Graffiti as a Palimpsest
Myllylä, M. (2018). Graffiti as a Palimpsest. Street Art & Urban Creativity, 4(2), 25-35. https://doi.org/10.25765/sauc.v4i2.141
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Graffiti can be viewed as stories about embodied identities of the self and others which can be shared in intersubjective discourse, visual communication of varying content and motives, and utilizing specific technology and mediums. Graffiti’s palimpestuous nature, in its physical and symbolic forms of layering information, is present in production and perceiving graffiti. A creator and a reader of graffiti are both palimpsesting the work, acting as narrators of their own mental sheets. The concept of graffiti as a palimpsest can be exemplified for example in graffiti art where the interpretation of a work of art depends on the properties of the work, the perceiver and the social and institutional agreements. How graffiti are interpreted is informed by perceiving individuals’ characters, such as knowledge and skills, as well as the cultural and sociohistorical context where these individuals are immersed and act.
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