Dyke Action Machine, Inside image from the DAM Inc. pamphlet. Published by Printed Matter, and available for free at Printed Matter as part of our Artists & Activists series. Other free pamphlets are by Red76, Ultra Red, Critical Art Ensemble, and Raqs Media Collective.
Dyke Action Machine!, now DAM Inc., restructures its team of mainstream media watchdogs to create a high powered, for-profit enterprise pedaling lesbianism as a commodity. For the next two weeks, Art Fag City joins this effort by donating our masthead space in an effort to help promote DAM Inc.’s latest directives. The cornerstone of such efforts, according to their recent pamphlet, is “investing old-school lesbian values such as worker advocacy and good stewardship in every project we undertake.” In other words, DAM puts large, assertive lesbians front and center.
Don’t miss their highly informative press materials available for purchase at Printed Matter, or in PDF format on their website. Brilliant corporate initiatives such as Population Offset Credits (counterbalancing your childbearing by funding someone else not to breed) and Greenlite Mutual Funds (protecting the compassionate investor from the crippling effects of a green conscience.) are certain to take off.
Dyke Action Machine! (DAM!) is artist Carrie Moyer and photographer Sue Schaffner.
Since 1991, DAM!’s public art projects have dissected mainstream advertising by inserting lesbian images into recognizably commercial contexts, thereby reclaiming public and virtual spaces from the encroachments of corporate sponsorship. DAM! began as a working group of the 1990s activist organization, Queer Nation, and soon evolved into a stand-alone agitprop duo. DAM!’s projects have been included in exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe and have been widely anthologized. “Straight to Hell: 10 Years of Dyke Action Machine!” was mounted at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2002.
To learn more, visit: www.dykeactionmachine.com