Light Criticism Stencil Campaign from AAA and GRL

the Anti-Advertising Agency and Graffiti Research Lab have used laser-cut stencils to cover the annoying flat-screen advertising monitors found scattered throughout New York City. Go here to see a great video about the campaign.

Go here to download Gifs of the stencil and cover a few yourself! From the AAA site:

Advertising is the vandalism of the Fortune 500. And despite that, we still don’t like it.

Between October 2006 and December 2006, the City of New York has removed or obscured 59 illegal banners on sidewalk sheds. In that same period, Citibank Chase was forced to remove all illegal sidewalk projections at branches around Manhattan. And now, years into NYC’s crackdown on graffiti writers and protesters, after we’ve watched our friends be detained, arrested, beat, fined, tried, and given real jail sentences, not a single corporate toy from any ad firm has had to do any time.

This could mean only one thing. They’ve called off the law. Open City. Let’s all get to work.

This is the first collaboration between the Anti-Advertising Agency and Graffiti Research Lab. Modified from Ji Lee’s Abstractor TV. We used black foam core ($10/sheet) cut with a laser cutter - however, this project can be done with an x-acto blade, black construction paper, and duct tape for next to nothing. It can be repeated using any backlit display - bus shelters, display ads, television store windows… dream big, act now.