The Virtual Graffiti Project03/02/2014 Written by Todd Hopkins
To the Zone-H community:
I’m a specialist in graffiti, one of the oldest and most interesting forms of human expression.
As a researcher at a major North American University, I’ve been carefully following the most recent development in the long history of graffiti: the move to the digital environment and the rise of what I call Virtual Graffiti – my name for the work you do and for what is preserved here at Zone-H.
I’m interviewing virtual graffiti artists as part of The Virtual Graffiti Project, an exhibition that I’m putting together with some friends and colleagues, to introduce virtual graffiti to the broader world. I work on Skype or Gmail chat, and record interviews on a digital recorder, carefully protecting the anonymity of my sources (see below).
In the exhibition and accompanying book, I want to highlight the interesting works of virtual graffiti I’ve discovered, as well as comments from the artists, to introduce both to the world, and establish links between them and the ‘traditional’ graffiti we find in the ‘real’ world.
The project has been approved by my university – which will guarantee the confidentiality of our interview. I provide all participants with a formal letter outlining the measures taken to guarantee the privacy and confidentiality of everything discussed over the course of the interview.
I speak English and French (and some Spanish), but have access to interpreters in most other languages.
If you’re interested in discussing your work with me, or if you have any questions, please contact me at this email address: Virtual.firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to hear from you!