Herbert Marcuse, who in his book One-Dimensional Man, which was widely influential in the counterculture, argued that advanced industrial society creates an uncritical consumerism that it uses to orchestrate social control as it integrates or binds the working class to endless cycles of both production and consumption. — Walker Art Center
"The basic themes of anticonsumerism can be found in One-Dimensional Man: over-identification and symbolic reliance on consumer goods for personal satisfaction, the creation of desire and the fulfillment of wants instead of basic needs, the irrational expenditure of labor in pursuit of continuous...
That moment in modern guerilla urbanism [...], is one of the highlights of "Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good," the American Pavilion's inherently political theme at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale. There will be no headlining starchitects or grandiose buildings. Instead, this year's pavilion presents this event and others like it, not as acts of whimsy, but rather as actions that address larger social issues. — artinfo.com
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