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,…