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Astral TTC bus shelter ads get hacked

Posted by Derek Flack / March 27, 2012

Hacked TTC Bus ShelterJust in time for the return of Don Draper and the Mad Men crew, a guerrilla street artist has hacked a number of Astral's TTC bus shelter ad spots in an apparent effort to "provoke discussion about consumerism and advertising in public spaces." According to the website that accompanies the anti-ads and a tip we received from a reader, seven eight shelters received "updates" over the weekend, spanning an area from Queen & Lisgar to Yonge & King. A casual tour of the more westerly shelters this morning confirmed that at least a few of them are still in place.

As for who's behind the project, at this point no one has claimed credit (which is perhaps fitting given the nature of the intervention). The hack is reminiscent — if not as inventive — as the work that was done to add a chalkboard to an info pillar earlier this year. The group that took responsibility for that well-received addition to our streetscape doesn't seem to be involved with this latest interrogation of ad-creep.

The web element of this little intervention is not particularly developed, but it would seem that the primary purpose of Ad Agony is to foster discussion about the relationship between public space and advertising — well, that or this is all just a cloaked marketing campaign waiting to get attention via posts such as this one. The DIY character of the anti-ads (painted by hand) suggests otherwise, but it's honestly hard to tell these days.

And that, perhaps, is the very point.

MORE PHOTOS

Hacked Astral AdsQueen & Lisgar

Hacked Astral AdsQueen & Bathurst

Hacked Astral AdsKing & Spadina (already removed)

Hacked Astral AdsYonge & King

Hacked Astral AdsBay & King

Photos one through three by the author / remaining photos submitted by via our tips form

Discussion

123 Comments

Anne / March 27, 2012 at 01:21 pm
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This is fantastic.
Derek / March 27, 2012 at 01:21 pm
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Come to think of it, it's mostly streetcar shelters that have been hacked. But since that's a dirty word for some people, I'll just leave it as bus shelters.
Clay / March 27, 2012 at 01:25 pm
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While this is nothing new (both promoting anti-advertising with advertising, and replacing bus stop posters - See KAWS circa mid 90's) the concepts are nicely developed, the attempt at typography is fantastic (even though in my opinion its a bit sloppy, probably due to budget and materials knowledge. )

I'll never stop supporting an individual or individuals who feel the need to challenge saturation and invasion. Which is exactly what the ad industry is.
My Wallet! / March 27, 2012 at 01:25 pm
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don't mind advertising but when astral decided to put advertising ahead of the primary function of street furniture, well they can fuck right off.
Tapcon / March 27, 2012 at 01:29 pm
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These are really well done.
Ramona / March 27, 2012 at 01:34 pm
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Love this!
The Doctor / March 27, 2012 at 01:34 pm
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Brilliant! I love it. Actually, it really does exactly what Astral claims to have been wanting to do in the first place by invoking a conversation about advertising. I hope they acknowledge that this is bringing them interest and don't imagine it's hurting their brand... Oh god, I sound like a dick...
neonshaun / March 27, 2012 at 01:38 pm
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I thoroughly enjoy this.

Info panels next!
jorg / March 27, 2012 at 01:47 pm
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please go after info panels!
Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 01:47 pm
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oh no...hipsters challenging "the man..." Gimme a break. These are the same folks who then take a picture of their handy work with their iphones and post it to their facebook accounts... Such bullshit posers. Go do something worthwhile like save the whales or find a cure for cancer and spare us all from your whining about the shit that your pontificate about as your smoking the purple kush.
t / March 27, 2012 at 01:51 pm
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digging the art direction. you should work in advertising!
TheRealJohnson replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 01:55 pm
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You raise an interesting point, Roger. Why do artists continue to make art when there is no cure for cancer?

Their similar skill-sets would easily transfer to oncology. So why do they insist on wasting their talents on stuff like this instead??

Thank you for your valuable and thoughtful addition to the conversation.
AV replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 01:56 pm
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Did you just arrive here from 3 years ago? Everything you said is dated and laughable, but not in the way you intended it to be.
john doe / March 27, 2012 at 01:57 pm
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Nice art project. That's all this is. Theme has been played out. Just sayin
the lemur replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 01:57 pm
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Disrupting the monetization and invasion of public space IS worthwhile. It may not be up there with saving whales and curing cancer and whatever it is you're doing, but it's worth doing and worth doing well.
linot / March 27, 2012 at 02:00 pm
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roger phuket taking the role of the constantly chattering voice of the self proclaimed internet intellectual. thank you, but you could not be more of base with your wonderful generalizations.

ps. let me know when you cure cancer.
Joe Scratch / March 27, 2012 at 02:00 pm
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This seems a bit too convenient and the adds seem a bit too well done. I bet this is just guerrilla advertising on the part of astral media.
yazflute / March 27, 2012 at 02:01 pm
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These are so great.
McRib / March 27, 2012 at 02:01 pm
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has Margaret Atwood cured cancer yet? what a fucking layabout.
Roger Phuket replying to a comment from TheRealJohnson / March 27, 2012 at 02:01 pm
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It IS too bad their "skill sets" dont transfer to oncology or something more useful than challenging a basic fact of life such as advertising. Do you not understand the dichotomy i am point out? (Rhetorical of course)

And thank you for compliment! I feel proud to be accepted into such a community ;)
Roger Phuket replying to a comment from AV / March 27, 2012 at 02:03 pm
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What if i did arrive here from 3 years ago? Would you "protest" that as well? Would i be accepted? Would the governments treatment of me as a time-traveller be tolerated? Hmmmm. ;)
billy / March 27, 2012 at 02:04 pm
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I guess he doesn't like people making money.
Roger Phukyerself replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 02:06 pm
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My conservative half-cousin from the Phuket side of the family is just jealous and bitter. He has yet to find a cure for whale cancer, or beat the stock market, but he whinges like the best of them!
Roger Phuket replying to a comment from the lemur / March 27, 2012 at 02:06 pm
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Are you writing this from your iPhone as you try and park you Escalade?
Roger Phuket replying to a comment from McRib / March 27, 2012 at 02:07 pm
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I like Margaret. Why are you bringing her into this?
Roger Phuket replying to a comment from Roger Phukyerself / March 27, 2012 at 02:08 pm
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HA!!! I like that!
ddennis / March 27, 2012 at 02:13 pm
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Roger you are an ass!
trh / March 27, 2012 at 02:13 pm
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So where's the "hack" part?
Jason / March 27, 2012 at 02:16 pm
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Very interesting project that seems to be doing what it intended (sparking discussion)
James / March 27, 2012 at 02:21 pm
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These are beautiful, great work. If only there was an AdBlock for all the shitty ads in the real world.
Calvin replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 02:24 pm
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I think you are confusing the aspects of advertising this subversion is focusing on with general product using and consumption.
iPhone is a great tool and fairly well made, there is nothing wrong in using it. So is FB. One can totally use those tools and still against certain aspects of advertisements and not be hypocritical.
It's the way some advertisements are selling thing that's problematic, not necessary those things themselves (or the usage of those things). For example the way advertisements try to brainwash audiences into making poor judgements by making them feel bad about themselves.

Advertising in its current form is not "a basic fact of life". In a narrowed, sheltered, poorly explored view of life maybe. That's why this kind of subversions are important - hoping to widen, challenge, and thus enrich people's view.
Kevin Steele / March 27, 2012 at 02:28 pm
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Great to see these. I'm personally pretty blind to the Astral structures and tend to look right past them so I'd missed even the ones that are on my personal photo beat.
TheRealJohnson replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 02:32 pm
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Can someone please create a lolcat image to accompany Roger's well-thought out rebuttal, above, that reads:

"Do you not understand the dichotomy i am point out?"
TheRealJohnson replying to a comment from TheRealJohnson / March 27, 2012 at 02:35 pm
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Never mind. I did it.

http://bighugelabs.com/output/lolcat8cc125d4f8bf2b791b7a0edd85f28d83fb792799.jpg
Roger Phuket replying to a comment from TheRealJohnson / March 27, 2012 at 02:40 pm
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Oh no. I didn't proofread. The typing on on my $500. gold encrusted keypad gets wonky - Sorry - Hope you understand and I didn't cause any undue pain
Isn't it time to crack open a micro beer no one has heard of yet? Perhaps grow out the beard? Ride the singlespeed bike to pick up some organic carrots from the market?
I have to go now... Apparently shares of Astral are still skyrocketing on the BCE takeover news (shhhhuuudddderrrrrrrr....)
Roger Phuket replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 02:41 pm
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ugh... a cat person too (insert poorly timed yet accurate joke here)
My bike has gears replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 02:45 pm
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I agree. I hope some kind of law has been broken so they can either be arrested, or better yet, have Atril sue their asses off. This kind of "art" is so pointless.
McRib replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 02:50 pm
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but all she does is write books and drink coffee and walk around the Annex with a crazy hairdo.

She should be doing something more productive, like curing cancer.

how's your cancer cure coming along?
DG replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 02:58 pm
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LOL! You got pwned but instead of just accepting it you're making yourself look more foolish with each post.
Roger Phuket replying to a comment from McRib / March 27, 2012 at 02:59 pm
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Why are you pointing out her crazy hairdo?? She's loaded. She can do her hair however she pleases. :)

ps. She drinks tea..not coffee

Out of all the things you could have responded with...thats what you say? ok. I win!
James / March 27, 2012 at 03:02 pm
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Gotta love trolls who turn any possibly interesting conversation into shit.
jess replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 03:03 pm
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You have heard of eating disorders, right?
Sup / March 27, 2012 at 03:08 pm
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I thnk Banksy is back n town
Dan replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 03:09 pm
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Clearly the alleged "hipster" you say created these has made you to think, and spend a ridiculous amount of time talking about it. Also, "the man" isn't doing a great job curing cancer or saving the whales either, he's busy creating deceit and spending all his money on advertising.
JoeParez / March 27, 2012 at 03:19 pm
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I'll have to agree this whole "advertising/corporations = bad" thing is getting pretty tiresome. I believe people today aren't AS gullible as they were in the past and can see the warts in advertising. I also say that the artists who made these posters probably own and iPhone or any Apple technology, which would skewer their message.

Also, "I'm not happy unless I'm buying something" -- what if it makes me happy to by from a local, independent merchant?
Steven replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 03:25 pm
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Why are you positing on this blog, stop wasting your time, fucking cure cancer with help of the whales.
canmark / March 27, 2012 at 03:26 pm
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Do we know for sure that this is a "hack?" Did anyone see these ads installed? Might it not be an advertising capaign masquerading as a hack? If thousands of people click on that website, Astral can say "Transit advertising can raise awareness, start a conversation, and drive consumers to your website!"

Victoria Park / March 27, 2012 at 03:27 pm
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How come Rob Ford wasn't blamed for this fiasco? WHY WHY WHY?
Isn't everything wrong with the city his fault?
Daniel / March 27, 2012 at 03:31 pm
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I would bet almost anything that all this "hacking" was done using MacBooks and the like, which kinda undermines the project.
Derek replying to a comment from canmark / March 27, 2012 at 03:37 pm
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I mention that exact scenario in the post... And, no, we don't know.
AC / March 27, 2012 at 03:44 pm
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According to their website:
"This project aims to provoke discussion about consumerism and advertising in public spaces. Our city Toronto has been hijacked by corporations to serve their agenda of profit. The voice of the individual is lost. Dialogue is non-existent. Public spaces need public voices. The posters on this site were installed to start a conversation about this concept."
Roger Phuket replying to a comment from canmark / March 27, 2012 at 03:52 pm
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Bingo. Thats what I think. Jokes on us...
Dan replying to a comment from canmark / March 27, 2012 at 03:53 pm
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Definitely a hack.
Tambourine / March 27, 2012 at 04:05 pm
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@derek It doesnt look like they were "broken into" So they have legitimately paid Astral for the space...correct?
Elvis Precisely replying to a comment from My bike has gears / March 27, 2012 at 04:20 pm
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And what would be the point of that?
the lemur replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 27, 2012 at 04:26 pm
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Is that some kind of feeble attempt to imply that our widespread reliance on branded products and our awareness of advertising somehow invalidate the message of these works?
D MAC / March 27, 2012 at 04:30 pm
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ASTRAL SUCKS! This looks good on them.
AD / March 27, 2012 at 04:49 pm
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this guy goes to OCAD and is graphic design. everyone in the design program has seen him painting these throughout the semester.
groucho / March 27, 2012 at 05:01 pm
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nice stuff
groucho / March 27, 2012 at 05:01 pm
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GIVE THIS DUDE A JOB
Moses / March 27, 2012 at 05:08 pm
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In this age of slacktivism and online petitions its nice to see someone go out and try and make a difference in a physical environment. Effectively done imo.
Siobhan / March 27, 2012 at 05:19 pm
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Clever to get the ideas into the box but this artwork is horrible,
and to applaud it is ridiculous.
Try harder student...yeah, we know you're in art school.

????? / March 27, 2012 at 05:26 pm
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Why u b snitchin? Mad much?
Derek replying to a comment from Tambourine / March 27, 2012 at 05:37 pm
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Seems unlikely, but because we don't know who's behind the work, it's impossible to know. There could be a sort of reversal going on here, but it's not that hard to access these ad spots if you're filled with the DIY spirit.

http://vimeo.com/7184642

And, remember, this has been done in TO before.

http://torontoist.com/2010/08/how_tosat_took_over_torontos_street_ad_space/

Pattison and Astral may use different locking systems, but you get the point.
ynz / March 27, 2012 at 06:17 pm
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dear Mr. phucket go phuck yourself. have you saved a whale today?
~~~~~~~ / March 27, 2012 at 06:21 pm
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snapped yesterday on queen

http://oi42.tinypic.com/kd3nns.jpg
Annoyed / March 27, 2012 at 07:20 pm
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If you don't like advertising, capitalism, or anything that is of "the man", why do you live in the city? Canada is a big country with lots of space, get the fuck out of a city whose capitalism drives the country.
Moses replying to a comment from Annoyed / March 27, 2012 at 07:42 pm
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You can critique the city and capitalism and advertising and the flaws that exist within their various systems without being opposed to them. With them or against them is the most nonsensical point of view.
Moses / March 27, 2012 at 07:42 pm
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Or at least its the most subservient.
Lauren / March 27, 2012 at 07:44 pm
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The IRONY is that they are ADVERTISING their website. :facepalm:
ynz / March 27, 2012 at 08:49 pm
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@lauren no they are giving the pubic access to the cause. if you notice on the website... it gives information to what they are doing and what they are trying to communicate. they are also gathering peoples views to bring up conversation. there is no profit at all. DOUBLE FACE PALM
just sayin...
Gina / March 27, 2012 at 08:59 pm
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The first one makes me want a stick of bubble gum.

Avril / March 27, 2012 at 09:08 pm
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So, it's okay to advertise an anti-advertising website, but not something like Pizza?

Should everyone with a business not try to convince people to use their product/service?

I think that we're all pretty clear on the goals and narrative derived from advertising, what's more unclear as what's the goal of Ad Agony. Is it alright to have an advertisement painted on the side of a building? Is it billboards that are no good? For some reason when people tag public areas, that's alright, but an ad for a pair of shoes is somehow different?

BTW @Lauren: you are so right.
@ynz: If you think that companies that have advertisements are not trying to communicate or think that if there's no profit made that it's not advertising than you are wrong. Triple face palm?
AD / March 27, 2012 at 09:51 pm
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I like his idea of wanting to open conversation - where this falters, is that this is not a new idea. so maybe he's just pushing an old idea, of communication and thinking about what we see and hear. i have no problem with that, even as someone in advertising.
Advertising is here to stay. Everyone I know and see 'advertise' themselves in the brands they buy, their interests, and what they tell people about themselves. How did he decide to go to OCAD? What shirt does he wear? Did he ride a bike to school? How does he choose that bike? Everyone brands/advertises themselves. It would be interesting to see how people would look, act, and go if they really didn't give a crap about what people thought about them. But they do.
Tambourine replying to a comment from ynz / March 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm
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What cause? Is it a cause to make people more educated or perhaps skeptical as they read advertising? Unsure this is a cause.
I think the message is a good one but it is kinda overplayed and very 20 years ago...is it not? And its not just big companies who manipulate with their messages...its small independents as well...Dont tell me that the "organic" movement is independant. That is one hell of a big, money making corporation....
Tambourine replying to a comment from AD / March 27, 2012 at 10:03 pm
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This is the best comment on this subject. Advertising is a fact of the life we live...it drives EVERYTHING we do - whether we like it or not.
I still like the message these people are conveying...everyone should be more skeptical and not just so accepting of the messages they receive.
GD replying to a comment from AD / March 27, 2012 at 10:05 pm
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AD, how the hell did you choose to go OCAD? if you want to be a mindless mass-producer for corporations and suck dick all day, don't go to a fucking art school for that.
GW-D / March 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm
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@GD, well said.
Jimpster / March 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm
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What I find really great about these posters is that they appear to be hand-drawn with markers. That took a lot of patience and hard work. Great stuff.

What's up with people claiming that "this has been done before"? Yes, everything has been done before... many, many, many times. We know! That doesn't mean someone else can't do it again, in their own way, with their own style, and maybe do it *better*.
Archer / March 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm
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Smells like a OCAD student.
Advertising / March 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm
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Hacker, hipster, OCAD student, or Anonymous. EPIC FAIL. Don't you know that rule #1 of advertising is any publicity is good publicity? Astral is probably happy someone has designed some creatives for them free of charge without a billion dollar media budget.
EM / March 27, 2012 at 11:35 pm
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I agree with the previous comment, who cares if it's been done before, we all need to be reminded once in a while, to stop and to look at the bigger picture when we consume. I think that's what these posters are for. It makes you THINK with a touch of humour. And yes it is ironic that it's anti-advertising, while it's advertising but hey, might as well try and beat them at their own game.
Evan / March 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm
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Very pretty, much better than the usual shit.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VIOLENT / March 28, 2012 at 01:08 am
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ONE thing I think we're all forgetting is, that... we are seeing these posters on the INTERNET. If you perhaps saw one of these posters in REAL LIFE then your normal day downtown somehow, I think, might be a little more interesting and maybe... FUN!

No matter how plain, simple & obvious these posters are. A hand painted message from an individual rather than an advertisement? Why not? I think these posters 'go over the top' and give it to you blunt just to get you to question what your seeing behind glass along with the rest of the printed & painted messages you encounter when your DOWNTOWN.

I think the english have a pretty good word for this type of behaviour "cheeky".
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN VIOLENT / March 28, 2012 at 01:13 am
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YEAH that the clever screen name i was going to have.
Brian / March 28, 2012 at 08:45 am
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More than creating artificial desires, advertising has a measured effect not only in terms of consumption. The data collected about the impact of the advertisement campaigns is used to inform the manufacturers how many units to pump out before shifting to another product. Often, consumer items are sold before they are even manufactured.

By merely seeing advertisements, you are participating directly to feeding the system.
LM / March 28, 2012 at 09:23 am
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Think of how many people saw this billboard and quickly pulled out their Iphones and posted to their facebook account or tweeted about it for which they will get a big fat bill from Rogers or Bell at the end of the month. Even when we think we are being hip or trendy we are always buying something.
Peace burger replying to a comment from AD / March 28, 2012 at 11:11 am
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If everyone you know "brands" themselves, you need some new friends—maybe that's why you've got a hard-on for selling people crap they don't need.

Or maybe you're just a fucking idiot.
AD replying to a comment from GD / March 28, 2012 at 11:19 am
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@GD OCAD is an art and design school. I'm honest with myself and everyone I know that I like going out to eat, travelling around the world, and living well - and I love being challenged, and moving with the world. So I went to 'fucking art school' to build a portfolio and strengthen my ideas and work, and be an industry I personally find interesting.

You probably don't 'suck dick all day'. I bet you're a successful entrepreneur who doesn't have to listen to anyone.
shawn replying to a comment from Peace burger / March 28, 2012 at 11:54 am
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its funny how this project is supposed to open people up to discussion, but its really sparking unnecessary anger and close-mindedness. Having Peace in your name is a joke, right?
christine / March 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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I found one of these back in December and photographed it http://christineestima.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/material-misery-you-brought-this-upon-yourself/ this was outside the AGO at the streetcar shelter on dundas and mccaul. it doesn't have a website on the poster like these ones do, so i wonder if it's by the same people?
Derek replying to a comment from christine / March 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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Sure looks to be the same style — and, for what it's worth, was spotted around the corner from OCADU.
Dan replying to a comment from Tambourine / March 28, 2012 at 06:10 pm
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They have not paid for the space.
GD replying to a comment from AD / March 28, 2012 at 06:50 pm
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I spouted off before but AD, you really don't get it. Fuck entrepreneurship and being my own boss, position, or having my own business, thats not what it's about. As a creative (and a divergent thinker like creatives are) theres more that can be done then trying to simply make money for yourself and living a comfortable middle-class life. If you can do that good on you if you can afford to travel thats nice, I have no vendetta against the middle class or people with money. The point is as a creative, that you went to OCAD to explore your ideas, the deepest ideas still aren't much in a pool as shallow as marketing. Design and divergent thinking can play a role far past tricking people into buying a product. Why do you do that anyways? To what means? To earn a corporation and some CEOs money, and take what little you can of it? Your job is simply to make other people rich, thats extremely bleak to me. What good does that serve? To what means do you do this? And you can say "green" and "fair-trade" but face it, they've become marketing ploys just like "organic".

My problem with with advertising, as the paintings here are critiquing, create desire, want, and play off people's emotions and ideas of self, for no reason more than to make some people richer. A lot of energy, time, and creative talent, is wasted on work with no purpose than the amassing of wealth.
EatSleepLoveType / March 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm
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This is Great work by the way, I've seen them in real life and they are just great :)
I just wonder why some people have to be so negative about stuff like this. I've always apply a golden rule that seems to work on everything : If you don't have something good to say, just don't say it (unless otherwise indicated).
If s/he is from OCAD kudos to the school and to her/him. It may not save the whales or the world but at least is making us reflect upon our capitalist ideas - (to the person who ask that, have you done something to save the whales or the world? if you are curing cancer please let us know, as we all are waiting for such discovery).
And to the people who criticize OCAD, let me tell you something, I find that you get whatever you want to get from a school (specially in art and design as they are subjective). Art and Design can do great things when practice properly (get over it).

Once again, congrats.


A replying to a comment from Roger Phuket / March 29, 2012 at 03:31 am
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Got to love it when people declare that "these are the same people that (insert thing they already don't like)" as a legitimate criticism. We get it, you're not talking about the content of the post, just what you already have a prejudice against, and as viewers we're lucky if they are connected enough to be coherent.
Bravo.
ps: neither a defense or affirmation of the article's content, just felt the need to let this goofnugget know he's the blog-post equivalent of a turd in a sandbox; there's no good reason for it being there, but it sure does suck.
MARK / March 29, 2012 at 07:33 pm
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I love it too, where can I buy one?
lange / March 30, 2012 at 01:30 am
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem
AD replying to a comment from GD / March 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm
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I understand what working for the man is. People don't work to make a CEO rich, they work to make a living for themselves, and unfortunately that is the by-product.
I think this is a great topic for discussion. But, this is a discussion we've all had over and over and over and over.
I have an appreciation for the posters and posters just like it... but, now what? For everyone out there who feel so strongly about this, I'd love to see less talk and more action. For a creative to create a concept that involves deeper ideas and interaction and has more thought put into it. This has caused a bit of a stir, but in a week it'll be forgotten. I'd love to see if/how this guy continues it, if he has a passion for this topic - and others who feel strongly. I think that's what bothers me most. We've seen one-offs over and over. Let's bash something. Now let's see deeper ideas.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN VIOLENT replying to a comment from AD / March 30, 2012 at 03:42 pm
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Who knows if this person will continue to make posters? So what. I'm pretty sure they will... given all the attention its got.

I think these posters let everyone know that this is POSSIBLE. Go out and challenge advertising in public spaces, disrupt shit, take out a black marker and make a commentary on an ad. Why the hell not? These specific posters might be forgotten about in a week, but the concept of individuals challenging corporate messages downtown, will remain. This problem isn't going away.
gatsby / March 30, 2012 at 04:15 pm
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yeah! 'cause it's like, adbusters...and noam chomsky!
a / March 30, 2012 at 05:38 pm
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this is done by astral media. reverse psychology fully in effect
The GoofNugget replying to a comment from A / March 31, 2012 at 03:51 pm
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How scholarly of you. Did you trim your beard too tight? Yes, I am aware that I am unsure if you are a man or woman.
A replying to a comment from The GoofNugget / March 31, 2012 at 06:29 pm
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Dear Goofnugget (aka Phucket?)

Little confused about your comment. Its oddly short and lacking of that ranty, incoherent prose you've gained a reputation for. I do however appreciate the enlightened admission that you're unaware of my gender... directly following a comment about my beard. Anyway, you are skirting my central point; that you hijacked an otherwise decent conversation on the use of public space, advertising, public/street art and the value/efficacy of potentially subversive tactics to whine about shit you already don't like... You're smarter than hipsters, i think is you're main point, right?
The central focus of my post, however (and I am sorry everyone for feeding the troll, we've all been there), is that you actually do suck. I thought the turd in the sand box comment was a pretty good mental image. In fact, right now, I am imagining a turd in a sandbox reading this response and getting all turd-angry. I think you just need to cool it and not use every chance to speak as a means to validate your cynicism or general bad attitude while giving your ego a handjob. The featured project is not my favourite, but I'd rather have someone go out and put this up, followed by a civil and engaged conversation than not. So stop sucking and ruining that discussion part. If you disagree, try to articulate why with reason and in a sequential order. You'll get more friends, learn cool stuff, the smell will dissipate and you'll contribute to the development of a collective idea. neat.

So anyway, peace be unto you my smelly friend. I hope one day you will get over your genderless beard anxiety. If you stop trolling your life away, one day you'll be invited to sit at the adult table and be able to conversate without everyone rolling their eyes and trading glances back and forth while awkwardly adjusting their napkins.

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Andrea / April 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm
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Bit of a yawn. Not very innovative as it's been done so many times before. At least choose a new media format to target, not something old school like OOH advertising. It was this type of adbusting that got me interested in advertising. I now work in advertising.

At the end of the day the artist is still advertising something. Even encouraging you to check out their site which is oh so conveniently placed at the bottom of the posters. They're also promoting their creative work, would be a great way for a creative to get an interview at an ad agency by taking over strategically placed ads to promote their work and spark conversation, no? Not sure of the exact locations but I would've taken over the bus shelters located in front of creative agencies where I wanted to apply. I've also read about people high jacking company websites to get an interview (and landing the job).
helping / April 2, 2012 at 09:39 pm
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it would have been nice if he just destroyed them instead :)
dina / April 15, 2012 at 01:19 pm
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All those saying this is beautiful Art....ya really don't know a common FONT when you see one do you. The use of common fonts and color letters along with a few Plagiarized phrases is Art. Wow, next time I think it will take three weeks to finish a painting I will stop myself and just make a stupid poster to impress you folks.

This is nothing more than vandalism and in the end it costs all of us. Next time you feel like complaining about the cost of a product or service, stifle yourself. Now they have to pay employees to go around and remove this crap. The companies whose original ad was there now have to pay to have those ads replaced, the cost of which will trickle down to the consumer.

If you have something to say, that's fine, but PAY for it like everyone else does and stop acting like a common thief.

Creative work? Really? Look again art critic...
the lemur replying to a comment from dina / April 16, 2012 at 09:09 am
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Whatever you might think of it in terms of art or plagiarism or creativity, there's nothing wrong with using existing typefaces. That's kind of the point. It's supposed to look like advertising as it comments on advertising, hence the fonts.

Advertising has already ripped off the typographic look of works by Barbara Kruger and others, so the reverse is fair play.

The cost of removing/replacing the posters is already included in the generous contracts that Astral has - nothing gets passed on to the advertiser, the consumer or the taxpayer/citizen. They print way more posters than they need as it is.
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