MATERIALIZED VISUAL PRACTICES IN THE PUBLIC URBAN SPACE
CONFERENCE 17–19 APRIL 2013 at the Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Weyertal 59 (Back building), 50937 Köln, Germany
International Conference by the Research Network on Latin America and Morphomata, Center for Advanced Studies
The international conference "GraffiCity" aims at revisiting the scientific debate on the impact of materialized visual practices, art and graffiti in public urban spaces on the socio-political dynamics and power relations in different cultural and political contexts.
Historical as well as regional comparisons reveal how in how dominant claims of power are challenged, destabilized or even reinforced. Urban art and graffiti experience a renaissance which hints at both, the importance of cultural practices for social protest as well as at its commercial potential.
Thus, graffiti is increasingly used as an instrument to collectively re-appropriate the urban space and thus articulate different forms of belonging, ethnicity and citizenship from below.
In the urban centers of Latin America as well as worldwide - as seen in many of the recent protest movements, this creative practice is used to transform urban space into a medium of communication, and into a laboratory for resistance. At the same time, the urban space is adapted to market interests and becomes one component of the cultural industry, e.g. in the course of gentrification.
WEDNESDAY, 17 APRIL
Reception at the Rauchenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne.
We will show the documentary: Bomb it 2 by Jon Reiss
THURSDAY, 18 APRIL
Arrival and Inscription
Welcome Address: Barbara Potthast and Dietrich Boschung
GRAFFICITY — BEYOND DISCIPLINARY AND GEOGRAPHICAL BORDERS
Introduct+ion: Larissa Förster and Eva Youkhana (Morphomata and Research Network on Latin America) GraffiCity: An interdisciplinary cooperative effort to approach materialized visual (sub)cultures in urban settings
Joaquin Barriendos Rodriguez (Columbia University) Public art and urban imaginaries
GRAFFICITY AS CULTURAL RESISTANCE — SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND CITIZENSHIP IN LATIN AMERICA AND BEYOND
Moderation Larissa Förster
Allan Gretzki (Bauhaus University Weimar) Graffiti and culture jamming as urban protest
Tereza Ventura (IUPERJ, University of Rio de Janeiro)
Karoline Noack (University of Bonn) ‘Urban Art’ as political practice in Lima
Mona Abaza (American University in Cairo) ‘Urban Art’ in recent political protests — the case of Egypt
Tobias Schwarz (University of Cologne) Comments and introduction on articulations of belonging and the bargaining of power relations in privatized public spaces
FRYDAY, 19 APRIL
GRAFFICITY AND VISUAL CULTURAL PRACTICES IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY
Martin Langner (University of Cologne) Ancient street signs, posters, and graffiti — walls as means of urban communication in Pompei and beyond
Christiane Clados (Independent Researcher) Pre-hispanic graffiti and social organization in Peru
Lutz Hieber (University of Hannover) Origins of graffiti: Human basic need or modern concept of artistic resistance?
GRAFFICITY — CULTURE, CONSUMPTION AND CONTROL
Moderation Marc-André Grebe
Olaf Kaltmeier (University of Bielefeld) Urban cultural politics and the (ethnic) image of the city: inter-american perspectives
Javier Abarca (University Complutense of Madrid) Graffiti in the course of city branding and gentrification processes — the case of Spain
Sascha Schierz (University of Vechta) Graffiti and criminalization in Europe
Moderated Discussion on graffiti, processes of commercialization and criminalization
Official end of the conference
Venue: Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Weyertal 59 (Backbuilding), 50937 Köln, Germany
Concept: Larissa Förster and Eva Youkhana
Contact: Larissa Förster (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Eva Youkhana (email@example.com)
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