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Tag Conference 2018

Tag: Name Writing in Public Space.
A conference about tagging,
in history and today.
Amsterdam,
6 & 7 December 2018.

The Tag Conference is an unprecedented event that gathers scholars and specialists from all over the world to explore name writing, or tagging. The first Tag Conference (Berlin 2017) was an all-round success in terms of the number of applications, quality of contributions and attendance. In 2018 the Tag Conference travels to Amsterdam.

The call for papers for the Tag Conference 2018 has received applications from twelve different countries across North and South America, Europe and Australia. A total of seventeen papers have been selected. See the complete list of speakers below.

Research approaches include calligraphy, art history, archaeology, sociology, anthropology, aesthetics, philosophy, law, gender studies, semiotics, popular culture studies, computer science, archival studies and graffiti studies.

Link: Call for papers for the Tag Conference 2018.

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Thursday 6
9–17h
Westside Slotermeer (Burgemeester de Vlugtlaan 125)

Friday 7
9–17h
Broedplaats LELY (Schipluidenlaan 12)

Free entrance

On the days directly after the conference, and also in Amsterdam, the same team behind Tag welcomes you to the Unlock Book Fair, the fair for graffiti and street art publications.

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The Tag Conference 2017 showed there is a growing body of research being produced around name writing, but its two days of lectures barely scratched the surface of this largely underexplored field. This is why we are happy to announce the second Tag Conference for this winter in Amsterdam, a new opportunity to conceptually frame contemporary tagging and to study it alongside its abundant historical antecedents.

This year’s Tag Conference once again provides space for the discussion of a wide range of 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 graphic communication in public space.

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THURSDAY 6

9h
Welcome

9:30
Introduction

10h
Stefan Wartenberg (DE)
Verehrtes Phantom

10:30
Orestis Pangalos (GR)
Representations of tags in popular culture

History

11h
Michael Macdonald (UK)
Tags from an ancient desert: nomads who used literacy purely for tagging

11:30
Marta Bazzanella and Giovanni Kezich (IT)
Tagging the Dolomites

12h
LUNCH BREAK

Space and strategies

13h
Charles Nolan van Linden (US)
Resisting removal: the persistence of tags in Atlanta

13:30
Ludwig Schult (DE)
Strategies of singularisation

14h
María Fernanda López Jaramillo (EC)
Tagging and skateboarding, the day I met Fun

14:30
Gabriela Berti (ES)
Tag writing: visual resistance and symbolic capital

15h
COFFEE BREAK

15:30
Enrico Bonadio (IT)
The case for the copyright protection for tags

16h
Erik Hannerz (SE)
“That’s a dude”: writers’ reconstruction of bodies through tags

16:30
Carlo McCormick (US)
Photo-graff: Graffiti in punk photography

FRIDAY 8

9:30
Javier Abarca (ES)
The ‘flechero’ indigenous tagging culture of Madrid

10h
Tobias Morawski (DE)
From tag to piece, from NYC to Berlin: the Graffitiarchiv

10:30
Susan Hansen and Erik Hannerz (UK/SE)
Image-based tags as ideogrammatic reduction

11h
Malcolm Jacobson (SE)
Graffiti ruined my life, however without graffiti my life would be ruined

11:30
Gabriele Boero (IT)
Melina Riccio’s tagging phenomenon in Genoa and Italy: a case study

12h
LUNCH BREAK

Calligraphy

13h
Tobias Barenthin (SE)
Tagging the name, physical writing in education

13:30
Daniel Berio and Frederic Fol Leymarie (IT/UK)
Computational models of graffiti form

14h
Lisa García (ES)
The Western tag: calligraphy or cacography?

14:30
Jake Carter (AU)
Omniscience and temporality: higher mathematics in intuitive gestural calligraphy

15h
COFFEE BREAK

Pixação

15:30
Vanessa C. De Franceschi and Fabio Vieria (BR)
Marking the invisibility: pixação and appropriation of the city

16h
Valentine Carneiro (BR)
Graffiti in Brazil: example of a social, ideological and political construction of a border between ‘pichação’ and ‘grafite’

16:30
Coletivo ArdePixo (BR)
Pixação, São Paulo: marginal identity takes over the city

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Executive Committee
PhD Javier Abarca (ES)
PhD Orestis Pangalos (GR)

Producers
Jasper van Es (NL)
Robin Vermeulen (NL)

Director
Javier Abarca (ES)

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