a tale of a few cities


Posted in advertising, appropriation, Collage, Photography by petercombe on June 22, 2011

Don’t you tire of those Sponsored ads seen to the right of your Facebook profile page? Those intriguing thumbnail images that pique one’s interest – then once clicked, are nowhere to be found? 

Today I saw the recurring East Bay Bucket List Facebook Sponsord ad (below right) and immediately recognized one of Swiss artist Beni Bischof‘s artworks (below left), “HANDICAPED CAR” (verschiedene Formate, 2008/09). What on earth does that image have to do with with the East Bay Bucket List and 365 things to do in the East Bay right now? The cheesy site (Livingsocial[ly].com) misleads by scouring my photos and photos of my friends on Facebook to sell their product which in turn have nothing to do with the product being sold.

Update: ArtFagCity picked this up today –  Massive Links! Matthew Collins’ Fuck-You Art Writers | Jerry Saltz Tweet Watch | Peter Combe fingers East Bay Bucket List

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  1. Kyle Scotland said, on June 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I think that Facebook somehow scours the photos that you have in your photo albums and then generates the ads based on your interests. The “365 Things To Do” ad that regularly appears on my Facebook page uses a photo of tilting Victorian houses in San Francisco that is almost IDENTICAL to a photo that I have in one of my albums. Sinister.

    Oh, and I LOVE the Beni Bischof piece. If you like it, you’ll love the car pieces by Ron van der Ende, made entirely out of scrap wood: http://ronvanderende.nl/

  2. stylembe said, on June 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks – updated. Yes I have seen Ron van der Ende’s work. Pretty fantastic stuff.

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