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PhD thesis – Subvertising: on the life and death of advertising

Two years after my initial submission, I have decided to upload my PhD thesis, completed in Geography at the University of Southampton. It offers some light Christmas reading! You can download it here:

Short summary: the thesis is the first in-depth study of subvertising – illegal interventions into outdoor advertising. Spending over two years with subvertisers in large cities in the West, the thesis examines the subjects, politics and practices of subvertising. Refusing to simply celebrate the potential of antagonistic practice, it brings into view the intricate relations between advertising and subvertising, shedding unforeseen light on the peculiar ways lifewords at odds with capitalism end up serving its market interests, and the role of the advertising industry therein. To do so, the study offers a conceptualisation of ‘recuperative capitalism’, and reflects on paths of escape from its overwhelming reach.

Becoming Advertising-less [Grenoble field trip images]

In June I spent a few days wandering around the streets of Grenoble with my camera, photographing and filming the slow disappearance of all media spaces in the city. Most spaces (owned by JC Decaux) have already been removed and the removal has been marked by blue fences, operating like the white outlines of deceased bodies in the street: reminders of what was once there. Other media spaces are now amid a death row of those same blue fences, waiting to be taken away. All of these are soon to be replaced by trees.

Grenoble, June 2015.

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