Graffiti & IXD

14 Oct 2007 - 4:02pm
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Pedro Neves
2007

I'm a retired graffiti writer, pioneer of this type of manifestation
in Lisbon, Portugal, at the same time that I've graduated in
communication design (1999).

After graduation and one year in Prague I have quitted practicing, the
mercantilist society that we live in take over graffiti in Lisbon,
cans clothes even mass media adopted the language, and the dream of 10
young creative minds (that I was one) was drown by the incontrollable
mass of new writers that without any criteria made many mistakes
transforming Lisbon as many other cities full of visual noise that
have plasticity but associated to the drama in some sort of Nietzsche
way. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche

Well I've searched answers in a Urban design PhD, in Barcelona, and in
a Master course in Rome about the theme of participation, trying to
find continuously answers to the problem created in my mind that
relates the will of participation of a teenager and the absence of
opportunities for doing something visible, collectively apprehensible,
by partners and competitors, growing this way a true relation with
places and society, always protected by anonymity.

My (very resumed) life history enplaned here have the purpose of
putting in focus a suggestion of relation, do you see some or in fact
I'm in the wrong discussion list?

Best regards
sevenpedro( at )gmail.com
userdesign.org

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14 Oct 2007 - 4:33pm
Jeff Axup
2006

Hi Pedro,

You bring up a very stimulating and timely topic. I think this is probably a
good group to take on the question of community participation and how
technologies shape what types of participation are
possible/encouraged/accepted/healthy etc.

When I was at a conference in Italy last year I did a brief ethnographic
exploration into the topic:
http://mobilecommunitydesign.com/2006/08/non-digital-public-authoring.html

Please feel to respond to that post, or expand on your original question.

Cheers,
Jeff

On 10/14/07, Pedro Neves <sevenpedro at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> I'm a retired graffiti writer, pioneer of this type of manifestation
> in Lisbon, Portugal, at the same time that I've graduated in
> communication design (1999).
>
> After graduation and one year in Prague I have quitted practicing, the
> mercantilist society that we live in take over graffiti in Lisbon,
> cans clothes even mass media adopted the language, and the dream of 10
> young creative minds (that I was one) was drown by the incontrollable
> mass of new writers that without any criteria made many mistakes
> transforming Lisbon as many other cities full of visual noise that
> have plasticity but associated to the drama in some sort of Nietzsche
> way. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche
>
> Well I've searched answers in a Urban design PhD, in Barcelona, and in
> a Master course in Rome about the theme of participation, trying to
> find continuously answers to the problem created in my mind that
> relates the will of participation of a teenager and the absence of
> opportunities for doing something visible, collectively apprehensible,
> by partners and competitors, growing this way a true relation with
> places and society, always protected by anonymity.
>
> My (very resumed) life history enplaned here have the purpose of
> putting in focus a suggestion of relation, do you see some or in fact
> I'm in the wrong discussion list?
>
> Best regards
> sevenpedro( at )gmail.com
> userdesign.org
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14 Oct 2007 - 5:34pm
Pedro Neves
2007

I can advance some references within this subject:

Foto upload for cleaning purpoise
http://www.lovelewisham.org

Graffiti and digital projection
http://graffitiresearchlab.com/

Graffiti animation
http://www.vkn.lv/index.php?parent=525#

other

Stamen and SOM
http://content.stamen.com/som_transbay_tower

Ydreams Shangai
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhMIrrZnzoU

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14 Oct 2007 - 6:32pm
Jeff Howard
2004

Hi Pedro,

I believe that questions of community participation are deeply
relevant to interaction design regardless of whether that
participation is mediated by software. It's human interaction at a
social, political or environmental level.

A few years ago, two designers at Carnegie Mellon did their Masters
thesis on an understanding of graffiti in Pittsburgh, exploring the
tension between its creation and the civic response. I seem to
remember that community leaders tried to establish sanctioned spaces
for graffiti that were ultimately unsuccessful (partly because
over-zealous city workers painted over the graffiti anyway).
http://www.anneiasella.com/interactive/graffiti.html

More recently, in 2005 a sculpture was installed on Hayes Green in
San Francisco that seemed to encourage civic participation in
graffiti, bridging the divide between authoritative and illicit
public authoring. It was virtually covered with pen-drawn doodles and
notes in a matter of weeks. It was eventually removed.
http://laughingsquid.com/david-best-hayes-green-temple/

I came across a non-digital environmental project on a blog just this
weekend that promotes community interaction through a sort of reverse
graffiti.

From the project description: "For the second cycle of the 'Keeping
in Touch' project, and 18m long silver rub-off surface spreads on the
Royal Festival Hall hoardings. As people scratch parts of it, they
uncover a new dimension to their environment."
http://www.milkandtales.com/hiddenlovesong/hiddenlovesong.html

The idea of reverse graffiti is interesting to me:
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/09/13/reverse-graffiti-con.html

It's a little like publicly shaming the owner of a dirty car by
writing "wash me" on the rear window, where the goal is to shape
behavior.

// jeff

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