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Spray Cans Nowhere in Sight: Digitalization and Cybernetic Incorporation of Graffiti and Street Art

Based on virtual ethnography, the article problematises the recontextualisation of graffiti and street art from urbanscape to cyberspace. This shift is understood as a continuation of the transposition of graffiti and street art between and within different fields. At the outset, the process is theoretically positioned in contexts of the dematerialisation of art and the consolidation of the new media art. The process is subsequently analysed through three complementary phases: the mechanical enhancement of graffiti, the cybernetic modification of graffiti, and the aesthetic incorporation of graffiti into cyberspace. The research grasps how different aspects and practical examples of graffiti and street art are correlated to robotics, technology, informatics, and the Internet. This represents a springboard for discussing their transformation, canonisation, commodification, and domestication. The text also highlights different grass-root reactions to the above-mentioned processes. In conclusion, some subversive practices of the graffiti and street art subculture that revealed the universal vampirism of the contemporary art world and the capitalistic colonisation of any kind of creativity (including the one directly present on the streets and on the internet) are taken into account.


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Issue No. 265 - Art in Times of Neuroscience: Criticism, Aesthetics and Perspectives / Science in Design / Graffiti
Časopis za kritiko znanosti
2016 , volume volume 44 , issue issue 265
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