Archive for November 27th, 2010

Arts in Society conference 2011

The sixth international Arts in Society conference will be held next May in… guess where?  Berlin!  I have submitted a proposal for a paper that will present a comparative study of political stickers from Berlin and New York City.

Here is my proposal:

For the last several years, sticker art in Berlin has dealt with issues that are highly political, such as national and trans-national identity, war and conflict, right-wing extremism, religious freedom, capitalism, gentrification, and surveillance.  In particular, “antifa” stickers from various anti-fascist organizations throughout Germany dot the city, covering most every imaginable surface of the built environment and addressing an elasticized range of topics.  Overarching themes include anti-authority, individual vs. State, solidarity, anarchy, and social and political autonomism.

Political stickers in NYC after the 9/11 terrorist attacks expressed scathing critiques of George W. Bush and his administration, U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the country’s never-ending need for oil.  With Barack Obama in office, political stickers like these have waned to a certain degree – something that is also due to municipal efforts to rid the city of graffiti.  Nowadays, stickers are often seen selling goods and services – from hip-hop music to skate decks, energy drinks, and clothing – undoubtedly reflecting America’s obsession with consumption and perhaps a flipped case of “the Man” stickin’ it back.  Most recently, political stickers in NYC comment upon national and global financial bailouts, Tea Party politics, and environmental issues.



Flickr Photos

November 2010