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.
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Well-written introduction to culture jamming in its many forms, with pictures and many links.
Abrupt Culture Jamming
For 10 years, Abrupt has been culture-jamming with manifestos, ad parodies, and radical pamphleteering.
Adbusters Culture Jammers Headquarters
Vancouver based anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters. Famous for their spoof ads.
ameriCON incorporated USA
Purports to be a multinational corporation seeking investment from conservative Christian businessmen who are interested in dominating global markets.
The Bubble Project
Manifesto, templates, book ordering, contact information and recommended links.
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]
Articles, event schedule, photographs, message boards and downloadable media.
Enjoy the Sign
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.
Feed the Mannequins
Movement to bring basic comforts to mannequins, who work in horrible conditions and have no power to change it.
Free Words Project
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."
It Was Him
Photographs of altered signs, advertising, and celebrity posters.
M. T. Enterprises WorldWide
Internet art group with corporate front, promoting "artainment." [Requires frames]
Mark Dery's Shovelware
Mark Dery popularized the term "culture jamming", and wrote a pamphlet titled "Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing and Sniping in the Empire of Signs".
National Cynical Network, The
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.
Robbie Conal's Art Attack
Political posters, guerilla postering guide and QuickTime movies.
Soy Bomb Nation
A global grassroots movement dedicated to reclaiming the media from the corporate cheesemongers.
Together We Can Defeat Capitalism
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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