He explains himself and his work as such: “I’m Invader (that’s my alias). I always appear masked in public, so no one knows my face. Some people call me a polluter; others say I’m an artist. I prefer to think of myself as an invader! The idea [behind the ‘Space Invaders’ project] is to “invade” cities all over the world with characters inspired by first-generation arcade games, and especially the now classic Space Invaders.
“I make them out of tiles, meaning I can cement them to walls and keep the ultrapixelated appearance. In the eight years I’ve been working on this project, I’ve traveled to 35 cities on all five continents with the sole intention of “invading” them. Having said that, people have sent me photos of Space Invaders in towns I’ve never set foot in. I see it as a positive thing, a kind of tribute. I did consider setting up a group strategy but it’s a hard thing to delegate. So while I don’t encourage this kind of copying, I don’t especially condemn it either.”
Exhibit Catalogue. Typography 1. December 2011.