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John Jordan


John Jordan’s work merges the imagination of art and the radical engagement of activism. He worked as Co-director of social art group Platform (1987-1995) then went on to immerse himself in the direct-action collective “Reclaim the Streets” (1995-2000). In 2003 he co-edited the book "We Are Everywhere: the irresistible rise of global anti-capitalism" (Verso). Senior lecturer in fine art at Sheffield Hallam University (1994 – 2003), he abandoned academia to work on the film "The Take" with Naomi Klein. He has shown work and spoken in numerous contexts, from the Tate modern to Kampnagel, Hamburg, Arts Admin to Tapie Bienniale, the Sorbonne to the Beurshowburg Brussels, The Royal Society of Arts to inner city squats.  In 2004 he stupidly formed the C.I.R.C.A. He is now AWOL and works in the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination infamous for fermenting mass disobedience on bicycles during the Copenhagen climate Summit, throwing snowballs at bankers, launching a rebel raft regatta to shut down a power station and initiating the illegal covering of the Tate gallery in molasses. He has been labelled as a  "Domestic Extremist" by the metropolitan police, but feels his lack of ironing skills make him unsuitable for the title. Following the publication of the film-book- Les sentiers de L’utopie (Editions Zones 2011) he is setting up a commune, farm and school of artivism in rural Brittany.