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Repeat After Me! Choreographic Performances of Writers and Graffiti Removers

Abstract : Although graffiti writing has been analyzed from different perspectives for fifty years, and the politics of graffiti removal are of a growing interest, the entangled practices of graffiti writers and buffers' interventions are still understudied. By considering their actual gestures in front of building façades, this text emphasizes the similarities of practices solely seen as antagonistic. Drawing on Deleuze's masterful work about repetition and difference, it notably points out the sensitive, attentional, and technical common features of graffiti writers and buffers, the choreographic dynamics at the core of their gestural performances, and the layered aesthetic rhythm resulting from their intertwined actions. Whether they take the form of a soothed dialogue moved by a shared experience, a trench warfare in performances, or an intense unintended collaboration, the relationships between graffiti writers and their buffers appear to be driven by the transformative principle of repetition.
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Contributor : David Pontille Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Thursday, December 24, 2020 - 11:27:06 AM
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David Pontille. Repeat After Me! Choreographic Performances of Writers and Graffiti Removers. 2020. ⟨halshs-03087743⟩



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