Instant Protest




Lincoln, UK

Location of the winning bidder:

10 Buy it Now: Orono, Maine (USA); Melbourne (Australia); San Francisco, California (USA); Detroit, Michigan (USA); Saarbrucken (Germany); Augsburg, Germany; Oosterbeek (The Netherlands); Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA)

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Category: Specialty Services > Web & Computer Services > Other Web & Computer Services

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Q & A

can images be included or just text?

Images are tricky to include. Protesters typically handwrite the slogans. We can ask them to draw a logo, if it is easy to draw by hand. If workers are required to print the image then we cannot guarantee that they will do a good job, although we can give it a try.

I have a couple of questions – how many words can the slogans be? Is it just one slogan, or can different signs have different slogans related to the same topic? and lastly is this just for words or can there be images as well?

We can only apply one slogan per picture.

Images can be requested, but if protesters will need to print the image then we cannot guarantee the result will be satisfactory. If protesters are asked to draw a symbol or logo, then they might manage to do a good job. In general, the service works well for short texts, anything else can be tried but it is not guaranteed that it will work. If you are really interested in longer texts or an image, then we can give it a try and you will tell us if you believe the job has been satisfactory.

Artist Bio:

IOCOSE are a collective of four artists and have been working as a group since 2006. IOCOSE’s art investigates the after-failure moment of the teleological narratives of technological and cultural development, in regards to both their enthusiastic and pessimistic visions. They have been exhibiting internationally at several art institutions and festivals, including Venice Biennale (2011, 2013), Tate Modern (London, 2011), Science Gallery (Dublin, 2012) Jeu de Paume (Paris, 2011), FACT (Liverpool, 2012), Transmediale (Berlin, 2013, 2015), and featured in publications such as Wired magazine, The Creators Project, Flash Art, Neural, Liberation, Der Spiegel, El Pais.


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Artist Statement:

Instant Protest is an eBay listing where IOCOSE sell street demonstrations. The slogans on the signs shown by the crowd are decided by the buyer. The buyer receives photos generated through crowdsourcing platforms, involving workers from all over the world. The listing is advertised as ‘ideal for news article, social campaigns, lobbying and political movements’. Instant Protest is a web service for a post-truth society, after the failure of online participation and collective intelligence.