TAG: Name Writing In Public Space

A Conference about Tagging, in History and Today
14 & 15 September 2017
JFK Institute, Freie Universität

Written signatures, or tags, are the central element of graffiti culture, and the most widely practiced form of public art. Yet tagging has rarely been the subject of serious examination. The Tag Conference is a first attempt to conceptually frame contemporary tagging, and to study it alongside its abundant but largely ignored historical antecedents.

The Tag Conference provides space for the discussion of a wide range of underexplored topics, such as the study of tagging as a form of calligraphy, tagging’s role as a device for understanding the environment, the history and folklore of past and present tagging cultures, and the relation of tagging with other forms of art in public space.

Although the Tag Conference is an academic event, it welcomes the participation of non-scholars, and will consider any alternative presentational format such as panel debates, artist discussions or video screenings.

In addition to the open call, Tag will present a complete programme of lectures by invited speakers.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Call for papers deadline May 31st
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