Listen to the Walls Talking
A Graffiti Project
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The idea is to 'listen' to the graffiti talk around us (on our walls, doors, desks, chairs, floors, T-shirts, schoolbags, etc.), and to record and share interesting finds.
If other interested teachers, students, people spread across the cyberspace respond by posting graffiti photos and related info, this could turn into a nice project of the wall/s/talking in our schools, streets, towns, countries, world. Sketches, squiggles, doodles and other more sophisticated street art around us is the part of public spaces usually walked by, unnoticed by most people.
Collecting graffiti from our walls, desks chairs and sharing them could provide us with a picturesque collection of expressions of wisdom/boredom/enthusiasm/dissatisfaction etc. from different places. This could perhaps be revealing in quite unexpected ways and could provide us with many interesting possibilities for further interpretations, explorations and manipulations.
This project was started by Saša Sirk who then discovered Carla had been thinking along the same lines months earlier. The project is open to anyone interested, and will run for as long as there is interest. Anyone is invited to join in (individuals, teachers, classes, students...) and/or help spread the word. The project wiki is here.
Joining the project
So... are there any graffiti out there around you that you like, messages that you perhaps find meaningful or simply want to share? Do you have a cellphone with a camera or a camera to take the photo? Want to join in?
1. Take a photo of your graffitti,
- Posted by: (your name)
- Graffitti message: (write out the message as seen)
- Date: (e.g. March 09),
- Place: (e.g. street wall)
- Town: (e.g.Nova Gorica)
- Country: (e.g. Slovenia)
- Translation in English (if applicable) and/or comment why you find the message meaningful/worth sharing
3. Upload your photos and related information here or send it to the Walls Talking Flickr group and have a look at what others have contributed here or in the Flickr group. The simple to use form for uploading graffiti photos was added to the project site, because we wanted everybody to be able to join in, also wall stalkers who are not flickr users. The collected photos by non-flickr users are then added (licensed, tagged and credited) to wallstalking.org flickr photo stream and in the Walls Talking Flickr group.
Flickr users are invited to post the photo to the Flickr under cc attribution-noncommercial-sharealike license, tag it wallstalking (and other relevant tags) add the graffiti info in the photo description section (see example here), join the Walls Talking Flickr group and send the photo to the group (by clicking the 'send to group' option just above your photo).
Another option for non-flickr users is to send the photo to time70house AT photos DOT flickr DOT com - this way it will be included in the wallstalking.org photo stream, licensed 'cc attribution noncommercial sharealike' and tagged 'wallstalking'. Don't forget to include the above Graffiti info in the body of your message so you are given proper credit. You may want to consider signing up for flickr, it's a great photo sharing site and the basic account is free.
Please refrain from posting offensive materials.
Everyone is welcome to join in and/or help spread the word - the more the merrier ;-). You are also welcome to request access to the project wiki so you can add your name and page there.