Cultural Hijack

AA Gallery 26/4/2013 - 25/5/2013

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00, unless otherwise stated.
(Closed Bank Holiday Monday 6 May)

Zevs (FR), Ztohoven (CZ), Krzysztof Wodiczko (PL), Matthias Wermke & Mischa Leinkauf (DE), Voina (RU), Upper Space (UK), Gregory Sholette (US), Michael Rakowitz (US), Platform (UK), Ben Parry (UK) & Peter McCaughey (IE), Tatzu Nishi (JP), Renzo Martens (NL), Knit the City (UK), Peter Kennard (UK), Laura Keeble (UK), Allan Kaprow (US), John Jordan (UK), Tushar Joag (IN), International Peripatetic Sculptors Society (UK+), Space Hijackers (UK), Paul Harfleet (UK), EPOS 257 (CZ), Electronic Disturbance Theater (US), Nina Edge (UK), Alan Dunn (UK), Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army (UK+), Paolo Cirio (IT), Leah Borromeo & Dr. D (UK), BGL (CA)


From the creation of insurgent public spaces to the playful disruptions of public life, Cultural Hijack - curated by artists Ben Parry and Peter McCaughey - explores the role of art and the artist in contemporary society and offers the opportunity to rethink the growing field of intervention in relation to cultural activism and social change.

The exhibition presents a series of provocative interventions which have inserted themselves into the world, demanding attention, interrupting everyday life, hijacking, trespassing, agitating and teasing. Often unannounced and usually anonymous, these artworks have appropriated media channels, hacked into live TV and radio broadcasts, attacked billboards, re-appropriated street furniture, subverted signs, monuments and civic architectures, organised political actions as protest, exposed corporations and tax loopholes and revealed the absurdities of government bureaucracies.

Cultural Hijack
occurs in three parts: a survey exhibition of documented artworks from across the globe, supported by a programme of artists' talks; a programme of live-interventions, in which artists arrive in London to agitate and infiltrate the urban territory, starting in Bedford Square and moving out across the city; and CONTRAvention, in which the programme culminates in a carnival weekend of lectures, symposia, screenings, participatory actions, interventions, dinners and debate.

Public Lecture:
(un)CONVENTION, Friday 26 April 2013, 6pm, New Soft Room

A programme of temporary public artworks, events and performances accompanies the exhibition - Further details will be published at

This exhibition is supported by Arts Council England, The Japan Foundation, P H Holt Foundation, Polish Cultural Institute, FACT, Québec Government Office London, CitizenM, WAVE, Jump Ship Rat, EU-Japan Fest, Canada Council for the Arts and University of West of Scotland.

Main Image: BGL, Domaine de l'angle II, 2008 (photo: Toni Hafkenscheid)


Photo: Sue Barr

Photo: Sue Barr

Photo: Sue Barr

Photo: Sue Barr

Contact details

Head of Exhibitions:
Vanessa Norwood
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4031

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