Materialized visual practices in the public urban space

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Wednesday, 17. April

19.00 Reception at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne

We will show the documentary: Bomb it 2 by Jon Reiss


Thursday, 18. April

08.30 Arrival and Inscription

09.00 Welcome Address: Barbara Potthast and Dietrich Boschung

Grafficity - Beyond disciplinary and geographical borders

09.15 Introduction: Larissa Förster and Eva Youkhana (Morphomata and Research Network on Latin America)

GraffiCity: An interdisciplinary cooperative effort to approach materialized visual (sub)cultures in urban settings

09.45 Joaquin Barriendos Rodriguez (Columbia University)

Public art and urban imaginaries

Grafficity as cultural resistance - Social movements and citizenship in Latin America and beyond

Moderation: Larissa Förster

11.00 Allan Gretzki (Bauhaus University Weimar)

Graffiti and culture jamming as urban protest

11.45 Tereza Ventura (IUPERJ, University of Rio de Janeiro)

Graffiti and social inclusion in Brazil

14.00 Karoline Noack (University of Bonn)

‘Urban Art’ as political practice in Lima

14.45 Mona Abaza (American University in Cairo)

‘Urban Art’ in recent political protests—the case of Egypt

16.15 Tobias Schwarz

Comments and introduction on articulations of belonging and the bargaining of power relations in privatized public spaces


Friday, 19. April

Grafficity and visual cultural practices in the course of history

Moderation: Sarah Albiez-Wieck

09.00 Martin Langner (University of Cologne)

Ancient street signs, posters and graffiti—walls as means of urban communication in Pompei and beyond

9.45 Christiane Clados (Independent Researcher)

Pre-hispanic graffiti and social organization in Peru

11.00 Lutz Hieber (University of Hannover)

Origins of graffiti: Human basic need or modern concept of artistic resistance?

11.45 Moderated discussion

Grafficity - culture, consumption and controll

Moderation: Marc-André Grebe

14.00 Olaf Kaltmeier (University of Bielefeld)

Urban cultural politics and the (ethnic) image of the city: inter-american perspectives

14.45 Javier Abarca (University Complutense of Madrid)

Graffity in the course of city branding and gentrification processes—

the case of Spain

16.00 Sascha Schierz (University of Vechta)

Graffity and criminalisation in Europe

16.45 Moderated discussion on graffiti, processes of commercialization and criminalization

17.30 Official end of the conference




International Conference by the Research Network on Latin America and Morphomata, Center for Advanced Studies

Venue: Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Weyertal 59 (Back building), 50937 Köln, Germany

Concept: Larissa Förster and Eva Youkhana

Contact: Larissa Förster ( and Eva Youkhana (


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