Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Ludo Billboard Takeover - Warbug6
Spoiling Your Work With Brand Partnerships
Insa has done some great gif work in the past, turning murals into internet art that boggles the mind. Sadly he decided to ruin all of that by producing this ad for Kettle One vodka which will now be forever linked to his aesthetic in my mind. While this is obviously a personal opinion that many people wouldnt agree with, I find it hard to imagine why an artist who takes years to develop an aesthetic, an identity, brand, or style, would allow that said identity to be linked to a very specific commercial object. I just cannot imagine that the compensation is worth the permanent association that your artwork becomes for so many people. Ahh fuck it lets hit the bar.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Office of Freedom from Advertising and Good Living - Ad Free in 2014!
Office of Freedom from Advertising and Good Living", a Berlin based community organization attempting to make several neighborhoods ad free by 2014. I share many of their concerns and am excited to see such a hands on and practical approach to carving out even a small area of ad free space in our cities. What they are doing could provide us all with an example of how individual communities can truly alter their shared visual environment and in doing so help promote a more active and engaged citizenry. Sounds like a place I would like to live.
Take a look at their website [HERE] for more information on their activities and goals. And on a complete side note, is it strange to anyone else that their action took place on april 25th, the date of the first NYSAT and what I am beginning to think might be a great international takeover day. hmmm...
Friday, May 17, 2013
When the Ads Cease to Exist, the Community Fills in the Blanks
PublicAdCampaign readers will know that one of my issues with outdoor advertising is that it monopolizes public space as it engulfs ever more territory in an effort to become the predominant message in our public environment. This quest for more and more real estate not only overwhelms our visual environment but places a high value on the walls of our city by monetizing each surface with a potential for ad revenue. The result is a lack of public usage of public space in what becomes a thoroughly commercial environment.
The series of three images presented in this post serve as a nice example of what we might come to expect if we remove the ever present billboard image and think of how we might like to collectively curate the spaces that we share. (While I am obviously a fan of public murals, I would also like to say that it is my hope that we think of public curation in much broader terms than the mural and use our shared public walls to adress all forms of community needs, including the artistic.)
Illegal NPA street level billboard 2009
Current image as of 05-17-13
Posterboy Work Found on L Line
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
New Work by Jordan Seiler - The Echo Project
I am currently working on a series of street pieces coined the "Echo" series by my friend Kid Zoom. To make them, I play a short game of cat and mouse in a phonebooth, installing one image, photographing it, then reinstalling that photograph once the original work has been removed. I do this several times until the original installation has undergone several iterations and is too small to see in the photograph.
As you may know, I try to make work that doesnt speak about the individual advertisements, but rather the structures or venues these advertisements come to us in. I want to draw attention to my actions without being too overt, allowing viewers to recognize a fundamental change in the type of imagery they are seeing in these phonebooths, in the hopes that they will make their own decisions about what types of imagery we should be surrounding ourselves with on a daily basis.
To me the "echo" becomes a clear indicator that the advertisement has been removed, not once but a multiple of times depending on when they see it in the cycle. This repetition also speaks to my feelings of public ownership over what many consider private property plunked down on our shared public spaces. How this private ownership of public space and therefor shared mental space came to be is a question I think we should ask ourselves, and my continued retaking of a single booth shows my deeply held belief that the public environment should remain at the the publics disposal and without commercial intervention.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Corrected Billboard Supports U.S. Military at Guantanamo Bay
April 23, 2013 - San Francisco, California
Corrected Billboard Supports U.S. Military at Guantanamo Bay
The California Department of Corrections (CDC) has unveiled a new billboard campaign to support U.S. military personnel serving at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
On April 22, 2013
the CDC successfully apprehended and rehabilitated a San Francisco billboard between Potrero Avenue and U.S. Highway 101, near 19th Street. The CDC released the corrected ad to support our colleagues in the U.S. military who have recently come under scrutiny for their practices at Guantanamo Bay. The CDC’s red and white billboard asks in larger-than-life type, CAN YOU NAME 5 TYPES OF TORTURE? Fine-print text responds, WE CAN…GREETINGS FROM GUANTANAMO BAY.
The liberated ad can be seen on the CDC website at www.CorrectionsDepartment.org.
As a private correctional institution, the CDC recognizes the challenges faced by U.S. military personnel in the efficient maintenance and administration of prison facilities under disruptive conditions. More than half of Guantanamo detainees are currently on hunger strike to protest their open-ended detention without trial or charges. Initiated on February 6, 2013, the protest was sparked by a search of Korans and other inmate belongings, which were mishandled, according to detainees. The rapidly escalating strike now involves 84 of 166 detainees. Six detainees have been hospitalized while 16 others are being force-fed with tubes threaded through their noses and into their stomachs.
With limited medical personnel on duty at Guantanamo, the U.S. military is rushing dozens of supplemental staff to the detention facility. The CDC commends the sacrifices made by these doctors, nurses and medics in response to the crisis at the U.S. Naval Base. Force-feeding creates stressful conditions for overtaxed medical personnel who are now obligated to perform additional responsibilities, reducing time for their previous duties, such as coerced, unnecessary operations and the disclosure of confidential medical records with interrogators.
Force-feeding also creates dangerous working conditions for military police officers in the Immediate Reaction Force, who must subdue and restrain a detainee prior to his meal. Such burdens exacerbate potential threats to officer safety, which include the risk of ankle sprains incurred while jumping on detainees, repetitive stress injuries from throwing bound inmates into walls or respiratory complications from pepper spray and caustic agents doused over shackled inmates.
Upon taking office in 2009, President Obama declared his intention to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Despite a limited number of detainee transfers out of the prison, no action has been taken to shut the facility, leaving camp personnel with the prospect of supervising uncooperative detainees indefinitely.
The corrected billboard is currently at liberty and seems to have successfully readjusted to public life. However, this ad will remain under surveillance by department staff to prevent recidivism and any potential lapse into prior criminal behavior.
Founded in 1994, the CDC is a private correctional facility that protects the public through the secure management, discipline and rehabilitation of California's advertising. The department was initiated by individuals who felt that public correctional facilities were insufficiently managing the state's most criminal elements and that effective care and treatment would improve under the supervision of a private institution.
For more information on the department’s operations and programs, contact the CDC Office of Communications at email@example.com.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The Kids Are All Right!
Despite the fact that the issue of advertising using public space to spread commercial messages that in turn have gross negative affects on our society, isn't really being adressed these days, I am heartened to see such a healthy dose of artistic action on the streets that pays no mind to the legal basis upon which these ads come to exist on our streets. The city is ours and the messages we choose to surround ourselves with are a reflection of who we are collectively. We should be ecstatic that citizens take the time and effort to bring us something other.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
L.A.’s Digital Billboards Go Dark. What’s Next?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Most of Los Angeles's Digital Billboards Have Now Gone Dark
LA has been waging a war against Clear Channel Outdoor for nearly 6 years now, a battle which has cost the city unimaginable amounts of money. Finally today those offending digital signs which are at the center of this debacle have gone dark by court order. While I am happy to see the city of LA take back control its streets from a company who essentially thought it was above the law, I am disheartened that this battle has been waged due to the illegality of the signage and not more ideological issues about advertisings place on our city streets. One battle at a time I guess as I look forward to NPA, and CPI, finally packing their bags from NY and heading back to a city which supports its illegal flyposting business.
VIA: LA CurbedHERE]
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Lister Bus Shelter #2
Lister is having fun with the bus shelters in Sydney. As far as I know this is the second takeover that has come up on Instagram by the renowned st. artist. Its great to see even more characters using ad spaces to brighten our streets, even if it isn't sanctioned behavior.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
OX - Collages Contextuels, Book Release
OX has a brand new book chronicling some 30 years of his outdoor advertising billboard takeover work. I would wax on about OX's work in this post but instead I will just leave you with the forward I wrote for him that I think sums up my feelings about his process nicely.
Advertising has developed a sophisticated language in its long history of helping products and ideas gain prominence in our local, and subsequently global cultures. The pragmatic use of words and descriptions gave way to the abstract use of color and suggestion to carry out its goal of persuasion. This fact is probably nothing new to the 21st century citizen as we inhale deeply the messages of corporate pioneers. What effects these persuasions might have on our societies is a hotly debated topic and one better left to the scholars of our times, the social scientists and the cultural anthropologists who are tasked with understanding how commercial media affects our behavior.
Any citizen of a modern metropolis can attest to the rapid proliferation of outdoor advertising media on our streets, the billboard literally above all others in the hierarchy of outdoor commercial media venues. It is from this lofty perch that commercial media enters our consciousness and proceeds to act on our minds. While the goal of advertising campaigns in general, and of each individual campaign for that matter, might be various, each shares the need for your attention. All advertisement is first an appeal for your focus, a distraction from your current state of mind. To what ends this distraction is aimed can be debated, but that it exists, cannot.
For many years OX has elegantly revealed this distraction by repurposing billboards for his own use. With incredible site specificity and consideration of the environment, OX’s judicious use of design focuses our attention not on the billboard itself, but back onto the environment in which it exists, drawing careful relationships between architecture, color, and space. In doing so, the billboard ceases to be a venue from which commercial media removes us from our environment by focusing our attention elsewhere. What once distracted us from the world around us is an opportunity for OX to bring us closer to one another by bringing our attention back to the present.Ox gives his work to the public selflessly, support his work by purchasing the book [HERE]
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Hacking the Outdoor Digital Billboard
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
OX forced out of Paris for blue sky billboard hijacking
VIA Underground Paris
French artist, OX’s, latest ad takeover at Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, is a site – and weather – specific artwork that was planned for this out-of-town location due to OX’s fondness for displaying his artworks backed by barren suburban landscapes, as well as the changing nature of the Parisian billboard space, which makes it ever harder to find suitable billboards to hijack. More [Here]
Monday, April 8, 2013
Propaganda volta às ruas de São Paulo com anúncio de cerveja
Sao Paulo has been ad free for several years now after the swift actions of its mayor brought a reckless situation under control. While I have not visited Sao Paulo, images suggested that everything from the largest billboards to the smallest postings came down quickly after the implementation of Lei Cidade Limpa. According to sources in Sao Paulo this just changed with the implementation of bus shelter advertising and freestanding ads affixed to city clocks. I am unsure of the politics of this new action which seems to go against the very notion of the "clean city law" but what is clear is that the spirit of the law has been broken with this new development. No longer is the city controlled by an overwhelming proliferation of commercial messages but in its place we have an institutionalized use of public space for commercial messaging. While it may not appear as blighting as the disarray that stood years before, the effects of widespread commercial imagery on the society as a whole is nonetheless the same. I look forward to seeing what the community response to this overnight betrayal of the "clean city law" which was so popular amongst Paolistas.
VIA: Folha De S. PauloSeis anos e três meses após o início da vigência da Lei Cidade Limpa, coube a uma marca de cerveja abrir caminho para a volta da publicidade nas ruas de São Paulo. [Mais Aqui]
Monday, April 1, 2013
Legal Wars: L.A.’s Mobile Billboard Ban Upheld By Court
Teeth in the Easter Spirit
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Lister - Ad Takeover on Instagram
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
New OX 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
LLEGALLY PAINTED PHIL FROST BILLBOARD STOLEN IN LA
VIA Animal New YorkHERE]
Sunday, March 10, 2013
OX - Paris is Watching You!
Friday, March 8, 2013
I Couldn't Help Myself - B-days and V-days
Now if you buy the shit eating grin on Don's face as legitimate excitement and joy (which I do), its not a big mental leap to realize that a simple change in copy has completely altered not only the phonebooth's use, but its effect on the public. In my little vision of utopia, advertising disappears and our public infrastructure is participatory, free to be altered and repurposed for our collective or individual needs. Given Mr Allman's excitement at seeing his own face looking back at him from beneath phonebooth glass, I think he probably agrees.
BriCollab Presents: Contrasting Enterprises: Outdoor Advertising and Public Spaces
Common in an urban setting, outdoor advertising dominate public spaces. Municipalities generate revenue from advertising agencies erecting large, high production value, mainstream messages. In confronting the nature and prominence of this industry and cultivation of cityscapes, there are complex issues of economics, urban development, public space, aesthetics, and availability of resources within a community to express them.
This Space Available is a documentary that confronts these issues. Inspired by Rio de Janeiro municipal decision to strip all the billboards from one of Brazil's largest cities, director Gwenaëlle Gobé, investigated worldwide, looking how billboard industry impacts various cities. She connected with powerful members of the advertising industry as well as guerrilla street artist groups in order to grapple with the question, who is the public space for and who can express there? She catalogs the efforts and statistics of the advertising industry while showcasing the oppositional efforts that seek to reduce the amount of outdoor advertising in cities. The conversation at The New School with faculty Andy Berhiemer (Parsons The New School for Design), Victoria Marshall (Parsons The New School for Design), and Shoshanah Goldberg Miller (The New School for Public Engagement) discuss the contrast between commercial and public spaces with the idea that it is possible to traverse encounters between people as mediated through architecture, design, and municipal policies.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Global Liberal Media Please - The Work of Kyle Magee
It's funny, I have been working on the PublicAdCampaign project for over 10 years now. As both an artistic and activist endeavor it has had its ups and downs, fast paced movement, and lulls in activity. At times it seems worth giving up on and at other times the only way forward. When asked to summarize my goals I often respond,
"To better the health of our public spaces and by extension our collective society by questioning the role outdoor advertising plays in our shared visual public environment."While removing the burden of commercial media on our public spaces might be a clear aim, the path taken to get there is not. Despite all of my activities, I have yet to see any significant change in how we treat our shared public spaces. I take heart in the small victories and know that my role is partially to bring attention to a question which unduly receives very little. I am a small part in a growing machine that one day will bring real and permanent change to our public spaces. Actively expressing my views is an important part of helping to create the society I want to live in.
That said the tactics one chooses to fight an injustice or bring an issue to light are not all created equal. Kid Zoom recently made me aware of one of the most well spoken (minus the constant expletives thrown into his writing) and courageous advocates for a democratic and open public media space that I have ever come upon. Kyle Anthony Magee from Australia does one thing, he gets arrested. His tactic is to buff over outdoor media as public protest which he believes is within his rights. In the process, Kyle leaves behind notes, manifestos, his phone number and name, and other information implicating him for his "crimes". He has posted his police interview in which he admits to his actions but demands he is not guilty. He is open and upfront about his views and believes that the fastest way to have them implemented is to put them before the law. He has gone so far as to continue his actions despite the courts telling him not to, bringing his actions to their very steps in defiance.
To the average individual and in particular his arresting officers, Magee must seem borderline mad, but to me he is convicted. I have never gone as far as Magee has to put myself in harms way, but I have openly taken responsibility for my actions with the understanding that there could be legal ramifications, and these would bear out a discussion of the issues. It would seem that Kyle's method eschews all of the cat and mouse in order to bring the issue to the relevant opinion makers as swiftly as possible. It is a bold tactic and one which I hope wins the hearts of his fellow Australians. While his tactics may seem brash, they speak to the magnitude of his beliefs. His willingness to stand behind his actions, despite the harm which will come to him by doing so, should give everyone pause and cause them to look harder at his demands.
The questions Kyle poses about commercial media and its affects on global poverty, global environmental issues, and our individual and social psychological health are relevant questions to ask in a world which faces such immense hurdles to solve each of these growing problems. What if we banned commercial media in public space? What effects would that have on our individual health and behavior and how would those individual effects add up to a global effect on both our planet and our society as a whole? While you may not agree with Kyle's methods, you must agree that the questions he asks us to ask ourselves are extremely important as commercial media invades more and more of our daily lives. If the answers we come up with serve to promote commercial media than so be it, but we cannot be sure until we dare to look. Magee, in the most agressive of ways is asking us to look, and at a great cost to himself and im sure to those around him. I think we should all give him a bit of our time.
To see Mr. Magee's protest chronicled, please visit www.globalliberalmediaplease.net
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge Finalists Announced
HERE]. All but one of the 6 finalists proposed what is essentially an interactive information kiosk. I obviously love the idea of repurposing NYC payphones for better uses and would be excited to see NYC's broken phones wrapped in advertising, converted to relevant digital kiosks that help people navigate their city and interact with it on some very basic levels. Whether or not any of these proposals will be carried out as they are shown at this stage of the design process, one cannot say. These are in fact just vague proposals with few real world restrictions and no mention of budgets, or other pertinent issues.
That said, while all of the proposals suggest that the kiosks will be widely used for way finding, internet access, phone calls, emergency response and other relevant pedestrian needs in the 21st century, none go into quite as much detail as the I/0 proposal by none other than TITAN360. In case you dont know, Titan360 if an OOH advertising company that has a huge stake in the phonebooth inventory around NYC, collecting ad revenue from a lions share of the 11,000 plus remaining booths. They seem to have taken this contest the most seriously, producing a glossy 5 minute video to explain how I/0 and the average citizen will interact.
But that isn't the point, we shouldnt be talking about price points at all because at minute 2:20 Titan360 suggests (visually at least) that these kiosks will be open for public usage in unprecedented ways. By showing a young girl posting a hand drawn picture of her lost kittens through an internet connected device, Titan360 is suggesting that these reinvented phonebooths will be free for the public to use for their own purposes. (Unless that little girl is being charged a service fee, which I dont bleieve is implied) It is a wild and unprecedented suggestion that can only really be made in this new digital age. Could we all have some level of curatorial access to a piece of visual public infrastructure?
What if, instead of the multinational corporate iconography that makes every place the same place, NYC's kiosks of the future culled public content and an array of local data so that the kiosks not only served the needs of the community but reflected a neighborhoods personal identity through the aggregation of locally relevant personal content. Titan360 suggests, and visualizes this possibility for us in their video and if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. The likelihood that Titan360, a massive OOH company, would invest in infrastructure that they wouldn't use for paid media content is ludicrous and I fear the little girl in this video will never find her kittens.
But all joking aside, an open and democratically share public visual environment isn't a pipe dream. Titan360, or any other company for that matter, is only allowed to implement their ideas on our public streets with our approval. Demanding an ad free public environment and better yet, a locally relevant messaging hub for our communities, is our duty as citizens trying to live in the best place we can possibly imagine.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Ad Patrol - Casual Activism and Billboard Data Collection
Big thanks to DataPlayed for creating Ad Patrol and pursuing socially relevant gaming as a tool for real world change. As well, thanks to Clay Ewing for coining the term "casual activism" to remind ourselves that in today's day and age, being an active citizen doesn't have to be all that active.
Hey NYC? Ever wonder what else you can do with your iPhone besides Instagraming your culinary adventures, or Tweeting your latest celebrity sighting? Try this...
Casual Activism takes on the illegal billboard problem in NYC: Call for Volunteers!!!!
New York City has a host of problems that would be much easier to tackle if the city could just get their hands on a bit of data. For instance, which of the many thousands of billboards in NYC are illegal? Who owns them? and where the hell are they? The problem is New York City doesn't have the resources needed to collect such a vast amount of information. If they could, hundreds thousands of dollars in fines could be levied against law breaking companies, and what once seemed like an overwhelming task could be brought under control.
Welcome to Casual Activism and a fun way to crowd source vital citywide data collection. We are looking for 100 volunteers to play a simple iPhone game called Ad Patrol for 1 month, starting April 1st. Volunteers will be asked to photograph billboards with thier smartphone and input company names. That's it! In the process volunteers will be helping to create a vast network of data about NYC's billboard inventory which will then be shared with any relevant parties including the NYC Department of Buildings.
If you want to help us prove that Casual Activism can create real world results while having fun, download the Ad Patrol app from the iTunes store, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to become a part of the volunteer network. The Top 3 volunteers will get a signed print from PublicAdCampaign. You can learn more about Casual Activism and Ad Patrol's creator Clayton Ewing, [HERE]
New York City has an illegal advertising problem. An illegal ad can be fined up to $25,000 a day, yet these fines are rarely collected. Outdoor advertising companies are able to skirt the laws and regulations put in place by the city for three reasons: ads are everywhere, documenting wrongdoing is an arduous task, and many people believe that illegal advertisements are in fact legal.
A similar effort to document illegal advertising in San Francisco took a team of 4 people 2 years to complete a similar task. By crowd sourcing the effort, this game has the ability to rapidly document unpermitted and illegal advertising at an unprecedented rate. While many activists might use the latest mainstream platform, such as Twitter, for a campaign, they are ultimately stuck with all the caveats of the existing system, its policies that affect access and ownership, as well as the firehose of existing information. The simplicity of the evidence (time stamped geo-tagged photographs with a description), combined with a flexible narrative allows the initial game to be repurposed for a variety of activist causes with minimal effort. The platform created for Ad Patrol, as an open source project, allows activists to tap into the power of crowds and create a single stream of information specifically suited for their needs.
Fresh Stuff From Ludo in Paris
Monday, March 4, 2013
Legal Wars: End of the Line for L.A.’s Digital Billboards?
As per usual, Ban Billboard Blight has followed the digital billboard scandal in LA with incredible detail and has recently posted about a potential victory for city residents. What I find incredible about the entire sordid affair that is LA's billboard debacle, is the audacity with which OOH companies act in the face of public outcry and municipal demands. Most recently BBB reports that Clear Channel is threatening to sue the city of LA for well over 100 million dollars in lost revenue and damages if they force the company to remove its digital signage, which was put up illegally during a city wide billboard moratorium. I mean are you fucking kidding me? What other industry do you see acting illegally and then threatening to sue the government when they are told to stop doing illegal things? It is fantastically outrageous and at the same time incredibly disheartening that somehow they continue to get away with these tactics. It is scandals like this, and the many others we report on here at PublicAdCampaign that lead us to believe there is no compromise to allow outdoor advertising a place in our public spaces and that an outright ban is the only way to insure our streets and our minds are treated with the respect they deserve.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Mobstr - Lessons in advertising Vol 5?
Actually Worthwhile Advertising: a Water-Producing Billboard
In an uncharacteristic move, this billboard actually gives back to the community.
VIA: The Atlantic Cities
The coastal city does have one great source of water, though. It's in the air. Peruvians have their faces dampened each day by an extraordinary amount of humidity, which reaches 98 percent saturation on some days. Now, an unlikely alliance of scientists and advertisers have figured out a way to take that damp air and in effect squeeze it like a sponge, producing tasty torrents of fresh agua for Peruvians to slurp. More [HERE]
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
How We Feel About a Billboard Can Impact Our Driving
A small article recently appeared on the Atlantic Cities blog about outdoor advertising's effect on your cognitive processes as they alter your emotions ones way or the other. While the article points out that driving may be one task that is susceptible to "emotional distraction" I would argue that advertising's effects on our daily lives should not be looked at on a task by task basis, but on our public lives more generally. If I can be distracted from a simple task at hand by the content of a billboard, it would follow that the compounded effects become a distraction to life itself.
VIA: Atlantic Cities
Consider the task of driving, which demands all of the above (multi-tasking, close attention, quick reactions). As it turns out, driving can be susceptible to "emotional distraction" too, and from a seemingly insignificant source: roadside billboards hawking sunny beach vacations or warning of lung cancer. More [HERE]
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Ztohoven Hits the Prague Metro Hard in 2003
Monday, February 11, 2013
Clear Channel PR Blitz For L.A. Digital Billboards
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Partizaning - Participatory Urban Replanning
Our cities are increasingly dominated by advertisements. Media literacy is taken for granted, and people seem unaware of the thousands of images they are absorbing each day, or of the impact they might have. In 2007, the mayor of the Brazilian city of São Paulo passed a ‘clean city law’, forbidding any form of commercial communication outdoors. And as a result, artists started to occupy walls with colors and shapes. But legalities aside, globally, people are retaliating against the capitalist domination of free space by ad-busting and hacking billboards to un-clutter public space.
For the complete interview [HERE]
Monday, February 4, 2013
Red Rock Media - Food Cart Ads
Red Rock Media, these gems will cost you $1200.00 a month. I asked about the legality of these little monsters and was told that the city had no right to regulate them as they fall out of their jurisdiction. While I don't understand why that would be other than the fact that there is no fixed address to which one would attach a permit, I sent the image over to the sign enforcement unit with the hopes that they will be able to crack down on these eyesores. Unprompted, I was subsequently assured that Red Rock is owned and operated by Levi Eichenstien who has been in the business for 30 years and therefore would never do anything which is non compliant with NYC law. The funny thing is that 30 years in the business to me, makes it more likely that you would break the law as you have had time to properly adapt to the intricate media landscape and exploit the tiny loopholes which can be incredibly profitable.
Update: These signs are not under the DOB's jurisdiction as they are on the sidewalk and not affixed to a building. Time for some investigative work.
Ill keep my eyes open and I suggest you do the same. Send us pics of these offending food carts and we will see what we can do to get these ads off our city streets.
Red Rock Media Website [HERE]
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
NEKO, Modus, and Pedro Sega Hit Madrid
Neko made me aware of this post on a few Madrid based takeovers. Continued bombardment of the streets in Madrid no matter what...Amazing
VIA: Arte En La Calle
Monday, January 28, 2013
B.U.G.A.U.P. New Website
What I find amazing is that by banning outdoor tobacco and alcohol ads, our cities have admitted to the negative effect outdoor comercial messaging can have on our citizens if the messages are unproductive or harmful. With this understanding in place one would imagine that we would find other industries which plague our social fabric by promoting overt conspicuous consumption and intrinsic value systems, and in finding them request their removal. For a paper on advertisings general effects on our behavior and a good reason to ban outdoor commercial media in general, see this post.
New Billboard Formats - They Keep Getting Longer
Thursday, January 17, 2013
CBS Turning Billboard-Ad Business Into a REIT
Forget about paying taxes, there is a loophole for that.
VIA: Bloomberg NewsCBS Corp. (CBS) shares surged the most in 17 months after the company said it will convert its outdoor advertising division into a real estate investment trust and seek a buyer for the European and Asian parts of that business.
The owner of the most-watched U.S. television network gained 10 percent to $41.80 at 9:38 a.m. in New York, the biggest intraday jump since August 2011. If completed, the actions may be worth $3 a share to CBS investors, said Michael Morris, an analyst at Davenport & Co. More [HERE]
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Toronto’s billboard tax set to fund city arts and culture
The stunning bonanza comes in the form of millions the city is already collecting from the “third party sign tax,” a.k.a. the billboard tax.
The upshot: a major increase in arts funding, which many artists, cultural organizations and consultants have been seeking for more than a decade, is finally about to become a reality rather than just an unfulfilled promise or an elusive dream. more [HERE]
Monday, January 14, 2013
Re+Public - Augmented Reality Video Release
Keith Harring Augment, Bowery Wall NYC, 2012As many PublicAdCampaign readers know, we have spent the past 10 years on an artistic/activist adventure, investigating the relationship between commercial media and our shared public visual environment. Projects have ranged from individual campaigns to massive civil disobedience projects, speaking engagements and teaching, to legal battles and gallery exhibitions. While our intentions have always been to promote the greater good, our tactics have often been required to reside in a more dubious arena, falling somewhere short of fully legal and always outside of mainstream practice.
How & Nosm Augment, Wynwood Walls Miami, 2012Two years ago I began working with another like mind at The Heavy Projects on an augmented reality mobile application. We saw AR as a way to leap the private property boundaries that made my artistic activism illegal and put curatorial responsibility in the hands of the public. In the future, no longer will billboards and other outdoor media demand your attentions as you walk through public space. Instead we will curate our public visual experience in new and exciting ways.
Today we released some video footage of two projects we recently completed which you can view by clicking the above photos. The first is a "resurrection" project done at the infamous Bowery Wall in NYC and the second is a more advanced interactive mural project done at Wynwood Walls Miami this past December. While I am excited to release these videos to the world, I am looking forward to more progressive uses of the technology in 2013, the eventual goal being to deploy a full scale digital mural program here in NYC.