Tag Archives: Banksy

If we hadn’t killed the Shadow Art Fair, this is what it would have become

Thank you, Banksy, for keeping the dream alive with Dismaland. And, no, I don’t really think that my Shadow Art friends and I could have pulled off anything this ambitious. I do think, however, that this was the direction in which we were trending… dark social commentary. I recall several meetings, for instance, where we […]

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Why was there a Tiger in the old Packard plant today? Because Detroit.

Guess what? I made the Metro Times list of The 7 Top Social Media Jokes About The Packard Plant’s Tiger Shoot with my witty Gallery 555 comment. For those of you who don’t know the context, our friend Andy Didorosi was called to the Packard plant this morning to help a buddy of his capture […]

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Culture jamming goes venti… The launch of Dumb Starbucks

Something for the “Nothing This Cool Ever Happens Here” file: On Friday, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, a new Starbucks opened its doors. This, in and of itself, may not be that noteworthy. This one, however, was a little different. It wasn’t just your standard, everyday, run of the mill Starbucks, but […]

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Is the Bank of Ann Arbor’s “non-local banker campaign” a hypocritical, pointelss mess of faux-localism?

For the past few months, those of us who live in and around Ann Arbor have been subjected to a relentlessly pervasive advertising campaign featuring a balding, sunken-chested, Clearasil-colored cartoon banker with an often furrowed brow, and standard issue “nerd” glasses. He started showing up on billboards a little over a month ago. At first, […]

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“Wringing Art Out of Rubble in Detroit”

It must be that time of year again… The New York Times today has another story on how artists are revitalizing Detroit. It’s actually a pretty good article. I don’t mean to come across as cynical. It’s just that, for the past few years, it seems like this same story keeps getting recycled. The good […]

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