2 girls undermine entire US border strategy in under 18 seconds


ART NEWS JANUARY 2011, article with Brad Downey

IN3 Festival


University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
Institute Interior Design and Scenography

Spitalstrasse 8
CH – 4056 Basel

Tel +41 61 268 94 06
Fax +41 61 268 93 90




Penguin Books and Stolen Space

‘Never Judge…?’
A Group Exhibition In Association with Penguin Books
03.12.10 – 19.12.10
Never judge a book by the cover. 

The age old proverb is easier said than done, when choosing a read who can’t be swayed by good cover art, the cover after all has the job of explaining thousands of words in an instant. Think of the classic covers that grace the jackets of thousands of books and the names of the truly great artists that have put their artwork to novels, creating iconic classic covers for these classic books, but is the book cover dying?

Featured Artists: 

Alex Fakso, Alexander Korzer Robinson, Alexone, Alex Trochut, All City Media, Anders Nilsen, Andrew Council, Angela Lizon, Anthony Burril, Anthony Lister, Arth Daniels,  Blek Le Rat, Brad Downey, Brian Cairns, Buff Monster, C215, Chris Stain, Chistopher Silas Neal, CUM, Curtis Kulig, Cyclops, DEM, D*FACE, David Bray, David Gentleman, Dave Kinsey, David Walker, Dominique Holmes, Eelus, EINE, Elsa Mora, EMA, Evan Hecox, Faris Badwan, Filthy Luker, Gabriel Dubois, Gary Taxali, Gerald Laing, Graham Dolphin, gray318, Hanna Melin, Hellovon, Ian Stevenson, James Alexander Burbidge, Jaybo, Jeff Antebi, Jeff Fisher, Jim Houser, Jonathan Darby, Jon Burgerman, John Pound, John Slade, Julie Verhoeven, Hanna Melin, Kai & Sunny, Kate Gibb, Kathryn Macnaughton, Kid Acne, Kristian Hammerstad, KRSN, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Herald, Marta Cerda, Matt Eco, Matt Small, Methane Studios, Michael De Feo, Mike Stilkey, Mr Jago, Mysterious Al, Mudwig, Parra, Pete Fowler, Rico, Ripo, ROA, Ronzo, Roxanne Jackson, Rul/Vomitorium, Russell Maurice, Russ Mills, Ryan Bubnis, Sam Flores, SAN, Shepard Fairey, Sickboy,  Skull Phone, Steff Plaetz, Sylvia Ji, Tara McPherson, The London Police, Tim Bessell, Tom J Newell, Toshikazu Nozaka, Tristan Eaton, Usugrow, Viktor Vauthier, Vinnie Nylon, Will Barras, WK Interact, Word To Mother, Zosen…

Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
United Kingdom

P: +44 (0) 207 247 2684

Tuesday – Sunday
11:00am – 7:00pm

99 …. 99 …… 99……

im namen des raumes gbr
galerie im henselmann tower
strausberger platz 19
10243 berlin
99 works from 99 artists for a symbolic price of 99€, a concept that reminds of the traditional “jahresgaben” at german kunstvereine, but is a bit modified. the idea of the exhibit is to thematize the idea of selling art in the form of a 99 cent store—a unified price— as a gamble on artist names and speculation of worth.

u.a. mit Claudia Arndt, Maxime Ballesteros, Hannes Bend, Tim Bennett, Viktoria Binschtok, Gilbert Brohl, Kim Coleman (UK), Claudia Comte (CH), Michael Conrads, Ralf Dereich, Julius Dörner, Brad Downey, Thomas Eller, Surya Gied, Lola von Göller, Isabelle Graeff, Katrin Heichel, Douglas Henderson (US), Moritz Hirsch, Olaf Holzapfel, Katrinem, Sabina Keric, Bettina Khano, Annette  Knole, Christoph Kröger, Michael Kutsche (US), Lilli Kuschel, Bo Christian Larsson (DK), Theo Ligthart, Lane McCormick (AU), Jonathan Meese, Bjørn Melhus, Jan Muche, Borjana Mrdja (BiH), Nik Nowak, Julia Prezewowsky, Rebecca Raue, Sharman Riegger, Rindfleisch und Rapedius, Julien Rouvroy, Uwe Schinn, Frauke Schmidt, Max Schneider, Tor Seidel, Pola Sieverding, Adrian Sievering, Dominik Steiner, Stohead, Despina Stokou, Moritz Stumm, Malte Urbschat, Hannes Waldschütz, Carolin Weinert, Clemens Wolf (AT)












Brads “The Beginning and the End” is featured in the German “ART-Magazin” October issue ..10/2010


Russian army blows up its inflatable weapons


check the link..

The Russian military has come up with an inventive way to deceive the enemy and save money at the same time: inflatable weapons.

They look just like real ones, are easy to transport and quick to deploy.

Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg took a look at this unusual attempt to inflate Russia’s armed forces.




BLKRIVERFESTIVAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Vienna Austria.

2010 Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihr Festival.

10. September – 6. Oktober


Akay http://www.akayism.org/

Benjamin Gaulon http://www.recyclism.com/

Blu http://www.blublu.org/

Bastardilla http://www.bastardilla.org/

Brad Downey http://www.braddowney.com/

Deep Inc. http://deepinc.at

Dtagno http://www.dtagno.de/

Evan Roth http://evan-roth.com/

John Fekner http://www.johnfekner.com/

Know Hope http://www.thisislimbo.com/

Ox http://ox.com.fr/

Sam 3 http://sam3.es/

Matthias Wermke & Mischa Leinkauf http://www.stopmakingsense.de/

Princess Hijab http://blkriver.at/soup/princesshijab

Charlie Ahearn http://www.wildstylethemovie.blogspot.com/



Symposium: Street Art vs. White Cube: Publicity vs. Public?

KUNSTHALLE wien, hall 1,

A controversary debate in English in cooperation with KÖR and its commitment to the Danube Canal area.

Eric Andersen (poster artist and graphic designer, Zurich)
Brad Downey (Artist, Berlin)
Sydney Ogidan (artistic director BLK River Festival, Vienna)
Hannah Stippl (artist, Vienna)
Vitus Weh (cultural scientist, co-editor of BETON-Blumen, Vienna)

Moderation: Cathérine Hug (Curator Kunsthalle Wien)

Sub Globe II – Örebro´s Konsthall Sept 11 – 12 Oktober

Sub Glob II börjar nästa vecka! Sex gatukonstnärer från olika delar av världen kommer att arbeta ihop utställningen på plats i Örebro veckan innan öppning. Känns som det kan bli riktigt riktigt bra!

Nuria Mora, Spanien » www.nuriamora.com
Brad Downey, Berlin » www.braddowney.com
Ruskig, Malmö » ruskig.wordpress.com
Fefe Talavera, Sao Paolo » fefetalavera.blogspot.com
Ångest, Stockholm » lassekaos.blogspot.com
Mark Jenkins, Washington » www.xmarkjenkinsx.com

Rest In Peace Schlingensief

We will miss you and your powerful work……….. Christoph Schlingensief  died in Berlin , age 49 (October 24, 1960 – August 21, 2010) .

Future Projects

During his illness, Christoph published a diary of his reflections titled “Heaven could not possibly be as beautiful as here,” married costume designer Anio Laberenz, and founded a controversial opera project in West African Burkina Faso that received funding from the German government.

Schlingensief never stopped planning for the future. At the time of his death, he was involved in productions for the Ruhrtriennale and for the Berlin Staatsoper’s new season.

The death notice on his Internet page, asks for donations to the African opera project in lieu of flowers. For further information, see http://www.schlingensief.com.



Hacking the City

Hacking the City is an innovative project which reacts to changing structures of public space, mobility, and communication in the city. The project is mainly focussed on Essen, European Capital of Culture Ruhr.2010. Participants are artists, web designers, practitioners of guerrilla communication, street artists, performers, and musicians.

Among these are: Boran Burchhardt, Peter Bux, Brad Downey, San Keller, Knowbotic Research, Christin Lahr, M+M, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Richard Reynolds, Jörg Steinmann, Michelle Teran, Stefanie Trojan, Annette Wehrmann, V2A.net, Georg Winter. Further projects will be presented at the “Base Station” in the museum and on the website: http://www.hackingthecity.org.

How are public life, democratic culture, and modern resistance articulated in art? Which forms are used, which can be revived, which models can artists and activists follow? The practice of Cultural Hacking is increasingly adopted by artists (in the broadest sense) who act far away from the art market and exhibitions. Among the types of actions are strategies of Adbusting as well as Faking (or plagiarism), adding in and taking away (misappropriation), irritation and disruption, forms of Hacktivism, flash mob actions, re-enactments, performances, sculpture in public space, concealed investigations, hidden actions, events directed via internet or mobile phones. These are no longer confined to urban (exterior) space as a place of action and work, but also to the World Wide Web (websites, video platforms, power sellers, servers etc.).

Urban Hacking became increasingly widespread as an artistic practice in the 90s. Starting point for this artistic strategy were political, social, as well as purely creative themes. In America, Hacktivism was initially more visible than in Europe. Groups like Adbusters organized large campaigns against American companies and media conglomerates, challenged their fellow citizens’ consumer habits, or performed theatre pieces in front of security cameras. In Europe, too, a cultural practice of subversive strategies has developed throughout different artistic genres and generations. These strategies follow the logic of hackers: entering into other systems, finding their way around, and then introducing applications that change or expand that system’s limits and utility.

But who hacks, and who is hacked? While numerous successful hacking attacks in the 90s disclosed the vulnerability of the economic and political structures of the Net, there is today a growing discourse about strategies of invisibility and retreat strategies such as “turn-off”-movements.

Hacking the City is hence also about the history of failure at, and in the public space.

Curator: Sabine Maria Schmidt

A reader will be published by Steidl Verlag, Göttingen (December 2010).

DOCKVILLE FESTIVAL, 13- 15 AUGUST-HAMBURG (New Brad Downey Sculpture)




If you live in Hamburg go to see Brads new work at Dockville Festival.