A RISD graduate, Jordan Seiler (b. 1979, US) 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.
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, US
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Revisions, Parasol projects, New York, US
Civilian, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
Taking from the Tip Jar, Vincent Michael Gallery, Philadelphia, US
Removal Satisfies the Condition, The Canal Chapter, New York, US
Selected Group Exhibitions
Dallas Art Fair, with Harlan Levey Projects, Dallas, US
Pop Up Exhibition with Harlan Levey Projects & Anton Kern Gallery, Dallas, US
All big Letters, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford, US
Young New Yorkers, Pop-up Space, New York, US
50th Poster Biennale, Warsaw Poster Museum, Warsaw, PL
Young New Yorkers, Pop-up Space, New York, US
Ad Hoc 10th Anniversary, 17 Frost Gallery, New York, US
Surface, Subliminal Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Austin Museum of Digital Art, Austin, TX
Surface, Allouche Gallery, New York, US
Public Data Explorer, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
Wooster 10 year Anniversary, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, US
Billboard Art Project, multiple cities, US
Art That Iterates, Columbia Teachers College, New York, NY
Under Construction IV, Warsaw MoMA, Warsaw, PL
Spontaneous Interventions, Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, IT
Baggage, The Suitcase Show, ICA Boston, Boston, US
Nuart, Tou Scene, Stavanger, NO
Running with Rocky, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
Pantheon, The Donnell Library, New York, US
ABC No Rio Gala, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, US
Underbelly Miami, Art Basel Pop Up, Miami, US
Watch This Space, No Longer Empty, Brooklyn, US
Living Walls, Eye Drum Center, Atlanta, US
Add Art, Artist Curated Internet Plugin
Public Consumption, Puffin Foundation, New York, US
ideas Project, Fountain Arts Fair, New York, US
Canal Chapter, New York, US
3-Legged Dog, New York, US
Hollywood: The Remix, Wooster Collective, New York, US
The Interventionists, Mass MoCA, North Adams, US
Large Scale Collaborative Projects & Civil Disobedience
Public Access: Distribution of keys needed to open outdoor advertising infrastructure around the world (40 cities and growing). This aids anti-advertising activists to show their work and disrupt current advertising practices.
NOAD Mobile AR app: Unauthorized Augmented Reality Gallery exhibitions using NYC advertising infrastructure to trigger digital art exhibitions. Participants include the ICP, Sebastião Salgado and Faile at Brooklyn Museum. New York, US and Berlin, DE.
Large Scale Organized Civil Disobedience: MaSAT- 106 Bus shelter and Lollipop advertising takeovers using submitted texts. Madrid, ES. ToSAT- Civil disobedience resulting in 86 Patisson Lollipop advertising takeovers in Toronto, CA. NYSAT- by the Municipal Landscape Control Committee: Whitewashing of all NPA City outdoor advertising locations.
Underbelly Projects: Co-Curator/producer. Massive art gallery illegally produced in abandoned MTA subway station over two years (without permission).
Selected Bibliography (press, media and publications)
Jordan Seiler’s work has been appeared in US based and International press publications including The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Slate Magazine, El Pais, New York Magazine, The Guardian, Art Net, Adbusters, Rhizome, Huffington Post, and The Village Voice. His work has also been the subject of several academic papers, and included in numerous books on unsanctioned public art practices.
Selected Speaking Engagements
Jordan Seiler has been the keynote speaker, led panel discussions, and held workshops on art and activism in the US and internationally, including the UK, Norway, France, Germany, Spain. Engagements have included Berkeley College (CA), The Royal Holloway College of Art (UK), The Queens Museum (NY), Parsons (NY), CUNY (NY), NYU (NY), LI University (NY), Kunsthall Stavanger (NO), Temple University (PA), Eyebeam art and technology (NY) and Pace University (NY).