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  1. 1. WHAT IS IT? identity social commentary style status territory ego ephemeral political art language subculture vandalism businessglobal
  2. 2. DEFINITION graffiti illicit marks in which there has been an attempt to establish some sort of coherent compositionmade by an individual or individuals (not generally professional artists [but sometimes they are or become one]) upon a wall or other surface that is usually visually accessible to the public. derives from the Greek graphein ("to write) graffito, meaning a drawing or scribbling on a flat surface, originally referred to those marks found on ancient Roman architecture Art Crimes http://www.graffiti.org/faq/graf.def.html, accessed 15 July 2015
  3. 3. WHY DO WE CARE? Writing graffiti is a surreptitious adventure, but that does not make these peoples lives and need for self-expression illegitimate. Whether in a sanctioned location or not, what do you have? Art. Thought. Language. Culture. Though it is considered deviant and criminal, the presence of graffiti can also indicate a group of people acting to legitimize their existence in a world where opportunities are little, where voices are suppressed.
  4. 4. NATURE OF GRAFFITI ephemeral palimpsest pseudonymous legal and illegal
  5. 5. tag writer piecethrow-up GRAFFITI BASICS
  6. 6. GRAFFITI BASICS flickblackbook paste-up bomb bench
  7. 7. TYPES OF GRAFFITI trespassing vandalism
  8. 8. TYPES OF GRAFFITI murals, community art projects, public art shows
  9. 9. memorials TYPES OF GRAFFITI
  10. 10. TYPES OF GRAFFITI stencils stickers
  11. 11. WHERE IS IT DOCUMENTED? websites blogs professional and amateur photographers books and film online forums
  12. 12. SELF DOCUMENTATION
  13. 13. SELF DOCUMENTATION
  14. 14. NON-TRADITIONAL TOOLS Google Street View BEFORE AFTER My pic
  15. 15. IT AINT ALWAYS FREE Despite the public accessibility of graffiti and street art, and its seeming lack of ownership, it has a legitimate place in the economy. We cannot ignore issues of copyright and trademark infringement.
  16. 16. HOW SHOULD WE DOCUMENT IT? Documentation strategy Downtown Collection at Fales Library at NYU NOLA Hip Hop and Bounce Digital Collection at Tulane University Cornell University Hip Hop Collection Target (with permission, as needed) websites (front and back end) social media accounts, hashtags other media sharing sites, like Flickr photographers, artists, gallery owners, enthusiasts No one is going to drop this stuff off.
  17. 17. ARCHIVES FUNDAMENTALS CREATORwont know DATESprobably wont know PROVENANCEnope, mostly likely it will be an artificial collection FORMATvery diverse DESCRIPTIONcrowd-sourced and possibly incomplete alias associations (ie, crew name) location of piece type of piece (tag, sticker, throw-up, stencil, blackbook) format and media used date of documentation name of person documenting brief description of piece
  18. 18. PRESERVATION Maintaining a collection like this is no different than any other. Its a hybrid collection, but digital curation will play a greater role: Paper-based or bound items: zines, sketchbooks, notebooks, photographs Born-digital: images, video, databases, websites, blogs and other dynamically created web-based content
  19. 19. THANK YOU @jwax55 All photos me unless otherwise identified