Well-known Philly artist Joe Boruchow has recently added three new works to his portfolio — and to the streets of Philly. Each are rendered in Boruchow’s signature black-and-white paper cutouts, cut from a single sheet of black paper and wheat pasted to platforms around the city. The latest designs mock Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and protest the statue erected in honor of 1970’s Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo in front of the Municipal Services Building.
Read more [HERE]
Lena Dunham Calls for Altering of Gun-Toting 'Jason Bourne' Subway Ads
Looks like someone out there shares my thoughts on gun advertising and our public interest. In part this idea came from a series of images that Jon Burgerman did using advertising violence and a little photoshop to make some wonderfully fun critical commentary. See them all [HERE]
In light of the recent shooting tragedies that have occurred in the U.S., Lena Dunham is in full support of ripping gun images out of the new Jason Bourne subway ads.
After producer Tami Sagher proposed removing images of the gun that Matt Damon’s titular character is seen holding in the film’s ads, the creator and star of HBO's Girls reposted Sagher’s message. In full support of bringing awareness to gun control, Dunham captioned the photo: “Good idea @tulipbone! Let's go!” More [HERE]
Art Commission approves rehab of 5th Street El station, denies digital displays at SEPTA entrances
Philadelphia has a backbone and because of it they will resist the increasing digital blight blanketing major metropolitan cities across the United States. At this point I am beginning to see Intersection without the rose colored glasses they gave me a few years back when they were looking for community engagement strategies and other ways to ingratiate thier network of digital advertising structures into the NYC landscape. Thank god for Mary Tracy and the rest of the Scenic Philadelphia team.
What we won’t see at SEPTA’s 5th Street/ Independence Hall Station is digital displays on the new entrances.
The Art Commission rejected the permanent installation of 42 digital outdoor displays proposed for SEPTA entrances as part of a public-private partnership. More [HERE]
Here is a new collaboration between OX and one of his 80's crew members Trois Carre from the streets of Paris. I've said it before but I'll say it again, OX is my favorite ad takeover artists out there. While this piece is definitely a collaboration, partially cause OX just doesn't go this detailed very often and usually relies on simpler abstractions with his work, I still feel OX through and through. The relationship to the surrounding environment is something OX includes in most pieces and this collaboration relies heavily on the staircase to ground itself. For me, this is a very important tool for the ad takeover artist cause it allows the viewer to realize that something is amiss. Once that recognition happens, (something that can be very difficult given how much viewers try to avoid ad messages and how ingrained commercial messaging is in these spaces, as opposed to public art or commentary) viewers can begin the process of thinking about advertising in public spaces as a concept. We are all so aware of culture jamming, political commentary, and the general agenda of trying to undermine commercial messaging that I think it goes in one ear and out the other. Not to mention, even if you receive a culture jammed message loud and clear, you still think heavily about the company behind the errant message. In light of that it seems the only logical response to an over saturation of commercial media is to remove it entirely. To me these pieces do well by talking about the frame and not what was once inside.
Join us at May Day on 176 Nicholas Ave in Brooklyn, on July 15th between 7pm and 9pm for a practical introduction to Advertising Takeover work. The event is free and you can easily register for the limited number of seats on Eventbrite [HERE] A friend will give a bit of history into the movement before I give a very brief introduction to the tools and my preferred method of working.
Subvertising is the practice of altering, removing, or reversing of commercial outdoor media spaces that has seen an emergence over the last few years. From huge projects with 600 advert takeovers to individual site-specific interventions, a range of collectives and individuals have successfully enrolled the practice into a tactical force for political movements and for critical artistic practices. This event starts by offering a brief historical and theoretical overview of the practice before sharing all the practical skills and knowledge required for undertaking your own advertising takeovers in New York. We’ll bring in posters and painting materials to create our own adverts during the workshop. Come and join us!
At six-five, Bill de Blasio is usually considerably taller than his conversation partners. But on a cold day in February, the mayor of New York City was on the corner of Third Avenue and 16th Street, interfacing with a nine-and-a-half-foot-tall slab, all sleek curves of metal and glass, that had recently appeared on the sidewalk outside the Mariella Pizza shop. The mayor was testing the monolith's local expertise — did it know the location of the pre-kindergarten program nearest to his Park Slope home? The machine passed the quiz, and, the mayoral mugging concluded, de Blasio turned to the microphone. More [HERE]
Does it bother, please, or amuse you when targeted remarketing by Facebook or Google shows ads for items you recently investigated online? Regardless of how you feel about it, targeted advertising is not only here, but it’s going to increase. More [HERE]
Kristin Calabrese hijacked this bus shelter in front of her exhibit to talk about the importance of a space to talk about whatever we like. I love it and the boldness of dropping ti right in front of her show. more of her work [HERE]
MY BUS SHELTER IN FRONT OF LA><ART 7000 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
Jean-Claude Decaux, who has died aged 78, was a French entrepreneur who made a fortune from outdoor advertising – on poster sites, bus shelters, kiosks, transport systems and even public lavatories. More [Here]
The Common Cause foundation looks at the way the values we choose to champion are determined in large part by the cultural frames under which we live. Surround yourself with imagery that orients you inward towards self interest, and sure enough you don't care much for environmental issues, economic justice, or minority rights. It sounds obvious but when the largest corporations in the world are attempting to reach into your pockets, they draw on the language of self interest, and through repetition this language is fundamentally altering your outlook on life. Yes you are a good person, but how much better of a person might you be if you didn't have the world around you framed by a delusional interest in the self....
From the Common Cause Foundation website
"A large body of evidence shows that values of are central importance in leading people to express concern about social and environmental issues – whether this concern is expressed by changing aspects of day-to-day behaviour, by becoming politically involved, or by volunteering.
A common set of values, which we call compassionate values, underpin such social and environmental concern. Everyone holds these values to some extent – indeed the majority of people privilege these values above all others. More [HERE]
If you don't already know about the website Cultural Hijack, it's well worth taking a look at some of the projects and artists they highlight. Some ad takeover work, but also an assortment of other relevant projects.
I was just in the Poster Remediated exhibition at the 25th Poster Biennial in the Poster Museum of Warsaw. Alongside my work was Vermibus, the Brandalism project, and a small glass case for the Special Patrol Group's Hack Pack. I was under the impression these little artistic intervention kits were only available at Banksy's Dismaland as a one off stunt. Over the past two weeks I have met some of the mischief makers behind this amazing project and realize that they can be purchased through the internet [HERE]. Not only that but the price of the keys are nearly 3 times cheaper than I am able to sell them, making them fantastic for the interventionist looking for a good deal.
After posting about the artist Vlady just a little while ago, I received an email with this image. It's a collaboration between my favorite ad-takeover artist OX and Vlady that they recently did in Biancavilla, Sicily. Enjoy!
I am pleased to announce my participation in The Art Conference coming up in late July at the Ugly Duck in London. Billed as the first of many, TAC#01 is focused on the evolution of Street Art. I will be speaking about my practice, the role of advertising on our collective psyche, and how we might use art to further our visions of utopia beyond the gallery walls. In addition to the talk I will be giving, I am also going to exhibit a few images from the Collisions series along with some of the PublicAccess keys and video.
I am excited to be a part of the event as there are a handful of incredible artists and thinkers I have worked with in the past, as well as others that I look forward to meeting at the event. If you are in London July 23rd and 24th, make sure to get yourself a ticket and join us for what will be an interesting two days of thoughtful discussion. Find out more and register [Here]
The Poster Remediated - 50th Poster Biennial of the Warsaw Poster Museum
I am very excited to announce my inclusion in the 50th Poster Biennial at the Warsaw Poster Museum, June 11th – September, 25th 2016 Opening in Warsaw’s Poster Museum on June 11th at 20:00. The museum has included one photographic work as well as an updated version of the NOAD mobile app. The app has been specially designed to work on several large format photographs I made of the NYC subway system which include several advertisements. By training thier devices on these images, viewers will be given an experience close to that of users in the NYC subway.
The Poster Remediated will explore how the conventional poster is undergoing rapid transformation in an age of ubiquitous digital screens and social media.
"I am a Man’" and "Je Suis Charlie" shows how posters can promote justice and human rights. But posters are often accused of manipulating the viewer and of dominating our streets too. Activists like Vermibus, Jordan Seiler or Brandalism often remove commercial advertisements from their illuminated frames, replacing these posters with abstract art or anti-consumerist messages.
Professor David Crowley, Head of Critical Writing in Art & Design, has a long-term research interest in the poster as both a design object and a means of communication. OPEN WALLS Gallery's Blog talked to David about his curation of the fiftieth Warsaw International Poster Biennale in June 2016, and the changing faces of poster design and dissemination in the digital twenty-first century.
Read the interview [here].
More information about the exhibition [here] and [here].
Dr. D‘s latest project, a collaboration with Disobedient Films, takes his ad busting beyond billboards. Sly TV, a parody of the British satellite TV company Sky (a part of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire), is perhaps most visible as a series of wheatpastes in East London.
I was recently turned on to the work of Vlady, an Italian artist who works over advertising quite often. I like his self reflective works that honor the age of social media we are living in. They have the ability to be both anti advertising work that is not about the advertising message itself, while still retaining a humor and charm of more witty media critique works.
Joe Boruchow is one of a few Philadelphia based artist that have been doing some amazing work in the Philly bus shelter system. This new piece blew me away not only for its beauty but also for its politics and placement. Indicting Frank Rizzo for his unsavory past, Joe uses the bus shelter infrastructure to place his political criticism within the vicinity of a statue of Mr. Rizzo giving it a different value than graffiti or some other form of visual protest. This is top notch use of the PublicAccess keys and I can't wait to see more out of Joe, and the rest of you for that matter people!
Let’s demote this “crumb bum” and remove his statue from the steps of Philadelphia’s Municipal Services Building. Frank Rizzo’s legacy of racial divisiveness and thuggery is no longer one that Philly should endorse. Like an effigy of an authoritarian dictator, the statue looms over our provincial politics and is a symbol of our dysfunction. Move him somewhere less prominent and let’s reserve our high profile public spaces for memorials of figures that all Philadelphians can be proud of.
RJ over at Vandalog facilitated getting a dozen or so Philadelphia PublicAccess keys into the hands of local artists a few months back. The result? lots of art on the streets and of surprisingly good quality for that matter. Normally, artists don't take a huge amount of time crafting thier ad-takeover pieces, knowing full well that they will be removed, and likely trashed days if not hours after being installed. In many ways, ad-takeovers are the ultimate in ephemerality and the photo documentation serves as the protest as much, if not more than, the actual installation. As RJ has mentioned in the past, the internet has been incredibly important for the ad-takeover movement. Here are two great pieces by Joe Boruchow and NDAxHellbent. There's been a lot more work than this but you will just have to go searching the web yourself to find it.
When TV Ads Go Subliminal With a Vengeance, We’ll Be to Blame
The article below isn't about outdoor advertising but it did have some relevant quotes regarding how viewers ingest advertising despite thier attempts not to, as well as the effectiveness of advertising in general. So often, and usually in response and to critique my work, people say "what's the big deal, I don't look at ads anyways." Well there is a 70 Billion dollar TV advertising business and 32 Billion in OOH market that begs to differ. That much money isn't spent so you can ignore the messages being paid for and whether you like it or not, the commercial messages that surround us are seeping into your consciousness. In fact, those that think they can ignore advertising should be all the more appalled to find out that thier best attempts are futile and thier perceived autonomy is a lie that they are telling themselves. Here are two quotes from the article that seem to suggest the industry knows what it is doing.
"It turns out viewers are overwhelmingly absorbing the messages coming from the TV even as they stare at the other devices, Mr. Poltrack said."
“'If less people see your advertising, you will sell less things.'”
For decades the annual television industry ritual known as the upfronts has gone the same way.
Thousands of advertising and television executives trudge between New York’s great cultural centers — Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center — where network executives screen premieres of their hottest new shows (“24: Legacy” on Fox! “Designated Survivor” on ABC!); trot out their biggest stars (Jennifer Lopez! Kerry Washington!), and disclose which programs will go where on the prime-time schedules being set for the fall.
Anti-Australia Day posters, graffiti plastered around Melbourne's CBD Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/antiaustralia-day-posters-graffiti-plastered-around-melbournes-cbd-20160126-gmdzw8.html#ixzz46s2Asw6d Follow us: @theage on Twitter | theageAustralia on Facebook
Turns out Melbourne has thier own little movement as well. Is anyone besides me keeping track of the incredible boon in anti-ad movements or groups focused around using public commercial media space for the collective good? It's astounding. makes you think there might be a legislative agenda on the horizon.
Anti-Australia Day posters and graffiti have been plastered across Melbourne's CBD as hundreds of people rally outside Parliament House over Aboriginal rights.
The large posters featuring the Aboriginal flag, which read "Sovereignty Never Ceded" and include the slogans #InvasionDay2016 and #NoPrideInGenocide, have been placed over existing advertisements at tram stops and train stations in the CBD.
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A company is crowdfunding to replace all the adverts in a tube station with photos of cats
I've said it once and I will say it again, paying outdoor advertising companies to replace commercial messages with a more publicly oriented imagery is a horrendous idea. The money raised to alleviate commuters for a moment in time is much better spent advocating for the removal of commercial media from not only our public spaces, but our public media systems in general. Would you crowd fund to pay a coal fired plant to stop belching smoke into your backyard for a few hours only knowing that they would continue to do so after your funds ran out, using the money you had given them to advocate for thier own continued existence?
Digital advertising is going big—very big—and will soon be everywhere. The out-of-home advertising market (OOH), which includes everything from billboards to posters to Jumbotrons, is finally making a big push into the digital landscape, changing what used to be static canvases into dynamic advertising displays. More [HERE]
Stark Underground Space at World Trade Center Will Host a Riot of Ads
Respect for our shared public spaces has never been an attribute of the Out Of Home Advertising business and this is one of the more egregious examples of thier inability to put humanity above opportunity.
Inside the anti-advertising movement that's recruiting ad agency workers to destroy billboards and replace them with art
Wonderful article on Brandalism and all it's ambitious work in the anti advertising space. Also, I've never seen this Robert Montgomery billboard but it hit even harder than usual so I had to include it.
Brandalism: a movement dedicated to reclaiming the outdoor, visual realm from corporate control. But why outdoor advertising in particular? When buying a magazine, or watching a particular TV channel, the consumer is to some extent consenting to being shown ads. By contrast, in the outdoor space, there's often no choice. More [Here]
NYCLU Demands Tighter Privacy Protections For City's Public Wifi
I have some pretty serious reservations about the LinkNYC system that outpace my love of free WiFi and cell phone charging. They arent new concerns but ones brought into astral focus once you realize what type of data 7500 well placed tracking devices can produce in NYC. As 2d static advertising goes the way of the dinosaur and digital begins to take its place, data protection will become almost as important as trying to remain outside of advertisings influence as it will allow more insidious advertising to worm further inside the brains of even the most adamantly anti advertising of us all.
Civil libertarians are pushing the city to make its new public wifi kiosk network less data-mine-y, saying that the way the LinkNYC public wifi system is set up now allows for the creation of a database of all users' web activity that the NYPD could easily tap into if it felt like it. More [HERE]
Below is a press release I was sent about RAP's recent action at the JCDecaux headquarters. While this all might strike people as borderline insane, it is important to remember that advertising and it the collective influence of commercial media is not a natural state of existence but rather a momentary manifestation of capitalism run amok. Removing its influence would have far reaching positive effects on our society which may help mitigate our effect on the climate, help resolve social issues that surround economic inequality, and generally allow for an atmosphere of collectivity to appear out of a deeply selfish, every man for himself, economic model that dictates large portions of our existence. So maybe this is less crazy than you think and simply beginning of something new.
ENGLISH --------------------------------------------------------------- RAP invited itself to JC Decaux's headquarters ahead of the international day against advertising
Ahead of the international day against advertising taking place on the 25th of March, the french association Resistance à l’Agresion Publicitaire (Resistance to Advertising Agresion) invited itself at the headquarters of the paris-based multinational company of billboards JC Decaux.
On the banner : "Let's free the planet of ads"
Khaled Gaiji, President of RAP declares: “ in addition to violate citizens freedom of (no) reception by invading public space with advertising, the world leader of billboards also systematically violate French laws on billboards. We are here today to denounce this situation and ask to JC Decaux Executive office an appointment in order to discuss solutions to this issue that has already lasted too long”.
After unpholding a banner “let’s free up the planet of ads” next to JC Decaux‘ headerquarter’s logo, Julien Simon, Human Resources Director, came to meet the President of RAP and committed to organize an appointment as soon as possible. RAP will make sure this commitment does not go unheeded.
Empathy is a tricky business. The range and complexity of human emotion makes it difficult, if not impossible, to ever really understand how someone else is feeling. Nevertheless, empathy is considered to be a crucial aspect of what makes us human—indeed, our brains appear to be hardwired for it. So perhaps it won’t come as much of a surprise that as machine learning becomes ever more sophisticated and capable of mimicking some of the most complex functions of the human brain, figuring out a way to teach a computer empathy is quickly becoming a business in itself. More [HERE]
I am extremely excited to be a part of the 50th Warsaw International Poster Biennale coming up this June. A huge thanks to Vermibus for introducing me to David Crowley, the curator and mind behind this unique exhibition which looks like as if it will honor the posters role in political activism while investigating the new forms it has taken in an increasingly digital, and mediated environment.
Professor David Crowley, Head of Critical Writing in Art & Design, has a long-term research interest in the poster as both a design object and a means of communication. RCA Blog talked to David about his curation of the fiftieth Warsaw International Poster Biennale in June 2016, and the changing faces of poster design and dissemination in the digital twenty-first century. More [HERE]
International Day Against Advertising March 25, 2016
More on this as it develops but there are clearly a large number of groups around the world who feel very similarly about the issues surrounding commercial media in public space. I think its time we coalesced.
Again this year, let’s free – if only for one day – the planet from advertising! For the second year in a row on March 25, the French association Resistance against Advertising Aggression (RAP) will partner with international allies and activists from around the world to speak out against advertising. This movement was launched from the Tunis call by hundreds of activists from the five continents at the World Social Forum. Read the Call of March 25, 2016. More [HERE]
Everyone reading this has stared at a targeted ad wondering why anyone thought it applied to them. A new study shows that making people guess why a targeted ad applies to them, and feel flattered by it, gets them to open their wallets—and just maybe become a better person. More [HERE]
Back in 1976, Nic 707 founded the Bronx-based crew OTB, and, along with his crew, regularly hit the trains. These days Nic 707 is back on the trains. But his interventions, this time around, are eliciting mostly curiosity and expressions of gratitude form subway riders. I accompanied him last night on his Instafame Phantom Art Project. Here’s a bit of what I witnessed: More [HERE]
Interested in watching the works of Sut Jhally? www.thoughtmaybe.com has put them online along with a bunch of other interesting films that any PublicAdCampaign reader should take the time to watch. A big thanks to Kyle Magee for turning us on to this fantastic resource.