Cultural HiJack

Cultural HiJack: A Guide to ‘Sarah Lawrencing’ 2.0

My aim in revising this project was to receive a significantly increased amount of participation from viewers. I wanted this second version to be physically bigger in terms of font and poster size and in a space that would receive…

Cultural HiJack: A Guide to ‘Sarah Lawrencing’

This project began with a poster that Andrea Gibson created, listing ‘Things that Don’t Suck’. They bring this poster to their poetry shows, leave sticky notes next to it with a sign asking audience members to add their own items…

Cultural HiJack – This Is No Fantasy (Jenny & Moyna)

The original idea was to put a bed in the middle of Heimbold. It was supposed to be a comfy and inviting bed to give people space if they needed to sleep. However, it was difficult to find a frame, mattress,…

Cultural HiJack: Space Hijack — Pop-Up Marat/Sade

I always felt in control of the performance although i let the failures of my technology or the lack of audience. This hijack I felt was successful and adding a bit of weirdness in Heimbold that wasn’t already there. My…

Cultural HiJack: BAN! — Conspiracy in the Age of “Free Speech”

Statement: A visual hijack is when an artist uses the visual strategies of an oppressive image, or target, to re-establish new ideas that are counter or detrimental to the system that the oppressive image upholds. Part 1: Setup Choosing Target…

Cultural HiJack: What I Learned From my Failed Kekistan Hijack

For my hijack i attempted to subvert the 4chan meme, the Kekistan flag. The history of the meme can be found here (http://bit.ly/2xCg1Tg), but why I chose it as my target was because it used by contemporary white supremacist and…

Cultural HiJack: A Previously Invisible Lesbian Calendar

For my visual hijack I hijacked typical heteronormative pictures from the 50’s-70’s and made them queer by replacing the straight couples with lesbian couples. I choose pictures from these time periods that I thought encapsulated the time frame best. I…

Cultural HiJack: It’s A Match! – Hijacking the Romanticization of Ideologies

A meme was the best source to visually hijack for me. In Daniel Dennett’s Memes and the Exploitation of Imagination, he writes that “in a struggle for attention, the best ideas win, according to the principle of the survival of…

Cultural HiJack: A Reworking of Aunt Jermima/ Keya Acharya/ Cultural Hijacks

A Reworking of Aunt Jemima I first heard about the racist history of Aunt Jemima in Alwin Jones’ Black Life Matters lecture last year. This year, Komozi Woodward also brought up this history in his lecture. He explained that the…

Cultural HiJack: The Esther Raushenbush Library’s Guerrilla Catalogue

For my conference project, I collected and catalogued all of the graffiti in the library. Each of these pieces was separated into one of eleven categories: Love/Sex/Relationships, Campus Life, Existentialism School & Education, Conference Work, Quotes, Drawings, Questions, Jokes, Sadness/Frustration, and Motivation. The…

Cultural HiJack: Library Graffiti

There are a number of different ways to navigate a library; the Dewey decimal system seems like an obvious universal method, if there’s a specific book you’re looking for. Or if you’re looking more for information in a more general way,…

Cultural HiJack: Psychogeography of Historians

Today the Historians walked around the campus, from spaces around Heimbold to Marshall Field to the space near Tweed. As we walked, we discussed the unique histories of the buildings and the landscapes. We walked around Heimbold, considering what materials…

Cultural HiJack: Invisible Histories

(Pictured above: Inspirational piece by Monica Canilao) Today our group brainstormed on-site, about how we could apply our role as “historians” to the area next to Marshall Field. Though we’re still in the drafting phase, we cobbled together a few ideas…

Cultural HiJack: Feminist Ad Bust

January 15, 2015 I wanted my final project during my intersession to address social issues that are relevant to me. My plan was to use an existing advertisement, paint it white, and then add text directly onto it. I decided to…

Cultural HiJack: Interview with Philadelphia Street Artist

12 January 2015 Before I set out to design and install my interactive art piece, I considered the importance of hearing about Philadelphia’s street art scene from an active participant. I managed to get in touch with a local street…

Cultural HiJack: Revolution Recovery – site visit & response piece

January 10, 2015 Today, my partner and I conducted a site visit to RAIR (Recycled Artists in Residency) located at the Philadelphia-based recycling plant Revolution Recovery. Revolution Recovery is an environmentally-friendly, sustainability-focused trash sorting center. Their main clients are predominantly…

Cultural HiJack: Urban Interventions – Brainstorm

This project will be carried out in Philadelphia. My goal is to create a piece of public art that encourages public interaction. I let a few people in the art scene here know that I’m looking for walls or spaces…