Graffiti Research Lab
Street artists are increasingly turning to non-destructive, paint-free forms of graffiti to make a point without permanently defacing property. Their urban pranks and social protests engage mobile gadgets, open-source software, and online social networking. They blend aesthetics from the hip-hop, punk, and do-it-yourself arts and crafts movements to convey messages from the silly to the politically provocative. Free speech, environmentalism, and anti-war messages are common themes.
Artists with the Graffiti Research Lab play laser tag by scribbling with light beams . Targets have included the Roman Coliseum (shown here) and . For the projects, they use a camera, a laptop with open-source software, a projector, and a green laser. Equipment for the mobile, interactive laser shows can be mounted in a camper or car, or on a bicycle.
The summer tour of Graffiti Research Lab, an offshoot of the nonprofit Eyebeam arts center, is working on a new laser tag technology dubbed Green Lantern that can project images on the scale of Batman's bat signal.
July 22, 2008 1:35 PM PDT
Photo by: Graffiti Research Lab
| Caption by: Elsa Wenzel
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