November 4th, 2011

"This Space Available": Film Looks At Advertising As Visual Pollution in Public Spaces

By Kimberley Mok

Like a scourge on our eyeballs, so-called ‘visual pollution’ proliferates in our cities in the form of advertising big and small—from distracting billboards in public spaces to those annoying ad panels in bathroom stalls. But there’s a grassroots movement that’s starting to fight back, as documented by American filmmaker Gwenaëlle Gobé in a new documentary called This Space Available.

Premiering at the DOC NYC film festival later this week, the film aims to generate dialogue about how advertising in the public domain has gone out of control, and what is being done about it.

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