9am – 10:30am
TAGS OF OLD AMERICA
Susan Phillips (US)
Bill Daniel (US)
Javier Abarca (ES)
The marks left by hobos on freight trains as they stowed away across the continent were spoken, written, and sung about over a century ago, but with the decades they fell into obscurity.
Recently however, ‘monikers’ have found a new following in America and across the world. A scene is emerging in Europe, and marks on freight cars can be spotted from France to Russia.
10:30am – 12pm
HANDSTYLES FROM THE U.S.A.
Gregory Snyder (US)
Christian Acker (US)
François Chastanet (FR)
Local tagging traditions have a long and rich history in the U.S.A, from the ‘placas’ of L.A. to the handstyles of Philadelphia, on which Chastanet is currently conducting on-site research.
Speakers will discuss how tagging across the U.S.A. shares deep roots yet differs greatly, and will look into the groundbreaking tag-based mural painted by Barry McGee on Houston Street in 2010.
1pm – 2:30pm
GENESIS STORIES OF N.Y.C. GRAFFITI
Richard Goldstein (US)
Joe Austin (US)
Edward Birzin (US)
Austin’s essential 2001 book ‘Taking the Train’ examined the media-driven demonisation of N.Y.C. graffiti. Birzin has recently studied how other media elevated graffiti into an acceptable form of art.
Veteran journalist Richard Goldstein, who witnessed and reported on early N.Y.C. graffiti, will join Austin and Birzin in fleshing out the different genesis stories of the culture.
2:30 – 2:45
Susan Phillips (US)
2:45pm – 3:30m
SPOTS MATTER: TAGS AND SPACE
Lachlan MacDowall (AU)
Screening of ‘Symbolic Threats’ (DE)
Tags exist in space, and the way they play with this dimension is a key aspect to their value. This panel will open with an exclusive view into ‘White American Flags’, the now mythical 2014 intervention by artists Wermke & Leinkauf on the Brooklyn Bridge, a brazen translation of graffiti into the language of art.
MacDowall will then discuss how graffiti found a perfect home on Instagram and the internet, in a radical expansion of the spatial arena for tags.
3:30pm – 5pm
THE TAG AFTER GRAFFITI
Carlo McCormick on Brad Downey (US)
Steve ‘Espo’ Powers (US)
Alan Ket (US)
Tags are the foundation of many professional careers, and a tool for artists. In this panel, McCormick will present the intriguing tags of American artist Brad Downey, Ket will recount his rise from tagger to media mogul and museum director, and Espo will delve into his unique blend of handstyles, poetry and art.
5pm – 6pm
‘INSIDES’ AND BROOKLYN HANDSTYLES
Mr. Kaves (US)
Tommy Rebel (US)
Tags were the founding brick that led to colorful graffiti. For golden-era N.Y.C. writers, the tagged inside walls of the trains were as relevant as the pieces on the outsides. These tags were however neglected in appreciations of the culture, and remain largely so today.
Kaves and Rebel will offer a look into particularly influential writers to understand the evolution of Brooklyn handstyles over the decades, and share a peek into Rebel’s unique and extensive photographic archive of tagged insides.