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Battlefield or gallery?: A comparative analysis of contemporary mark-making practices in Sydney, Australia

Crisp, Andrew; Clarke, Anne; Frederick, Ursula

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In this paper we present an analysis of the differences and similarities in the spatial distribution of graffiti in two Sydney suburbs: Newtown and Miranda. The research examines the extent to which factors of surveillance, location and legislation affect the range, production and spatial distribution of graffiti. Through the application of conventional archaeological field methods to the contemporary landscape this study has shown how an archaeological approach can test, and thereby validate...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCrisp, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorClarke, Anne
dc.contributor.authorFrederick, Ursula
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:18:48Z
dc.identifier.issn0312-2417
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/18999
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we present an analysis of the differences and similarities in the spatial distribution of graffiti in two Sydney suburbs: Newtown and Miranda. The research examines the extent to which factors of surveillance, location and legislation affect the range, production and spatial distribution of graffiti. Through the application of conventional archaeological field methods to the contemporary landscape this study has shown how an archaeological approach can test, and thereby validate or refute, general assumptions and proposals generated through other disciplinary frameworks. Results show that the amount of graffiti across the landscape does not follow the simple distinction whereby high visibility locations have low amounts of graffiti, while secluded locations have high amounts. Rather, within each landscape, the intricate interactions of human intention, graffiti policy and the characteristics of the built environment differentially shape graffiti distribution. Furthermore, this study shows that the influence of local community approaches to graffiti management on the typology and distribution of graffiti cannot be underestimated.
dc.publisherAustralian Archaeology Association
dc.sourceAustralian Archaeology
dc.titleBattlefield or gallery?: A comparative analysis of contemporary mark-making practices in Sydney, Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume78
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor190203 - Electronic Media Art
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4793941xPUB6
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationCrisp, Andrew, The University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationClarke, Anne, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationFrederick, Ursula, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2014
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage84
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage92
local.identifier.doi/10.1080/03122417.2014.11682003
dc.date.updated2020-11-08T07:23:19Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84904823988
local.identifier.thomsonID000338087500012
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