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Bill Posters follows a tradition of critical public art. Poster’s interventions aim to make visible the invisible, and often bring a collective voice and hacktivist approach to the discourses of street and political art.

Posters is co-founder of Brandalism and the Subvertisers International (SI) founded in 2012 and 2016 respectively and is a published author on the subjects of subvertising, protest art and propaganda. His latest book ‘Street Art – A Protest Manual’ is due for release by Laurence King in Autumn 2019. His work is held in collections including the Centre for Political Graphics (US), People’s History Museum (UK), Poster Museum at Wallinow (POL) and Archips Institute (CZ).

“Since 2011 UK artist Bill Posters has pioneered developments in the 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. Bill has created an arts praxis that merges the arts, social and political, turning expressions of the capitalist system and its media culture against itself.”

– Peter Ernst Coolen

 

Education

BA Liverpool School of Art

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

 

Awards

‘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

2018

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

‘Artmossphere Biennial III’, 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’ feat. Shepard Phairey, Slavoj Žižek, John Carpenter, Rough Trade Books (essay), January 2019 (forthcoming)

‘Street Art – A Protest 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 Publications

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

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

‘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.

‘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

‘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

 

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