Andrew Tider and I teamed up for this effort to highlight crimes masquerading as commerce.
Andrew Tider and I had a bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden made, then surreptitiously cemented it atop a Brooklyn memorial to those killed during the American Revolution. Though confiscated by police, it sparked international debate over whether Snowden's actions were honorable, and eventually found a home in the esteemed Brooklyn Museum.
People claimed they didn't care about the NSA's domestic spying. So Andrew Tider and I spied on them (as unofficial) NSA subcontractors. All of a sudden, they cared.
The MTA’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign features testimonials from New Yorkers who’ve alerted agents to suspicious objects. Kudos to the MTA for encouraging commuters to stay aware. But given today's world, it seems even more important to stay vigilant beyond what's directly in front of our eyes. In an effort to help, I tweaked their campaign. The five ads were installed as a set.
There are thousands who believe massacres like Sandy Hook are staged by what they call "crisis actors."
In an effort to surface the "facts" widely spread by these believers online, this satirical short has James Lipton (of Inside the Actors Studio fame) sitting down with one of the most talked about crisis actors of the day.
In March of 2011, Hunter Fine and I laid traps for various subcultures to protect neighborhoods from infestation. Minutes after setting our first "Hipster Trap" in NYC's East Village, a stranger took a picture and posted it online. The next day, this take on gentrification had close to one million views on Reddit alone, with millions more since.
After anonymously painting these lanes around NYC for two months in the summer of 2010, the project gained international press. I revealed my identity through a collaborative extension of the project with Improv Everywhere where we "enforced" the lanes.
A website that only lets very special people in, and questions the meaning of fame in an online world. Lots of celebs dropped by. Justin Bieber's team even contacted us about having a record release in one of the more "exclusive" rooms. If the deepest room is reached, a special event is triggered. Made with Chris Baker, Mike Lacher, and Doug Loffredo.
A small change to a statue generated over a million views in less than a week.
Project archived at SelflessPortraits.com
Chris Baker and I (with a little help from some oil painters in China) imagined how people may have photobombed each other back in the day. Oil on Canvas
This was disruptive way to spread a message on Facebook (back when Facebook had a "wall.") You and friends would make coordinated posts on someone's Facebook wall. Once you all had a block of posts, each person changes their profile picture to a letter, spelling out anything you want. We "hacked" Sara Palin's FB page, amongst others. Created with Chris Baker and Danny Adrain.
The Bush Booth was never meant to bash Bush (too easy), as entrants could praise the listening George if they wanted. Instead, it offered a fun reminder that elected officials are here to listen to us more than we're here to listen to them.
We placed a “Like” button after every article of the U.S. Constitution. Visitors can view the amendments in order of how popular they are in each state or overall. Each “like” posts a short description of the amendment to Facebook’s News Feed, helping inform people about their rights. Made with Chris Baker, Jeff Greenspan, and Doug Loffredo.
Press: Irish Times
Giving a couple of movements a little push.
Andrew Tider and I enlisted some cats to help voters decide between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
Co-written by Jim Therkalsen, this was my goodbye to R/GA video back in 2010. Originally sent only to R/GA staff, within hours it wound up on popular blogs and Twitter, and was seen all over the world.
Hidden in plain sight, somewhere in Manhattan.
This was the first short film I ever made (2004). Chosen for inclusion in the One Club’s Creative Showcase and The Upright Citizens Brigade’s monthly film series in both NY and LA. Created with Hunter Fine.
In 2006, I collected a bunch of “character” night lights and gathered together some NYC improvisors. We fully improvised the dialogue as these personalities, then used simple stop-motion and miniature sets to bring their worlds to life.
Heads and bodies on Grindr (the gay “dating” app) sometimes randomly align to form half-man half-other-man creatures. I call these beasts Frankenstuds. FrankenstudsOfGrindr.com features screenshots of naturally occurring Frankenstuds. None were created in Photoshop.
About three hours from NYC you’ll find Fire Island. Heavily populated by gym-manicured gay men, the entire place probably has a total of 2% body fat. I made these to sell there, but I guess they’d work in Manhattan too.
Pretty self explanatory.
The never-ending dating options served up by apps like Tinder make it easy to keep moving on to the next person Yet after all the swiping, Americans divorce at a rate near 50%. If we had fewer options would we be less dismissive and find love faster? Hindur aims to find out.
Get hitched at Hindur.com
I stenciled this quote (originally attributed to Picasso) in front of museums and photocopy shops all around NYC.