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Counter culture? Art? Your average guy does not go to exhibitions, concerts nor does he get in touch with art and counter culture media. Counter culture and the art world are niche places. And even if people would go there they would consider what happens there to be 'just art'. Art is the place where things might be reflected. But that amounts to nothing because it is not linked to everyday life. Art is a special task and a special place for special people. Many post-bourgeois artists were trying to bring the art back to the people ­ not as a handy service (as it is to the bourgeois elite art consumer) but as a form of irritation. They created many forms of street theatre and pranks. But even art hackers are often helpless against official "art in public space"! Oh, the horror! Those endless atrocities! All of them labeled "sculpture in public space"! Ah! Monstrous "public art installations" on roundabouts, on main streets, in shopping malls!

It is time to reclaim the street art! It is time to create your own public art! Get your hammers! Get your welding equipment!
It is time for SCULPTURE MOBS!

 

 
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"New Kids On The Road Block": monochrom's Illegal Sculpture in Ljubljana

Setting up "New Kids On The Road Block" in front of Slovenian parliament and on the main square of Ljubljana.

Pictures: Alex Davies.









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Sculpture Mob in Ljubljana: Alex Davies' pictures

Alex Davies created a brilliant Flickr show of all his pictures of the Sculpture Mob training and illegal action in Ljubljana, Slovenia (November 8, 2008).







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"New Kids On The Road Block": monochrom's Illegal Sculpture in Graz

Here is a nice picture of our illegal public sculpture in Graz: "New Kids On The Road Block"...



Photo credit: Eddie Codel.

Soon: more pictures.

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Sculpture Mob in Graz: Eddie Codel's pictures

Eddie Codel posted some great pictures of our Sculpture Mob training camp in Graz at the Elevate Festival.







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Sculpture Mobs: Training Camp Ljubljana

More Sculpture Mobs training! On November 8 in Ljubljana, Slovenia -- as part of the HAIP festival.


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Sculpture Mobs: Training Camp Graz

On November 6 we will administer a couple of basic Sculpture Mob training sessions in Graz, Austria -- as part of the Elevate festival.



We will create a simulated parking space and participants will learn how to erect a sculpture in just 5 minutes before "security" is called.

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Vienna: Sculpture Mob in Training

July 5 2008, 1 PM.

Museumsquartier Vienna, main court.

Successful administration of several Sculpture Mob training sessions.



Basic material. Trainers Johannes Grenzfurthner and Franz Ablinger set up training space.



Some pictures of the first training camp:















More pictures soon!

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Sculpture Mobs Training Camp Vienna

Ladies and Gentlemen!

On July 5 we will administer a couple of basic Sculpture Mob training sessions at Museumsquartier, Vienna.



We will create a simulated parking space and participants will learn how to erect a sculpture in just 5 minutes before "security" is called.

Get prepared!

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pranks.com on "The Great Firewall of China"

pranks.com reports about our sculpture mob cooperation with the Billboard Liberation Front: "The Great Firewall of China" at the Google headquarters in Mountain View.
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Laughing Squid features "The Great Firewall of China"

Scott Beale is helping to spread the word. And the art.
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monochrom and BLF: The Great Firewall of China // BBtv video

Boing Boing TV report.



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monochrom and BLF: The Great Firewall of China // Photo set

Finally, entire photo set of Google Campus Sculpture Mob is online.



Link (yes, next time we should visit Yahoo)

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The next level of Sculpture Mobbing: monochrom and BLF present "The Great Firewall of China"

As shareholders at Google's annual convention were counting their well earned dividends, America's premier billboard improvement corporation, Billboard Liberation Front, assisted the Austrian arts collective monochrom in a monumental advertising coup designed to celebrate Google's online partnership with the Peoples Republic of China.

China's heroic effort to protect their enormous internet market (162 million!) from an overload of useless information includes a moratorium on abrasive, ugly, and thoroughly misleading concepts such as truth. China's Internet "Cultural Revolution" is made possible through support from America's most leviathanesque behemoth, Google Inc. 'Don't be evil' says Google's PR department!

During Dr. Eric Schmidt's keynote address on China, BLF and monochrom agents worked feverishly to improve signs on Google's campus.



monochrom came to the USA to promote a singular concept called Sculpture Mobs. "No one is safe from public sculptures, those endless atrocities!" explained Johannes Grenzfurthner, "All of them labeled 'art in public space'. Unchallenging hunks of aesthetic metal in business parks, roundabouts, in shopping malls! It is time to create DIY public art! Get your hammers! Get your welding equipment!"

At the Maker Faire in San Mateo earlier this month, Johannes and accomplice Daniel Fabry trained attendees to erect public sculptures in a simulated Wal-Mart parking lot in just 5 minutes before "security" was called. Google and the PRC proved to be the ideal test case clients for this new advertising improvement technique.

Said Grenzfurthner, "We needed to maintain a low standard of political metaphor to give American citizens a chance to understand it. From an aesthetic perspective, The Great Firewall is radically mediocre. In the end, China's stoic indifference to Western art insanity is quite impressive."



As BLF CIO (Blank) DeCoverly pointed out in his power point presentation,
* My god the Chinese masses are so lucky,
o not having to grapple with the incessant flood of information
o The veritable 'Tower of Babble' we Americans and to a lesser extent our European cousins have to digest from our
  + iPods
  + Computers
  + Televisions
  + PDFs
* Each and every day

"The truth is a bummer," agreed BLF CEO Jack Napier, "it's confusing, and they're damn lucky Google has such a lovingly orchestrated filter to shelter them from it"

The BLF (http://billboardliberation.com) has been improving outdoor advertising since 1977. Prior campaigns have included work for Exxon, R.J. Reynolds, General Motors, Revlon and Apple Computers.

monochrom (http://monochrom.at/english) is an Austrian based worldwide collective dealing with technology, art, context hacking and philosophy since 1993. Some of them are afraid of skin cancer.
Link to exclusive Boing Boing TV video documentation

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[Censored] Success!

May 9.

[Censored] was [censored].

[Censored]!

We keep you updated.

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May 5, 6 and 7.

Preparing [censored].

Keep you updated.

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Sculpture Mob in Training

Nice flickr set by Jocelyn Paige Kelly.



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Preparations / Test site removal

May 5.

Removing test site.

"Parking lot" turns into parking lot again.



But this is just the beginning!

Preparing first secret guerrilla mission!

Let the movement begin!

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Laughing Squid documentation

Scott Beale of Laughing Squid posted nice pictures.



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Preparations / Training

May 3 and 4.

We administer four basic training sessions.

The simulated parking space is big enough for participants to learn how to erect a sculpture in just 5 minutes before "security" is called.







Results vary.



Action!



Participants articulate their vision.



One sculpture is stable enough to be set free.





Success.


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Preparations / Setup at Maker Faire 2008

May 2 and May 3.

Creating our simulated public parking lot ("Wal-Mart") to hold trainings in sculpture mobs.





Outfit.


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Preparations / Shopping

May 2.

Getting stuff from Home Depot.

Timber (a lot, at least for $20).
Hammers.
String.
Spray Foam.
Duct tape (of course).





(The green stuff is for our Roboexotica outlet.)

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Sculpture Mobs?!

Counter culture? Art? Your average guy does not go to exhibitions, concerts nor does he get in touch with art and counter culture media. Counter culture and the art world are niche places. And even if people would go there they would consider what happens there to be 'just art'. Art is the place where things might be reflected. But that amounts to nothing because it is not linked to everyday life. Art is a special task and a special place for special people. Many post-bourgeois artists were trying to bring the art back to the people ­ not as a handy service (as it is to the bourgeois elite art consumer) but as a form of irritation. They created many forms of street theatre and pranks. But even art hackers are often helpless against official "art in public space"! Oh, the horror! Those endless atrocities! All of them labeled "sculpture in public space"! Ah! Monstrous "public art installations" on roundabouts, on main streets, in shopping malls!



It is time to reclaim the street art! It is time to create your own public art! Get your hammers! Get your welding equipment!
It is time for SCULPTURE MOBS!

monochrom offers free courses, in-depth training and invites people on a couple of guerrilla field trips.



Where? At Maker Faire Bay Area 2008!