Submissions/The Graffiti of The Arab Spring as Visual Mass Communication in Egypt

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After careful consideration, the programme committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2013 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no.
3007
Subject no.
O
Title of the submission

The Graffiti of The Arab Spring as Visual Mass Communication in Egypt.

Type of submission

Presentation

Author of the submission

Nessma Elaassar

Country of origin

Italy-Egypt

Affiliation
E-mail address

peachcoconut@gmail.com

Username

Nessma Elaassar

Personal homepage or blog
http://www.facebook.com/nessma.elaassar
Abstract

"Graffiti writing breaks the hegemonic hold of corporate/governmental style over the urban environment and the situations of daily life. As a form of aesthetic sabotage, it interrupts the pleasant, efficient uniformity of "planned" urban space and predictable urban living. For the writers, graffiti disrupts the lived experience of mass culture, the passivity of mediated consumption." - Jeff Ferrell, Crimes of Style.

In Egypt and in all the Arab Countries, The Graffiti Art seems to be the only triumph of the Arab Spring...

Detailed proposal

In the case of the “Arab Spring”, Graffiti are deeply Mass Communication/Cultural Frustration and Individual Expression of a very hard historic and political situation. As technological developments have globalized modern graffiti culture, it is used to empower the Arab Spring. The hundreds graffiti made in Egypt during these last two years are the expression of the rebellious spirit of middle class youths and the unhappiness of millions of human beings.

1.The presentation would like to show and talk and spread about the phenomen as the story of the Egyptian street during and beyond the revolution. And this will be possible only with the help made by many artists and photographers that preserved with their photos many images of the arab Spring Graffiti. One of the most important book on the subject is "Wall Talk" by Sherif Boraie, contains more than 600 pictures.

2.The presentation would like to explain the history and the art history during this period in the Middle East, trying to answer to these questions: Are Arab graffiti a form of art or an act of vandalism?; Do they have social meaning? Is cultural education the password for Arab graffiti to gain more ground?; Does the whole phenomen concern the global tribe?


Track
WikiCulture and Community
Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
Language of presentation/talk
English
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Comments

  • What this has to do with Wikimedia or one of all Wikimedia projects? Only to be an interesting theme can't be a cause to be held at a Wikimania. Marcus Cyron (talk) 22:35, 30 April 2013 (UTC)