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Truth Trijektor Shines A Light


During the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris we projected a variety of messages using our ‘Truth Trijektor’ mobile Trike based guerilla projection system at two targets, the World Bank Head Offices and a huge Ad for EDF adjacent to their Head Office, which claimed they were working to keep World tempartures to 2° or warming (this is more than enough to cause us to lose a livable Planet). We demanded ‘system change not climate change’ and to keep temperatures to 1.5° which is the known safe limit and one called for by all indigeinous groups and those in the Global South who will be/are already the first affected.

These actions were part of a larger mass civil disobedience called ‘Climate Games‘ that provided a framework for actions that defied the French governments State of Emergency brought in after the November terrorist attacks.

Over 400 actions can be seen on the Climate Games website, including our reports, here and here.

Images: Jess Hurd @ reportdigital

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Occupy Design At The COP21 Summit Paris

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As part of our friends Brandalism’s amazing action we were part of a 600 site ad takeover in Paris for the start of the COP21 Summit that will still fail to deliver the change we need to have a safe Climate.

For more on the takeover see: http://www.brandalism.org.uk/brandalism-cop21

Austerity WTF! At Dismaland



















We have been invited to take part in Banksy’s Dismaland at Weston Super Mare, they’ll be lots of free posters and stickers of these designs available.

The Occupied Times 28


The Occupied Times issue 28 is out and available to read here: http://theoccupiedtimes.org/?p=13958

Propagate Posters Against Gentrification







These are a few of the posters developed from the Propagate workshops we were involved in recently.

More posters that you can download and use are available at the Tumblr site: http://propagatecollective.tumblr.com/

OXI Projections


Working with Global Justice Now and the Jubilee Debt Campaign we made did these projections to support the Greek people in their fight with the bankers and bureuacrats of the EU. In giant letters against the German embassy in West London, below a a mock-up of German Chancellor Angela Merkel  as the three wise monkeys (‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’). The series of projections also included a the slogan “OXI – no to Debt and Austerity.”

More info here from Global Justice Now.






Propagate! Graphics Against The Housing Crisis


Occupy Design has recently been part of setting up the PROPAGATE Collective whose aim is to co-create visuals to assist the growing grassroots movements fighting the privatisation, genrtification, increasing costs and general destruction of housing in our cities. Alongside Artist’s Organisation no.w.here we have set up a workshop to do something about it, here’s what is planned:

All over the UK and most visibly in London we are facing another unprecedented wave of gentrification with a rise in house prices, and rents, evictions of families and sell-offs of public housing. We believe that political communication is capable of making the issue bold and visible, showing the different forces involved in social cleansing and displacement of working families from edgy areas and to mobilise people.

This event calls for residents, activists, artists and designers to come together for a weekend of workshops about how to communicate the housing crisis and the politics of gentrification. The workshop aims to enable participants to express their anger and demands through discussion and creativity, develop them into a visual manifestation that communicates on the streets.

We will be using Risograph printing to mass produce our voices and distribute them wide and loud. You don’t have to be an artist or a designer to take part! Participants should come with ideas, slogans and images and be prepared to discuss them collectively and work in collaboration to develop them into visual form.

Book your free place via eventbrite. Spaces for the workshop are limited.

first floor,
316-318 Bethnal Green Road,

Saturday, 13 June 2015
Sunday, 14 June 2015
11:00 till 18:00


Post Illustration by Ferhat Akbaba

Time To Act!


“Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about Capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.”

Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything

Time is running out. Climate Change is happening and without a serious global plan to replace our profit driven, fossil fuelled economy our very existence as a species is threatened this century.

But the Climate Crisis is not just a threat but an opportunity to chart a different course, one that shifts the Economy away from Capitalism to one that is more just, democratic and resilient that we all can share.

2015 is a crucial year for the climate. In December, governments will come together in Paris at the COP21 UN Climate Summit to strike a new deal for the climate – we must make our voices heard, we know that they will not act unless we make them and we can no longer accept more of the same.

We want your Posters and Memes for the Movement to use as an Agit-Prop Army of images to bolster the campaign on the streets of Paris in December and on the walls of social media throughout the year.

See the work already submitted. Upload your work on our Time To Act gallery page or send your artwork to cop21@occupydesign.org.uk

More inspiration, research, homes of rebel graphics and climate info:
Campaign Against Climate Change
Beautiful Solutions
Beautiful Trouble
This Changes Everything – Naomi Klein’s blog
Occupy Design Graphics Archive
The Occupied Times
Strike Magazine

Top image from Milton Glaser’s Its not warming project.

Come Join The Climate Games…


Occupy Design will be involved in this project for the protests at the UN COP21 Summit in Paris in December, for Designers, Artists or anyone interested based in London, a hackathon is being organised for June, it will be at Arts Admin from 1-6 June hosted by the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination.

Participate in co-designing creative resistance in the streets and cyberspace against climate chaos

• Are you an artist, designer, hacker, gamer, activist, … ?
• Do you want to take part in actions balanced between physical and virtual reality?

Join in on the Climate Games during the Hackathon #hackcop Ghent

In the lead up to the protests at the Paris COP21 Climate Summit (Dec 2015), The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, GroenFront!, Climate Express and Multimedia Design KASK Ghent join forces in the creation of a new form of disobedient action: the Climate Games.The goal: transforming the city into the playing field of a mass disobedience action.

During the Climate Games teams score points by completing peaceful, creative missions that target the root causes of climate change. Taking place in the city, all participants coordinate their actions by means of an open source smartphone app.

Throughout 2015 these Climate Games will be developed during a series of Hackathons involving activists, artists, designers, hackers, gamers, scientists, architects … We are calling on anyone who wants to defeat those who play deadly games with the climate to join for a week of collaboration and creativity.

If you want to connect with us about what we’re up to with #hackcop and COP21 email us at: cop21@occupydesign.org.uk

To The Square


TO THE SQUARE 2 (TSQ2) is an art project focused on public space, radical politics and the art of protest that took over the central Lasipalatsi Square of Helsinki from 22–31 August, 2014. TSQ2 is curated by Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen of Perpetuum Mobilε and commissioned by Checkpoint Helsinki as part of the Helsinki Festival. The project brought together artists whose work involves practice as a form of resistance and who had been deeply involved in ‘the movements of the squares’ such as: Ammar Abo Bakr (Luxor/Cairo); Núria Güell (Barcelona), Khaled Jarrar (Ramallah); Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle (Belgrade); Nikolay Oleynikov (Nizhny Novgorod/Moscow); Raumlabor (Berlin); ZIP Group (Krasnodar). The central question of the project is: what would it take for people to go TO THE SQUARE 2 – that is, to take to the streets again? Read more.




During the festival I was invited to contribute to the first issue of THE SQUARE, the newspaper accompanying TSQ2, edited by Ivor Stodolsky; designed by Tzortzis Rallis (Occupied Times); and including art by Ganzeer, Federico Geller, Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle and articles by Michel Bauwens, Nika Dubrovsky/Feminist Pencil, Grey Violet (aka Maria Shtern), Núria Güell, G.U.L.F., Noah Fischer/Occupy Museums, Teivo Teivainen, Baruch Gottlieb/Telekommunisten and Nadya Tolokno (Tolokonnikova) of Zona Prava/Pussy Riot



We also led a practical poster workshop as a research experiment aiming to engage the audience and work with them in using slogans and symbols to express concerns and anger at the current socio-political and economic situation. An instant stencil-printing area was set up to enable participants to produce messages worked into a visual manifestation that communicated on Lasipalatsi Square.


For ten days TSQ2 formed an important space in the centre of Helsinki to talk about political art and the future of protest culture. It is significant to open such dialectic processes onto the modes of cultural production emerging from protest movements in order to comprehend their role within a political context.