space exhibited or  could view them. As an artist you propose something, and in calling your  works “tools,” you invite viewers to use your proposals. You can use an  object as a sculpture, but also you can also smash a window with it, or  break into a bank. It invites participation, and also criticality.

Pictured: Bankrupt Banks, a series of large-scale, hand-painted banners bearing the logos of banks bankrupted or bought out due to the mortgage lending crisis

Bjørnstjerne Christiansen on why the politically charged art collective Superflex calls its art “tools”:

We didn’t only want to call what we did projects or artworks, because many of our works challenged how people in a gallery space exhibited or could view them. As an artist you propose something, and in calling your works “tools,” you invite viewers to use your proposals. You can use an object as a sculpture, but also you can also smash a window with it, or break into a bank. It invites participation, and also criticality.

Pictured: Bankrupt Banks, a series of large-scale, hand-painted banners bearing the logos of banks bankrupted or bought out due to the mortgage lending crisis

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