The secret code of the city

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September 23, 2013 by karamcaulay

My first foray into the alleys of Toronto (with my camera) got me thinking about McLuhan’s famous saying “the medium is the message.” Although we live in a digital era, cityscapes are still the medium of choice for some artists.

Graffiti Montage

Kara McAulay Toronto Graffiti Montage

How does this particular medium affect society? Maybe that question can be answered if we first answer the ones posed by Aldous Huxley in the early 20th century:

Does art hold up the mirror to its period? Or does every period hold up the mirror to its art?

Maybe my posting of this graffiti montage on a social platform makes it digitized and shareable, but the message remains the same: graffiti is intended to be a clandestine, anti-authoritarian and subversive art form – this the internet cannot change.

So, I conclude, even in the midst of evolving technology, the writing on the wall will remain as part of our modern urban culture – the secret code of the city.

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