Grafficity in Koeln im April

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Köln, April 17 – 19, 2013

Grafficity – Materialized Visual Practices in the Public Urban Space

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.

Das Programm und Links im Anhang.

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

Introduction: 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

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

Friday, 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
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?
Moderated discussion

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

Moderated Discussion on graffiti, processes of commercialization and
Official end of the conference

Venue: Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Weyertal 59 (Backbuilding),
50937 Köln, Germany
Concept: Larissa Förster and Eva Youkhana
Kontakt: Larissa Förster, Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Weyertal
59 (Rückgebäude), 3. Stock, 50937 Köln, larissa.foerster[at]

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CONF: Grafficity (Cologne, 17-19 Apr 2013). In: H-ArtHist, Mar 29,
2013. .


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