ART of the MOOC: Activism and Social Movements

“ART of the MOOC: Activism and Social Movements” is a course for activists, artists, and thinkers who wish to better understand and participate in social change. We will focus on the prolific and exciting overlap between socially engaged art and cultural practices generated by recent social movements around the world. Rather than assess the political efficacy of activities like mourning, listening, organizing, dancing, or partying, the lectures examine such cultural activities next to, and within, contemporary art practice.

Included in the course are guest presentations by key artists, activists, and scholars, like: Rebecca Gomperts, Chido Govera, Gulf Labor, Hans Haacke, Sharon Hayes, Jolene Rickard, Gregory Sholette, Joshua Wong, and many more. Designed by artist and Duke professor, Pedro Lasch and co-taught by Creative Time artistic director, Nato Thompson, the course challenges learners to treat the MOOC itself as a social and artistic form. This happens mostly through the practical components, local project productions, global exchanges, and critical feedback.


  • Features 29 guests presenters, including cross-national artists, curators, critics, and activists.
  • An ART of the MOOC wiki created by Lasch and students in the course hosts information and resources related to the projects, individuals, groups and themes featured in the course, as well as user-submitted content.
  • Pedro Lasch presented on ART of the MOOC at the 2015 Creative Time Summit in NYC.




  • Art, Art History and Visual Studies

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Launch Date:

  • August 2016

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