Graffiti, street art, crime and creative cities


Producer : Dallas Rogers

GRAFFITI, STREET ART, CRIME AND CREATIVE CITIES

What is the difference between graffiti and street art? Is one artistic form a crime and the other a reputable creative practice?

Emerging in North America in the 1960s, graffiti crossed the Pacific with hip-hop and break dancing in the 1980s.

Australian governments have long classified graffiti as a form of vandalism. Many cities have adopted tough legal measures to deter graffiti artists from tagging walls and trains.

The city of Hobart recently “declared a war” on graffiti. But other cities have begun to value and promote another form of public artistic practice, street art – effectively a legal form of graffiti.

We talk to Cameron McAuliffe about the new cultural and economic value of street art, and how many of the older graffiti artists have transitioned to street art to capitalise on the idea of the creative city.

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Dr Cameron McAuliffe is a Lecturer in Human Geography and Urban Studies. He researchers the relationship between graffiti and street art, and the value of these art forms to the economies of our cities.

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