People Power by Damien Poulain

People Power by Damien Poulain

‘People Power’
Series of 10 protest banners inspired by iconic protest songs.


The typographic form in the Umbrella Movement


“No to Pre-selected Candidates” banner on a back-lit bus shelter advertising. Unintentionally combining the written banner with the calligraphic artwork of a property development artwork.

In a city where the majority of writing is finger scribbled on the screen of a smartphone, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement has developed into an unexpected platform for handwriting and handmade typography.

Creative Review – Words of the Umbrella Movement.

13 Mar 2012, 10:46am
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Le monde arabe en révolution(s) – Rima Marrouch : « La guerre des graffiti en Syrie »


Parallèlement à la violence de la répression, une deuxième guerre fait rage : la guerre des graffiti pour le contrôle des images et des slogans. Les murs se font le champ de bataille des graffeurs pro et anti gouvernementaux. Dans le Midan, au centre de Damas, un quartier autrefois célèbre pour ses restaurants, les murs sont recouverts de peinture noire pour couvrir les slogans anti-gouvernementaux.

« Des amis m’ont dit avoir lu le slogan ‘A bas Bashar !’ à Damas. Apparemment, les forces de sécurité étaient plutôt paresseuses, elles ont uniquement recouvert ‘A bas’ et ont laissé ‘Bashar’ », raconte un activiste syrien.

Le monde arabe en révolution(s) – Rima Marrouch : « La guerre des graffiti en

Syrie ».

Démos de tous les jours – Mathieu Tremblin

Fruits Skewer

2011, Nijmegen (NL)
Anti-vandalism furniture, fruits, 0,5 x 0,5 m

Rock’n Gum

2010, Rennes (FR)
Chewing gum sticker, tattoo pattern, 30 x 30 cm



Sharing the power in Tahrir Square

How Tahrir Square’s protestors shared their power: an exuberant spaghetti, wall-warts, and charging handiphones of all variety.

Via Flickr, picture by AndrewBurtonPhoto


Robo-Rainbow is one of Akay his “Instruments of Mass Destructions”, a.k.a. “complicated technical solutions to aide in simple acts of vandalism”.

Robo-Rainbow – via  today and tomorrow.

robo-rainbow from mudlevel on Vimeo.

Giant penis crop-circle mysteriously erected at Eiffel Tower in Paris

Holy dueling Gallic phallic symbols, Batman! French journalist Aude Baron tells Boing Boing,

On Friday, if you were going to the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, you could see a giant penis! It was drawn into the snow covering the grass. A Dutch tourist took a picture and posted it on Twitter. Amazing view! But what if it was a PhotoShop? To be sure, I called the store which is a the first floor of the Tour Eiffel, and I was confirmed the masterpiece was still here, making everyone laugh. Unfortunately the garden department of Paris city hall told me they would soon rake it up.

Giant penis crop-circle mysteriously erected at Eiffel Tower in Paris – Boing Boing.

Full story here in Lepost.fr. The original picture is here

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Looptaggr is a DIY project by Ariel Schlesinger & Aram Bartholl. I guess it’s the fastest graffiti stencil system I’ve ever seen … drive-by graffiti. You can find a compete how-to @ www.looptaggr.com.

via Looptaggr – today and tomorrow.

Bodies in Urban Spaces – Photo Journal – WSJ

Performers form a “human sculpture” on Sunday during a piece entitled “Bodies in Urban Spaces” by choreographer Willi Dorner. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)

Bodies in Urban Spaces – Photo Journal – WSJ.

Hello, world! by Bernd Hopfengaertner

Hello, world! is a real installation for the virtual globe of the software Google
Earth. A Semacode measuring 160×160 metres was mown into a wheat field near the town of Ilmenau in the Land Thuringia. The code consists of 18×18 bright and dark squares producing decoded the phrase “Hello, world!”. The ambition was to have an areal view of the code integrated in Google Earths’ regular database. The project was realised in May 2006 and photographs were taken of it during a picture flight in the following month.


All available sizes | dorfcode.jpg | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Russian art group Voina “dicks” a St. Petersburg Bridge – Boing Boing

Over the years, Voina staged many actions: police station take-overs, anti-homophobic faux-lynchings in malls, stray cat throwing into swanky restaurants, anti-Medvedev public orgies and all kinds of ruckus. Their most recent target: the headquarters of FSB, the offices of Russia’s KGB incarnate Federal Security Service. Our source: Voina themselves.

In the early morn of Che Guevara’s birthday, the group psyched out bascule bridge guards and made their way to the center of Liteiny Bridge. In 23 seconds flat, Voina painted a 213-feet-tall, 89-feet-wide phallus dubbed “Giant Galactic Space Dick.”

Russian art group Voina “dicks” a St. Petersburg Bridge – Boing Boing.

ërell / St Etienne Zone commercial Alphabet

ërell // St Etienne Zone commercial Alphabet on Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Guerilla Paint Action in Berlin

Last week a group of cyclists dumped 13 gallons of paint on the road at Berlin’s busy Rosenthaler Platz, creating a series of colourful lines as cars drove through.

The various colours of paint were dumped onto the road in large puddles at different locations throughout the intersection. As traffic drove through, the paint was spread around creating lots of colourful lines. The whole action took only a few seconds: bikers had poured paint from big boxes in front of cars that waited for green lights. So the cars and their wheels, if the driver wanted it or not, became the brush tool for this guerilla public art piece.The creators of the project posted signs on post nearby explaining that the paint wasn’t harmful and would simply wash off with water.

Posted by Anita Silva – on Abitare – international design magazine » Guerilla Paint Action in Berlin.

Kevin Van Aelst

Right Middle Finger,†2007, digital C-print, 43 x 34.5

via Kevin Van Aelst.

Falungong message found on 1-yuan bill in China – Boing Boing

Someone found a Falungong message on a 1RMB note in China:

The writing alleges that the CCP has created fake self-immolation stories, killed Falungong members, stolen their internal organs, and calls upon heaven to destroy the party.

[via Shanghaiist]

Falungong message found on 1-yuan bill in China – Boing Boing.

Flickr: Sean Hicks’ Photostream

Spotted by Sean Hicks in the Strasbourg Saint-Denis Metro station in Paris.

Flickr: Sean Hicks’ Photostream.