Visions of protest: graffiti

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Explore the contrasting perceptions of graffiti as art or vandalism in this free course. Learn about its origins, meanings, and different forms. Understand the impact of context and techniques on its effects and meaning. Discover how graffiti serves as a powerful form of communication and protest.

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This free course, Visions of protest: graffiti, introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of graffiti examples, including mystery zebras in Hackney, fish graffiti in Morecambe, ‘tags’ in a Milton Keynes underpass, a McDonald’s advert and exhibits at a highly established art gallery, the Tate Modern. Students will consider different arguments for and against the perception of graffiti as a form of art or as vandalism and explore how graffiti has been used as a form of communication and as an articulation of protest.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

Understand more clearly the complexity of the concept of ‘art’

Explain the origins and meanings of the concept of ‘graffiti’ and distinguish between different forms of graffiti

Have a clearer understanding of different attitudes to graffiti and different arguments used in debates related to graffiti

Have a clearer understanding of the impact particular contexts and techniques can have on the effects and meaning of graffiti

Have a clearer understanding of the use of graffiti as a form of communication, and in particular as a way of articulating protest.

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