TIME FOR OUTRAGE
Jake and Dinos Chapman, John Cooper Clarke, Laure Prouvost, Linder Sterling, Robert Montgomery, Kendell Geers and John Isaacs
Time for Outrage! is a global poster campaign that gives acclaimed artists and members of thepublic a platform to voice what they are outraged about in the world today. The first edition is taking place 18 July – 1 September 2017 on the prominent billboards of the Great Eastern Street Gallery Wall, London, with approximately 2.1 million passers-by per month. Participating ambassador artists include Jake and Dinos Chapman, John Cooper Clarke, Laure Prouvost, Linder Sterling, Robert Montgomery, Kendell Geers and John Isaacs.
The project is a response to the eponymous book Indignez-Vous! (Time for Outrage!), in which
author and French Resistance member Stéphane Hessel (1917-2013) tells the youth of today that
their lives and liberties are worth fighting for. Remembering the ideals for which he risked his life,
while never forgetting the evils against which he struggled, the writer and diplomat calls on all of us
to take back the rights that have been jeopardised or taken away all together.
The poster campaign will take place in various cities around the world, including London, Berlin,
Athens, Moscow, Istanbul, Mexico City and New York City. The campaign will culminate on 11th December 2018, international Human Rights Day.
The London campaign is initiated by Alteria Art in collaboration with Zarina Rossheart of Unlimited
Productions. With generous support of Gaia Art Foundation, Village Underground, Ace Hotel
London and special thanks to Wren Artists and Portable Print Studio.
PARTNERS AND ARTISTS
TIME FOR OUTRAGE!
Alteria Art initiated the Time for Outrage! campaign in 2013, inviting seven emerging London-based
artists to create designs for screen-printed posters. The political developments and aggravated
eco-humanitarian crises since then have re-ignited the project. In 2017 an international network of
creative voices (artists, poets, musicians, thinkers and writers) was gathered and the public
solicited to join the campaign. This has resulted in the event held during Art Night in London. As as
a non-profit initiative, the Time for Outrage! campaign envisions to attract a committee of core
supporters, patrons & influential artists-ambassadors. Thereby it hopes to keep operating as an
outlet for indignation, but also as a means to raise awareness to act against the ongoing decline of
today’s basic freedoms and human rights.
Created in 2012 by Lauren Jones and Alix Janta-Polczynski, Alteria Art is an art organisation with a
two-fold core mission: to support young and emerging talents and to champion a more open
access to art making and collecting. Alteria Art aims to implement those goals, working closely with
both established and emerging contemporary artists through an eclectic mix of projects. These
range from worldwide Art Barter events, to charitable projects such as The Artists’ Colouring Book
of ABC’s; giving artists studio time to learn new skills and produce limited edition prints, curating
solo and group exhibitions across international locations and being a conduit for collaboration
between inspirational people across all creative fields.
Art Night is a free public contemporary arts festival that transforms London for one night a year, presenting acclaimed international art in unusual locations across the city. Each year a leading cultural institution and a curator work in a different part of London for the festival, exploring the area’s history, culture and architecture. Art Night 2017, in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery and curated by independent curator and writer Fatos Üstek, transformed London’s East End with free art and music by some of the world’s leading artists for the night of Saturday 1 July 2017. Art Night is conceived by Unlimited Productions and supported by international auction house Phillips. www.artnight.london
GREAT EASTERN WALL GALLERY
Shoreditch has long been used as a canvas for urban artists. Graffiti, sculpture and installation art
have all made their way onto its streets. Stalwarts of the emerging art scene in the community,
Village Underground have now embraced this practice and opened London’s largest outdoor
gallery space on their exterior wall on Great Eastern Street. With a traffic of approximately of 2.1
million passersby per month this innovative exhibition space boasts an audience that dwarfs the
Tate, Barbican and ICA combined.
GAIA ART FOUNDATION
The Gaia Art Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting diverse
cultural initiatives and building a global platform to encourage multicultural dialogue through
visionary artistic practices, partnerships, independent projects and production support. The
Foundation's principal aim is to take on the challenge of contemporary cultural discourse and
contribute to the development of new ideas and ventures - ultimately becoming a cornerstone for
growth, education and innovation. Since its initiation,Gaia Art Foundation has been involved in
public art, publishing, as well as curatorial projects in London and abroad.
Jake and Dinos Chapman (United Kingdom)
The internationally acclaimed British duo are presenting a recurrent banner display, California
Über-Alles, a provocative juxtaposition of emblematic symbols of mass culture & totalitarian
ideology. The disconcerting effect aims to challenge the traditional notions we have about symbols
of evil & happiness.
John Cooper Clarke (United Kingdom)
Performance poet, also quoted as the original ‘people’s poet’, Clarke got recognition in the 1970s
during the Punk era. Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and
continents. Today, JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on
today’s pop culture.
Kendell Geers (South Africa)
At the 1993 Venice Biennial Kendell Geers officially changed his date of birth to May 1968, a
momentous year in world history for human liberation and equality. Geers creates work that aims to disrupt commonly accepted moral codes and principles. Employing a wide range of references- from the realms of history of art, pornography, iconography and kitsch- Geers questions artistic value and mocks the notion of originality. His work reveals razor-sharp humour that plays with the viewer's repulsion and ridicules racial or religious stereotypes. For this project, Geers gives a subtle rendering of the widely spread design of the Sex Pistols mixed to the rallying cry of Mozambique Independence.
John Isaacs (United Kingdom)
John Isaacs’ hand-sewn quilt made with domestic material stating “Vote for Children” has been turned into a poster for the campaign. Playful and colourful, still a strong reminder that the right to vote has been hardly fought for.
Robert Montgomery (United Kingdom)
London based, Robert Montgomery follows a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by bringing
a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. For the Time for Outrage! campaign, Montgomery has
created a new billboard poem offering the public to question the concepts of borders, city and
Laure Prouvost (France)
Known for works characterised by layered stories, surreal humour and wordplay, Laure Prouvost is
working within a distinctive filmmaking style and explores ideas of truth and fiction and invites her
viewer to question what they see. The text Prouvost designed especially for the campaign states
the condition of the contemporary viewer, who even though passively watching what surrounds him
feels outrage about what he sees.
Linder Sterling (United Kingdom)
From 1976, when this poster was created- onwards, radical feminist Linder Sterling has used in
her collages imagery taken from erotic and pornographic as well domestic and woman lifestyle
magazines. This poster, Pretty Girl, even though made in her early years, is still very relevant today
in the current contexts of surveillance and selfies.