If you start seeing a lot of blue underlined tags around town, you might be witnessing a new “art form” that combines ol’ skool tagging with wireless tech. Grafedia is a project of King Geek John Geraci at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. His creation lets you combine online images with real world tags for a new kind of “aerosol art” exprerience.
“Hold on, I don’t get it,” you say. Okay, here’s how its explained on the Grafedia website “Grafedia is hyperlinked text, written by hand onto physical surfaces and linking to rich media content – images, video, sound files, and so forth. It can be written anywhere – on walls, in the streets, or on sidewalks.” (Sounds like an encouragement to tag to me. RP)
“Grafedia can also be written in letters or postcards, (Okay, that sounds a lot more legal. RP) on the body as tattoos, or anywhere you feel like putting it (hmm?). Viewers “click” on these grafedia hyperlinks with their cell phones by sending a message addressed to the word + “@grafedia.net” to get the content behind the link.” Eat you heart out Barry McGee my cellphone is my spray can.