Cultural Hijack

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Tatzu Nishi

Ascending Descending, Bedford Square, 26.04.13


A rota of men took turns to dig dirt from a deep hole, shovelling it on to a series of
conveyor belts that return the material to the same hole.

From early morning to late at night the scene continues.

The work only ceases to allow a Victorian gothic drama to be filmed in the Square.


Interview with Tatzu Nishi - CITIZEN M -    Click here: 

Allan Kaprow

Transfer, Bedford Square, 26.05.2013, 11:30am - 4:30pm


images © Ben Parry & Sara Smith


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CONTRAvention: Cultural Hijack

held at RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, 25.05.2013

images © Ben Parry & Sara Smith


What might the tools, tactics and poetics of the interventionist artist offer the insurgent imagination of activism and social movements?

Do small acts of resistance and creative disruption, build muscle that encourages an appetite for real alternatives to neoliberal capitalism or do they end point and sate such an appetite?

And what of ‘commissioned resistance’, is it implicitly flawed, sponsored by the system it seeks to critique, or can it, despite its origins, have impact? These questions, and yours, will be picked over in the CONTRAvention.

Speakers included:  Gregory Sholette, Voina (Yana Sarna), John Jordan, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Space Hijackers, Ztohoven, David Pinder, Ben Parry, Peter McCaughey, Nina Edge, Barbara Steveni, Graham Jeffery, Gavin Grindon, Alana Jelinek, Tobias Klein


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Chicha Muffler Black Cab, Various locations, Inner City London, 25th April…..Ongoing

Quebec Trio BGL converted a traditional Hackney cab into a mobile communal shisha pipe, inviting people to literally smoke the cab through its adapted exhaust. Watch out for the Cab on the streets of London in the week Westminster raid a Chisha factory.


images © Ben Parry & Harald Turek


Supply & Demand

Supply & Demand (replicas of ' Banksy's Slave Labour' distributed for free at random intervals outside Poundland, Whymark Avenue, Wood Green N226BH)



Voina Wanted,  Tower Bridge, London, 12.05.13



 Voina Wanted, Tower Bridge / Bedford Square / Westminster

BBC Russia & The Moscow Times are reporting about the banner on Tower Bridge.

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International Peripatetic Sculptors Society



images from various London walks

Ben Parry & Peter McCaughey

A one-metre-cubed balaclava installed as the first of a series of re-appropriations of public statuary.

Senior Citizens, Madelaine Emberton, Libby Lee, Shashi Aul and Alida Guest, occupy the upstairs gallery of the AA, sitting by the fireplace, supplied with comfy armchairs, tea and biscuits, knitting outsized headgear, crowns that are then bestowed on selected statues around the city.


Nina Edge

Habeas Corpus, Bedford Square, London, 24.05.2013






Tushar Joag

London, 23.04.13 

The UNICELL Department of Transparency and Communication undertook a cleaning operation on 23rd of April 2013, attempting to identify edges, mapped and un-mapped, real or imagined, within London.  

A highly trained and experienced team of window cleaners ‘GAZE-A-GLAZE’ collaborated with UNICELL (Tushar Joag) to go through the city to clean these edges to increase permeability and transmission.



Space Hijackers

01.05.13 = Mayday, Google HQ courtyard, London  

Emergent Workers Party

The Space Hijackers held their May Day party in the courtyard of Google’s multi-million HQ, just off Tottenham Court Road, an event demanding a shutdown of the internet after business hours.  

Party goers celebrated with dancing and drumming as in days gone by, but with a maypole tangled with cables instead of the traditional May Day ribbons.  

These May Day celebrations also marked the establishment of the Emergent Service Workers Party.

see loads more photos here: Emergent Service Workers Party

read all about it:

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Jerkin the Gherkin, London, 30.05.2013 

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