A Situationist all the way!


(1957-1972) They originated in a small band of avante-garde artists and intellectuals influenced by Dada, Surrealism and Lettrism. The post-war Lettrist International, which sought to fuse poetry and music and transform the urban landscape, was a direct forerunner of the group who founded the magazine 'Situationiste Internationale' in 1957. Situationist ideas are notoriously difficult to explain, and open to a wide degree of interpretation, but for me they were the guerrilla warriors of the graphic regime.

If you keep your eyes open, you shall see that they have lived on through designers and artists who adapt their methods in their own work.


A French product designer based in Tokyo created a unique project called the TiWiKi. A number of small figurines kept all over the city whose positions are monitored through the magnets attached to them, are left for the people to discover and bring back. The city becomes a playground :)



Two extremely cool projects elaborated in Sagmeister's talk on Happy design. The first is about how a Korean designer stuck empty speech bubbles on billboards and ads all over the city to be filled in by the people (it says "Have you seen my nipples?" on the Starbucks logo) and the second is about a bunch of designers who got together to tweak the information signs in a metro.



David Crow series of posters called Trouble were displayed on the walls in the city of Salford, England. The aim of the project was to use the semiotics of urban situations to engage passersby in a visual dialogue about 'territory'. The posters were destroyed by inhabitants of the region. Feedback nonetheless!


One of my most favorite projects is by Katy Dawkins and talks about Interference. The original text is taken from the grafitti found in various parts of the city and is then returned to the original position in the characteristic form of an 'official' visual language. Well, you wrote it there for a reason!

And then there was Blow.up. It's probably one of the best things that's happened for 'freedom of expression' in Delhi. I request everyone to check the Blindboys' work at--



The beauty of an intervention lies in the familiarity of the situation and yet, the quirk that makes it unfamiliar.