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Kate Peters

MA Communication Design

My research investigates Panopticism and the way in which we view each other in our contemporary environment. I have considered the way in which disciplinary mechanisms and the civil code operate within our society to direct and moderate our mediated existence with the societal backdrop in which we operate.

My work focuses on communication within the subculture of the graffiti writer in Norwich, from the perspective as observer and as member of the public. It draws on the illegality and mistrust that exist and explores tag writing images from the street and references contemporary street artists such as Basquiat and Fairey whose work is relevant and supports my line of enquiry. The aim to document, archive and appropriate these visual artefacts questions the notion that there is value in every genre – and, if viewed in a different light, with intelligence and understanding, can bring something positive to cultural diversity and experience. This project culminates in a visual taxonomy and legal response.

Graphics

– Work by Kate Peters

Books

– Positively illegal, a taxonomy of graffiti tag writing in Norwich

Graphics

– Work by Kate Peters