A sunny July Evening in London and 7 Space Hijacker agents are convened to work on some ideas for Street Blitz, a project dreamt up by Random Artists. In response to the corporate bill board that our city has been turned into, Random Artists proposed:
STREET BLITZ - LONDON
Two weeks to use London as an open gallery. Install your art, modify something currently spoiling your view or do something which changes the perspective on our city.
The concept sounded right up our streets, and so we got busy knocking ideas together, we didn't want to simply make shout out graffiti, but rather some pieces which used the space in a different way, or played with the idea of graffiti a bit. A few main ideas came out, firstly however, us not all being great wielders of spray cans, we decided that stencils were the quickest and easiest route to take.
We spent a day at Hijacker HQ diligently cutting out stencils, collecting together spray paint and working on our ideas. We had two main plans, to create thought bubbles where people could add their ideas and thoughts to them, attaching a pen and string next to each bubble so that people could fill them in. The second ideas was a series of stencils on the floor for people to read as they walked over them. We translated the phrase "I worship the ground you walk on" into a variety of languages and cut out stencils for each. Our preparations complete, we headed to our local pub for a quick drink before traveling into the night to throw up our art work.
In the pub, conversation turned to the legality and of graffiti. Why for example we should have to skulk around at night sneaking our 'illegal' work up, when advertisers often put up billboards with no planning permission and earn thousands from their visual pollution? Why should corporate money dictate the visual space we live our lives in? Why shouldn't people be able to decorate the abandoned parts of their city, and why product pushing is valued over artistic thought provoking in cities that are supposed to have planners?
However eventually we realised that going out and spraying up graffiti would be a very naughty thing to do, and we made a collective decision not to, in fact we decided to return to HQ and destroy all of our work.
Upon returning to HQ, we realised a terrible mistake had happened! Someone had left all of our equipment for the night by the front door, and it was now all missing! Fingers crossed that a group of naughty oiks hadn't found it and decided to carry out the project after all!
The next day we discovered all of our worst fears were true:
Insert your life story here =>
"It would be wonderful if : I GOT LAID"
"We're going to a party - If we can find it"
"I ate a winkle and invented a Cheese"
"Je suis Francais"
Insert your subversive thoughts here =>
INSERT YOUR LIFE STORY HERE =>
"Iceland to Oz to London to NY - Sam"
BACIO IL SUOLO CHE CALPESTI
I WORSHIP THE GROUND YOU WALK ON
THE SPACE HIJACKERS ARE IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS STENCIL
...or any of the others ;-)
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