directory - Direct Action / Direct Democracy

Colectivo Cambalache

The Colombian artist collective Colectivo Cambalache consists of Carolina Caycedo, Adriana García Galán, Alonso Gil, and Federico Guzmán, who met at the University of Bogotá in 1997. Since that time they have developed projects together to foster social interaction among the city’s inhabitants and to remove social barriers. Their activities commenced with a campaign to preserve El Cartuche, a district of Bogotá that was under threat of demolition. Ignoring the bad reputation of the neighborhood, the artists made contact with its inhabitants, and drew inspiration from their everyday lives.


BaixoCentro is a collaborative, horizontal, independent, and auto-managed street festival conducted by an open network of producers interested in reframing this region of São Paulo downtown area around the Minhocão viaduct or “Big Worm.” With the slogan “The streets are made for dancing,” BaixoCentro seeks to encourage the appropriation of public space by people and make them interact on a daily basis in a more humane way. It is a movement of civil occupation that wants to crack, hack, and play in the streets. There is no institution behind it: neither companies, NGOs, or the government. Funding is also collective and associative via crowdfunding online platforms, such as Kickstarter, and other independent fundraising options (such as auctions, raffles, and donations).


ATSA is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 by the artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy. The couple creates transdisciplinary works and events for the public realm that take the form of interventions, installations, performance art, and realistic stagings. Their actions are born of a desire to raise public awareness of various social, environmental, and heritage issues that are crucial and need to be addressed. To sway both the public and the media – in short, to motivate as many citizens as possible to take an active role in improving society – ATSA marshals artistic quality, a playful, imaginative outlook, impactful media exposure, and key messages backed by sound and thorough research.

Adrian Piper

Adrian Piper is a conceptual artist, philosopher, and author whose work has focused on (gender) identity, racism, and xenophobia. In 1970, she became “politicized” as a result of the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, the growth of the women’s movement, and the student protests against the war. In her Catalysis series, Adrian Piper physically transformed herself into an odd or repulsive person and went out in public in New York to experience the frequently disdainful responses of others. For Catalysis I (1970), she soaked a set of clothing in a mixture of vinegar, eggs, milk, and cod-liver oil for a week, then wore it on the train during evening rush hour.