Launch April 20 2019

The theme of Issue II — ELOQUENT VANDALS — is a provocative link to street art and urban culture’s delinquent roots and the “creative joy of destruction” – evidenced most recently in Banksy and Blu’s high profile acts of auto-iconoclasm, but also present in a plethora of quotidian, human scale, unsanctioned urban interventions. The rise of festival-sponsored neo-liberal muralism sits uneasily with these ungovernable forms of urban creativity. Issue II contains contributions that celebrate the work of street art’s eloquent vandals, and papers that critically examine attempts to cultivate, instrumentalise, commodify and ‘protect’ the art of the streets.