graffiti continued (or: designated riot zone)

Robin Banks (pun intended) AKA Banksy is my favourite UK graffiti and stencil artist. Activist, artist, and part of the growing movement to reclaim ‘public’ space.

“Graffiti writers are not real villains. I am always reminded of this by real villains who consider the idea of breaking in someplace, not stealing anything and then leaving behind a painting of your name in four foot high letters the most retarded thing they ever heard.”

10 thoughts on “graffiti continued (or: designated riot zone)

  1. Amazing. I went through the whole site. The Manifesto was disturbing, yet beautiful. One of my favourite local graffiti artists is Maki, who does a lot of stuff around campus. It always makes me feel happy when I see it.

  2. I like seeing graffiti – but I wouldn’t want it put up randomly on any building of mine.

    What makes public space public?

    tags suck, but full throwups can look great.

  3. but aren’t you glad to have the freedom to experience it and come to those conclusions for yourself? the more we foster it as an artform, the more self-moderated it becomes as it grows…to encourage the best will breed the best…this holds true in so many things.

    and yes some of the pieces really are really amazing… :)

  4. I like seeing graffiti – but I wouldn’t want it put up randomly on any building of mine.

    What makes public space public?

    A fantastic question, and one that you could write essays and books on for the rest of your life. I think in this context (of graffiti and other related works), ‘public space’ referrs to an urban area that people live and work in, that isn’t owned by an individual for individual use. IE: land/buildings controlled by the city/state and/or corporations.

    The problem, as I see it, is that billboards, ads, logos, etc — these are trivial things for corporations to put everywhere. Seriously trivial, it requires a very low expenditure of resources, relatively speaking. It’s so much harder for an individual to afford these kinds of expression that it happens so infrequently as to be non-existent.

    Graffiti (or other ‘public space’ art) is a way for the average person to be able to make a statement on that level without needing to spend more than they make in a year.

    tags suck, but full throwups can look great.

    There are a lot of tags I like, but these tend to have the artistic qualities of full-on throwups. Tags by random-lamer-with-a-marker are not nearly so interesting.

  5. I am glad to see them, but discussing this from the viewpoint of a landowner (and most properties are owned by individuals) how many want graffiti put on their property?

    I would like to see “graffiti walls” on gov’t buildings, where artists apply for the space, and get a month on the wall. No fees.

    But – then what if the graffiti ended up being something political or controversial? “Jean Cretien Sucks” could be the “art”. Or “Meat Eaters are Killers Too” or …

  6. Again I ask the question that I put forward, rather late in the I will admit, in the other discussion:

    In cities like Montreal and Toronto, there are rather large areas which appear to be designated for graffiti art, what was the process used to acquire such areas and can such processes be replicated here in Ottawa?

    If part of this discussion stems from the observation that we as individuals are losing (or have already lost, depending on p.o.v.) our public space slowly but surely to corporation imposed thought and the desensitization that comes with it, then what stops us from adopting a system in order to reclaim it thus attempting to remain aware while allowing others to share in that?


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