Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
New Work for NuART
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
NUART FESTIVAL 2012 . STAVANGER NORWAY
From the billboard hijacking activism of Ron English (US) and Jordan Seiler (US) to The Wa’s (FR) playful urban interventions, from Saber’s (US) uncompromising stance on the positive power of Graffiti to Aakash Nihalani’s (US) more concise and conceptual use of coloured tape, Nuart 2012 has brought together an unlikely group of “festival” artists, whose diverse work and methods offer an authentic reflection on the real practice of Street Art. The UK’s globetrotting, ‘Obama gift-giving’, Eine and LA’s HowNosm are sure to set the standard for large breathtaking murals, whilst Dolk – Norway’s finest exponent of the genre popularised by Banksy – will produce some of his iconic stencil-work. Alongside the character driven graffiti of Sickboy (UK), the calligraphiti of Amsterdam’s Niels Shoe Meulman and the text driven Mobstr (UK), Nuart is set to create an explosion of - ‘mostly legal’ - works, both inside, and out. Nuart 2012 sees a conscious shift away from the “acceptable” face of Street Art that has become favoured by councils and municipalities around the world. Recognising that there is a danger of this vibrant culture becoming sanitised by a surfeit of oversized legal murals Nuart 2012 will continue to take to the streets in new and more illicit ways. Alongside it’s exhibition at Tou Scene – which will host over half a kilometre of works along its 19th century tunnels – outdoor landmarks and un-missable billboards will be re-envisioned as subversive pieces of striking art. And if this isn’t enough to excite you, sister festival Numusic will be providing the weekend’s entertainment, with the likes of Mad Professor, The Orb, Lindstrøm, and many more performing. Nuart is set to break more than just boundaries in 2012 – will you be there?
More at the NuART website [HERE]
Neko Keeps the City Lights Bright in Madrid
Monday, August 6, 2012
"Is Counterculture Getting Mainstream?" Curating the Venice Architecture Biennale's Guerilla U.S. Pavilion
Below is an interview with Cathy Ho who curated the American Pavilion's exhibition at this years Architecture Bienalle in Venice. The NYSAT projects inclusion in this years exhibit is a testament to the dedication of everyone who took to the streets on that april 25th 2009, and the impact they have had on the collective imagination and our right to stake claim to our cities.
Street Level Billboards are Getting Out of Hand
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Have MetroCards Entered the Public Forum?
I was recently asked to comment on the MTA's new advertising initiative which will bring advertising to the front of Metrocards in the near future, and whether this new form of advertising differs in any way from the traditional posters we see strewn about the transit system. While I see almost no difference at all, I was able to interject my thoughts on the futility of advertising revenue to in any way support our massive transit authority; an idea which is often touted by advertisers themselves when justifying the massive amount of commercial messages we are forced to consume on a daily basis. Quoted as saying that ad revenue makes up less than 1% of the MTA's operating budget, I would like to readjust that figure with the articles numbers. With a 12,500,000,000.00 dollar operating budget and approximately 120,000,000.00 dollars in ad revenue, the percent of the operating budget that ad revenue takes care of is .96%. Meaning if we increased a transit rides by less than 2.5 cents we could eliminate every single advertisement from the entire transit system. No more ads in the subway cars, on the platforms, in buses, on buses, at bus shelters, wrapped trains, station domination campaigns, digital screens at subway entrances, advertisements on Metrocards, spectacular campaigns, station naming rights, etc. Said plainly, I wonder if the public would opt for an ad free transit system given the choice.
VIA MetrofocusMetroCard available to advertisers, who can replace virtually all but the black, magnetic strip with their own messaging. The MTA has sold advertising space on the back of the card since the mid-1990s, and this announcement comes with a reduction of the purchase minimum. The MetroCard’s advertisement space will be managed in-house by the MTA, while most MTA ad spaces are managed through CBS Outdoor. More [HERE]
Friday, August 3, 2012
Property Tax Evasion in City Is Widespread, Report Suggests
In a NY Times article which shouldn't surprise PublicAdCampaign readers, property owners often fail to pay taxes on billboard revenue.
VIA The New York Times
At the peak of the real estate boom, the owners of a four-story building with a couple of huge billboards in Times Square failed to report money that they received from renting the signs, evading tens of thousands of dollars a year in property taxes. More [HERE]
Wednesday, August 1, 2012