The Verge: Is the world ready for virtual graffiti?

The Verge: Is the world ready for virtual graffiti?. “Imagine a world that’s filled with invisible graffiti. Open an app, point your phone at a wall, and blank brick or cement becomes a canvas. Create art with digital spraypaint and stencils, and an augmented reality system will permanently store its location and placement, creating the illusion of real street art. If friends or social media followers have the app, they can find your painting on a map and come see it. You might scrawl an in-joke across the door of a friend’s apartment, or paint a gorgeous mural on the side of a local store. Now imagine a darker world.”

Edex: JNU students to create a digital archive of wall posters and graffiti

Edex: JNU students to create a digital archive of wall posters and graffiti. “The [Jawaharlal Nehru University]’s administration has been removing all the posters and graffiti from the university’s walls as part of the Swacch JNU initiative, under ‘The Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007’. This has created a lot of outcry among the faculty, alumni and students.”

Pioneer Interview: Lenny Bogdonoff (Pioneer)

Pioneer: Pioneer Interview: Lenny Bogdonoff. “Lenny Bogdonoff, a New York-based software engineer and graffiti artist, is creating the world’s first digital genealogy of street art. He played and won a Pioneer tournament while developing a set of machine learning tools for his project, Public Art. By gathering photos from around the internet and using machine learning models to identify street art, Public Art aims to digitally preserve murals around the world. “

Queen Mary University of London: Investigating representations of gender-based violence

Queen Mary University of London: Investigating representations of gender-based violence. “Using interdisciplinary research methods, the two-year study will focus on how four types of violence (domestic abuse, trafficking, street harassment, menstruation-based discrimination) are portrayed in graphic print publications such as comics and public graphic expressions including murals, graffiti and street art. The research will also examine how stakeholders, including activists and artists, use graphic art as an awareness-raising tool. The work aims to foster knowledge exchange via local research hubs. It will result in two creative initiatives with local arts and non-governmental organisations: an open-access digital archive of representations of gender-based violence and a series of workshops for 600 girls aged between 12 and 17.”

Nevada Today: University Community Invited to Experience Reno’s Street Art Like Never Before

Nevada Today: University Community Invited to Experience Reno’s Street Art Like Never Before . “Because murals are ephemeral, the Digital Initiatives Department within University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno decided in the spring of 2017 to design a project to digitally preserve and catalog the influx of street art being created in Reno. The Reno Street Art Project is comprised of a digital archive and multimedia virtual reality (VR) time capsule highlighting street art on display in Reno between July 2017 – December 2017.”

Arizona State University: Recent Barrett grad Alexa Rose’s database of Pompeii’s graffiti documents life in the ancient city

Arizona State University: Recent Barrett grad Alexa Rose’s database of Pompeii’s graffiti documents life in the ancient city. “Recent Barrett Honors College graduate Alexa Rose compiled a database on the ancient graffiti in Pompeii as her honors thesis project that has gained widespread attention. Her database is now in the Digital Archaeological Record, an online resource used by researchers worldwide. She has been contacted by researchers interested in specific ancient Roman ideas expressed through graffiti. And, the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix has asked for her help with a Pompeii exhibit.”

Atlas Obscura: The Wit and Wisdom of Ancient Jewish Graffiti

Atlas Obscura: The Wit and Wisdom of Ancient Jewish Graffiti . “Starting some 3,000 years ago, Jews scratched walls at homes and public spaces with prayers, warnings, blessings on deceased relatives, and store advertisements. They even used graffiti to mark rows of theater seats that were reserved for Jewish groups. In the margins of the texts, they sketched outlines of ships, people, menorahs, and synagogue columns…. Dr. [Karen] Stern plans to create an online database of Jewish graffiti, which can be updated as more examples surface. ‘Sometimes it’s accidents that produce exciting finds,’ she says. People plowing fields or excavating basements still uncover ruins sometimes, where someone Jewish once engraved messages to grieve, scare away thieves, market local products or save seats for some cousins.”

AJC: New website provides street art map to murals all over Atlanta

AJC: New website provides street art map to murals all over Atlanta . “Atlanta wears its street art like a brilliant, colorful badge of honor. In some neighborhoods, one would be hard-pressed to find a wall that hasn’t already been commandeered by one of many notable artists. Atlanta Street Art Map, created by a man aptly-named Art Rudick, is a website that documents as much of the city’s street art as possible. The retired engineer became interested in the medium during a walking tour of Bushwick in New York and now maintains the site as a hobby, the website says.”

PSFK: Florence Is Letting Visitors Draw Digital Graffiti On Its Monuments

From PSFK: Florence Is Letting Visitors Draw Digital Graffiti On Its Monuments. “Since ancient times, humans have used graffiti to leave their mark on the world around them. But when it comes to modern-day tourists leaving messages on historic monuments, city governments have been less than thrilled. In a new initiative aimed at curbing graffiti, the city of Florence, Italy has launched Autography, which allows visitors at the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral to draw on the famous building’s walls digitally.”