‘The Yes Men’ Lecture

Portland State University School of Art + Design welcomes Mike Bonanno for a FREE public lecture

Friday, April 24, 2015 – 7:00pm

Shattuck Hall Annex
1914 SW Park Avenue
(on SW Broadway at Hall Street)

The Yes Men are Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos. Using the personas of Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, “two guys who couldn’t hold down a job until they became representatives of Exxon, Halliburton, Dow Chemical, and the U.S. federal government,” they agree their way into the fortified compounds of commerce, and then smuggle out the stories of their undercover escapades to provide a public glimpse at the behind-the-scenes world of big business.

Known for their satirical interventions at business events, in the streets and in the media, The Yes Men use humor, truth and lunacy to bring media attention to the crimes of their unwilling employers. They have impersonated World Trade Organization, Dow Chemical Corporation, and Bush administration spokesmen on TV and at business conferences around the world in order to demonstrate some of the mechanisms that keep bad people and ideas in power. Their main goal is to focus attention on the dangers of economic policies that place the rights of capital before the needs of people and the environment. Their stories, often both shocking and hilarious, have been documented in their films The Yes Men (2003), The Yes Men Fix the World (2009), and The Yes Men Are Revolting(2014).