Culture jammers: Dean Sewell
A member of The Lonely Station at work, December 2003 © Dean Sewell from the series 'Culture jammers'
Contemporary social protest takes many forms, using new media technologies and sometimes engaging in risky activities. Culture jamming is a form of activism that involves subversively altering media or advertising messages to cast a critical spotlight on the activities of governments, corporations or individuals. It can take place in physical spaces or virtual realms: some activists amend billboards, others hijack websites.
Photographer Dean Sewell captured the activities of a small group of culture jammers in Sydney between 2003 and 2007. The group of three to six members, calling themselves ‘The Lonely Station’ after a line from a Midnight Oil song, were perhaps the city's most audacious culture jammers. They scaled silos, highway billboards and buildings to rework images and draw public attention to social-justice and environmental issues, from the Iraq war to woodchipping and the plight of refugees.
Museum of Sydney
Saturday 11 February, 2012 — Monday 11 June, 2012