Study of graffiti-covered walls as they change over time


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About the project Edit

Graffiti Archaeology is a project by Cassidy Curis, a San Francisco animator in his 30's, devoted to the study of graffiti-covered walls as they change over time. The core of the project is a timelapse collage, made of photos of graffiti taken at the same location by many different photographers over a span of several years. The photos were taken in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and other cities, over a timespan from the late 1990's to the present.

The grafarc explorer, the project Web platform, presents an interactive, timelapse collage of photographs of certain walls, taken over a span of months or years. The photos are precisely superimposed, so that by moving through the layers, the user experience a compressed version of time passing, as old tags are submerged beneath new ones. It shows how one writer's style changes over the years, or explore the dialogue between writers as they paint over each other's work. The project also functions as a living archive, since most of the pieces on the site no longer exist in the real world.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Graffiti Archaeology is a unique application of archeology to the street art of graffiti – it pushes the edges of what is considered properly archaeological This project is an example of a new phenomenon unique to the era of digital photography and the internet: structured, networked, grass-roots assemblage.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Grafarc.org mirrors the actual public space of city walls in the virtual public space of the internet. The site design is intended to encourage curiosity and exploration; to facilitate comparisons over time and space; and to reveal, rather than hide, the assembly process. The project than serves to put a light on the art of graffiti. Acting a a visual record, it is documenting the accretion of the 'underground' urban landscape through graffiti art.

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