Article Number: 12534
Soft Cover, English, Glue Binding, 246 Pages, 2022, possible books
François Chastanet, Konstantina Drakopoulou, Argiro Papathanasiou, Julia Tulke, Orestis Pangalos, Vladimir Stekachyov, Andreas Dorn, Danny Flynn, Edwige Fusaro, Valeria Federici, Vittorio Parisi, Elena García Gayo, Theo Kindynis, Will Shank, Edward Birzin, Rafael Schacter, Gabriele Goffriller, Polly Lohmann, Pedro Soares, Norbert Kirbach, Jo Preußler, Jean-Baptiste Barra, Timothée Engasser, Tomasz Sikorski

TAG: name writing in public space

Editors: Edward Birzin, Javier Abarca & Matthias Hübner
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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. Informal name writing in public spaces is

a time-honored practice, probably as old as writing itself. In the last century, it has acquired unprecedented intensity and has become the central feature of several full-fledged folk cultures throughout the globe.

The most sophisticated of these cultures is the graffiti tradition that developed in the subways of New York City during the 1970s. By influence of this tradition, name writing is today generally referred to with the slang term “tagging”.

The Tag Conference provided a space for discussion about tagging, about its nature, its meaning and its history, and about the diverse tagging traditions and cultures that exist and have existed.