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."
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Dr. Sabine Lang