Artists love disused space. Artists And Makers have been tweeting me about theÂ Empty Shops Conference theyâ€™re running on October 19. Meanwhile hereâ€™s another example of a street artists moving into a disused property. TheÂ collapse of the newspaper market in the US has been even more precipitous than it has been here in the UK. Print ad sales fell by a horrendous 30% in the first quarter of 2009; titles have been disappearing at an alarming speed.Â The newspaper is a strange but crucial part of the social glue in the US, a country where there is no such thing as a â€œnationalâ€ newspaper outside ofÂ USA Today. Americans are losing a major part of the way in which they tell their stories.
Out of decline comes opportunity. Hereâ€™s an example of one street artistÂ Bumblebee, who has been opportunistically taking over empty newsboxes on the streets of Los Angeles, to create a series of narrative tableaux, linking the declines of newspapers to that of another endangered species.
The art, it has to be said, is pretty grim. Nice idea, thoughâ€¦
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