culture jamming / subvertising
London Rising Tide brought to life the image used to publicise its Art Not Oil 2006 exhibition outside the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) on the night of the ceremony for the BP Portrait Award. The Nick Turner image is a petroleum-based version of the iconic Vietnam photograph depicting a brutal assassination, this time with a nozzle replacing the gun, and with the action taking place in front of a BP logo. It took on three dimensions outside the gallery as a simple, powerful way to convey the murderous impact of BP and the entire oil industry, an impact that is brilliantly obscured by cultural
Fliers & pretty posters, in English & Welsh, are available if you contact the EF! gathering collective, or you can download them from the website, http://earthfirstgathering.org.uk
Plus all the usual info on workshops, entertainments (& how to offer both), what to bring and not to bring, pratical info on access, dogs, kids and much much more.
Sainsburys celebrated the launch of it's new look store with a lgarish billboard campaign. Bath subvertisers celebrated by using the billboards to highlight the pland sameness and cheap crapiness of supermarkets.
Since 2004, the World Naked Bike Ride has been spreading it's message of opposition to car culture and oil dependency in rides throughout the globe. The ride celebrates the power and individuality of the human body. Many riders will have their first experience of social and non-sexual nudity through the ride. All rides are clothing optional in the truest sense. There is no pressure for riders to go more clothed or nude than they wish. Rides range in size from the very small (Sao Paolo 2004 had 2 riders) to the very large (Zaragosa 2004 had 400 riders). The average ride is under 100 riders, but London beat the odds by having 250 riders in 2005 for it's second ever ride. There are over 100 rides planned for 2006.
Members of the provisionally musical theatre wing of climate justice action group London Rising Tide (LRT) set out on April 20th 2006 to communicate their warm feelings about BP in song to shareholders heading for the oil giant's Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the ExCel Centre in Docklands.
On the 14th of April, the first Critical Mass was held in Southend-on-Sea. About 30 people met around 6pm to have a fun cycle ride through the town. With colourful signs and messages stuck to their bikes (i.e. â€˜We are not blocking the traffic, We ARE the traffic!â€™) and accompanied by a sound system playing reggae, the cyclists started riding with a peaceful and happy atmosphere. After about one and a half hours joyful riding the police finally decided to join us. One police car followed for about half an hour before they got supported by two other cars and a motorbike and stopped the ride for â€˜obstructing the highwayâ€™. Unfortunately there were only 15 riders left by that time so the ride stopped for that day.
"Everyday, all over the world, people are resisting the problem culture of the car by getting on their bikes and riding, instead of driving. Critical Mass is a celebration of the alternatives to cars, pollution, accidents and the loss of public spaces and freedoms. Not an organisation or group, but an idea or tactic, Critical Mass allows people to reclaim the streets with their bikes, just by getting together and out-numbering the cars on the road"
As the doors of the British Museum opened on the first day of the record-ticket-selling Michelangelo exhibition, the Greenwash Guerrillas outfoxed security guards at the outer gates and unfurled a banner reading 'BP sponsors climate chaos' across the front steps of the building's entrance. After a quick game of chase-the-Guerrillas, they set up camp outside the main gates, informing the public of the greenwash threat posed by BP's hyper-slick sponsorship machine.
A small dedicated (hard core!) group of Sheffield (www.nowideningm1.org.uk) hit 3 Motor way bridges between junctions 30 and 32 of the M1 early this morning. Just letting A. certain Darling and the usual press entourage know we are just beginning our campaign of action. Watch this lane for more battles!
more appeared same night on climate change & other stuff, see http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/03/335947.html for more
McDonalds tried to film their latest ad campaign in Newcastle, but found themselves besieged by fat clowns and others determined not to let them use Newcastle as part of their brand. Shooting was gloriously interrupted in town, and they were completely prevented from filming on the Quayside.