The Rapture

Next time someone proclaims the world will end, you can get a rise out of them with a simple prank. Grab some old clothes and a pair of shoes (funny props are a good bonus). Scurry off to the nearest church or other religious establishment…

Abandoned Minature Cities

“In [Chinese artist Jiang Pengyi’s] most recent series, titled Unregistered City, he further explores the present monuments to Chinese modernity – skyscrapers, contemporary high-rise apartments and the curves of Beijing’s express ways – but all done in miniature. Jiang sets his model cities in derelict…

Mickey Mouse as a Cultural Battlefield

Mickey Mouse is a legendary symbol in the copyfight. Of late, though, I’ve been noticing a surprising number of Mickey references — in street art, activism, and high-end fashion — that are making me revisit the controversial Disney mouse. In winter 2008 H&M had a…

Illegal Street Knitting

Walking around Kreuzberg a few months ago, I spotted my first “illegal street knitting”. Masquerade, the playful rouge knitters behind the guerrilla action, document their stitched streets bombs on their site and share their thoughts about the craftism movement. You might also catch their work…

Artvertiser: Augmented Reality Replaces Ads With Art

Wanna combine adbusting with bleeding edge gadgetry? Check out this toy, the Artvertiser. It’s a netbook hacked with a video camera so it can recognize billboard advertising and overlay it with art images. Talk about product re-placement! The project uses Free and open source software,…

HOPE on a Slippery Slope

The most iconic 2008 U.S. election image is under fire. Shepard Fairey’s Obama “HOPE” poster is getting heat from Associated Press, the news agency that claims Fairey’s work infringes on AP’s copyrights. For months, the internets have been a-buzz trying to identify the original photograph…

Photoshop Adbusting in Berlin Subway

A few days ago I tweeted about a clever “Photoshopped” Adbusting action in Kaiserdamm. The artist applied large overlays of Photoshop tool bars to a billboard featuring the heavily edited visages of The Brit, The Tina, and The Leona. Unfortunately, by the time I got…

XOOOOX Cut Up and Gone: Why I Like Street Art

I snapped this photo a while ago on a street near my office. I apologize for the bad quality — it was with my cameraphone. But what I really like about this image isn’t so much the figure or its style, but how the work’s…

Wikis Take Berlin!

Inspired by the successful Wikis Take Manhattan photo scavenger hunt held last week, Berlin free culture folks will take to the streets on Oct. 18-19 for the first Wikis Take Berlin. Armed with cameras and target lists, participants will comb the Hauptstadt’s neighborhoods, capturing its…

Kiss and Drive

After visiting the post-apocalyptic haunt of Louvain-la-Neuve, it was refreshing to see Belgians with a sense of humor. The “Kiss and Drive” signs at Brussels National Airport guide visitors to the passenger drop-off point, where families and lovers bid farewell with a kiss. In a…