Das Graffiti-Magazin Nr. 1 aus Berlin

Konferenz: Tag – Name Writing in Public Space

Am 14. und 15. September 2017 findet im John F. Kennedy Institut der FU-Berlin die Tagg-Konferenz TAG: Name Writing in Public Space statt. Die Themengebiete dort werden u.a. Tagg-Kultur, Taggen als kalligraphische Praxis, Taggs als symbolische Kriegswaffe, Name Writing Personalities und Tagging-Geschichte sein.

Die ganze Konferenz wird in Englisch abgehalten.

Written signatures, or tags, are the central element of graffiti culture, and the most widely practiced form of public art. Yet tagging has rarely been the subject of serious examination. The Tag Conference is a first attempt to conceptually frame contemporary tagging, and to study it alongside its abundant but largely ignored historical antecedents.

The Tag Conference provides space for the discussion of a wide range of underexplored topics, such as the study of tagging as a form of calligraphy, tagging’s role as a device for understanding the environment, the history and folklore of past and present tagging cultures, and the relation of tagging with other forms of art in public space.

Thursday, 14.09.2017

09:00 Registration

09:30 Introduction

09:45 Tags are culture (Javier Abarca, ES)

10:00 Keynote: The city beneath: excavating a century of Los Angeles graffiti (Susan Phillips, US)

10:30 For a geography of urban signatures. New York globalisation & metropolitan particularities (Francois Chastanet, FR)

11:00 Panel: Athens tags
– Names, Affects, Politics: Tags of the crisis in Athens (Julia Tulke, US)
– The Hit and Lifo graffiti crews from Athens (Kostantina Drakopoulou & Argiro Papathanasiou, GR)
– Football, military and adolescent tagging in Greece (Orestis Pangalos, GR)

12:00 Lunch Break

13:00 Cleanliness is next to godliness (Vladimir Stekachyov, RU)

13:30 Panel: Tagging as marking of a sustained relation to a place
– Tagging in the Valley of the Kings around 1200-1150 BC (Andreas Dorn, DE)
– Invasive tags, Île de la Passe (Danny Flynn et al, UK/MU/TR)
– Taggings on classroom desks (Edwige Fusaro, FR)
– The role of tags, between place and existence (Valeria Federici, IT)

14:45 Tagging 500 years ago: the heraldic graffiti of later medieval noble travellers (Detlev Kraack, DE)

15:15 Coffee Break

15:30 Panel: Conservation and tradition
– Graffiti and the ethics of conservation (Elena Gayo and Carlota Santabárbara, ES)
– Excavating ghosts: Urban exploration as graffiti archaeology (Theo Kindynis, UK)
– To tag and to un-tag: the preservation point of view (Will Shank, US)

16:30 Revisiting “Tag Town” (Jakob Kimval, SE)

17:00 Sausage roll style and jail – Graffiti in London from 2000 until now (Carl Cattermole, UK)

Friday, 15.09.2017

09:45 Taki 183 as Bildungsroman (Edward Birzin, US)

10:15 Keynote: Adjunctive and decorative: graffiti as ornament (Rafael Schacter, UK)

10:45 Joseph Kyselak (1798-1831) – The world’s first graffiti tagger? (Gabriele Goffriller, AT)

11:15 Panel: Pompeii
– Public and private tags in Roman Pompeii (Eeva-Maria Viitanen, FI)
– Tagging in antiquity: Pompeian graffiti between individuality and convention (Polly Lohmann, DE)

12:00 Lunch Break

13:00 Tagging 22000 years ago (Pedro Soares, PT)

13:30 Tags as weapons of meaning(ful) destruction (Vitorio Parisi, IT)

14:00 Panel: Eastern calligraphy
– Tagging and chinese calligraphy (Norbert Kirbach, DE)
– Between inscription & gesture (Jake Carter, AU)
– Movement of letters (Kedir “Amigo” Memis, DE)

15:00 Coffee Break

15:20 Identifying lines: tagging, literary squiggles and the fine art of branding (Carlo McCormick, US)

15:50 Panel: Other taggings
– Skywriting (Jo Preußler, DE)
– The curious case of glass tagging. Towards a history and theory of scratchings (Lukas Fuchsgruber, DE)
– Marks of erasure: a visual and sociological approach to anti-graffiti policies (Jean-Baptiste Barr & Timothée Engasser, FR)

16:45 Illegal signs and names in public space in Poland: three stories from 1942, 1965 and 1989 (Tomasz Sikorski, PL)

17:15 Conclusions

9-18 Uhr

Freie Universität Berlin
Kaiserswerther Str. 16-18
14195 Berlin

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