TALKS @ THE BRIDGES OF GRAFFITI

Curated by Pietro Rivasi

 

Recognized as one of the most important artistic event of 2015 "The Bridges of Graffiti" hosted a series of talks during September, October and November. The discussions investigated various aspects of the graffiti world. During the talks different international guests shared their vision and personal experience.

 

 

We would like to thank M9 and Fondazione di Venezia for believing in this project.

 

 

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SEPTEMBER

 

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Tuesday 15/09

Writing is not dead: how the punk subculture influenced graffiti and street art

 

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Vandalo (IT): Vandalo is an architect who started writing about punk music and culture in ’85, first on his zine “I don’t care” and then on many more zines and magazines. 

He started writing graffiti at the end of the 80’s and since then, he also begun studying the aerosol culture, in its wider meaning. 

His artworks are featured in many books and catalogues as well as his texts about punk culture and graffiti writing.

Since 2008 writes about graffiti writing and punk culture on his personal Facebook page and form 2013 contributes to “Pezzate passate”, one of the most interesting web platforms dedicated to italian graffiti writing.

https://pezzate.wordpress.com

 

Giacomo Spazio (IT): Giacomo Spazio started to write "poetic" phrases on walls between 1972 and 1975, in the same period he built up, on his own and with the group "Poesia Metropolitana", performances on the roads of Milan and London. Since 1980 he dedicated himself to painting and music, he formed the art-rock band "2+2=5" and started to master the art of stencil.

Between 1982 and 1984 he co-founded "UT comunicazioni" and DECODER,  the first Italian magazine that deepen cybernetic theory, history, music and comics.

On 1993 he restart to paint with constancy.

He taught at the Politecnico of Milano and wrote on different magazines about subcultures, among which "D di Republica" with whom is still collaborating.

He also works as a critique and curator.

 

 

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Wednesday 16/9

The G- Schizophrenia

 

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Jacob Kimvall (S): (b. 1972) is a Swedish art critic and lecturer on visual culture. In 1992 he co-founded the international graffiti magazine Underground Productions (UP), and I worked as one of the magazine’s editors throughout the 1990-ties. In December 2014 he defended his PhD-thesis in Art History at Stockholm University: ”THE G-WORD: virtuosity and violation, negotiating and transforming graffiti” examines the historiography of graffiti and suggests that this subcultural phenomenon should be understood as jointly produced by subcultural and institutional agents. He is currently working as a lecturer at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm university.

https://su-se.academia.edu/JacobKimvall

 

Claudio Musso (IT): art critic and independent curator. PhD in Archeology and Art History, he is Adjunct Professor for History of Contemporary Art at University of Bologna (Campus of Ravenna) and he’s lecturer Theory of Perception in the Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo. He has collaborated with different headings among which Exibart, Digicult, regularly writes for Artribune. He has participated as lecturer in international conferences in subject of urban art in Italy and abroad. He is co-curator of the Frontier – The Line of Style project and he’s part of the scientific committee of roBOt Festival.

He has published numerous articles and essays on the thematic of Graffiti Writing and Street Art and he is co-author of the volume Frontier The Line of Style (Damiani, 2013).

 

http://www.frontier.bo.it

 

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OCTOBER

 

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Thursday 1/10

Writing, subcultures and urban environment

 

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Francois Chastanet (FR):  (1975) is an architect & graphic designer, co-founder of the studio TypoMorpho based in Bordeaux, France. His commission works link together architectural signage systems & type design. Teaches graphic design and typography since 2002 in the Graphic Design Department of the Institut Supérieur des Arts de Toulouse / ISDAT, and jointly from 2010 to 2012 in the Design Department of the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Saint Étienne / ESADSE.

Writes on contemporary epigraphy, producing photographic surveys documenting the interactions between urban territories and written signs. Published in 2007 a work of reference entitled Pixação: São Paulo Signature and a second work in 2009 at Dokument Press entitled Cholo Writing: Latino Gang Graffiti in Los Angeles. Laureate in 2011 of the «Hors Les Murs» international program of the Institut Français, published in 2013 at Dokument Press a new documentary project entitled Dishu: Ground Calligraphy in China about contemporary calligraphic practices in Chinese public spaces. 

 

http://francoischastanet.com

 

 

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NOVEMBER

 

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Monday 16/11

Public Domain

 

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Andrea Caputo (IT): has under taken, in concurrence to his studies in Graphic Design and Architecture, a personal study of street culture and the consequent social and aesthetic influences, actively participating in the International Writing movement with the publication of editorial and expository projects.

Andrea Caputo is the author of All City Writers, an anthology above the Graffiti movement in Europe. The volume, published in 2009 by Kitchen 93 / Critiques Livres - Paris,  tries to document the evolution and the consequences of a countercultural phenomenon that over the course of a few decades provoked a change in the aesthetics and the rules of communication of modern day society.

 

http://www.andreacaputo.com

 

 

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Tuesday 17/11

Writing beyond letters

 

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Robert Kaltenhaeuser (D): is an author and freelance curator specialized unsolicited painting in public space. With a practical background as a former artist in the field, Kaltenhäuser focuses primarily on communication and critical company of the art form. Particluar attention is directed towards the abstract, experimental and conceptual approaches. 

Via exhibitions and publications as well as video-documentation or lectures, Kaltenhäuser delivers a quite provocative agenda, which subordinates itself neither to the laws concerning private property nor to those advocating subcultural traditionalism.

 

http://r-k-backup.blogspot.it/

 

Harald Hinz (D)

 

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Wednesday 18/11

The importance of keeping track

 

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Tobias Berenthin Linbald (S): (b. 1973) is editor at the Swedish publisher Dokument Press and is the author of several books about graffiti. He debates, lectures and organizes workshops about graffiti, urban culture and the right to public space since 1996. Some of the clients have been the Swedish Parliament, Stockholm School of Architecture, art and design universities in Gothenburg and Stockholm, the cities of Copenhagen and Prague, the Art academy of Helsinki and the Menendez Pelayo university in Santander, Spain.

He is also part of the dance performance ”Dance From the Streets - From Up Rock to Dubstep” and guides street art tours in Stockholm since 2006 and has also appeared as an expert witness in several trials in both county and appeal courts in Sweden.

Tobias Barenthin Lindblad has an education in ethnology, media and communication studies and german language at the Stockholm University.

 

http://dokument.org

 

Jens Besser (D)

 

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Thursday 19/11

Letters and the street art r-evolution

 

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Eric Surmont (FR)

 

Javier Abarca (E):  is a key artist in the history of Spanish graffiti and an international figure in the study of graffiti and street art.  Since 2006 he teaches a monographic class on the subject for the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He’s the founder and owner of urbanario.se, an independent research platform about graffiti and street art active since 2008.

 

Claudio Musso (IT): art critic and independent curator. PhD in Archeology and Art History, he is Adjunct Professor for History of Contemporary Art at University of Bologna (Campus of Ravenna) and he’s lecturer Theory of Perception in the Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo. He has collaborated with different headings among which Exibart, Digicult, regularly writes for Artribune. He has participated as lecturer in international conferences in subject of urban art in Italy and abroad. He is co-curator of the Frontier – The Line of Style project and he’s part of the scientific committee of roBOt Festival.

He has published numerous articles and essays on the thematic of Graffiti Writing and Street Art and he is co-author of the volume Frontier The Line of Style (Damiani, 2013).

 

http://www.frontier.bo.it

 

 

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