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Street Art

Refutation Speech on Street Art
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Niki Gyra

on 24 May 2014

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Transcript of Street Art

Gang Activity
Crime & Vandalism
Meaningless
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."
(Bomb It)
"(...) vandalism, malicious mischief, intentional destruction of property, criminal trespass and antisocial behavior."
(Acosta)
Vandalism:
"(...) painting a wall with a graffiti (...)"
(The Gale Encyclopedia of American Law)
"criminals", "graffiti
terrorists
"
"Their parents should hold
their heads in
shame
"
(Street Art or Street Crime?)
Street Art has helped youngsters
stay away
from gangs.
"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 (...)."
(Rahn)
"Modern graffiti is essentially illegal,because it has
not
been
accepted
by society."
(Phillips qtd. in Alpaslan)
BUT HOW MUCH IS IT REALLY A
TRUE CRIME
?
Dirt
Abandonment
Low quality of life

Not in a museum/gallery= Meaningless/Throwaway activity
"The whole country looks like a
toilet
because of people like them."
"(...)makes an area look
run down
and
dangerous
...and taggers....marking their 'turf'
like dogs mark trees
."
(Street Art or Street Crime?)
DON'T WE
ALL PAY
FOR PUBLIC SPACES?
TO WHOM DOES PUBLIC SPACE BELONG?
Not meaningless
meaning and intent
comments on social issues
voice
message
(Bomb It)
"(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(...).
(Acosta)
(Banet-Weiser)
“(…) a few lines and a new perspective may change what we consider vandalism
into high art”
Works Cited
Acosta, Rocky. "Street Art-Analog Free Culture." Art Tech Law. N.p., 10 July 2013. Web. 4 Nov. 2013.

Alpaslan, Zeynep. "Is Street Art a Crime? An Attempt at Examining Street Art Using Criminology." Advances in Applied Sociology 2.1 (2012): 53-58. Google. Web. 2 Nov. 2013.

Banet-Weiser, Sarah. "Convergence On The Street Rethinking the Authentic/commercial Binary." Cultural Stories 45.4-5 (2011): 641-58. Academic Search Premier. Web. 2 Nov. 2013.

Bomb It. Dir. Jon Reiss. Antidote Films (I), Flying Cow Productions, 2007. Film.

Ellswoorth-Jones, Will. “Art Attack.” Smithsonian 43.10 (2013):68-73. Academic Search Premier. Web. 3 Nov. 2013

Feltes, Gretchen. "Vandalism." Gale Encyclopedia Of American Law. N.d. Print.

MacGillivray, Laurie, and Margaret Sauceda Curwen. "Tagging As A Social Literacy Practice." Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy50.5 (2007): 354-369. Academic Search Premier. Web. 02 Nov. 2013.

Rahn, Janice. “Hip-Hop Graffiti Is A significant American Art Form.” Rap Music and Culture. Ed. Kate Burns. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2008. Current Controversies. Rpt. From “The Structure of Hip=Hop Graffiti Culture.” Painting Without Permission: Hip-Hop Graffiti Subculture. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 2002. 1-24. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 1 Nov. 2013.

Redmon, Kevin Charles. "Shepard Fairey's American Graffiti." The Atlantic.com. The Atlantic Monthly Group, 20 May 2010. Web. 4 Nov. 2013.

"Street Art or Street Crime?" BBC.com. BBC, Oct. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2013.

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