Monday, February 23, 2015
Mark Samosonovich has some great new images up in Manhattan, (above) and Brooklyn, that will lighten your day and make you think at the same time. They are the kind of selfless public art that one wants to see everywhere. In fact there isn't even a name to distinguish who the artwork is by, and its this anonymity which makes these works a pleasure to take in. That said, all of these artworks went up at the same time, in places where Prince Media once ran advertising. The coincidence seemed worth looking into because I didn't know too much about this particular "boutique" billboard company, and hey..that's what we do.
In the past I have come to find that behind many, if not all "donations" of outdoor advertising space to artists and thier work, is a self motivated billboard company getting more from the deal than thier altruism would like to reveal. Tax deductions, percent for arts programs, and simple lack of business, can all motivate an outdoor ad company to "give" some of thier space to the arts. In fact a lack of commercial clientele is often a motivator for art in public spaces as companies attempt to keep thier stock lively and with content, when business slows down. None of these reasons make outdoor advertising companies look particularly kind, but aren't all that outwardly devious either.
In New York, I have found one other far more insidious reason that art finds its way onto outdoor advertising infrastructure, and that, I believe, is exemplified by Prince Media's recent donation of space for Mark Samosonovich. Often, advertising companies will put up signs without obtaining the proper permits from the city of NYC Department of Buildings. They will operate these illegal signs until the highly understaffed DOB finds thier offending signage and begins to levy fines against the company. This can take months, if not years, all the while said company is making money from the illegal sign. It just so happens that all 3 of the locations Prince Media offered for Mark's work were facing DOB sign violations, the most egregious of which can be seen [HERE]
Once a sign is found and a violation has been placed on the building to which the sign is attached, things become a little more serious and continuing to run commercial copy can be a bad idea for business. It is at this point that many outdoor advertising companies, and I believe in this case, Prince Media, offers the space to an artist. Art, not needing a permit, does not accrue more violations, allowing the sign to remain "active" while the company resolves the violation and any fines associated with it. Once a resolution is complete, its back to business as usual, and no more art. What in the beginning looked like a neighborly gesture, turns out to be a self interested ploy to keep potential clients aware of advertising infrastructure while violations and illegal activities are negotiated in court, tying up tax dollars and the DOB legal team.
It is this type of false altruism that I continue to see practiced by the outdoor advertising industry that fuels my belief that monetizing our public walls is inherently problematic for a city. Leaving companies, whose intention is to make money from public eyes in public space, in charge of who gets access to our shared walls, does not work. The motivations are simply misaligned with the public's interests.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Animated GIFs meet augmented reality and street art
I could not be more excited about the launch of the most recent NO AD curatorial project. RJ Rushmore has gathered 13 Gif artists to present the most exciting use of the NO AD technology yet. Each advertisement in the subway this month will trigger the moving image and with that, usher in an expectation that NO AD will continue to reach beyond the static 2D image and present its users with high quality content that takes advantage of this digital format. Visit the site now and get started. www.noad-app.com
This month Re+Public is excited to release an all-GIF art update to the NO AD app, in collaboration with RJ Rushmore of Vandalog. NO AD is a free mobile app that uses Augmented Reality technology to resurface New York subway advertisements with art, creating an alternative digital exhibition space. Viewers can discover works of art throughout the city’s subway system. The more stations you visit, the more art you experience. With this update, every piece in the exhibition will be animated, and NO AD will be highlighting GIF art for the first time.
This week, the NO AD app updates to feature Bob-omb, an exhibition of animated GIFs curated by RJ Rushmore. Bob-omb includes 39 of GIFs by 13 individuals and collectives, weaponizing GIF art as a tool for reimaging public space. The artists range from filmmakers to illustrators to journalists, and the variety and depth of their artwork should surprise any viewers who may think that GIFs are primarily for memes and Buzzfeed articles. With this exhibition, NO AD users will be able to take static subway advertisements and transform them into dynamic artworks on their smartphones.
Artists featured in Bob-omb include by The Barkers, Caitlin Burns, Dave Whyte, Hrag Vartanian, James Kerr – Scorpion Dagger, Jeremyville, Maori Sakai, Molly Soda, Paolo Čerić aka Patakk, Ryan Seslow, The Current Sea, YoMeryl, and Zack Dougherty.
Bob-omb continues NO AD’s history of collaborating with curators to bring new and surprising art to public spaces through Augmented Reality technology. Previous exhibitions in NO AD have included collaborations with the International Center of Photography and Subway Art Blog amongst others. Future updates to the app will highlight additional collaborations with institutions and curators across disciplines. NO AD’s mission is to create an alternative exhibition space for New Yorkers, bringing them closer to the rich cultural content the city has to offer.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The Lamp Super Bowl Ad Break 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
New Work With Spectre - 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015
The PublicAccess Project is Online!
PublicAccess. While the project is ongoing and will continue to grow over the coming years, the website is finally finished and ready for users. PublicAccess is a participatory open source project and we hope you get involved.
Nearly every major metropolitan city has an active bus or trolley system. Over the years, this vital public service has become an integral part of the global outdoor advertising industry in the form of bus shelters and other municipal infrastructure. Chances are if a city has meaningful surface transit, a select few global outdoor advertising companies will operate public amenities like bus shelters, for which they have the sole right to display for profit commercial advertising.
This global corporate message stands against our public interest by distracting us from each other in favor of ourselves, invoking our desires to the detriment of our environment, and silencing our public voices by institutionalizing corporate visual expression in our shared public spaces. The PublicAccess project aims to reverse this one-way communication by providing access to municipal infrastructure for public dialogues. Artists and individuals can treat the tools offered through this site as functional sculptures to interject their thoughts into our shared public spaces.
PublicAccess is an ongoing project. We are looking for ways to expand this map, and the tools we can offer. If you do not see your city, or if you can help us fill in this map more accurately, please email us at email@example.com.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Add-Art 2.0 Is Available Now!
HERE] or simply visit add-art.org for more information. With the update comes a slightly different, and more participatory format. Image databases are downloadable from curators like Rhizome, PublicAdCampaign, and NASA, but anyone can submit an image set themselves. If approved, that new image set is made available online just like the curated sets. I think it's a wonderful update to the original Add-Art and hope PublicAdCampaign users will not only use the Plugin, but also submit thier own imagery for consideration.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Without Advertising, the Walls Are Ours Again.
This is just one of many examples and I will try to remember to snap more photos on my travels about the city.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
NO AD app Continues to Bring New Content to the NYC Subways in 2015
With the new year comes new content for the NO AD app. This month, we have an exhibition curated by Jowy Romano called Unlimited Ride, which focuses on artists who use the subway as muse. Following Unlimited Ride, NO AD will present a Gif exhibition and look forward to more exciting content in the months to come. With new projects gearing up, we hope you will download the NO AD app and continue to follow this project in 2015.
The New York City Subway is a source of much frustration for its riders, but it also acts as a source of inspiration for many artists. From its oddly beautiful, dilapidated stations; to its iconic train cars; to its riders from all walks of life—the Subway has unlimited potential as a catalyst for art.
Unlimited Ride, a completely digital art show appearing on the NO AD platform, explores the Subway with a diverse group of artists working in several different mediums. The project includes cartoon portraits by Ami Plasse, sculpture by Brina Thurston, sketches by Elbow Toe, watercolor paintings by Joan Iaconetti, MetroCard mosaics by Nina Boesch, black and white photography by Ramin Talaie, oil paintings by Seth Tane and color photography by Stephen Mallon.
More information about NO AD is available in its initial media release and on its website. The app is available for Apple and Android devices. Download at the links below.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Happy New Year and a Reminder to Keep Up the Fight
As we prepare to ring in 2015, PublicAdCampaign would like to wish everyone an exciting New Year to come. From personal street projects, to Augmented Reality mobile apps, to participation in global anti-advertising campaigns, we continue to fight for a more open and publicly oriented shared public space.
With that in mind, its important to remember that the fight never ends. Deehubs, a Dubai based startup brings the issue into stark focus with its newest venture into drone based billboard projection and other insidious, manipulative ways to interject commercial content into our public lives.
Paula Rees, of Keep Washington Beautiful made me aware that this Deehubs will be heading to New York after having run a test program in Seattle. Just wanted to say, we are ready to fight in 2015!
VIA: Advertising Age
A Dubai-based startup, Deehubs, has developed a social media platform that connects outdoor digital billboards with audiences in a power play that could deliver the advertising Holy Grail of engagement, interaction and highly targeted commercials. More [HERE]
Monday, December 29, 2014
New Work by Three Other Artists
Elfo and BR1
Mobstr continues to make fantastic use of billboards by giving the a "voice" which often reinforces advertisings underlying nature to be loud, obnoxious, petty. and self involved. See more [HERE]
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Merry X-Mas from Are You Dead
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Iselin for Public Access Project - San Diego
Public Access Project (sorry this link will remain broken for a few more weeks). This post is another installation of the Iselin image, proving access was established in SD, and that keys will be made available shortly through a dedicated website that I am looking forward to finally launching in the New Year.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Interview For Tracks - Arte
Jordan Seiler, zizanie dans le métro - Tracks ARTE by Tracks_ARTE
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Zaha Hadid attempts to rethink roadside advertising with billboard design
Zaha Hadid's smallest new structures – an advertising billboard for a stretch of road in west London that the architect says will "create a new genre in the roadside advertising canon".
Zaha Hadid was commissioned by outdoor advertising company JCDecaux to design a "curved and flowing" billboard for a narrow plot of land on the south side of West Cromwell Road – one of the main routes into central London from Heathrow airport. More [HERE]
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Grenoble, première grande ville européenne à bannir la publicité de ses rues
Looks like the city of Grenoble has made the decision to remove all outdoor advertising from it's streets. While it seems like there is a healthy debate happening online about the benefits behind such a move, "the city’s deputy mayor Lucile Lheureux explained: “The business model of street advertising is down. Advertisers want to upgrade to digital screens. We don’t want to make that move. We don’t want our city’s children bombarded with animated advertising on TV screens in the street.”
Although there will only be 326 ads removed in total, (not including the bus shelters which will stay until at least 2019 when the contract is up for renewal) for a city of this size making the bold move to improve the health of its citizens and streets, is a welcome reminder that all is not lost in the fight to improve out shared public spaces. In fact it's got more than a few industry insiders talking seriously about the backlash against brand intrusion.
VIA: Le DauphineHERE]
Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Good Cities Project, Sponsored by Ford
The GOOD cities project is a exploration of our relationship to cities through the eyes of artists, designers, and writers over the course of 5 months. One aspect of the project is a collaboration the Street Museum of Art and three street artists to produce the billboard pictured below.
The GOOD Cities Project — led by Bristol Baughan, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker — is diving into a five-month multi-media exploration with Ford Motor Company and inviting their favorite thought leaders to create visual love letters to cities across the country. This fall, The Street Museum of Art was asked to share our unique and personal perspective of the city we live in and love through billboard takeovers in and around New York during the month of November. Focusing on found works of street art that have taken on lives of their own throughout this city, SMoA’s behind-the-scenes video and billboard designs call for the public to take an active role in the GOOD Cities Project and ‘Rediscover Our City’ through the lens of a street artist. More [HERE]
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
GLMP Video Explanation
I have posted about Kyle Magee in the past so some readers may be familiar with the activist's work in Australia. This new video, along with the post the accompanies it, explains why Kyle does what he does. Kyle is an interesting character in the anti advertising in public space debate. I know from speaking with him that he regards a lot of what myself and other artist call "ad takeover" work as superficial play time activities. And honestly, in light of his approach, it's hard not to agree with him. Kyle has served plenty of jail time and continues to attack the issue from a purely protest standpoint, no obscuring the issue with pretty pictures, Kyle is about results. While I am still unsure of what the right tactics are to raise public awareness about the role for profit advertising plays in our public space, and media at large, I do look to Kyle for inspiration. He is dedicated to changing things in any way he can, and I respect that.HERE]
Friday, November 14, 2014
New Work by Mobstr
Monday, November 10, 2014
New Work By Spectre in NYC
Monday, November 3, 2014
WATCH GRAFFITI ARTISTS TAKE BACK ENTIRE SUBWAY CAR FROM ADVERTISERS
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Véronique Vienne Unidentified Floating Objects
VIA : Design ObserverHERE]
Monday, October 27, 2014
New Klone Bus Shelters in Tel Aviv
Thursday, October 23, 2014
More Billboards Coming To Los Angeles? Judge Rules City’s Off-Site Sign Ban Unconstitutional
Just when I was beginning to like Los Angeles.....Ugh
VIA: Ban Billboard BlightHERE]
Thursday, October 16, 2014
NO AD Launches With ICP Content
VIDEO LINK: https://vimeo.com/105301636
Sebastião Salgado, A San hunter holds a korhaan (Eupodotis melanogaster). This bird is captured using its eggs as bait and a snare made of twigs. When the korhaan tries to retrieve the egg, its neck becomes trapped in the noose. Botswana. 2008. © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas images—Contact Press Images.NO AD is a free mobile device application that uses Augmented Reality technology to resurface NYC subway advertisements with art, creating a new exhibition space on top of old advertising infrastructure. For more information about NO AD, download our initial press release [HERE]. Like any new exhibition space, we want to bring arresting content to our users on an ongoing basis. We will do this by working with institutions and curators to provide unique content from all disciplines.
From mid-October through the end of November, NO AD will display photographic works in conjunction with the renowned International Center of Photography. The first part of the ICP’s participation will be dedicated to Sebastião Salgado: Genesis, an exhibition on view through January 11, 2015, at the International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. NO AD will include 54 arresting images of fleeting cultures and environment, presented alongside a video of the artist’s thoughts on climate change.
As the first of many collaborations ahead, we want to thank ICP for its vision and support. We hope that NO AD will become an alternative exhibition space for New Yorkers, bringing them closer to the rich cultural content this city has to offer. We could not be happier that ICP has chosen to use this new format to reach out to new audiences in progressive ways. For more information visit the web links below, or download the app and test it using the advertising image provided.
NO AD x ICP (Oct. 15 – Nov. 31)
After you download NO AD you can use the image below to test it right on your computer.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
New Work by OX in Paris
Friday, October 10, 2014
NYC now has hundreds of ad beacons in phone booths (update: mayor orders them removed)
I've been seeing strange things happening to NY phonebooths over the past year or so. Suddenly a booth would appear, wrapped in a piece of sheet metal with a large sticker ad adhered to the entire three sided surface. It was strange because the installation covered what were three regular and working advertising boxes, for seemingly no reason. Well that reason has been revealed to be the installation of a Gimbal beacon capable of communicating with your smart phone and collecting passive data used to build a user profile. I'm glad to finally know why these strange phonebooths have started appearing and sad to know its part of a larger push to make advertising more effective, and invasive.
VIA: EngadgetBuzzfeed has learned that New York City allowed hundreds of bluetooth beacons to be installed without public consultation, a decision that has roused the ire of privacy groups. Outdoor ad outfit Titan installed around 500 Gimbal beacons in phone booths around Manhattan, skirting normal red tape by saying they were deployed for maintenance purposes only. However, it admitted it's also using them to decide when to rotate ad panels and recently pushed smartphone ads to Tribeca Film Festival participants. The devices can also pick up location and time data, though Titan told the NY Daily News that it is "absolutely, categorically not" doing so unless users opt in and install a third-party app. More [HERE]
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Daredevils climb a skyscraper in Hong Kong to hijack a billboard
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Jerry Seinfeld Delivers Hilarious Anti-Advertising Award Speech
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Madrid's Public Transit, Brought to You by Megacorporations
VIA: The Atlantic City Lab
For rent: one subway system. That seems to be the approach of Madrid Metro, which is taking public transit advertising to unprecedented levels. Until the end of October, users of Madrid Metro’s map app (downloaded 1.2 million times so far) will find their plan peppered with the logo of a supermarket chain. Thanks to a deal with French retail giant Carrefour—continental Europe’s answer to Walmart—logos of the megachain will appear wherever there’s one near a Metro station. The idea is to channel passengers in need of groceries straight off of trains and into nearby markets. There are over 100 stores on the map, making Madrid’s Metro map app look like it’s broken out with a serious case of Carrefour acne. More [HERE]
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Consumerism, Values, and What Really Matters: An Interview with Tim Kasser
Sometimes PublicAdCampaign can feel like an ongoing artist v advertiser grudge match whose only goal is to cause enough havoc on the streets to allow us all to sleep a little better at night. The truth is that our goal is to address advertisings use of public space because the repetitive consumption of commercial messages is doing serious harm to each one of us and by default the collective as well. Advertising, being the predominant media through which we ingest culture and our world view, is responsible in large part for the ways in which we prioritize our lives, set up our long terms goals, and live those lives right through to the end. Research suggests that the priorities advertising is instilling are hurting our minds and planet, so lets address the problem in order to alleviate some pretty heavy burdens as we prepare to address even larger issues like how we keep this planet breathing through 2050.
How did you come to study issues of consumerism and values? Was there a defining moment that inspired you to investigate this topic so deeply for so many years?
When I was working on my Ph.D. in psychology in the early 1990s, I became interested in how people construct their lives. That led me to study people’s goals and what they were aspiring to create out of their lives. One day, I was running some statistics and getting ready to examine how personal well-being relates to prioritizing goals for money and possessions relative to other kinds of goals. I remember sitting in front of the computer thinking, “Wouldn’t it be interesting if people who cared more about goals for money and possessions were less happy?” More [HERE]
Saturday, September 27, 2014
BR1 - I Love God
Friday, September 26, 2014
Vimeo Train Wrap Thinks You Are Stupid
This Vimeo train wrap on the L-line goes all out and includes a full inner wrap as well. Not only are all the ads inside the car for Vimeo, but the seats are covered in a candy color vinyl that turns "showtime" acts into a surreal NY experience. Despite the overbearing weight of Vimeo's cry for attention, they are still smug enough to suggest that NY'ers don't like ads and therefore will love that Vimeo doesnt include them in videos, only on our trains.