The Bigger Picture: Digital Graffiti Transnationally

By Kimberly Baker.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Street art has reconfigured itself to the digital age. In clandestine operations artists’ project digital graffiti onto urban landscapes as a way of reclaiming public space in this international movement. Through out history artists have served a valuable role in society for turning their art into a political weapon that questions and confronts the hegemonic power structures within our society. Social commentary and political protest in art reaches back to the French Revolution and the birth of modernity, as art became a moral force within society. Contemporary artists of the 20th and 21st centuries have a greater awareness of the social political struggles around the world than their predecessors. Today there is a proliferation of artists engaging in political and ideological struggles and communicating their ideas with a public audience. Digital graffiti offers the public a place of engagement and a forum for discussion on issues in contemporary culture. Social political art is not only created as a personal response from the artist, it is a direct response to the viewers’ culture. The street art community has established an online presence that chronicles its past and unites it present.

Keywords: The Bigger Picture, Digital Graffiti Transnationally

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.321-334. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.187MB).

Kimberly Baker

Artographer, MA Student, Art Education, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Kimberly Baker is an Artographer and educator whose work explores researching historical and contemporary culture, expanding upon cultural theories in written text and presenting these findings in a visual art form. This pluralistic approach allows for an intricate, thorough art practice that can serve as a valuable and insightful vision of cultural history both past and present. Currently she is investigating the international phenomenon of digital graffiti through research and art practice. Her creative process is driven by the desire to propagate relationships with people and communities through the investigation of global issues, of which implications ultimately shape our collective destiny. Kimberly’s work has been shown in British Columbia and her writing has been published in multiple Canadian publications. Kimberly is the Education Program Specialist with the Surrey Museum. She holds Honours BFA from Emily Carr University and is currently pursuing a MA in art education at the University of British Columbia.


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