Nuart Journal – Number 4


“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.”

When FREEDOM, the fourth issue of Nuart Journal was published in 2020, the editors as well as the contributing authors of course did not knew that global restrictions of freedom in any imaginable way would follow a few weeks later. So although the main topic is freedom, it is defined slightly different as you might expect in the first place. As stated on the Nuart website the content this time does “critically address ideas related to freedom, democracy and our right to public space – freedom of artistic expression, freedom of movement, freedom from harassment, violence and arrest.“

Just like the previous issues the Journal functions as a open forum for scientific articles, essays and analyzes separated into three main chapters on almost 140 pages: Visual/Experimental, Original Articles and Interviews/Talks/Books. The contributions this time cover topics like the closing of the legendary 5Pointz hall of fame in New York and its aftermath, Graffiti and Street Art on Instagram, the works of Gigo Propaganda or Trainspotting in Helsinki.

I. Visual/Experimental

  • Roxana & Pablo Allison – Operation Jurassic
  • Oсколки / Oskolki – „HE“ / „NO“
  • Alex Stone, Vanessa Onwumezi & Martin Wakefield – Intervention on the Underground
  • Julien de Casabianca – Sex Against the Wall
  • Jonna Tolonen – Paint Like a Girl! Street Interventions Fighting Against Sexual Harassment in Greece And Spain
  • Anneke Coppoolse, Chan Ka Man & Yu Wing Ching – Contested Canvas
  • Cybèle Andrei – I Am the Revolution

II. Original Articles

  • Enrico Bonadio & Olivia Jean-Baptiste – Another Win for 5Pointz: Destroying Street Art and Graffiti Does Not Always Pay Off
  • Malin Fransberg – Spotting Trains: An Ethnography of Subcultural Media Practices Among Graffiti Writers in Helsinki
  • Amy Melia – Urban Gentrification and ‘Non-Artist’ Agency: Towards a Working-Class Turn in Anti-Gentrification Art Projects
  • Katja Glaser – Gigo Propaganda: Framing and Reframing

III. Interviews/Talks/Books

  • Danielle Karam – Beirut Street Art: Painting a Revolution Against Walls
  • Lachlan MacDowall – Snitches, Glitches, and Untold Riches: graffiti and street art on Instagram
  • Political Stencil Crew, Athens – 5 Years of Action
  • Looking for Creativity in Everyday Life – Martha Cooper and Selina Miles in Conversation with Evan Pricco

138 pages, 21 x 28 cm, Softcover
Language: English
Release date: 2020
Publisher: Nuart Journal

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