Starting from the dictum “another world is possible” and written as a series of articles, Robby Herbst’s articles consider the work of US artists and activists who create public projects that facilitate their audiences in imagining alternatives to the social and political status quo. Individuals and groups whose work are addressed include RNC Unwelcome, Allison Smith, Fritz Haeg, Daniel Tucker, Ben Shepard, Direct Action to Stop the War, Camp Baltimore, Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, City Repair Project, Rebar, Dara Greenwald, M.O.S.T., and the Jr Ambassador. Herbst’s articles focus on the aftermath of these generative practices, examining the mechanisms and outcomes their presentation of new possibilities engender. Robby Herbst is an interdisciplinarian broadly interested in socio-political formations, behavioral architecture, languages of dissent, and counter cultures. He is a writer, artist, teacher, and something other. He co-founded and is former editor of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest and currently instigates the Llano Del Rio Collective’s guides to Los Angeles. He is also a columnist for KCET’s Artbound. He co-edited, with Nicole Antebi and Colin Dickey, Failure! Experiments in Social and Aesthetic Practices (Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press, 2008). He has contributed to catalogue essays for artists Katie Grinnan and Fritz Haeg, and entries in other arts and activist publications, including Afterall, Proximity, Clamor, artUS, and Arthur. He has lectured widely and taught contemporary art at USC, Otis College of Art, and Goddard College.
2007 — Article
A Season of Possibilities