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Gentrification – The Game

Posted in games etc, stunts, things to do with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2010 by absurddelight

As part of the fantastical Come Out and Play festival in NYC this weekend, there are a ton of games-meet-performance art activities you can join, all for free. Without having played them, here’s one that seemed especially intriguing, and, frankly, mildly offensive.

Details here. In short, if you like Monopoly, role play and running around your neighborhood, this is perfect.  Bonus that it’s all about a culturally sensitive topic, which, after all, is the natural domain for art!

In this strategic game, small teams of players compete to collect properties and transform the neighbourhood. As developers, they’ll develop swanky lofts, erect coffee shops, and raise property values. As locals, they’ll form BIAs, build community centres, and try to thwart the developers. Along the way there will be art, vicious debates, and possibly an Apple Store.

You can find details about how to sign up here. Send pics if ya play.

Links: Come Out and Play festival

Bhopal Water – ewwww

Posted in news and media, stunts with tags , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2009 by absurddelight
Photo: The Yes Men

Photo: The Yes Men

Five years ago, the Yes Men impersonated Dow Chemical live on BBC World Television and announced that after 20 years, the company was finally going to clean up its mess in Bhopal. That hoax, … temporarily knocked two billion dollars off Dow’s share price …”

Here’s their latest prank against Dow Chemical … bottling the toxic water from Bhopal and bringing it to Dow Chemical.

The unique qualities of our water come from 25 years of slow-leaching toxins at the site of the world’s largest industrial accident.

See that prank, and more in the Yes Men’s new movie, The Yes Men Fix The World, which opens in UK cinemas on August 11. It comes to the USA sometime later.

Link for prank lovers. Link for do gooders.

FYI: @absurddelight rules!

Exploding Snow Man in Slow Motion

Posted in accidental art, neato, stunts, videos with tags , , , on June 19, 2009 by absurddelight

In honor of the dawn of summer, here’s a video of an exploding snow man … in SUPER SLOW MOTION.

For all sorts of things in Super Slow Motion go here.

It’s a pretty thorough compilation actually, with gunshots, insects, water and even 3D videos in super slow motion. We recommend the explosions of course.


@absurddelight, cause why not?

Funny Email Chain for a Collection Agent

Posted in funny, open letters, stunts with tags , , , on June 9, 2009 by absurddelight

Geekologie posted a full email chain for a clever, but apparently broke iconoclast who repeatedly attempts to settle a back debt of $200+ by emailing in a drawing of a spider.

And when it isn’t accepted, he rightly demands that it be sent back to him. That’s pretty much all the progress he gets out of it. But if you enjoy reading mockery of debt collectors, click below.

Link. Via Sean C.

Billboard Reclaiming

Posted in art and design, stunts with tags , , , , on April 13, 2009 by absurddelight

Here’s a how-to guide to defacing public property … or improving corporate brainwashing, depending on how you look at it.

Why Should Madison Ave Execs Get to Decorate Our Subways?

Finishing Touches

Artist Jennifer Jacobs explains how she (or anyone) can use contact paper, paint markers and an exacto knife to beautify (or inexplicably beatify) the ad clutter we pass by every day. Not sure why she chose the religious route on this particular project, but we like her boldness and technical talent anyway.

We’ll post more soon on various artists who wage creative wars against public advertisements for various reasons. For now, here’s one decent job from the Billboard Liberation Front.



Human Petting Zoo Tonight

Posted in art and design, stunts, things to do with tags , on March 26, 2009 by absurddelight

Because why not.

And in case you are curious about who these “art pranksters” are, and why they ride the subway, click here.

They also run (mini)marathons, offer bouncy rides, and host meet-ups for like minded folk.

Bouncy Rides (getting bounced on the knee) are a free public service provided by Club Animals to the public. It is our pleasure. Asking what’s the point of bouncy rides, is like asking “what’s the point of kissing?”

By people in animal head costumes mind you.

EVENT: Tonight Club Animals are hosting a human petting zoo at Home Sweet Home in Manhattan. 9-11pm. free.

Subway Art Gallery

Posted in art and design, funny, stunts with tags , , , on March 19, 2009 by absurddelight

The trailblazers at Improv Everywhere did it again.

They turned a NYC Subway station into a temporary art gallery complete with coat check, champagne (sparkling cider) bar, tuxedos, and fancy shmancy placards identifying the “art.”

What’s the art you ask?

Continue reading

Clowns on Bikes … for a cause of course.

Posted in neato, stunts, things to do with tags , on March 15, 2009 by absurddelight

Sorry I missed this one folks. I’ll check email more regularly  … maybe.

Saturday at 1:30pm clowns on bikes “liberated” bike lanes and made them “safe” for cyclists.

2008 Liberation Ride via Flickr posted by Mandiberg.

2008 Liberation Ride via Flickr posted by Mandiberg.

I don’t think I really need to explain why I find it delightful that clowns are riding amok on neon bikes. Question is, if you were a car behind them, would you honk along and join the caravan, or would that be poor form?

And lest you feel this pithy post wants for description, here’s a video from last year. Note the dog’s “enthusiasm” for the clown in the fur coat.

If you want in on the next ride on April 4th, get in touch with Time’s Up NY.

Thanks to the Nonsense NYC list for spreading this.

Old Faves: art, stunts and a video.

Posted in stunts, videos, WTF with tags , , , on March 7, 2009 by absurddelight

Since this is a new blog, here are some old classics I would have posted about when they happened.

ABSURD DELIGHT IN ACTION: … or at least wanton disregard for conformity.

Human Mirror – Twins, lots of them, on a subway.

Public Sculpture Tackle – athletic attacks on public art, in photo and video.

The Anarchist Ice Cream Truck

Take the time to click the link and read the wonderfully written propagansa on Tactical Ice Cream … whimsy meets rage in a delicious, ninja-inspired, art project.

Here’s an article on all sorts of whimsical Ice Cream trucks. Why do I capitalize “Ice Cream”?


And then this gem was a foundation funded local TV program (I think). Think Sesame Street crossed with math class on acid. Notable moments include wizards rapping, graffiti filmed in reverse and gratuitous fat kid humiliation. It’s educational people!

More of this ilk to come soon. Send on suggestions.

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