Adbusters have been challenging the Advertising industry since 1989, with spoof TV ads, billboards and the magazine Adbusters (which is of course, advert free). Adbusters describes itself as “a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age.”
Billboard Liberation Front
Altering billboards since the 1970s, these corporate spoof-artists have been slickly delivering an anti-corporate message in San Francisco, Portland and other US locations.
Not a group, more of a movement, the Billboard Utilising Graffitists Against Unhealth Promotions formed in 1979 in Sydney Australia. They focussed in particular on the tobacco and alcohol industry. “Probably the most cost-affective health promotion program ever done.” Australian crew formed in 1979 who foucssed heavily on the tobacco and alcohol industries.
The New York Street Advertising Takeover in 2009 involved the whitewashing of 120 illegal billboards followed by the installation of dozens of artworks.
Madrid Street Art Takeover
Takeover of bus stop advertisements in April 2011. Report here.
Thought-provoking and well-known street artist in UK.
The Vacuum Cleaner
An art and activism collective of one. the vacuum cleaner employ various creative legal and illegal tactics and forms, attempting to mock, brandalise and disrupt concentrations of power.