Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
ICY & SOT In Los Angeles
Icy and Sot were just out in LA and had a chance to put thier PublicAccess keys to good use. I love the fact that these two make it a point to do a few ad takeovers in whatever city they end up in, regardless of why they are in town. This is the kind of autonomous action I was hoping to make possible with the PublicAccess project and I hope to see more activity like it in the future.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
New Yorkers to soon get ‘super-fast,’ free public Wi-Fi throughout the city
Link NYC is rolling out as we speak and bringing super fast WiFi, plus free calls and phone charging, along with other bells and whistles to NYC in 2016. The new units will replace the old phone booth infrastructure that has become so outdated over the past 5-10 years, bringing a refreshed look to the streets along with all of that high tech. I must say I am quite excited to see these units up and running in the same way people must have been excited to see phones being placed on the street, whenever that was. Unlike the phone booths in NYC, running these digital kiosks will not be free and to offset the cost of installation and upkeep, LinkNYC will be running digital video and still ads. There is talk of renewed OOH business models which will make the advertising more local, allow smaller businesses to participate and generally make these kiosks less obtrusive than thier older counterparts, but I remain skeptical. Only time will tell.
VIA: Metro NYCHERE]
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Brandalism 2015 and the COP21
Brandalism project pulled off the largest single Ad Takeover action ever. Some 80 artists were asked to submit works which were then printed and installed by a team of activists, resulting in over 600 individual ad takeovers. This unprecedented event took place on Black Friday, and directly ahead of the COP21 Climate negotiations taking place in Paris. Artists were asked to make works which spoke about climate change as the action was not only about advertisings role in our public spaces, but also about using the private advertising infrastructure to speak truth to the powers gathering in Paris to decide the fate of our planet.
The recent Brandalism action works in two ways that I think are worth taking a second to discuss. First, while advertising remains an integral part of our social fabric, creating and reiterating our culture back at us in an endless loop of dissemination and reception, the role it plays in fueling the issues which underly our climate crisis have not been widely discussed. Conspicuous consumption and the relentless renewal of products and services offered by, and needed in order to sustain capitalisms endless growth models, is in no small way responsible for the current crises our planet faces as we inch closer and closer to overshooting the carbon budget which would keep our planet under the 2degree estimates climate scientist believe will avert catastrophic planetary warming. This means that we must address our insatiable need for more and more stuff if we are going to create a collective society whose demands for goods will align with how much we can actually produce. This doesn't mean that you can't have new things, the benefits of modern technology and manufacturing, or must live a stoic life of abstinence from the goods and services that our society produces. But it does mean that we must address how much we choose to consume individually and weigh heavily our needs for what capitalism has to offer. Advertising as a medium, aims to disrupt a nuanced and practical analysis of your individual needs. Its objective is to create desire regardless of the implications of that desire on our society at large and this is in fundamental conflict with the interest of our planet. By illegally removing advertising on the street and replacing it with messages that address our climate issues, the Brandalism project is fundamentally rejecting the role advertising plays in our society and re-imaginging a world in which its influence is kept in line with our collective needs. If we are going to tackle the major issues of our day, advertisings influence on our collective psyche must be mitigated so that we can more appropriately discuss what, and how much we will consume individually. A good start to this mitigation would be admitting that advertising plays a negative role in our society by fueling over consumption and reducing its impact is of the utmost importance.
The second aspect of the Brandalism project that I think is worth noting is that beyond questioning advertisings role in our society, the Brandalism project has re-imagined how our public infrastructure should be used and what types of conversations are appropriate for our public spaces. Most, if not all of the artworks/critical messages created by the participating artists, are social statements which do not have an institutionalized venue for communication in public space. Protests against how our society is moving forward are often relegated to marches, or individual commentary that take place outside of normal public behavior. Public space, by definition is the arena in which our collective goals and interests can be expressed to one another in a democratic and meaningful way. It is in this venue that our individual opinions, put together, create public opinion and we must foster this type of democratic discussion at every turn if we are to have our collective voices create a singular voice of our collective interests. To use our public spaces for advertising, and the interests of commerce is to deny public spaces role as our collective soap box and to privilege commercial speech over our individual interests. The Brandalism project, by using the public infrastructure that typically holds commercial media, for critical dialogue, re-purposes public space for its intended purpose. This is no small feat and by setting an example of a more properly function public space and civic infrastructure, the Brandalism project imagines a world in which we use our public spaces to address the most pressing issues of our time. While I don't believe that our public spaces must always be used to discuss such lofty goals, it surely doesn't hurt and a public space in which we can openly discuss larger societal issues is one in which we may also discuss some of the smaller issues which we deem to be important.
To say that the Brandalism project was a success would be an understatement, but like all critical dialogues created by civil disobedience projects, its call to arms must be met with continued support. Fundamentally changing advertisings role in our public spaces should be one of the priorities that social activists have on thier agenda. Not only does advertising negatively contribute to our consumption behavior but it actively creates commercial conversations in venues which should be used for public discussions of the problems of our current days. Our public spaces should provide us with vigorous opportunities for debate and public discussions, not opportunities for commercial hypnosis that prevents even the most critical thinkers from seeing the world as it is and taking action to change it for the better.
Huffington Post - World Leaders Bombarded By Art Protest At Paris Climate Talks
The Independent - COP21: ‘Brandalism’ activists post satirical adverts around Paris to protest climate change advertising
BBC - COP21: Eco activists Brandalism launch Paris ad takeover
Monday, November 23, 2015
Open Letter To Our Readers
I sent this email out to Public Access key holders yesterday as NOAD Day is shortly upon us. Not all PublicAdCampaign readers have Public Access keys but its worth a mention on this site in case those same readers have resources of thier own and want to contribute to this global initiative.
Friends and Public Access Key Holders,
It's that time of year again when we collectively take to the streets and remove advertising across the globe to express our collective discontent with the use of our public spaces for commercial messaging. Last year 62 participants took to the streets and more than 300 advertisements were removed, and we want to keep that momentum goring. We hope that you will join us in this second year, or join us again, if you participated in 2014.
The task is easy, go out on November 27th and remove at least one advertisement. Don't forget to take a photograph of the empty bus shelter, phone booth, billboard, or whatever type of advertisement you have chosen to liberate. Share this image with the rest of us by posting it to the Tumblr or Facebook, sending it directly to the NOAD Gmail, or sharing it on social media with the hashtag #NOADday. Feel free to share your experience, write about why you participated, or anything else you find relevant to the project.
**For those of you in the United States, NOAD Day is the day after Thanksgiving. Shake off that sense of gluttony with some good old fashioned civil disobedience, have fun with your relatives by engaging the city you love, or just take a damn shot of whatever is still lying around and get out there and join the fight. You can spend the rest of your lazy friday basking in the knowledge that you participated in a growing community of people who demand better cities for a better citizen.
WHAT IS NOAD Day?
NOAD Day is an ongoing civil disobedience project begun in 2014 as an expression of global resistance to the use of our shared public spaces for advertising and commercial media. The goal of the project is to create a global voice of dissatisfaction against the use of our public spaces for a commercial media that is a detriment to our collective psyche. The more participation we have, the greater our voice, so take a minute this November 27th to join the party.
WHEN: NOVEMBER 27th (anytime)
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Hackpacks and the right to the city: some thoughts
Some really interesting thoughts coming out of the UK on ad takeover work and its role in imagining new social realities not just on the street but in the larger cultural context.
VIA: Distorted Spacehack pack comes with a handy how-to guide. More [HERE]
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Beastmaster Ad Takeover And It Blows
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
La crítica a la publicidad en el espacio público de Jordan Seiler, en Barcelona
Nice little write up on a recent action in Barcelona
VIA: El PaisHERE]
Friday, October 16, 2015
Chuck Agency / Seen Outdoor has reached the new low.
Recently I have been getting lots of emails regarding the increased and aggressive wild posting campaigns happening around NYC. Here is a good one I think you should know about.
Chuck Agency / Seen Outdoor has reached the new low.
Mark Samsonovich created a project he called Public Art Campaign, "Love is teletpathic", and while he was taking photographs of the installation, Chuck Agency's Dave Porter ripped down his posters at 4th & 10th. And Porter proceeded to tell Mark to "Go FUCK himself and these were his walls!". Dave Porter previously worked for NPA.
They say they use permitted dedicated sites but they have no permits. They create agreements under Seen Outdoor with some of the landlords and sell them under the Chuck Agency name, Jay Heleva is the president of Chuck Agency.
Mark Samsonovich project: www.loveistelepathic.com
More Seen Outdoor ruining public art. The Street Art of Bushwick Collective Is Disappearing Under Billboards | Bushwick Daily: http://bushwickdaily.com/2015/06/the-street-art-of-bushwick-collective-is-disappearing-under-billboards/#.VZMyoP1glis.twitter
Attached: A .pdf of Chuck's 'dedicated lease locations'. (You can ask and they'll send you the same thing) Download [HERE]
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
These Crazy Bastards Have Too Much Fun
Friday, October 9, 2015
Street Art, The Law, Advertising, The City
Street Art, Public City: Law Crime and the Urban Imagination. Its a wonderfully researched investigation into the legal barriers broken by situational art in public space and how those transgression can envision an alternative city or way of being. For me it pins a lot of the same tactics discussed in Property Outlaws: How Squatters, Pirates, and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership by Sonia Katyal, on street and graffiti writers, which I have always felt appropriate. For anyone interested in street art and its politics beyond the image, this book is a must read.
Upon speaking to a PhD Student in London, I also found my way to a very interesting paper by Anne M. Cronin entitled "Advertising and the metabolism of the city: urban space, commodity rhythms". This paper is the first I have come across that looks beyond a textual critique of advertising in outdoor space and instead looks at the ways in which it shapes the city and its inhabitants by co-opting the rhythms of public movement. I can't recommend this short paper enough to anyone who is interested in understanding how the very presence of commercial media in public space regardless of the specific messages, can cause a change in our social behavior and link us closer to the cycles of commodity consumption. Download [HERE]
NO AD NYC: Another Face In The Crowd by Hugh Lippe
As you may have heard, NO AD NYC is shutting down at the end of the month so that we can work on other projects and take the time to look for meaningful institutional support for the NO AD app. Before we do, we are blessed to be able to present a final exhibition from my good friend Hugh Lippe. I went to school with Hugh at the Rhode Island School of Design and we were close friends. As photography students we worked with each other on numerous projects and even presented our final graduating exhibitions together in 2002.
I have always felt strongly about Hugh's eye. He has an uncanny ability to see deeply with his lens and find beauty in often unsettling subjects and environments. When I saw his most recent body of work entitled Another Face In The Crowd, I reached out to him immediately, knowing I wanted to present them as the final NO AD exhibition. These photos of NYC residents are intrusive and voyeuristic, and yet compassion runs through them all as I find myself deeply attached to the emotional lives that my mind builds for these individuals. A huge thanks to Hugh for allowing us access to this unfinished body of work and I hope everyone takes a moment to explore this final exhibition of photographs.
Today, 10-06-15, the NO AD app updates to feature Another Face In The Crowd, a selection of images from Hugh Lippe's ongoing body of work by the same name.
Another Face In The Crowd: In Hugh Lippe's latest body of work the faces of NYC come into sharp, and often unsettling focus. These photos, taken with a telephoto lens, isolate the individual and hone in on the subject with a compelling sense of compassion. Presented here as an unfinished project and as the final exhibition for the NO AD app, we hope NO AD viewers will find a glimpse of themselves in the images presented and are brought closer to those around them. We can't thank Hugh enough for his incredible work, so befitting our final exhibition.
Originally from Texas, Hugh relocated to the East Coast in pursuit of an art education. Having graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002, he developed a strong foundation within the arts. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the Amsterdam-based museum FOAM. Hugh has had several solo exhibitions, his most recent, "The Dirt Under My Nails" exhibited at Rare Gallery NYC.
Hugh attributes his honest, humanistic and at times 'raw' approach to the many colorful memories he has experienced over the years.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
NO AD APP TURNS ADVERTISEMENTS INTO STREET ART – IN BERLIN
Nice little writeup on Wide Walls about NO AD running in Berlin.
VIA: WIDE WALLSHERE]
Sunday, September 20, 2015
We Spoke to a Dismaland Artist Who’s Behind the Anti-Arms Dealer Posters Going Up All Over London
The always wonderful Luna Park sent me the following article from Vice. Its definitely worth a quick read but what gets me excited is the fact that the author admits ad space hacking is on the rise.
Update: another article about the same action appeared in the Guardian and can be viewed [HERE]
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
NO AD Goes to Berlin
I couldnt be more excited to announce that NO AD, the NYC based mobile digital exhibition space that takes advantage of the vast subway advertising infrastructure of the New York subway system, now works in Berlin. Users can download a separate NO AD Berlin app on iOS [HERE] and Android [HERE] which uses the vast billboard advertising infrastructure that adorns Berlin streets and metro stations.
NO AD Berlin is presented by PublicAdCampaign and Open Walls Gallery for Berlin Art Week, 2015. The images and artworks included are taken from a collection of past NO AD NYC exhibitions that include street art, photography, painting, and animation works.
Exhibition Dates: Sept 14th - Oct 31st
A big thanks to Guillaume Trotin, Aida Gomez, Letitia Jacquot for their support in Berlin without which this exhibition would not have been possible.
Friday, September 11, 2015
A Must Watch!
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Sometimes I Get These Emails And They Make Me Laugh
I’d like to inquire if it’s possible to purchase advertising space on your website. If there is any space available please let me know and we could discuss further details.
Looking forward to your positive reply.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
PublicAccess Update - New Keys and Cities
The PublicAccess project continues to expand and offer access to more outdoor advertising infrastructure around the world. Recently we added three new keys allowing access to Miami, Berlin, Hangzhou, Bodoe, Philadelphia, and Mexico city.
To get involved or find out more about the project, visit the site [HERE] and take a look below.
artwork by NDARecently we gained access to Philadelphia and with new tools comes new thoughts and ideas on our streets. This PSA by NDA is an amazing example of the kind of lighthearted and yet generous ideas I think would populate a truly open public visual landscape free of advertising. I say good riddance to the disaster preparedness PSA's that demand we take personal responsibility for our fate in the next typhoon by hoarding tuna cans and batteries, and I say welcome to a constant reminder of my own tendency to preemptively sabotage my own desires... as offered by an actual human being! But seriously. If the placement of messages in our public space is to actually communicate ideas with each other, I think it should be noted that I have a tendency to contemplate the ideas of an individual over the bureaucracy, the local over the distant.
Artwork by Nick BergwellWhat people do with thier PublicAccess key is up to them. Sometimes a participant uses the key to promote thier own street wear brand, but more often than not, participants offer genuine outreach to others. This simple text installation on the streets of NY caught my eye, trying to enjoy each day, but finding myself failing to reach my goals and expectations, which always leaves me wanting more. Imperfectly calibrated happiness machines indeed...
Thanks again for supporting PublicAdCampaign!
Friday, August 21, 2015
Augmented Reality and New Gallery Works
The works presented below should also be viewed with a free augmented reality app, PublicAdCampaign Now! downloadable for Android [HERE].
I have been working on a new series of gallery pieces that focus on my long term struggle to take back outdoor advertising spaces without imposing my own aesthetics on the public or running an ad campaign for myself, while at the same time making visible my tactics in the hopes of promoting similar behavior in others. I do this to ask whether or not we should adorn our cities with commercial messages in light of the many other types of visual stimulus we could offer ourselves, and with the understanding that advertising in general has a net negative effect on our personal psychology and thus our global behavior as a species.
These works are as close as I think I have come to reaching that goal for a number of reasons. First, while people who are familiar with my work may look at these installations and assume it was me, I think thier utter simplicity anonymizes my actions and prevents the installation from being promotional. If you don't know who made the piece, you cant think about the person behind it and therefore must instead have a relationship to the image alone. That said, you must notice the installation in the first place and I think the striking difference between the imagery used for this series, and advertising, helps to create that initial interaction.
So now we have someone looking at an anonymous installation that removed an advertisement for some unknown reason. This is the space I want the viewer to end up, as it allows them to begin the conversation with themselves about the difference between the two types of imagery, advertisings ubiquity and role in our public spaces, and all of the other questions we should be asking ourselves when thinking about how we want our public visual environment to be used. Given the opportunity to disassociate these physical locations with thier expected advertising content, viewers are free to enter a line of thinking that is almost unheard of... "Should we have, and do we need, outdoor advertising intruding on our public spaces and minds?
For this, the final element of AR, and the PublicAdCampaign Now! app come in to tell the rest of the story. Video of me actually installing the piece which is to become the image you are looking at in the gallery plays over the still image when viewed through the app, proving the aesthetics to be in service of the idea and the work to be sincere. Once this sincerity is established, I think the gallery viewer can come to a similar thought trajectory as the public viewer and honestly consider the proposed argument that is established by me actively breaking the law to remove commercial media and replace it with something else, whatever that might be.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Banksy's Dismaland: 'amusements and anarchism' in artist’s biggest project yet
Oh the missed opportunities. Banksy recently opened a theme park with a decidedly twisted facade. While its all fun and games ridicule of mass spectacle culture, there is a wonderfully anarchistic prize to be taken home in lieu of the shitty stuffed animals that one usually wanders away with at these things. For 5 Pounds you can get an Adshel bus shelter key and presumably a little walkthrough on how to use it.
In one tent would-be anarchists can find out how to unlock the Adshel posters seen at bus stops. For £5 people can buy the tools to break into them, replacing the official posters with any propaganda they please. Is it legal? “It’s not illegal,” said the vendor.
We couldn't agree more. If you want keys of your own, try this LINK
VIA: The GuardianHERE]
Monday, August 17, 2015
Funny Math? Clear Channel’s $3.9 Million Donation to the LAPD
Dennis over at Ban Billboard Blight is a solid crusader who sees through the bullshit and tells it like it is regarding all things advertising and public space in LA. Follow his insights for the incredibly specific and yet oddly universal tactics that the billboard industry is using to edge its way further into the LA city fabric.
VIA: Ban Billboard BlightHERE]
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Find Your Beach by Zadie Smith
VIA: NYRB by Zadie SmithHERE]
Friday, August 14, 2015
Can cities kick ads? Inside the global movement to ban urban billboards
My friend Dennis over at Ban Billboard Blight sent me this article from the Guardian. Many of the issues that I find most interesting about advertising and public space are addressed in the article, if only briefly. It is after all a short news story. I was particularly happy with fact that the author addresses the tone of the OOH industry towards thier occupation of our public environment, and what that means about thier overall goals and appreciation for the public to which they subject thier business.
And then there is the mention of a Zadie Smith essay in the NY Review of Books, which all of my smart friends failed to alert me of. I guess all of thier constant pressure to subscribe was not only well intended, but also a good idea.
VIA: The GuardianHERE]
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Brown Bag Lunch with Visiting Scholars
Thursday, July 30, 2015
10 Fun Facts About Opening Day of the NYC Subway On October 27, 1904
VIA: Untapped Citieswax nostalgic when we see them in the vintage subway cars, it was noted that the first passengers didn’t like the ones in the station. Before the opening, the stations had been free of advertising. “Until then the stations had depended on their beautiful mural ornamentation for decoration. Everyone in the train was expressing regret that the fine appearance of things was to be marred,” writes the Times. And Mayor McClellan was just as upset, saying he didn’t know about the ads in the subway stations until then and admitted that from an artistic standpoint, “They look very bad.” Article [HERE]
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
THE PHONE APP THAT TRANSFORMS SUBWAY ADS INTO ART
Here is a nice little article on the NO AD app from Atlas Obscura. We are currently actively looking for curators and artists with interesting projects as well as for a full time NO AD media representative. The NO AD platform has been put through its paces and we think works like a charm. Now we need someone who wants to help it grow by reaching out to new audiences and engaging institutions that can provide progressive content. If you would like to talk with us about this opportunity, please contact us over email.
VIA: Atlas Obscura
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Fresh Milk TV Interview.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Vermibus and I Installing In Berlin
Friday, July 10, 2015
In Bushwick, Street Art Comes with a Copious Side of Advertising Billboards
Everyone asked for comment in this article, including myself have something interesting to say. On a compete side note, I wish writers would let you know that they may quote entire sections of your emails verbatim. I always assume they will integrate your ideas into a story and so often whatever grammatically deficient gibberish i spew out in an email on the plane home from Germany ends up as a quote. :)
The latest additions to the Bushwick Collective, the street art project founded and curated by Joe Ficalora around the intersection of Troutman Street and St Nicholas Avenue in Brooklyn, are a number of big, garish billboards. Since artists began transforming warehouse walls in the area with large-scale murals three years ago, there has been remarkably little infringement by the type of advertisements and hand-painted billboards that have overtaken many popular street art spots in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. But in recent weeks, as Bushwick Daily has pointed out, advertisements have begun appearing on the Bushwick Collective blocks, some of them installed directly atop existing murals. More [HERE]
Monday, July 6, 2015
Grand Opening Exhibition At Openwalls Berlin
Vermibus at Openwalls Gallery in Berlin. His work, like my own, takes advantage of the large outdoor advertising infrastructure in our public spaces in order to tease out questions of how we choose to adorn the cities we live in. Focusing on fashion imagery, Vermibus removes, reworks, and then reinstalls fashion advertising in public spaces. It is quite effective and given my background in the fashion photography world, something that I feel strongly about supporting.
While I was in Berlin I put up a few pieces, including a quick hit with Vermibus which saw us each take a single side of a two sided bus shelter. Once I get those images together I will make them available here.
Friday, July 3, 2015
The Street Art of Bushwick Collective Is Disappearing Under Billboards
This is incredibly sad article is further proof that outdoor advertising is simply incompatible with public space. I know Anya of the House of Yes through friends, and she is a nice woman who has been seduced by the money that advertising is willing to pay for outdoor space. Her folding under the pressure of money is not her fault, but our collective fault for allowing advertising to use its incredibly large resources to sway normal citizens to profit at the expense of the rest of us. If advertising was not allowed in our public spaces we would continue to enjoy Bushwick as the arts mecca that it is, instead of watch the artists efforts be subsumed under a glut of paid commercial signage.
VIA: Bushwick DailySeen Outdoor Media was offering him $24,000 per year to rent a single wall on his building at 14 Wyckoff Avenue. Frank Mattarella was born in Bushwick- his family has owned the building on Wyckoff and Troutman for decades and they’ve rented it as a metal fabrication shop. His neighbors are North East Kingdom on one side and an industrial warehouse on the other. The recently painted warehouse is already sporting two billboards- a larger one with a Sprite ad, and a smaller one with an Atlantic ad. More [HERE]
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Upcoming Berlin Exhibition July 3rd 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
New Mobstr Work in 2015
Mobstr just sent over these two new street pieces and I am of course enjoying them. The above piece in particular intrigues me as I think about the viewer who knows nothing about street art, and less about the ad takeover sub-genre that Mobstr sometimes traverses. Whose voice do they assume Mobstr's text work is speaking in, and who is it speaking to? See more of Mobstr's work [HERE]