A RISD graduate, Jordan Seiler is a New York-based artist and activist working with issues of advertising and collective agency in public space. Since the early 2000s, Seiler has coopted billboards and advertising spaces to display his own work, and has notoriously orchestrated large-scale ‘takeovers’ to draw attention to the overwhelming amount of advertising in public space as well as bring into question the ownership of that space. His work has been an inspiration for global activist projects like Art in Ad Places, Brandalism, No Ad Day, and included in exhibitions around the world such as the U.S. pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Austin Museum of Digital Art and International Poster Biennale in Warsaw.
Jordan Seiler operates around the premise that advertising pollutes and demeans our public spaces, by propagating a consumerist ideology that is harmful to individuals and our environment, while simultaneously eradicating the democratic conversations of civilians in favor of a homogenous corpo-political voice. The regime of order produced in the process fails to live up to our cities radical potential. His research, activism and artistic production go beyond aesthetics, exploring the infrastructures and mechanisms of advertising in the city. These strategies, street level interventions and the works he produces in the studio, are poetic forms of critical and at times reckless resistance.