Digital Media And Street Art

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[Digital Media And Street Art]


Digital Media And Street Art


The word Graffiti has been derived from Italian word graffiato which means scratched or itched. Although there have been popular Graffiti artists who have enjoyed tremendous popularity, Graffiti is often synonymous with vandalism.

Problem Statement

Graffiti might have started out with simple scratch marks made on walls but evolved with time to include colorful additions with spray paints and markers. Frowned upon by many, Graffiti still continues to be an effective medium and the unique art form that can be used for depicting social or political messages with the dash of confidence, bold colors and witty messages. However, running the person's personal property or valuable public property by depicting wrong things at wrong place can be considered as vandalism and is punishable by law in most of countries.

Research Question

The research is based on the following questions;

Describe the using of digital media as street art?

Describe the brief history and philosophy of the street art?

raffiti as one of the purest kind of protest art . the main specifications of graffiti which are my concern are: graffiti as art . small history of graffiti . (specially its relation with modernism and post modernism movements )

why graffiti considered as art ?

what's the difference between vandalism and art ? in this part I want to explore the above specifications and connect them to the concepts of “Tagging information in environments?

why virtual graffiti considered as main art?


History of Graffiti Street Art

The word 'graffiti' was first used to refer to inscriptions found on walls of ancient sepulchers. The earliest instances of vandalistic graffiti are found in an ancient Greek city, which depicted the handprint, the footprint and the number, which was supposed to be an advertisement for the brothel. During Renaissance, artists such as Michelangelo Pinturicchio, Raphael, Filippino Lippi or Ghirlandaio descended into ruins of Nero's Domus Aurea, they carved or painted their names, which is supposed to be similar to graffiti art, however not vandalistic in nature. The Signature Rock along Oregon Trail is an example of Graffiti in America. In1790, there were instances of French soldiers carving their names on monuments. There also exists Chinese graffiti on Great Wall of China. By mid-1986 Metro Transit Authority was putting in strong efforts t abolish graffiti. The Clean Train Movement in New York during 989 aimed at removing all of subway cars with graffiti out of transit system(Barker, 2001,, 12)(Shenon, 2004,, 1).

Common Styles of Graffiti Street Art

While discussing about basic styles or formats in Graffiti Street Art, we have to start discussion with tagging. A tag implies to the basic form of graffiti, which only includes artist's name, which is considered as writer's personalized signature. The tags can include artists name or initials. A throw-up is another popular form, which is painted quickly using two or three colors. The throw ups are usually poor on aesthetic scale since they are achieved with speed. In Graffiti street art terminology, the 'piece' is an elaborate representation of artist's ...
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