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In the News
Blogs
Collectives
Art and Activism
Graffiti and Street Art
Urban Intervention
Culture Jamming
Manifestos
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In the News

Righteous Indignation: What happens when public art touches religious nerves
Eleanor Heartney | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

Cut Up Collective
The anonymous street art / urban interventionist CutUp Collective rip down existing advertising and "cut-up" the images to make new collaged images that are reapplied to different advertisements.

Pranksters Rename Bush Street

Adam Neate on CNN

Environmental Artist – Anna Garforth
Mossenger is the brainchild of London-based artist, Anna Garforth. Inspired by guerilla gardening collectives, who aim to enrich dilapidated public spaces, and Andy Goldsworthy, a British artist who creates site-specific art installations from materials and tools found on site, Anna is currently working on an on-going moss street art project.

Ephemeral Art’s Lasting Impression: An Interview with Marc and Sara Schiller
One person's urban blight is another's sprawling canvas—an interview with Marc and Sara Schiller, founders of the online and offline community of ephemeral art, Wooster Collective.

That Mushroom Cloud? They’re Just Svejking Around

Anarchists in the Aisles? Stores Provide a Stage

Leo Fitzmaurice: temporary art interventions

"Artist Draws 'Clean' Graffiti from Dirty Walls"

"Urban Outsider Artists Evoke Society's Margin"

"Spray can prankster tackles Israel's security barrier "

 

Blogs

The Art of the Prank
Here you will find insights, information, news and discussions about pranks, hoaxes, culture jamming & reality hacking around the world - past, present and future - mainstream and counter culture.

Art Threat
Art Threat is a blog about politics and the arts. They write about political art of all genres, discuss policy as it pertains to culture, and showcase artists whose work inspires social change. Whether your passion is video or visual art, design or drama, music or literary musings, they’ve got you covered by a blanket of information and eye candy.

Just Seeds/ Visual Resistance
Our blog covers political printmaking, socially engaged street art, and culture related to social movements. We believe in the power of personal expression in concert with collective action to transform society.

Public Ad Campaign
Our blog covers political printmaking, socially engaged street art, and culture related to social movements. We believe in the power of personal expression in concert with collective action to transform society.

Rebel Art
REBEL:ART ist das internationale Medium und Netzwerk für Culture Jammer & Adbuster, Hacktivisten & Net Aktivisten, Street Artists & Street Vandalen, Post-Dadaisten & Retro-Neoisten, notorische Nervensägen & subversive Störenfriede.

Urban Communication
This is the official weblog of the Urban Communication Foundation. It is devoted to the ongoing discussion of the intersection between urban form, technology and communication.

WebUrbanist Blog
WebUrbanist blog collective writers are interested in all things urban – from urban design to subversive art and strange architecture. We scour the net to find neat new stuff to pack it into an article with relevant images and links, as exhaustive as we can manage within a single subject area.

The Wish Jar
Explorations of the familiar, by Keri Smith, author, illustrator, and guerrilla artist.

 

Collectives

Artists Meeting
Artists Meeting (A.M.) is a research project and experiment in the development of a local art community. Artists Meeting is the attempt to break through forms of current art production that are highly individual, precarious and uncritical, and reconnect to collective practices from former periods.

The Billboard Liberation Front
Interventions with advertising, includes manifesto and tactical strategies.

Blue Bricks
"This web-site represents an effort to engage with the environment that surrounds us in a creative, original and active way. This is intended to benefit the environment and its occupants. This engagement will add oddity, colour and new ideas into our surroundings."

The Cacophony Society
The Cacophony Society is a randomly gathered network of individuals united in the pursuit of experiences beyond the pale of mainstream society through subversion, pranks, art, fringe explorations and meaningless madness.

The Center for Tactical Magic
The Center for Tactical Magic engages in extensive research, development, and deployment of the pragmatic system known as Tactical Magic. A fusion force summoned from the ways of the artist, the magician, the ninja, and the private investigator, Tactical Magic is an amalgam of disparate arts invoked for the purpose of actively addressing Power on individual, communal, and transnational fronts. At the CTM we are committed to achieving the Great Work of Tactical Magic through community-based projects, daily interdiction, and the activation of latent energies toward positive social transformation.

Critical Art Ensemble
Critical Art Ensemble is a collective of five artists of various specializations dedicated to exploring the intersections between art, technology, radical politics, and critical theory.

The Deconstructionist Institute for Surreal Topology
The Deconstructionist Institute for Surreal Topology specializes in Revolutionary Studies, and the advancement of Applied Autonomy.

Flux Factory Inc.
Welcome to Flux Factory Inc. A 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization supporting innovation in things.

General Idea
A site dedicated to the work of General Idea formed in 1969 by AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal.

Glowlab
Glowlab - Collective working in psychogeography and an international project called Active Slumming.

Guerrilla Girls
Guerrilla Girls official website - fighting discrimination with facts, humor, and fake fur since 1985

Illegal Art
Illegal Art, started in the summer of 2001, is a collaborative of artists whose goal is to create interactive public art to inspire self-reflection, thought and human connection. Each piece is then presented or distributed in a method in which participation is simple and encouraged.

Improv Everywhere
Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 80 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City.

Instant Coffee
Instant Coffee is a service oriented artist collective that initiates and facilitates the creation and execution of artist's projects.

The Institute for Applied Autonomy
(IAA) was founded in 1998 as a technological research and development organization dedicated to the cause of individual and collective self-determination. Our mission is to study the forces and structures which affect self-determination and to provide technologies which extend the autonomy of human activists. Technologies include "Little Brother," a propaganda robot, and "Streetwriter,"a custom built, computer controlled industrial spray painting unit that prints text messages onto pavement.

Just Seeds
Justseeds/Visual Resistance Artists' Cooperative is a decentralized community of artists who have banded together to both sell their work online in a central location and to collaborate with and support each other and social movements.

Madagascar Institute
The Madagascar Institute is an art combine in Brooklyn that specializes in large-scale sculptures and rides, live performances, and guerilla art events.

The Organism
A site by the collective, The Organism. Includes the Institute for the Preservation of Bad Art and pyschogeographical projects.

The Pink Bloque
The Pink Bloque was founded in 2002. Its first organized protest was May Day and took issue with wage inequities. Since then it has protested the U.S. Patriot Act, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue and the war in Iraq, familiar targets for protesters.

The Praxis Group
The Praxis Group is a Minneapolis-based unit which stages site-specific, unsanctioned and unsolicited projects within the confines of public spaces which are privately owned.

REBAR
REBAR is a collaborative group of creators, designers and activists based in San Francisco. Rebar’s work ranges broadly in scale, scope and context, and therefore belies discrete categorization. It is, at minimum, situated in the domains of environmental installation, urbanism and absurdity.

Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir
Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir believe that Consumerism is overwhelming our lives.They stage campaigns such as retail interventions to stop the shopping!

REPOhistory
REPOhistory began in Manhattan in 1989 as a study group of artists, scholars, teachers, and writers focused on the relationship of history to contemporary society. It grew into a forum for developing public art projects based on history and a platform for creating them.

Scultura
Home page of the activist art group, Scultura, headed up by Mike Garibaldi.

Space Hijackers
The Space Hijackers are a group of Anarchitects which was set up at the beginning of 1999. Our group is dedicated to battling the constant oppressive encroachment onto public spaces of institutions, corporations and urban planners. We oppose the way that public space is being eroded and replaced by corporate profit making space.

Spiral Q Puppet Theater
Reflecting both its origins and its evolution, Spiral Q has designed a unique model that connects our five program areas (Peoplehood, The Education Initiative, Neighborhood Parades and Pageants, Performances, and The Living Loft) into an emerging citywide Urban Arts Democracy.

Spurse
Spurse is an international architectural collective with no fixed content or members. Since 1998, they ahve been dedicated to experimentation with a trans-urban milieu, producing numerous interventions ranging from buildings to performance to installation to texts.

Temporary Services
Temporary Services is a group of three persons: Brett Bloom, Marc Fischer, and Salem Collo-Julin. We embed the creative work we present within thoughtful and imaginative social contexts and strive to create participatory situations. We champion public projects that are temporary, ephemeral, or that operate outside of conventional or officially sanctioned categories of public expression.

The Wooster Collective
The Wooster Collective was founded in 2001. This site is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.

Workhorse Studios
Formed in 1996, Workhorse Studios is the vision of Logan Hicks, a classically trained artist who cut his teeth on the urban Baltimore street scene, currently resides in Los Angeles. Workhorse is active in the urban arts scene, and also does commercial design work. They are collaborating on a new project with the Wooster Collective from Boston.

The Yes Men
The Yes Men have impersonated some of the world's most powerful criminals at conferences, on the web, and on television, in order to correct their identities.

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Art and Activism

BTS
Break the Silence Mural and Arts Project (BTS) is an arts/activist group committed to using creative projects to facilitate social change and greater awareness of the complexities of the conflict in Occupied Palestine.

Billionaires for Bush
Billionaires for Bush is a strategic media and street theater campaign whose combustible mix of humor, savvy messaging, grassroots participation, and cutting edge internet organizing tools will flush out the truth about the Bush administration's disastrous economic policies and help turn the fatcats out of power in November.

The Surveillance Camera Players
The Surveillance Camera Players protest against the use of surveillance cameras in public places by performing specially adapted plays in front of these cameras.

Republic Art
Republic Art is a transnational research project exploring and developing progressive practices of public art.

http://www.wsu.edu/~amerstu/smc/art.html
Art activism links

Art in the Public Interest
Art in the Public Interest (API) is a nonprofit organization that supports the belief that the arts are an integral part of a healthy culture, and that community-based arts provide significant value both to communities and artists.

Santarchy
Each December for the last 10 years Cacophonous Santas have been taking to streets in major metropolitan areas and generating a bit of naughty Noël mayhem. It all started back in 1994 when several dozen Cheap Suit Santas paid a visi
t to downtown San Francisco for a night of Kringle Kaos. Things have now reached Critical Xmas and these infamous Santacons are now held in over a dozen cities each year.

 

Graffiti and Street Art

20 Masterpieces of Green Graffiti
Welcome to the world of green graffiti – masterpieces crafted in moss and grass. Here you’ll find some of the most incredible works of this rare and unusual art form and how to make it yourself.

50mm Los Angeles
L.A.'s first Graffiti Art website established in 1996 by Too Tall Jahmal and designed by veteran L.A. graf artist Unit One. Check the gallery for freights, bombs, productions and more.

Art Crimes
A gallery of graffiti art from around the world.

Banksy
British art activist

Guerrilla One
Great archives of guerilla art work

Little People - A Tiny Street Art Project
Little handpainted people left on the streets in London to fend for themselves.

Obey Giant
Obey Giant Art, a guerilla stickering/postering group? individual? started by Shepard Fairey. Gives guerilla tactics and an extensive list of links to other guerilla sites.

Reverse Graffiti - 35 great works
Welcome to the world of reverse graffiti, where the artist’s weapons are cleaning materials and where the enemy is the elements: wind, rain, pollution and decay. It’s an art form that removes dust or dirt rather than adding paint. From the blog, Environtmental Graffiti.

Robbie Conal and Art Attack
Robbie Conal and Art Attack. L.A. based painter and guerilla posterer Robbie Conal.

Ron English's billboards
Artist and culture jammer Ron English's illegal billboards. Check out the article about him from the link, "Here's the Latest Billboard Event."

Space Invaders
Space Invaders has inspired a form of street art, championed in partular by an artist named "Invader". Using ceramic tiles, Invader cements together mosaic images of traditional Space Invader aliens, bonus spaceships, and variations on those themes.

Stencil Archive
A site that focuses on documenting stencil art around a number of cities.

Stencil Revolution
One of the best and most complete art stencil websites with tons of images, artist profiles, tutorials on stenciling methods, news on art, links, etc.

Stensoul
Site of Peat Wollaeger, St. Louis stencil and graffiti artist.

Streetsy
Streetsy is a daily street art site whose goal is to create the largest curated street art site on the web. Streetsy defines street art as being art created in public places, often without permission. Street art is made in a number of mediums, including stencils, stickers, posters, paint, and sculpture. In mathematical, political, criminal, and philosophical terms, streetart is a subset of graffiti.

Urban and Adventurous Artists
Incomplete encyclopedia of Urban & Adventurous Artists. Includes a great annotated history and illustrations of public projects.

WK Interact
Street artist who's hit the big time doing projects for Adidas and Dr. Martens. Large scale figurative public work.

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Urban Intervention

Bon Marche
Collaborative artists, Sylvia Winkler and Stephan Koperl performed this intervention on the street following a busy market day in the Bastille area of Paris. After the vegetable market they collected the leftovers and used them to cook a meal, which they ate on site.

Tonefield
Tonefield: A 'field of tones,' covertly installed by TMP in public spaces stretching from the Williamsburg bridge to Greenpoint (Brooklyn, New York), in operation from September 23 - October 1, 2005. Piezo-devices emitting tones of 4,000Hz from cracks in concrete, street signs, traffic signals, garbage and all manner of urban detritis. A spatio-temporal composition 'conducted' by the drifting of an incidental audience and those seeking out TMP's re-shaping of the Williamsburg drone-scape. The text,"Tonefield" or the Power of the Ephemeral in Urban Space, is written by Sabu Kohso.

The Urban Prankster Network
Social network page for groups and pranksters around the country to network and share projects.

 

Culture Jamming

Abrupt
Abrupt’s culture jamming page

Adbusters
Adbusters - We are a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age. Our aim is to topple existing power structures and forge a major shift in the way we will live in the 21st century.

Anti Advertising Agency
The Anti-Advertising Agency co-opts the tools and structures used by the advertising and public relations industries. Our work calls into question the purpose and effects of advertising in public space. Through constructive parody and gentle humor our Agency’s campaigns will ask passers by to critically consider the role and strategies of today’s marketing media as well as alternatives for the public arena. Our work may result in traditional advertising formats - signs, posters, postcards, and stickers - or more conventional artistic formats - performance, installation, artists books - or some combination of the two.


Manifestos

http://www.notbored.org/organization.html
The question of organization for the Situationist International, written by founder Guy Debord in 1968.

Bruce Mau's Incomplete Manifesto
Written in 1998, the Incomplete Manifesto is an articulation of statements exemplifying Bruce Mau’s beliefs, strategies and motivations.

"http://imoralist.blogspot.com/2008/02/improvised-artistic-device.html"
Michael Buitron's manifesto advocates the use of "Improvised Artistic Devices."

Space Hijackers Manifesto
The manifesto of the UK based group, The Space Hijackers

http://www.spunk.org/library/anarcfem/sp001291.txt
Valerie Solanas' SCUM Manifesto was written in 1967 and published in 1968, the year she shot and wounded Andy Warhol.

Extropic Art Manifesto
Extropic Art Manifesto of Transhumanist Arts

http://www.stuckism.com/manifest.html
a list of links to manifestos

http://www.aisling.net/bus/cheapart.htm
Here is the Cheap Art Manifesto, originally distributed by the Bread and Puppet Theater in 1984.

http://www.abrupt.org/CJ/manifesto.html
Culture jamming group Abrupt’s manifesto

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Other links

Peel Magazine
Peel Magazine - stickers, stencils, and street art - site includes subscription info, a forum for sticker discussions, and more.

Guerrilla Innovation
Copenhagen based Sebastian Campion has put this fantastic site together demonstrating "TECHNOCULTURAL TRENDS, RESEARCH & CREATIVE INTERVENTION." Public art and web site categories are Activistic, Architectural, Audible, Cinematic, Conceptual, Graphic, Scientific, Sensorial, Strategic, Surface, Wireless.

ARTEXTE Information Centre
ARTEXTE Information Centre, Quebec, provides an extensive, searchable database of public art projects done in Quebec and Canada since the 1960's.

WIPP - Sandia National Lab
An awesome design challenge for the public realm. Sandia National Laboratories charged a panel of outside experts with the task to design a 10,000-year marking system for the WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) site, and estimate the efficacy of the system against various types of intrusion.

Bread and Puppet Theater
The Bread and Puppet Theater (often known simply as Bread & Puppet) is a politically radical puppet theater, active since the 1960s, currently based in Glover, Vermont. Its founder and director is Peter Schumann.
The name Bread & Puppet derives from the theater's practice of sharing its own fresh bread, for free, with the audience of each performance as a means of creating community, and from its central principle that art should be as basic to life as bread.

Printed Matter
Printed Matter, Inc. – the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists in a book like format.

Fluxus
FLUXUS PORTAL FOR THE INTERNET

Negativland
Counter culture group Negativland’s site

Creative Time
For 30 years, Creative Time, a New York-based nonprofit organization, has commissioned and presented adventurous public arts projects of all disciplines. From the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Grand Central Terminal, and Times Square to milk cartons, the Internet, and billboards, Creative Time has supported artists in invigorating our urban landscape.

Free Words
FREE WORDS is a book which belongs to whoever finds it. 3000 copies have been produced by artist Sal Randolph and are being distributed free worldwide. The books are placed on the shelves of bookstores and libraries creating an art situation that infiltrates public and commercial space.

Bureau of Public Secrets
Bureau of Public Secrets’ Minimum Definition of Revolutionary Organizations.

Not Bored
NOT BORED! is an anarchist, situationist-inspired, low-budget, irregularly published, photocopied journal.

The Gunk Foundation
The Gunk Foundation – a charitable organization awarding grants for the production of non-traditional public art projects. Site contains info on applying for grants and an archive of previous recipient work.

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