A creative collaboration between The Heavy Projects (LA) and PublicAdCampaign (NYC), Re+Public is born out of a mutual interest in democratizing access to our shared visual environment. Re+Public uses emerging technologies to alter the current expectations of urban media and accomplish our core mission of re+imagining public space. To this end, Re+Public's mobile application digitally resurfaces walls and buildings in urban centers by overlaying digital content onto the physical environment. In doing so, Re+Public challenges our notions private property boundaries and user access. It is our hope that the future city will come alive with public interests by opening access to our common walls in new and exciting ways.
Jordan is an artist / activist born in New York City and living in Brooklyn.
As the founder of PublicAdCampaign, Jordan's work revolves around the intersection of public and private media in our shared environments. Seeing public participation in the curation of our public spaces as a vital component to metropolitan health, Jordan seeks to promote social interaction through artistic and activist projects that question current uses of our shared environment.
While this often results in the promotion of aesthetic public endeavors, Jordan's work also targets those public media sources that may hinder an open public media space, most importantly commercial media. Through street work, gallery shows, collaborative civil disobedience, and the curation of public media projects, PublicAdCampaign hopes to investigate how we adorn our cities and how we may do so in a more productive way that breeds sociability above all else. The resulting works that come out of the PublicAdCampaign project blur the line between art and activism and attempt to define engaged citizenry as we navigate what it means to be urban in an increasingly populated world.
BC [ heavy ] is an educational technologist, academic, and digital artist. With a PhD in Humanities [ Intermedia Analysis ] from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and derives his alias from his love for philosophical discussion. With an interdisciplinary background that comprises technology, philosophy, and the arts, he has worked as both a university professor and a tech developer. In 2005, BC founded The Heavy Projects as a means to technologically explore his internationally presented academic research, which investigates the intersection of emerging technologies and semiotics. While a bum knee forced him to give up skateboarding, he has filled the void with surfing as water is [generally] more forgiving than concrete ;)