Replacing Advertising with Art

“By interacting with your public environment, communicating, or altering it in some way, individuals create a sense of investment in that space. The result of this investment in the space, the space in which you live, is rooted in a desire to care for that area. For me, visually interacting with public space has a direct correlation with public concern.

Personally I think that outdoor advertising is one of the forces preventing the public from being allowed to interact visually with its shared public environment. This is caused by a few things, not the least important of which is the fact that outdoor advertising gives monetary value to what should be our shared public walls.

By putting a price on our shared environment, you prevent those that cannot afford to purchase that space from using their public environment to communicate. I think it is my duty as a citizen to call out advertising for its abuse of our public spaces, both mental and physical.” Jordan Seiler @ 120 Illegal NPA / City Outdoor Billboards Replaced with Art In New York City

This morning, while I was getting bored out of my mind in classes, the newsletter from Wooster Collective brought an interesting initiative to my attention: a large group of people (not only artists) got organized to fight illegal outdoor billboards, replacing them with white paint and then graffiti.

Jordan Seiler, one of the main developers of this intervention, exposes a very crucial position on the role of citizenship towards public spaces in the interview I just quoted on top. Quick browsing through his site,, I found out there is a whole movement backing up this idea and taking action on various levels.

Read the rest of the interview here, it’s short and very objective.


4 Responses to “Replacing Advertising with Art”

  1. 1 Ana 6 May, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    concordo plenamente com o conceito e acho que devia haver disto aqui em Portugal.
    Oh, eu nao tenho o teu numero nao te posso contactar mas este sabado vou sair, as tantas ainda vou ao Lux. Aquelas caras horriveis sao o resultado inevitavel das minhas “ventanias”. Nao dá, fico sempre assim :/

  2. 2 limpa_vias 6 May, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Este é o tipo de arte que me puxa… magnifico.

    O video penso eu que é de show deles lá mas em fevereiro! do ultimo ainda nao meteram nada ai na net axo eu!

  3. 3 limpa_vias 8 May, 2009 at 10:28 am

    that’s right! Fnac Almada forum, era o unico k lá havia dele destas ediçoes de bolso. e ainda trouxe a Metamorfose do Kafka por 1.50 tb!! a morte de ivan ilych curtia ter comprado o que la estava a 12€ pk vem com um prefacio todo bonito, but who cares, lê-se na net!

  4. 4 Ana 8 May, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    So true, acho que ficaste com o meu numero para entrares no Lux com o Nuno. Não foi? Entao dá o holla porque sábado o Lux vai estar muito bom. Também tu vais fazer expressoes destas! 🙂

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