CILDO MEIRELES Meireles is a Brazilian artist who, in 1970, altered Coca-Cola bottles with silkscreened messages before returning them to the bottling plant for recirculation.
THE BLO THE BARBIE LIBERATION ORGANIZATION started a project based on similar concepts in 1989. Feminists attack Teen Talk Barbie and Talking Duke G.I. Joe.
THE DROPLIFT PROJECT Artists contribute tracks created using found sounds and samples to this compilation CD. The CD’s are then “droplifted” into stores.
PACKARD JENNINGS “My art is born from a sense of blanket disenfranchisement; be it my feeling of powerlessness in the face of mega-corporations, my disgust with the stewardship of our country, or my broad ideological separation from American fundamentalism…”
TEAM WUZHUYI A group of 24 experimental poets in China altered books and planned to shopdrop 12,000 copies of 24 poems in stores, bookshops and shopping malls throughout Beijing during the Olympics. The general theme was “Olympics-related poetry” that avoided the usual propaganda. While their original site has disappeared this blog (not in English) includes information and images.
FREE WORDS is a book which belongs to whoever finds it. The books are placed on the shelves of bookstores and libraries creating an art situation that infiltrates public and commercial space.
ZOE SHEEHAN SALDANA Saldana hand makes duplicates of Wal-Mart brand clothing and returns to replicas shelves of Wal-Mart stores along with original bar codes and packaging.
BANKSY VS. PARIS HILTON “Banksy has replaced Hilton’s CD with his own remixes and given them titles such as Why am I Famous?, What Have I Done? and What Am I For? He has also changed pictures of her on the CD sleeve to show the US socialite topless and with a dog’s head. A spokeswoman for Banksy said he had doctored 500 copies of her debut album Paris in 48 record shops across the UK.”
PLANTING SEEDS Artist Hang Nguyen designs stickers with playful, perhaps thought-provoking, messages and then “tags” fresh produce in grocery stores and markets. The stickers are being distributed and “tagged” by artists throughout the world.
PRACTICALLY A WALL For his Post-It-Books, artist Blake Lee draws stories on sticky notes and places them in library books. His Shell Game project involves altering clothing and returning it to the store.
SFZERO “SFZero is a Collaborative Production Game. Players build characters by completing tasks for their groups and increasing their score.” Tasks included shopdropping