The city of Sao Paulo passed an ordinance
last year banning outdoor advertising; photographer Tony de Marco has been documenting the skeletal remains
of the advertising infrastructure throughout the city; the impact looks like the aftermath of a new type of atomic weapon that targets marketing but leaves buildings & people unscathed.
The Ad Generator
is a generative artwork that explores how advertising uses and manipulates language. What it actually does is that it randomizes words and structures from real advertising slogans and pairs them with related images from Flickr, generating fake ads on the fly.
Her Secret Past
is a Flickr group of retro (1950's - give or take a decade) advertisements targeted at women's fears, both the common ones (hairiness/lack of tiny monkey
) and the lesser known ones (vagina so dirty it causes you to repeatedly leave parties early
). Along the same lines, but for men is His Secret Past
- although if you really want to see retro advertisements targeted at men, this set of ads from May 1963's Playboy would be the perfect source.