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Biography

“Interesting fella”

– GCHQ

Bill Posters is an artist-researcher and facilitator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Poster’s works often interrogate persuasion architectures that exist in public space and online using network-based, collaborative interventions.

Posters has extended his praxis to focus on exploring computational forms of propaganda and the associated architectures that define the Digital Influence Industry. This marks a natural progression for the former street artist into an alternate ‘commons’ and reveals interesting territory for the application of detournement theory on contemporary issues concerning computational propaganda, dataism, surveillance capitalism and democracy. Recently his projects have received global media coverage in print, radio and TV.

Posters is a published author on the subjects of subvertising, protest art and computational propaganda. His latest book is due for release by Laurence King in Spring 2020. His work is held in both public and private collections.

“Since 2011 UK artist Bill Posters has pioneered developments in the contemporary practice of detournement, or ‘subvertising’ – short for ‘subverting advertising’. Applying detournement theory to urban – and increasingly digital contexts, his practice is centred on hacking space and place to reveal power relationships, architectures and infrastructures that exist between corporate and state level actors and their subjects – citizens.”

– Peter Ernst Coolen

Posters is co-founder of Brandalism and the Subvertisers International (SI).

 

Education

BA Liverpool School of Art

Honorary Research Fellow, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester

 

Awards

‘Alternate Realities’ Artist Commission, Sheffield Doc/Fest, 2019

‘Activist of the Year’ award (Brandalism), Communications Sans Frontiers, (FR), 2016

‘International Contest of Communication & Creativity’ Award, Commissione Nazionale Italiana UNESCO, (ITA), 2016

‘CUBEOpen Award’, Cube Gallery, Manchester, (UK), 2012

Artaq International Urban Art award (INT), 2012

 

Select Exhibitions

2019

‘Alternate Realities’, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

2018

‘REHOGAR X  – Open Design and Reuse’, TABAKALERA International Centre for Contemporary Culture, San Sebastian, Spain

‘INTERVENTION’, Hackney Creative Social Club, London, UK

‘REHOGAR Xª Edición’, Fabri i Coats, Centre for Contemporary Art, Barcelona

‘Artmossphere III Street Art Biennale ‘, Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow

‘Hope To Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18’, Design Museum, London (exhibit removed in protest)

‘High on Subversion’, Frabrika, Venice

‘200 Years of Change’, Museum of Sheffield, UK

‘EU Ideas Lab’, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin

2017

‘Cultural Hijack’, Archip Institute, Prague

‘The World Transformed’, Frabrica Gallery, Brighton

‘EU Ideas Lab’, European Parliament, Brussels

2016

’50th International Poster Biennale’, Poster Museum at Wallinow, Warsaw

‘(Un)gedudiges Papier’, Centre for Contemporary Art, Dresden

‘Cambiamenti Climatici’, University of Venice, Italy

2014

‘Politika: Art & The Affairs of the City’, Engine Gallery, Manchester

Select Authored Texts

2019

‘They Live!: A Visual & Cultural Awakening’ (essay) feat. Shepard Fairey, Slavoj Žižek, John Carpenter + more, Rough Trade Books, January 2019

‘Street Art – A Manual’, Laurence King Publishing, Autumn 2019 (forthcoming)

‘YOU WILL: A Detour Into Dataism’, Common Practices (forthcoming)

2018

‘Subvertising Manual’, Dog Section Press

2017

‘Advertisers Anonymous: A Guide To Switching Sides’, (limited edition riso print pamphlet)

2016

‘Advertising Shits In Your Head’, Strike! Magazine (article)

Select Academic Papers

‘Brandalism for the Environment: The Logic of Appropriation’, Eleftheria Lekakis. Popular Communication, 15 (4). pp. 311-327, 2017

‘Art Against Consumption’, Dilek Alkan Ozdemir, Associate Professor at Anadolu University, New Zealand. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design), September 2017

‘On Advertising’, Professor David Crowley, Head of Critical Writing in Art & Design, Royal College of Art, 2016

‘Urban interventionism as a challenge to aesthetic order: Towards an aesthetic criminology’, Professor Andrew Millie, Crime, Media, Culture, 2016

‘Outdoor Advertising & the Urban’, Ann Chronin, Reader in Sociology, Lancaster University, 2016

‘Limiting law: art in the street and street in the art.’ Law, Culture and the Humanities. ISSN 1743-8721, 2015

‘Brandalism and subvertising: hoisting brands with their own petard?’, Adam Smith-Anthony, John Groom. Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2015, Pages 29–34, 2015

Select Publications

‘Why Artists Created a Mark Zuckerberg ‘Deepfake’’, Frieze Magazine, June, 2019. https://bit.ly/2ZAj8rM

‘Creative Climate Communications’, Professor Maxwell Boykoff , Cambridge University Press (forthcoming), 2019

‘5 To See: Alternate Realities’, Aesthetica Mag, May 2019. https://bit.ly/2JY2b5G

‘Activist of the Month: Bill Posters’ (Interview), Hate Magazine, January 2019. https://bit.ly/2tckuux

‘Street Art With More Impact: Recap of 2018’ (Feature), Graffiti Street, December 2018. https://bit.ly/2BFhgn3

‘The Anarchist Street Artists Taking on Corporate Ads’ (Feature), Medium, December 2018. https://bit.ly/2PBDafM

‘Bill Posters & Valtonyc: The Gag Law Made Me Do It’, Brooklyn Street art (interview). December 2018. https://bit.ly/2REGoRw

‘The movement replacing ads with anti-capitalism’, New Internationalist magazine. November 2018. https://bit.ly/2S7S9QA

‘Bill Posters takes aim at #BlackFriday’ [Feature], Street Art Today. November 2018. https://bit.ly/2TDeLd5

‘Waste World’ [Feature], Very Nearly Almost Magazine. November 2018. https://bit.ly/2Rcf11j

‘Waste World’ – Bill Posters [Feature], Street Art News, November 2018. https://bit.ly/2QkoLJG

‘BSA Film Friday feature, Brookyln Street Art, November 2018. https://bit.ly/2FtI7Yq

Coverage: Artmossphere Biennale “Offline” – Moscow, Russia, Street Art News. https://bit.ly/2TBx02I

‘The Dirt on Waste’, New Internationalist Magazine, Issue 516, Autumn 2018 (editorial artwork)

‘The Fundamentals of Graphic Design’, Nigel Ball, Bloomsbury (Forthcoming), 2018

‘These guys are hacking ad spaces and they want you to join them’, VT Magazine. July 2018. https://bit.ly/2o4TYAF

‘Uncoated: Duck the Issue’, Eye magazine, Issue 96, June 2018.

‘Shell’s Festival of unbelievable bullshit’, New Internationalist Magazine. June 2018. https://bit.ly/2r1mm88

‘Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18’, Margarate Cubbage, Design Museum (exhibition catalogue), 2018

‘The Hackers Using Street Ads to Protest’, CNN Style. March 2018. https://cnn.it/2py0gcc

‘Socialism in the Sunshine’, FRIEZE magazine. October 2017. https://frieze.com/article/socialism-sunshine

‘Advertising Shits in Your Head’, Vyvian Rauol, Dog Section Press, 2017

‘The Poster Remediated’, David Crowley, 25th International Poster Biennal (exhibition catalogue), 2016

‘Inside the anti-advertising movement that’s recruiting ad agency workers’, Business Insider. April 2016. https://www.businessinsider.sg/brandalism-interview-2016-4/

‘Brandalism hijacks Paris ad space to target climate conference sponsors’, Creative Review, January 2016. Magazine.

‘Anti-advertising: the hijacked bus stops of Paris’, Guardian Art & Design. November 2015. https://bit.ly/2o5jbuP

‘Eco activists Brandalism launch Paris ad takeover’, BBC News. November 2015. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34958282

‘Activists flood Paris with ads mocking corporate sponsors of climate change talks’ Washington Post. December 2015. https://wapo.st/2w8A9gg

‘Brandalism’, Channel 4 Random Acts (short film). December 2012. https://bit.ly/2w9DR9o

‘Brandalism Takes Aim at Advertising’, DW. November 2012. https://www.dw.com/en/brandalism-street-art-takes-aim-at-advertising/a-16408273

‘Brandalism At The London Olympics’, Forbes Magazine. August 2012.

‘100 Days of Active Resistance’, edited by Vivienne Westwood, 2011