FRI 7. KL1040-DR LACHLAN MACDOWALL (AU)
Dr. Lachlan MacDowall (AU) lectures in Screen and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, where he is also a member of the Research Unit in Public Cultures. He has presented and published widely on the history and aesthetics of graffiti, street art and urban informality. His current projects examine new methods of graffiti research using photography, writing and data and his book Instafame: Graffiti and Street Art in the Instagram Era will be published by Intellect Books in 2019.
Seminar Day 1
Friday 7 September, Tou Scene
10·40–11·00 Snitches, Glitches and Untold Riches: graffiti and street art on Instagram
Presentation by Dr Lachlan MacDowell, University of Melbourne
This talk presents some findings from a research project that uses more than 23 million pieces of public data from the digital platform Instagram to map the global institutionalisation of graffiti and street art. The result is the most comprehensive empirical study yet of the intertwined global fields of graffiti and street art, making visible its key players, institutions and patterns of taste. However, the clash of spray paint and data raises as many questions as it answers. This talk addresses the anomalies and curiosities that arose through the research, particularly the bad behavior (snitches), censorship (glitches) and economic reality (untold riches) that also form part of the story. Who are streets art’s aristocrats? What happens when Subway Art meets Moneyball? From Banksy and Os Gemeos, to Sainer and Sofles, what can this data tell us about the trajectories of graffiti and street art in the Instagram Era?
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