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Transcript of Street Art
Crime & Vandalism
Low Form of Art
Quality of life
Initiates and encourages criminal activity
"Graffiti is a getaway crime. It is a getaway for the children to get into
a life of crime
. It is the first one they commit; once they get started with, they say 'Hey, this isn't so bad' and move onto a bigger crime."
"(...) vandalism, malicious mischief, intentional destruction of property, criminal trespass and antisocial behavior."
"(...) painting a wall with a graffiti (...)"
(The Gale Encyclopedia of American Law)
"Their parents should hold
their heads in
(Street Art or Street Crime?)
Street Art has helped youngsters
"Tagging allowed individuals to shape an identity and belong to a particular community.We came to understand the alternative lifestyle that tagging opened up, such as one way to
escape gang membership
(McGillivray and Sauceda Curwen)
non violent alternative
to gangs (...)."
"Modern graffiti is essentially illegal,because it has
(Phillips qtd. in Alpaslan)
BUT HOW MUCH IS IT REALLY A
Low quality of life
Not in a museum/gallery= Meaningless/Throwaway activity
"The whole country looks like a
because of people like them."
"(...)makes an area look
...and taggers....marking their 'turf'
like dogs mark trees
(Street Art or Street Crime?)
FOR PUBLIC SPACES?
TO WHOM DOES PUBLIC SPACE BELONG?
meaning and intent
comments on social issues
"(Advertising is) so engrained in our subconscious,
we no longer notice it
“Banksy, creates art that
deliberately questions the role of public space
in capitalist societies (…) as a commentary on the ways in which
advertisers are granted access to public spaces in the name of profit,
while artists are punished for using the same spaces(...).
“(…) a few lines and a new perspective may change what we consider vandalism
into high art”
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