Mittwoch, 18. Juli 2018

I co-edited a book, available open access

Urban Art:
Creating the Urban with Art

Proceedings of the International Conference
at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 15-16 July, 2016

Edited by Ulrich Blanché and Ilaria Hoppe

Published July 2018 - ISBN: 978-989-97712-8-4

See on

Urban Art. Creating the Urban with Art was a conference at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2016. The aim of the conference and this publication is to discuss “urban art” in its broadest sense: as an umbrella term, that encompasses a great variety of creative expressions in the urban environment on a global scale. The broad implications of the term “urban art” allow summarizing very different outcomes, styles, media, and techniques ranging from illegal graffiti writing to performative, participatory and architectonical interventions from stickers to legal murals and so forth. In this way urban art as a concept exceeds the common notion  of commercial indoor street art and graffiti and enlarges the perception of the visual and unsanctioned forming of the public sphere. The 16 papers and 2 introductions from researchers of 10 different countries and disciplines are divided in five sections – 1) Public or Urban Art? On Terminology, 2) Digital Media & the Urban (Art), 3) Affect & Performance, 4) Territories and 5) Urban Imaginary & The City.

For hard copy paper based book purchase visit the link: - Urban Art - Creating the Urban With Art
Book contents:

Ulrich Blanché 
Ilaria Hoppe
Frank Eckardt  ________________ The Virtual City 

On Terminology
Johannes Stahl  _______________  Some Defining Aspects in Graffiti, Street Art, and Urban Art 
Pedro Soares Neves ____________ Urban or Public Art?
Minna Valjakka ________________ Beyond Artification: De/Reconstructing Conceptual - Frameworks and Hierarchies of Artistic and Creative Practices in Urban Public Space

Digital Media & The Urban (Art)
Meltem Sentürk Asildeveci     _______  The Embedded Digital Realm in Urban Space
Katja Glaser  ____________________ Notes on the Archive: About Street Art, QR Codes, and Digital Archiving Practices
Annette Urban ___________________ Spatial and Media Connectivity in Urban Media Art

Affect & Performance
Agnieszka Gralinska-Toborek ______ Art of Serenity: Aesthetic Function of Humor in Street Art
Susan Hansen ___________________ Street Art as Process and Performance: The Subversive “Streetness” of Video-Documentation
Elisabeth Friedman / Alia Rayyan  __ Re/Viewing Jerusalem: Political Art Interventions in Occupied East Jerusalem

Peter Bengsten __________________ Street Art and the Nature of the City
Jovanka Popova _________________ Where (Not) to Go? The General Intellect between the Precarious and Resistance
Henrik Widmark __________________ The Visual Culture of Football Supporters: The Borderland of Urban Activism and Art

Urban imaginary & the City
Johnanna Elizabeth Sluiter     ________ The Man in the Street: Shadrach Woods and the Practice of “Pedestrian” Urbanism
Pamela C. Scorzin  _______________  Urban Art by osa as a Laboratory: New Approaches to Urban Architecture, City Planning, and Community Building
Renée Tribble ____________________ From Urban Interventions to Urban Practice, An Alternative Way of Urban Neighborhood Development

Urban Nation ____________________ The Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art 
Jens Besser _____________________“Works without future perspective […] are fast interventions without impact”- or the idea of a travelling Urban Art Library to document the development of contemporary muralism
Urban Creativity _________________  International Research Topic


Dienstag, 10. Juli 2018

Aufsatz im Forschungsmagazin Ruperto Carola veröffentlicht

In der Juni-Ausgabe (Nr.12) des Forschungsmagazins Ruperto Carola ist ein Aufsatz zu Urban Art und Land Art von mir veröffentlicht. Link zur Webseite des Magazins.
Downloadlink als PDF.

English summary:
by Ulrich Blanché
Street art and land art are site-specific and primarily mediated through photos and videos. While they began as a way of criticising the art market, the big names – Banksy, Robert Smithson or Andy Goldworthy – are now part of that very market.
Both street art und land art have a destructive and a constructive element. Street art started on a small scale and rose to prominence as urban art. Land art began as earth art with large earth movements and later shrunk in scale to become land art or environmental art.
In situ, street art and land art are in a state of unfinishedness; the context around both may change, but is not necessarily lost altogether. Even with land art, wind and weather can ensure that a piece of work remains invisible for years, like the flooded Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson. Street art and land art are like urban life or nature; both often decay quickly. The best-known German street artist, Barbara – who works in Heidelberg – photographs the process of burning a message in several
pictures. Barbara’s works are particularly short-lived; they are printed on paper and stuck on a suitable background – a less aggressive art form than graffiti, since the messages do not leave permanent marks on the location. Barbara addresses a general audience, not just the graffiti scene. She is a poet and political commentator rather than a vandal in the tradition of Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger.
Street art and land art do not fit readily into traditional definitions of artistic works. The art is usually documented, and the photos or videos are shared, while the original fades away. The performance aspect is important for both street art and land art. The content-related image motif is often less important than a spectacular location, such as a factory chimney in street art. The illegality and danger involved in its creation is an essential part of this art form.

Click scans to enlarge:

Freitag, 15. Juni 2018

Vortrag bei Informationssystem Graffiti in Deutschland (INGRID) Tagung in Karlsruhe

am 23.Juni 2018 halte ich einen Vortrag bei der Tagung/ demWorkshop des "Informationssystem Graffiti in Deutschland" (Kurz: Ingrid), der den Titel „Graffiti als Gegenstand der Forschung“  trägt. DAs Treffen findet am 22./23.06.2018 in Karlruhe am KIT statt.

Donnerstag, 14. Juni 2018

Book Lounge and lecture in Lisbon at Urban Creativity

I will speak at the 2018 SAUC conference in Lisbon this year again. My talk on "History of stencils as a history of Street Art From the 19th century to Banksy" will be on July 7th, and the book lounge of the conference proceedings of the Urban Art conference Ilaria Hoppe and me organized in 2016 will be there later that day.
 Download the open-source book incl. my introduction chapter from here.

 The conference runs 5-7 July.
See program here (click to enlarge) or full program on

Donnerstag, 8. März 2018

Presentation in Nice April 13, 2018

On April 13, 2018 I was invited to the University of Nice to give a presentation about the german Street Art scene since 1980.
Le 13 avril 2018, j'ai été invité à donner une présentation sur la scène allemande du Street Art depuis 1980 en Nice. Program as a PDF.

Here you can find a little snippet from a video documenting my talk in Nice.

Dienstag, 6. März 2018

My Street Art photo archive will be analyzed by Heidelberg University's FRONTIER-Project

Heidelberg University's FRONTIER-Project: Street Art "Street Art – Evaluating Urban Art with Computer-Based Methods" (Heidelberg University funded by the German Research Foundation DFG) will analyse my Street Art photo archive (since 2006).

From the website of the Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI) (The Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI) is an "Industry on Campus" project established in the context of the German excellence initiative jointly by the University of Heidelberg).

"As a cultural phenomenon of the twentieth and twenty-first century, street art has challenged traditional notions of art, because of its social-critical quality and general visual shape. In addition, it has also opened up new research in art history. Recent years have seen a notable increase in publications, which focus on street art and related terms, such as graffiti or urban art. However, analysis has remained restricted to what can be done manually.
The project studies street art with computer-based methods, allowing for an evaluation of thousands of images. We are interested in formal and semantic aspects of street artworks, their position in an urban setting and the recurrence of a motif over time and in different world-wide locations. It is our aim to determine the sphere of influence of certain street art motifs, trans-cultural reception processes and address questions regarding the relation between street art and traditional art. We also consider connections between street art and graffiti writing – both in terms of their spatial and visual relation. Lastly, the project also elaborates on the importance of digital possibilities for street art."

For further information see here and please contact:

Dr. Sabine Lang
Tel: 06221/5414811

Vortrag in Tübingen zu Banksys Sekundenbilddramen

Am 22. März 2018 halte ich an der Uni Tübingen um 19h einen Vortrag zu "Banksys Sekundenbilddramen – Hintergrund und Kontext" im Rahmen des Interdisziplinären Workshops von Lukas R.A. Wilde, Andreas Veits & Klaus Sachs-Hombach, das den Titel "Bild & Narrativität: Theorien, Zugänge, offene Fragen" trägt.

Universität Tübingen,
Raum 215, Brechtbau, Wilhelmstrasse 50

Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos. Um Anmeldung wird gebeten. Kontakt: Dr. Lukas Wilde/

Für Detailansicht bitte aufs Programm-Poster klicken:

Lecture on Street Art & Photography in Paris, March 9, 2018

On Friday March 9, 2018 I will speak at a study day in Paris (Centre Saint Charles - Ecole des Arts de la Sorbonne, 47 rue des Bergers, 75015 Paris) about Street Art and Photography.

Le vendredi 9 mars 2018, je parlerai lors d'une journée d'étude à Paris (Centre Saint Charles - Ecole des Arts de la Sorbonne, 47 rue des Bergers, 75015 Paris) sur le Street Art et la Photographie.

Here's the full program/ Voici le programme complet:

Matinée : 2e étage, aile verte salles 244 puis 250

9h30-10h : salle 244 (salle de l’ED), accueil des participants
10-12h : salle 250, quatre conférences

10h-10h20 : Christophe Genin (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, ED 279, Institut ACTE)
Dérives, parcours, trajectoires

Pouvoir prendre sa place. Comment le street art a-t-il pu prendre sa place en France ? A partir du concept d’interventionnisme urbain, d’exemples passés et présents, nous verrons comment le street art a pu passer du statut d’activité marginale à celui de pratique référentielle dans tous les domaines des arts plastiques et visuels.

10h20-10h40 : Edwige Comoy Fusaro (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, LIRCES E.A. 3159)
Madonna Maradona. Des murs et des mœurs napolitaines

Naples. À côté des niches enchâssant Vierges, Christs et saints populaires figurent de nouvelles icônes, produisant un syncrétisme sui generis. Les quartiers espagnols de Naples se distinguent des autres villes de la péninsule et des autres territoires parthénopéens par une porosité des polarités habituelles de sacré et profane, de public et privé, de highbrow et lowbrow. Aussi le genre du portrait, florissant dans le street art de toutes les scènes d’Italie et du monde, produit-il un récit qui, dans un pays dit « des cent clochers », dépourvu d’un « roman national » unitaire, est ici à la fois municipal et universel. L’analyse d’un échantillon limité d’icônes du street art napolitain contemporain permettra d’esquisser les contours d’une identité collective locale qui trouve dans ce vecteur expressif un système sémiotique idoine.

10h40-11h : discussion
11h-11h10 : pause

11h10-11h30 : Vittorio Parisi (doctorant ED 279 APESA)
Art des non-lieux. Art des lieux communs. Graffiti writing et street art entre artification et désartisation.

Véritables produits esthétiques des non-lieux urbains et suburbains, nés en tant qu'expressions marginales, spontanées et illégales, le graffiti writing et le street art se retrouvent aujourd'hui au centre des intérêts du monde de l'art et de l'industrie culturelle. Les concepts d'artification (Heinich-Shapiro)et de désartisation (Entkunstung, Adorno) nous fourniront, à travers l'étude de plusieurs cas de figure, une clé de lecture pour interpréter cette trajectoire des marges au centre.

11h30-11h-50 : Ulrich Blanché (université de Heidelberg, Institut für europaïsche Kunstgeschichte)
Street Art and Photography (communication en anglais)
All street art acteurs take photographs (Derwanz 2013). Photography can be inspiration for street artists. It can act as documentation for the artist, but also for fans, researchers, police, home-owners. Street art photography can function as process documentation, work documentation, documentation of decay and of interaction. In addition, every street art photography is a work interpretation and at the same time a work in its own right.

11h50-12h10 : discussion (français-english).

12h15-14h : pause déjeuner

Après-midi :  2e étage, aile verte, salle 251 puis 244

14h-18h : deux Tables rondes
14h-15h30 : Trajectoires d’artistes : Katre, Morèje, Nosbé, RCF1, Shaka
Les artistes exposés à la galerie Journiac viendront parler de leur parcours et de leurs principes artistiques
15h30-15h50 : questions et échanges
Modératrice : Camila Narduchi

15h50-16h : pause

16h-17h30 : Circonscriptions : Cyrille Gouyette (conservateur au musée du Louvre), Crystel Labasor (organisatrice du K-Live et du MACO), Olivier Landes (géographe urbaniste), Jacques Rivet (commissaire chez Artcurial, galeriste)
Divers professionnels des arts et de la culture nous permettront d’apprécier les multiples dimensions du street art, sa portée et son importance.
17h30-17h50 : questions et échanges
Modératrice et modérateur : Vittorio Parisi, Emna Sellami

18h-19h: salle 244 (salle de l’ED), pot de l’amitié.

Journée de l’ED réalisée avec l’aide des doctorantes et doctorants:
Mia Kempf : graphisme, communication print
Sofia Mavrogianni, communication web
Vittorio Parisi, contributeur et modérateur
Camila Narduchi, modératrice
Emna Sellami, modératrice