NO AD App Replaces Ads With Art


I’m super excited to have contributed a few images to free NO AD app from Re+Public (PublicAdCampaign + The Heavy Projects) and the Subway Art Blog. BTW, that’s me and my honey testing the app last week. 🙂 Using augmented reality technology, the app allows users to view curated digital art in place of ads within the NYC subway system. For the next month and a half, works by the following, illustrious group of artists will replace any of the 100 most widely circulating subway platform advertisements:

Adam Amengual – Amy Arbus – Beau Stanton – Caroline Caldwell – Dadi Dreucol – Dal East – Dan Bergeron – Daniel Jefferson – Dr. D – Elizabeth Winnel – Elle – El Tono – Faith 47 – Hugh Lippe – Ian Strange – Icy and Sot – Influenza – Jay Shells – Jeff Stark – Jilly Ballistic – John Fekner – Jon Burgerman – Jordan Seiler – Know Hope – Leon Reid IV – LNY – Logan Hicks – Luna Park – Mario Brotha – Michael Alan – Michael De Feo – Mobstr – Neko – Noxer – Nuria Mora – OX – Pedro Sega – Peter Fuss – Poster Boy – Remi Rough – Ron English – Rone – Saber – Sean Martindale – Sheryo – Skullphone – Stikman – Stormie Mills – Tara McPherson – Tod Seelie – Trap – Vermibus – WK Interact – Work Hard Be Nice

Much like the ads in the subway are constantly updated, the NO AD app will auto update with new content on a regular basis. So what are you waiting for? Next to one-upping PosterBoy and coming up with clever ad takeovers of your own, download the app and (at least virtually) zap those ads!

Second Chance

If you missed the wonderful Art, Advertising, Activism & Alchemy artists talks – featuring Jason Eppink, Posterchild, Gabriel Reese (Specter) and Jordan Seiler (Public Ad Campaign) – at Wonderland in Queens recently, you can now view them all online! Anyone interested in how and why these artists operate in public space is encouraged to watch.

[Via Public Ad Campaign.]

When Artists Talk, People Listen


Tomorrow night promises to be an interesting evening…
Wonderland: 38-01 23rd Avenue @ 38th Street in Astoria, Queens.
N/W trains to Ditmars Boulevard.

NYSAT2 Timelapse

For the Public Ad Campaign’s New York Street Art Takeover yesterday, I shot my first ever timelapse at the corner of West Houston and Varick Streets. Whitewashing by Shai Dahan and Philip Lumbang; wheatpasting by MOMO.

Reclaim Your City the NYSAT Way

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of running circles around lower Manhattan, documenting the Public Ad Campaign’s second New York Street Art Takeover. NYSAT aimed to draw attention to the proliferation of illegal street-level billboards – operated for profit by NPA – that contribute to the visual pollution of public space in NYC.

Two-person whitewashing crews hit the streets in the morning, followed by a cadre of artists who made quick work of the newly whitened spaces.

one works, one "manages", others look on dumbfounded...

tabula rasa

rene gagnon

Within hours of beginning the whitewashing operation, NPA’s roving vans of “wildposters” were already hard at work reclaiming their spots (although not without a little resistance…).

moses says you're fucked

NPA takes back its spots

Eyewitnesses reported numerous, heated altercations between NYSAT participants and NPA employees. A total of five NYSAT participants were arrested. My hat off to all NYSAT participants and volunteers and a special shout-out to Zoe for her support yesterday.

[See also the New York Times’ take on the action.]