EDWARD DIMENDBERG is Professor of Film and Media Studies, Visual Studies, and European Languages and Studies at the University of California, Irvine and the 2015 Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles Research Fellow at the Center for Creative Photography. His books include Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity and Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images. His most recent anthology, The Moving Eye: Architecture, Media, and the Visual, will appear with Oxford University Press in 2016. He is currently writing a book about Los Angeles infrastructure.
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My first reaction to your question about art and protest is to distrust generalizations about strategies and outcomes. Today there exist societies and cultures in which art facilitates protest and leads to change.