“On many occasions it deploys humor as a political weapon: Beautiful Trouble is an entertaining and audacious book which provokes smiles in the reader.”Julia Ramírez Blanco, Re-visones
John Jordan has been described as a “magician of rebellion” by the press and a “domestic extremist“ by the UK police. Co-director of Platform (1987-95) and Co-founder of “Reclaim the Streets” (1995-2000) and the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army (from which he went AWOL), he has trained artists and activists in creative resistance across the world, from US Ruckus camps to Viennese theaters, squatted social centers to contemporary art museums. Previously a senior lecturer in fine art he abandoned the academy to work on the film “The Take” with Naomi Klein in 2004. He now coordinates The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, infamous for launching a rebel raft regatta to shut down a coal-fired power station, turning bikes into machines of disobedience, and being censored by the BP-sponsored Tate Gallery. He is now setting up a commune, farm, and school for creative resistance in Brittany. He is the co-author of We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-capitalism (2003, Verso), A Users Guide to Demanding the Impossible (Autonomedia, 2010), and the film-book, Les Sentiers de l’Utopies, (2011, La découverte).