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Foreword What is public space? This magazine has always had its roots in the reclamation of public space. Subverting the silent takeover of the world around us by corporate entities that tunnel into the recesses of the subconscious and implant self serving templates of reality. Public space has always been more than a purely physical concept. It is an arena of ideas; the matrix in which identities are shaped and social connections are forged. The fundamental problem with such accepted norms as advertising is not so much that corporations have managed to hijack the right to dominate the cityscape with monumental shrines to consumerism, but that they hijack fragments of our consciousness as we pass. The argument that the owner of a building can auction off his exterior wall to the highest bidder on the grounds of property rights comes crashing down when we realize that that space transcends his physical wall and embeds itself in our minds. Who sold off our field of vision? Who sold off our primary interface with the outside world? Who sold off our synapses? There is nothing quite so paralyzing as acceptance. The surrender to ‘that’s the way things are’. Now we all know what we think about advertising and the plastic dreams they preach, and yet as a wider society, we have bought into it as a fact of life. Which is why street art is so critical to holding the balance between resistance and surrender – to reclaim those spaces – to throw renegade creativity up against the billboards – to take by right what huge budgets and corporate muscle buy by no right – to fight the guerrilla war in the fractured mists of midnight. To stake an alternative public space. Now let’s open up the dimensionality and the perception of public space to the internet. In one of the universe’s most mischievous twists on the linearity that convention holds so dear, the internet came flying out of the military industrial research complex and wove pure chaos into imposed order. Written into the early runes of computer technology was a universal language that was intrinsically and dazzlingly free. Spiralling into community fractals where like-minded individuals learned and shared a new means of connection that instantly dissolved geographic limits, a glorious anarchy burst forth and spun a new world - a new reality from the sub atomic genesis of each individual contribution. A vast cosmos of communication and open source creativity where in two decades, the human race built a gleaming new space for consciousness to flourish in; free from the strictures of existing, monolithic frameworks. It was as if the human spirit had mutated to survive. Faced by a closed, top down hierarchical reality driven by money and power - that seed; that human essence had migrated to cyberspace to thrive anew. As people dared to dream of settling other planets as the earth neared the apocalypse of systematic self destruction, the human mind was developing a new plane of consciousness online. Where you could be anyone you wanted to be, say anything you wanted to say – be as stark staring mad or as visionary as your imagination would allow. Where a teenager living in a rural village could express himself through any global subculture he chose. Where a street artist can paint something in Cape Town, have it painted over the next day and still have the message go viral across the world.

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