Nuart Journal – Number 1


“Nuart Journal is a forum for critical commentary on urban art, defined as broadly as possible to include all aspects of both independently sanctioned and unsanctioned art in public space that does not fall under the general rubric of traditional public art practice. Nuart Journal includes traditional peer-reviewed academic papers as well as more experimental modes of research. It is a site for scholars, artists, curators and independent researchers to publish articles, conversations, reviews, projects, and opinion pieces on street art and related topics.”

Current critical and academic debates on graffiti can occasionally be found in magazines and more frequently in books from the scene, usually framed by traditional content of these kind of publications: a whole lot of photos. For example with the German “Zugriff” magazine the shift from focusing on photographic content to high-quality scientific articles was successfully made first in 2013.

Just like the mentioned forerunner, the new Nuart Journal from Norway does not exclusively pay attention to graffiti, but does also include urban art, street art and other similar art forms as its main topic. On 112 pages the 2018 Journal functions as a peer-reviewed forum to publish texts, essays, theories, etc. from international authors often with an academic background. The first issue is separated into three main parts:

I. Original Articles

  • Christel Pedersen – Subversive weeds: Bio-activist strategies in urban interventions
  • Enrico Bonadio – Street art, graffiti and the moral right of integrity: Can artists oppose the destruction and removal of their works?
  • Ulrich Blanché – Street art and photography: Documentation, representation, interpretation
  • Susan Hansen – Heritage protection for street art? The case of Banksy’s Spybooth

II. Experimental and Visual Essays

  • Lachlan MacDowell: From Peterhof Station to Crescenzago: Agit-Trains and Grifter’s Code
  • Raphael Soifer: Blunting broken windows: Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic dreams
  • Jonna Tolonen: Unexpected beauty in urban decay
  • Oleg Kuznetsov: Kurskaya Wall

III. Interviews and Talks

  • Jan Zahl – Aesthetic destruction: At home with Ian Strange
  • Alison Young – Art in the streets: Place, genre and encounter
  • Adrian Burnham – Sticking it to the Man: The visual activism of Dr. D
  • Pietro Rivasi and Andrea Baldini – Turning the white cube inside out
  • Nicolas Whybrow – The future of art is urban

112 pages, 21 x 28 cm, special staple binding with two different papers
Language: English
Release date: December 2018
Publisher: Nuart Journal

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