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The “black-and-white mural” in Polytechneio : Meaning-making, Materiality, and Heritagization of Contemporary Street Art in Athens

Stampoulidis, Georgios LU ; Bitouni, Tina and Xyntarianos-Tsiropinas, Paris (2018) Lisbon Street Art & Urban Creativity International Conference 2018 In Street Art & Urban Creativity Scientific Journal 4(2). p.54-65
Abstract
The campus of the National Metsovian Polytechnic in central Athens has been a signi cant cornerstone in the socio-political landscape of the city. Within the history of modern Greece, Polytechneio is regarded as a symbol of resistance against the Greek military dictatorship (junta) in 1973. In March 2015 and during times of austerity politics, the west façades of the Polytechneio were covered by a “black-and-white mural” (Tziovas 2017: 45). This paper examines how and why this black-and-white mural has been discussed often controversially from di erent kinds of recipients, leading to an ardent public debate within Greek society from a cross disciplinary point of view: 1) semiotics, 2) design, and 3) cultural studies. For our analysis, we... (More)
The campus of the National Metsovian Polytechnic in central Athens has been a signi cant cornerstone in the socio-political landscape of the city. Within the history of modern Greece, Polytechneio is regarded as a symbol of resistance against the Greek military dictatorship (junta) in 1973. In March 2015 and during times of austerity politics, the west façades of the Polytechneio were covered by a “black-and-white mural” (Tziovas 2017: 45). This paper examines how and why this black-and-white mural has been discussed often controversially from di erent kinds of recipients, leading to an ardent public debate within Greek society from a cross disciplinary point of view: 1) semiotics, 2) design, and 3) cultural studies. For our analysis, we use data from primary and secondary sources. Primary data sources include photographic documentation of the eld. Secondary data sources include photographic material and newspaper articles circulated online, as well as, relevant academic literature.
First, we examine how this mural was integrated into the constructions and intersubjective experiences of public space from the perspective of semiotization of space. Second, we discuss the practicalities involved for the ful lment of this mural from the perspective of design-scope. And third, we advance the discussion around the issues of cultural preservation and heritagization of street art and gra ti. Our goal in this paper is to avoid binary interpretations, and instead, to induce in an intermediary way the signi cance of public dialogue, which this mural achieved to trigger. (Less)
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Semiotics, design, cultural studies, Athens crisis, street art
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Street Art & Urban Creativity Scientific Journal
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4
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2
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54 - 65
publisher
Urban Creativity
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Lisbon Street Art & Urban Creativity International Conference 2018
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Lisbon, Portugal
conference dates
2018-07-05 - 2018-07-07
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2183-3869
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English
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  abstract     = {The campus of the National Metsovian Polytechnic in central Athens has been a signi cant cornerstone in the socio-political landscape of the city. Within the history of modern Greece, Polytechneio is regarded as a symbol of resistance against the Greek military dictatorship (junta) in 1973. In March 2015 and during times of austerity politics, the west façades of the Polytechneio were covered by a “black-and-white mural” (Tziovas 2017: 45). This paper examines how and why this black-and-white mural has been discussed often controversially from di erent kinds of recipients, leading to an ardent public debate within Greek society from a cross disciplinary point of view: 1) semiotics, 2) design, and 3) cultural studies. For our analysis, we use data from primary and secondary sources. Primary data sources include photographic documentation of the  eld. Secondary data sources include photographic material and newspaper articles circulated online, as well as, relevant academic literature.<br/>First, we examine how this mural was integrated into the constructions and intersubjective experiences of public space from the perspective of semiotization of space. Second, we discuss the practicalities involved for the ful lment of this mural from the perspective of design-scope. And third, we advance the discussion around the issues of cultural preservation and heritagization of street art and gra ti. Our goal in this paper is to avoid binary interpretations, and instead, to induce in an intermediary way the signi cance of public dialogue, which this mural achieved to trigger.},
  author       = {Stampoulidis, Georgios and Bitouni, Tina and Xyntarianos-Tsiropinas, Paris },
  issn         = {2183-3869},
  keyword      = {Semiotics,design,cultural studies,Athens crisis,street art},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Lisbon, Portugal},
  month        = {12},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {54--65},
  publisher    = {Urban Creativity},
  series       = {Street Art & Urban Creativity Scientific Journal},
  title        = {The “black-and-white mural” in Polytechneio : Meaning-making, Materiality, and Heritagization of Contemporary Street Art in Athens},
  volume       = {4},
  year         = {2018},
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