OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project
September 17, 2017
OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project is a cutting-edge citywide public art initiative, presented by EXPO CHICAGO and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Displayed throughout Chicago’s City Digital Network (CDN), the citywide exhibition will run from August 28–September 17, 2017 to align with the sixth annual exposition. Selected from EXPO CHICAGO 2017 Exhibitors, the artists included in the program each engage with the medium in a dynamic way, from existing projects that seamlessly extend toward a conceptual continuation of their current practice, to new commissions created specifically for this expansive context.
Placing artwork within this public context and the broader presentation of billboard advertising, OVERRIDE takes its name from industry terminology. The 2017 program will feature 12 international artists, spanning work from 1966 to the present. As part of a newly commissioned site-specific series, Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley’s NEWS bulletins will be displayed on exclusively on the billboard located at 515 W. Congress Pkwy. Running continuously on this single screen, NEWS boldly declares headlines of either absurd fake news or mundane everyday occurrences. While many of these headlines often draw inspiration from current political and social events, they are reduced and distilled down to the point where any semblance of the original event is completely anonymized, blending in seamlessly with the erroneous statements or declarations that routine life proclaims.