“Crosswalks”: Two zebra crossings appeared near Kievskaya metro station and directly next to the Ecoloft commune on Pyatnitskaya street. We were silly, and didn’t film pedestrians who ran in the the road before. But, more importantly, they can now safely cross. White stripes are subtly different from the official ones, but appearing handmade only emphasizes the main message: do it yourself. I want to draw attention to the fact that the sign is also handmade too.
“Benches”: Four knocked up, orange-painted benches are now installed in different locations in the city. The text on the label reads: “This bench was made by citizens for citizens. Nobody has paid us for it and we are not advertising anything. This city belongs to its residents and we can do it better ourselves, with our own hands.” And a postscript: “Use it for your health. Made with quality materials, colored, but not soil. In the process of making money was spent solely on the boards, paint, kefir and cakes.” The mysterious and absurd fate of one of the benches was highlighted on the blog of a popular radio station, Echo of Moscow. For some reason, the bench was roughly re-painted gray. Who and why remains a mystery, but the assumption is that it was painted by yardmen because the orange color is associated with the revolution in Ukraine.
“Cycling road signs”: For the last two years we (in our side project USE/LESS) we have been promoting cycling in Moscow by making cycling maps, markups and signs on the streets where it’s most comfort and safe to cycle. Maroseyka street where these signs were installed is one of the busiest bicycle routes in downtown of Moscow. Participants of Partizaning are spending a lot of time and effort so that one day everyone can safely and comfortably ride through the city on bike.
“Drunk Pedestrians”: Installed outside of the Moscow nightclub Solyanka, the most popular hipster hangout in the city, the sign is both practical and funny. It warns drivers to watch out for drunken pedestrians who fill the streets after a long night of partying. It also comments on the increasingly excessive lifestyles and hedonistic consumption in the city, as well as on the drinking problem, which is rampant in Russia.
Selbstgemalte Zebrastreifen, gefälschte Straßenschilder, selbstgebaute Bänke: Interventionen aus dem Umfeld des Kollektivs Partizaning in Russland. Via: Mail
Guerilla-Bänke von Oliver Schau: “Seine schreiend gelben Bänke aus Drainagerohren wickelt der Hamburger Student Oliver Schau heimlich um Fahrradständer oder Bushaltestellen. Damit will er auf die Kommerzialisierung des öffentlichen Raums aufmerksam machen – und gewann prompt einen Designpreis.” Via/Via
“The Passage Souterrain” ist ein Guerilla-Ausstellungsraum (sprich: Unterführung) in Paris, der seit 2005 vor allem von spanischen, politischen Künstlern bespielt wird, u.a. haben dort bereits ausstellt: Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Jorge Diezma, Santiago Sierra, PSJM uvw. “The Passage Souterrain is a guerrilla art space. Its goal is to develope in-situ and ephymerous interventions by contemporary artists in a public art space. The creators that take part in this process are spanish –south american and spaniard- and for the great part their work is politically engaged. If art is about comunicating visions, exchanging experiences and sharing life, these are the pilars on wich the Passage Souterrain is based. Passage Souterrain: Avenue de New York with rue de la Manutention, Paris.” Via: Mail, gracias!
Die kulinarische Performancegruppe A Razor, A Shiny Knife verwandelte eine New Yorker U-Bahn in ein Luxusrestaurant und servierte ein 6-Gänge-Menü: “On the first of May we hosted a “luncheon” on the L line of the New York City subway. The subway is a familiar place, providing a necessary means of transportation for many New Yorkers. Its stairwells, turnstiles, platforms, trains and unpredictable elements are all-too-familiar to its dedicated patrons. One begins to know the exact time of travel from one destination to another. One begins to intuit the conditions of a ride, anticipating smooth stretches and knowing when to brace for a jarring turn. Through a series of familiar gestures, presented in commonplace locations in unfamiliar ways, we set out to challenge a habitual experience.” Via
Die US-Performancegruppe Improv Everywhere hat das erste Social-Media-Musical aufgeführt – während der “Good Experience Live“-Konferenz in NY. Eine Übersicht über alle bisherigen Guerilla-Musicals der Gruppe gibt´s hier. Via
Berliner S(trick)-Bahn: “A group of Guerilla Knitters which I am part of have recently (31 January to be precise) stormed the U1 in Berlin disguised with knitted beards and armed with knitted cozies, to beautify and soften the harsh interior of the everyday world of commuters. After 3 months of preparation with my Stitch N Bitch group, it took us just an hour to install, and the carriage stayed in circulation until around 15:00, when the BVG security unfortunately cut it all to pieces. Despite making those few employees miserable by giving them extra work, I think we cheered up a fair amount of weary travellers on a gloomy January day!” Via: Mail, thx Miraché!
Das italienische Kunstkollektiv IOCOSE (“The Long Run“, “Ikea-Guillotine“) hat Ai Weiweis Tate-Ausstellung “Sunflower Seeds” gehijackt: “Today in the early morning, the four members of artist group iocose stopped at a grocery store at the bankside district in london, uk. they bought an innocuous bag of sunflower seeds at the price of 1 british pound. a short walk from the grocery was the ‘sunflower seeds’ exhibition by ai weiwei. the installation, exhibited at the turbine hall at tate modern as part of the unilever series, displayed millions of hand-crafted porcelains in the shape of sunflower seeds. the four iocoses took hold of their catapults and started launching the cheaper and real sunflower seeds in the exhibition area. then changed the signs at the turbine hall and renamed the artwork ‘sunflower seeds on sunflowers seeds’. it took a while before the security noticed iocose’s unruly behaviour. when asked to leave their own exhibition, the four iocoses expressed disappointment and were joined by a group of tourists who were honestly appreciating the unexpected opening. despite this, iocose would like to complain for the lack of promptness by the security. now that iocose’s work is on exhibition the group would like to demand major awareness on its preservation.” (excerpt from the press release) “IOCOSE exhibits a new artwork at Tate Modern, made from a previous artwork at Tate Modern. The artist group has thrown several real sunflower seeds on Ai Weiwei’s porcelain ‘Sunflower Seeds’. The porcelain seeds, previously exhibited at the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, are now part of a new artwork by IOCOSE. The new artwork looks exactly the same as the previous one, as the natural seeds and those made of porcelain are indistinguishable from each other. IOCOSE reclaims the authorship of the new installation and reminds viewers of Ai Weiwei’s previous statement: “what you see is not what you see, and what you see is not what it means”. The artwork will be on exhibition from the 29th of January 2011 until the 2nd of May 2011.” Via
Absurdes Ambient Advertising – aber wahrscheinlich eher ein Fake, der die Agentur selbst bewerben soll. Dahinter steckt nämlich die italienische Guerilla- und Kunstagentur Kook: “Whenever a road accident happens a CRASHVERTISE Team is sent immediately on the spot. The crash scene is set-up and animated to spread the brand message in different ways: the CRASHVERTISE Team hit the streets showing the campaign on large scale posters and giving away safety vests with your brand to all the people involved in the road accidents; a special warning triangle with your brand message is located near the cars; gadgets or other advertising stuff are given away to people in the area. Road accidents are promptly pointed out through facebook and twitter by CRASHVERTISE Network (the ones who are involved in the crash, eyewitness, bystanders, police). CRASHVERTISE campaigns could be easily planned all over the national territory or geolocalized on the strength of marketing and communication objectives.” Via
DoTank bauen Stühle aus alten Europaletten und stellen sie in der Stadt auf: “DoTank is a public vessel for interdisciplinary exploration, engagement and enhancement of our urban environment through means outside of the formal urban planning process. We make rapid and meaningful change by exploring and testing in our laboratory: Brooklyn, NY.” Vgl. auch “Versteckte Möbel: Guerilla Furnishing“. Via