Viral Art: How the internet has shaped street art and graffiti, a new ebook by Vandalog editor-in-chief and college senior RJ Rushmore launched today. The entirety of Viral Art is now available to read for free at ViralArt.net and downloadable for free in PDF and EPUB formats here.
Viral Art traces how the histories of street art and graffiti have been shaped by communication technologies, from trading photos by hand to publishing books to sharing photos online. It’s the most comprehensive look to date at what the internet has done for street art and graffiti. Conceptualizing the internet as a public space, RJ concludes by arguing that the future of street art and graffiti may lie in digital interventions.
In researching for this project, RJ interviewed over 50 members of the street art and graffiti communities. In Viral Art, you’ll find brand new interviews, quotes and anecdotes from Banksy, Shepard Fairey, KATSU, Poster Boy, Ron English, Martha Cooper and many more. The cover of Viral Art is an animated GIF by General Howe, featuring artwork by Diego Bergia and Jay Edlin as well as photographs by RJ Rushmore and Martha Cooper.