Culture jamming, or "media hacking", is the deliberate subversion of media messages (usually advertising). This category is particularly for groups or organizations whose express purpose is to disrupt the institutions of modern, usually Western culture: the corporation, the media, science, religion. In short, their targets are "the Establishment" and most authority. The tactics used are varied, but generally fall in the category of subversive/humorous media stunts. That can range from straight-forward parodies to deliberate hoaxes. At the extremes includes anarchistic acts of "poetic terrorism," like billboard defacement, or "art sabotage", willful acts of destruction in a performance art style.
For 10 years, Abrupt has been culture-jamming with manifestos, ad parodies, and radical pamphleteering.
Vancouver based anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters. Famous for their spoof ads.
Purports to be a multinational corporation seeking investment from conservative Christian businessmen who are interested in dominating global markets.
Bypass compulsory web registration.
A randomly gathered network of individuals united in the pursuit of experiences beyond the pale of mainstream society through subversion, pranks, art, fringe explorations and meaningless madness.
Overview of subversive affirmation, media hoaxing, and adbusting, with links to influential participants. [English/German]
A funny, provocative movie about the filmmakers' obsession -- framed perversely as a series of TV commercials -- with a shining emblem of modern culture, The Sign.
Movement to bring basic comforts to mannequins, who work in horrible conditions and have no power to change it.
Book project by artist Sal Randolph. Free Words is a free and uncopyrighted book being given away in bookstores, libraries, galleries and other venues. Look for a free copy in New York bookstores, or download a pdf version from this site.
Specializes in 'consumable simulacra'. "Why buy the product, when you can buy the idea? Buy the hype."
Photographs of altered signs, advertising, and celebrity posters.
Internet art group with corporate front, promoting "artainment." [Requires frames]
Mark Dery popularized the term "culture jamming", and wrote a pamphlet titled "Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing and Sniping in the Empire of Signs".
Negativland co-conspirators out of Silicon Valley who produce voicemail art as well as all manner of audio collage.
Advertisements challenging the societal norm of the engagement ring, designed by Olga A. Matveeva.
Political posters, guerilla postering guide and QuickTime movies.
Well-written introduction to culture jamming in its many forms, with pictures and many links.
A global grassroots movement dedicated to reclaiming the media from the corporate cheesemongers.
Manifesto, templates, book ordering, contact information and recommended links.
Articles, event schedule, photographs, message boards and downloadable media.
Undertakes public art and Internet projects to raise questions about early 21st Century capitalism.
Blog about pranks, hacks, participatory art, flash mobs, and other creative endeavors in public places.
Guerilla street art. Featuring work by the "Midget Posse" and anonymous graffiti artists.
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