Chewing Gum As A Painter's Canvas

Today we found a very extraordinary form of street art. In order to make the pavements of London a bit more colorful, Ben Wilson, a local artist, started to use discarded chewing gum as a canvas and turn these into little paintings. For the past six years, Wilson has created more than 8,000 artworks on…

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Guerrilla Petrol Station Cinema

Under the name of Cineroleum, a collective of young artists, designers and architects has transformed an abandoned petrol station on Clerkenwell Road in London into a temporary pop-up cinema. The film theater is hand-built and primarily constructed using donated and found materials. Cineroleum is a traditionally designed cinema — “an improvisation of the decadent interiors that greeted audiences during…

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Amsterdam Dresses Up

We’d like to share some pictures of Liesbet Bussche’s graduation project at the Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam. The Belgian jewelry designer has transformed objects that all belong to the regular inventory of Dutch public space into recognizable pieces of blown-up jewelry. The collection that decorates the streets in Amsterdam consists of a concrete ball…

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DIY Guerilla City Advertising

Cities often try to find solutions against the excess of advertising in public space. Shop owners and entrepreneurs are forbidden to have light signs or banners that affect the visual character of the public domain too much. Such happened in São Paulo for instance, where the mayor decided to remove all advertising in public space….

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Make Art, Not Trash

In their battle for salary increase, the garbage men of the city of Amsterdam decided to strike in May. Their actions led to an entire city full of stinky trash. We were lucky that it wasn’t that warm, otherwise we should have hired some pied piper. In order to make the city a bit more…

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Robot-Printed Facades

Before, we already introduced the Nike Chalkbot used to add supporting and commercial texts to the streets during the Tour de France. Here’s a new public domain printing installation, this time made for vertical surfaces. The Facadeprinter is a simple, software controlled robot. It consists of a two-axis turntable and a print head (paintball machine)…

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The IKEA Infiltration

Yesterday, I discussed the emerging social unrest in Hamburg caused by the current neoliberal city-branding campaign and the ongoing policy focus on the creative class instead taking in mind real social problems, such as the growing spatial segregation. A large group of artists came up with a manifest to speak out about their concerns. They don’t want to be a marketing instrument used to attract the ‘international knowledge worker’. The German blog Urbanshit reports about a group of 130 artists, designers, architects, fashion designers and photographers from Hamburg who fall victim to the planned expulsion from their workspace in the Frappant building in the district of Altona, in which IKEA intends to open a store shortly. In a reaction, a group of 50 of them decided to colonize the IKEA store in Hamburg-Moorfleet and turn a part of it into their new workplace.

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