The “freeze” craze started by Improv Everywhere’s Frozen Grand Central mission has now reached 70 cities in 34 countries and 6 continents (come on Antarctica, get with the program!) Agent Piskvor from Prague made a very cool map showing the locations of all the freeze missions. It’s a Google Map, so you can interact with it and click through to see the video for each city.
A couple of recent freezes of note include the first freeze in the Middle East:
…and a freeze in Hong Kong where legislators and councilors from the local government participated.
This video is a couple of years old, but it was recently brought to our attention recently by one of the participants, Jad Taylor. He writes:
I just graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina and two Decembers ago we organized a synchronized dance on the library bridge (focal point of campus) in order to cheer people up during the pre-Exam week suckiness. We had so much fun we did it again this year.
A student group in Poland executed a series of projects where they used the lights in their dorm room to create awesomeness. In the above video you can see a game of Snake and a bit of Pong at the very end. Their YouTube channel has several other videos, including this James Bond video:
There have been several examples of students using the same technique to create massive games of Tetris. Here’s a video a Russian group that pulled it off:
Cuprocking is the brain child of Sydney based artist Andy Uprock. By mapping out large areas of cyclone fencing and sticking plastic cups into the existing diamond shaped holes, Andy transforms streets and public areas into floating walk-by galleries. Andy typically uses around 2,500 individual cups for each piece and recycles them between each project.
Given how easy it is to find the facelesspeople.com website through Google I think it is amazing that there has been so much Faceless People coverage and so little realisation that the Faceless people are part of a clever viral marketing rather than a political statement or art!
New York Artist Dan Witz has been installing really awesome photo stickers on new buildings in Brooklyn. He writes:
In the past few years much of my neighborhood in Brooklyn has been torn down to make way for luxury housing. For better or worse it’s a whole new street-scape out here. Personally, I can’t say I like the new modern architecture very much, it’s sterile and alienating and so arrogantly disconnected with its surroundings sometimes it seems like giant alien space ships have landed. But let’s face it, bemoaning gentrification in New York City is futile, it’s like complaining about the noise or other unstoppable forces of urban nature.
So for this summer’s piece I tried to make the best of it. These are photo-based, heavily re-painted stickers, mounted on plastic and glued to the walls of the Ugly New Buildings. In May I put up around 30 and about half are still there.