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Graffiti and Street Art

Reading, Writing and Representing the City

Edited by Konstantinos Avramidis, Myrto Tsilimpounidi

© 2017 – Routledge

282 pages | 90 B/W Illus.

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Graffiti and street art images are ubiquitous, and they enjoy a very special place in collective imaginary due to their ambiguous nature. Sometimes enigmatic in meaning, often stylistically crude and aesthetically aggressive, yet always visually arresting, they fill our field of vision with texts and images that no one can escape. As they take place on surfaces and travel through various channels, they provide viewers an entry point to the subtext of the cities we live in, while questioning how we read, write and represent them. This book is structured around these three distinct, albeit by definition interwoven, key frames. The contributors of this volume critically investigate underexplored urban contexts in which graffiti and street art appear, shed light on previously unexamined aspects of these practices, and introduce innovative methodologies regarding the treatment of these images. Throughout, the focus is on the relationship of graffiti and street art with urban space, and the various manifestations of these idiosyncratic meetings. In this book, the emphasis is shifted from what the physical texts say to what these practices and their produced images do in different contexts.

All chapters are original and come from experts in various fields, such as Architecture, Urban Studies, Sociology, Criminology, Anthropology and Visual Cultures, as well as scholars that transcend traditional disciplinary frameworks. This exciting new collection is essential reading for advanced undergraduates as well as postgraduates and academics interested in the subject matter. It is also accessible to a non-academic audience, such as art practitioners and policymakers alike, or anyone keen on deepening their knowledge on how graffiti and street art affect the ways urban environments are experienced, understood and envisioned.

Reviews

'This essay collection yields illuminating insights into graffiti and its close cousin street art. With a globally-diverse range of sites, and contributions from leading academics, this is essential reading for anyone wishing to better understand one of the most distinctive features of 21st century urbanism.' - Iain Borden, University College London, U.K

'With contributions by authors from diverse geographical and disciplinary backgrounds, this book pushes for new ways to understand, study and write about graffiti and street art. In doing so, this volume constitutes an important step towards breaking down disciplinary boundaries and establishing street art studies as a multifaceted academic discipline in its own right.' - Peter Bengtsen, Lund University, Sweden

'Graffiti and Street Art is a competent book, covering important, diverse and emerging issues in the field of graffiti and street art. Chapters are written by both well known scholars of the subject and emerging voices in the field. The interdisciplinary nature of the book, along with the fact it theoretically explores unexamined subjects such as graffiti in online environments, and its geographical coverage of underexplored urban contexts (e.g., São Paulo, Athens, Nicosia) is worth noting.' - Jeffrey Ian Ross, University of Baltimore, U.S.A

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Notes on Contributors

Acknowledgements

INTRODUCTION

Graffiti and Street Art: Reading, Writing and Representing the City

Konstantinos Avramidis and Myrto Tsilimpounidi

 

PART I: Reading Graffiti, Street Art and the City

  1. Graffiti, Street Art and the Dialectics of the City
  2. Jeff Ferrell

  3. Art or Crime or Both at the Same Time? On the Ambiguity of Images in Public Space
  4. Alison Young

  5. Reading Between the [Plot] Lines: Framing Graffiti as Multimodal Practice
  6. Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek

  7. Interviewing Walls: Towards a Method of Reading Hybrid Surface Inscriptions
  8. Sabina Andron

  9. Graffiti, Street Art and the Democratic City
  10. Kurt Iveson

     

    PART II: Writing Graffiti, Street Art and the City

  11. Street Art is a Period, PERIOD: Or, Classificatory Confusion and Intermural Art
  12. Rafael Schacter

  13. Expressive Measures: An Ecology of the Public Domain
  14. Andrea Mubi Brighenti

  15. Dead Ends and Urban Insignias: Writing Graffiti and Street Art (Hi)Stories along the U.N. Buffer Zone in Nicosia, 2010-2014
  16. Panos Leventis

  17. The December 2008 Uprising’s Stencil Images in Athens: Writing or Inventing Traces of the Future?
  18. Stavros Stavrides

  19. Repetitive Repertoires: How Writing about Cairene Graffiti has Turned into a Serial Monotony
  20. Mona Abaza

     

    PART III: Representing Graffiti, Street Art and the City

  21. São Paulo’s Pixação and Street Art: Representations of or Responses to Brazilian Modernism?
  22. Alexander Lamazares

  23. Defensible Aesthetics: Creative Resistance to Urban Policies in Ottawa
  24. Deborah Landry

  25. #Instafame: Aesthetics, Audiences, Data
  26. Lachlan MacDowall

  27. Representations of Graffiti and the City in the Novel El francotirador paciente: Readings of the Emergent Urban Body in Madrid
  28. Stephen Luis Vilaseca

  29. Long Live the Tag: Representing the Foundations of Graffiti

Gregory Snyder

Index

About the Editors

Konstantinos Avramidis is a PhD candidate in Architecture by Design at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Myrto Tsilimpounidi is a Marie Curie Researcher at the Institute of Sociology, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARC000000
ARCHITECTURE / General
ART037000
ART / Art & Politics
ART058000
ART / Graffiti & Street Art
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC026030
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban