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Branding the Street: New Directions in Graffiti Art

'Brandalism' was first popularised by the graffiti artist Banksy, when he used it to describe his 2003 exhibition in London.

A conflation of 'brand' and 'vandalism', - it means the defacement of public buildings and spaces by corporate ads and logos. Paradoxically, it could also be used to describe recent street art. Fluent in branding and graphic iconography, today's graffiti artists have been replacing tags with more personal signs. Are today's graffiti 'logos' in fact anti-corporate logos? Or do they work on more ancient principles, communicating to us like geoglyphic symbols?

Speakers: Tristan Manco, author of Street Logos; graffiti artists The Toasters, Brad Downey and D*Face; and Patrick Burgoyne, editor of Creative Review.

This event will be supported by 3 short films:

  • The UK premiere of Public Discourse (Brad Downey and Quenell Jones, 2003, 45 mins) which explores the New York street art of Darius and Downey, Faile, Shepard Fairy aka Obey, and Swoon, among others
  • Acces(s) (Eko, 2003, 7 mins)
  • NEXT, a Primer on Urban Painting (Pablo Aravena, 2004, trailer).

£12, £10 Concs. £9 ICA Members

Cinema 1


Tristan Manco | talks
The Toasters | talks
Patrick Burgoyne | talks


Date and Time:

15 April 2004 at 8:00 pm





Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
The Mall
+44 20 79 30 36 47

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