The first Tag Conference took place last fall in Berlin. In an unprecedented event, scholars and specialists from all over the world gathered to explore name writing, or tagging – undoubtedly the most widely practiced form of public art. The conference was an all-round success in terms of the number of applications, quality of contributions and attendance. See the full program here. A proceedings volume is in the works and will be published this year by Possible Books.
The Tag Conference showed there is a growing body of research being produced around name writing, but its two days of lectures barely scratched the surface of this largely underexplored field. This is why we are happy to announce the second Tag Conference for this winter in Amsterdam, a new opportunity to conceptually frame contemporary tagging and to study it alongside its abundant historical antecedents.
The conference once again provides space for the discussion of a wide range of topics, such as the study of tagging as a form of calligraphy, tagging’s role as a device for understanding the environment, the history and folklore of past and present tagging cultures, and the relation of tagging with other forms of graphic communication in public space.
On the days directly after the conference, and also in Amsterdam, the same team behind Tag welcomes you to the Unlock Book Fair, the fair for graffiti and street art publications.
A conference about tagging, in history and today
6 & 7 December 2018
Pakhuis de Zwijger and Broedplaats LELY