What Would Banksy Do?
There are some days when only YouTube will do: today is one. This short film, Defaced, explores the relationship between art and corporate advertising in public space - one of the few times I have linked one day's topic to the previous (or what management lingoists - not to be confused with linguists - call 'joined-up thinking'). It is the story of a man, trapped in the confines of a corporate poster, who tries to escape and become part of the street art on the opposite wall. Although the street art is free, it is condemned and usually destroyed to make way for advertising, a risk he is willing to take to be with the stencilled girl on the other side. Surely this is the hipster substitute for What would Jesus do?