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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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Robbie Conal's Art Attack - Political posters, guerilla postering guide and QuickTime movies. Urbanize.org - Guerilla street art. Featuring work by the "Midget Posse" and anonymous graffiti artists. Adbusters Culture Jammers Headquarters - Vancouver based anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters. Famous for their spoof ads. BugMeNot.com - Bypass compulsory web registration. Cacophony Society - 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. M. T. Enterprises WorldWide - Internet art group with corporate front, promoting "artainment." [Requires frames] 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. Soy Bomb Nation - A global grassroots movement dedicated to reclaiming the media from the corporate cheesemongers. Hyper-Redundant-Mart - Specializes in 'consumable simulacra'. "Why buy the product, when you can buy the idea? Buy the hype." 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. Together We Can Defeat Capitalism - Undertakes public art and Internet projects to raise questions about early 21st Century capitalism. National Cynical Network, The - Negativland co-conspirators out of Silicon Valley who produce voicemail art as well as all manner of audio collage. sniggle.net - Well-written introduction to culture jamming in its many forms, with pictures and many links. It Was Him - Photographs of altered signs, advertising, and celebrity posters. ameriCON incorporated USA - Purports to be a multinational corporation seeking investment from conservative Christian businessmen who are interested in dominating global markets. 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". Culture Jamming - Overview of subversive affirmation, media hoaxing, and adbusting, with links to influential participants. [English/German] The Bubble Project - Manifesto, templates, book ordering, contact information and recommended links. The Danger - Articles, event schedule, photographs, message boards and downloadable media. Urban Prankster - Blog about pranks, hacks, participatory art, flash mobs, and other creative endeavors in public places. Rethink Tradition - Advertisements challenging the societal norm of the engagement ring, designed by Olga A. Matveeva. Abrupt Culture Jamming - For 10 years, Abrupt has been culture-jamming with manifestos, ad parodies, and radical pamphleteering.
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