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This course, Visions of protest: Graffiti, introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of graffiti examples, including mystery zebras in Hackney, fish graffiti in Morecambe, 'tags' in a Milton Keynes underpass, a McDonald's advert and exhibits at a highly established art gallery, the Tate Modern. Students will consider different arguments for and against the perception of graffiti as a form of art or as vandalism and explore how graffiti has been used as a form of communication and as an articulation of protest.

Introduction

What is graffiti? Is it art, vandalism or a form of popular protest? This course, which is based on materials from Y031, the Open University’s Arts and Language Access module, introduces you to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of different examples of graffiti, including mystery zebras in Hackney, fish graffiti in Morecambe, ‘tags’ in a Milton Keynes underpass, a McDonald’s advert and exhibits at a highly established art gallery, the Tate Modern. You will consider different arguments for and against the perception of graffiti as a form of art or as vandalism. You will furthermore explore how graffiti has been used as a form of communication and as an articulation of protest.

Learning Outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Understand more clearly the complexity of the concept of ‘art’
  • Explain the origins and meanings of the concept of ‘graffiti’ and distinguish between different forms of graffiti
  • Have a clearer understanding of different attitudes to graffiti and different arguments used in debates related to graffiti
  • Have a clearer understanding of the impact particular contexts and techniques can have on the effects and meaning of graffiti
  • Have a clearer understanding of the use of graffiti as a form of communication, and in particular as a way of articulating protest.

Course Curriculum

    • What is Graffiti? 00:50:00
    • What is Art? 00:50:00
    • Vandalism or Art? 00:50:00
    • Looking After Public Space 00:30:00
    • Graffiti as a Form of Communication 00:50:00
    • Graffiti as a Form of Popular Protest 00:50:00
    • Why did the Hackney Zebras Work? 00:50:00
    • Graffiti Goes Mainstream 00:50:00
    • Graffiti in Advertising 00:50:00
    • Conclusion 00:50:00

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