Brandalism (aka advertising defacing, media-jamming or ad takeover) is a form of revolt against corporate control of the visual realm. Brandalism.co.uk is one of the biggest anti-advertising campaigns in the world and it’s getting bigger. Started in July 2012 with a small team in a van, Brandalism has grown tenfold to include teams in 10 UK cities skilled up in taking back space. The most recent Brandalism Takeover in May 2014 saw the reclamation of over 360 corporate advertising spaces with hand made original art works submitted by 40 international artists. They also tell us why bransalise and offer a useful guide on how to interact with bus stop advertising spaces.
Apart from having a strong anti-advertising and anti-commercialism message, the actual prints are artworks in their own right, and I find the overall “selection” at least as good (if not better) than this year’s lineup from PickMeUp (an illustration festival in London).
Made a selection of photos from their site and in the absence of titles I took the liberty to write the message of each print as a header. Will follow up with artist names and links their other works.