Tuesday 1st October 2019, 8:00pm
Session 220: Nuart Journal, Issue II: Eloquent Vandals
For this session, Rémi Jaccard selected excerpts from the Nuart Journal, Issue II: Eloquent Vandals.
“Eloquent Vandals is a provocative link to street art and urban culture’s delinquent roots and the ‘creative joy of destruction’ – evidenced most recently in Banksy and Blu’s high profile acts of auto-iconoclasm, but also present in a plethora of quotidian, human scale, unsanctioned urban interventions. The rise of festival-sponsored neoliberal muralism sits uneasily with these ungovernable forms of urban creativity. Issue II contains contributions that celebrate the work of street art’s eloquent vandals, and papers that critically examine attempts to cultivate, instrumentalise, commodify, and ‘protect’ the art of the streets. Eloquent vandals are integral to a critical street art. We need to recognise that ‘vandals’ and those associated with acts of creative crime and resistance are also capable of positioning and understanding their work in relation to critical theory/studies/history – and indeed often do so, while also recognising that they needn’t do this to be accepted into the field.” –Nuart Journal