Campos, R. (2012). Pixelization of the walls: urban graffiti, digital technologies and contemporary visual culture

“In this article we focus on a typically urban communication format: the graffiti. Examining some of the changes that have taken place in recent years as a consequence of the boom in digital communication technologies and platforms. Based on an analysis of graffiti existing in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, we seek to unveil other facets of this cultural practice that currently does not live exclusively from the city and its communicational supports, becoming increasingly present in the virtual world. The internet and the democratization of access to digital imaging technologies (mobile phones, cameras and video cameras) have provided young graffiti artists with new tools to reach the desired visibility space they are looking for, opening up new communication formats and broadening their reach. field of the recipients of this visual language. We argue that this process is in line with contemporary visual culture, which synthesizes a growing globalization, digitization and hybridization of iconographies and visual languages. The pixelization of the walls refers precisely to this gradual transition from graffiti from urban walls to multiple screens and electronic networks, thus changing the way this activity is produced and disseminated, and is now directed at an increasingly larger audience. ” | More Information




Ricardo Campos


Revista Famecos - PUC-RS