Maker Faire

Graffiti Research Lab: Geek Mural

Type: Maker Table/Exhibit
Program Area: Arts

Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday

Location: Fiesta Hall

The Geek School Bus Mural will demonstrate that state-of-the-art in graffiti technologies developed by The G.R.L. for urban communication and expression. The Geek Mural will be created during the conference by agents of the G.R.L in collaboration with G.R.L. workshop participants and other interested faire spectators on a walk-up basis.

During the two-day event, members of the Graffiti Research Lab will create a geek graffiti mural consisting of a number of G.R.L. developed technologies, including the electro-graph, LED throwies, the night writer, postal label circuit stickers and even animated graffiti. These works will be combined with workshop participant created electro-grafs and throwies to create the final collaborative Geek Mural on the side of an old school bus. The Geek Mural will demonstrate DIY applications for conductive spray-paint, magnet paint, rare-earth magnets, LED arrays, custom electronics and even mechanically generated power. Participants in the G.R.L. workshops and interested fair attendees will be encouraged to create their own techno-graffiti-tag and contribute to the mural.

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The Graffiti Research Lab - The Graffiti Research Lab is dedicated to outfitting graffiti writers, artist and protestors with open source technologies for urban communication. The goal of the G.R.L. is to technologically empower individuals to creatively alter and reclaim their surroundings from corporate visual culture in a time of aggressive, paramilitary policing tactics. G.R.L. agents are currently working in the lab and in the field to develop and test a range of experimental technologies for the state-of-the-art graffiti writer. G.R.L. projects, like LED throwies, the electro-graf and the night writer, have been featured in print publications like the Village Voice and on the web at sites like Make Blog, BoingBoing, Wired News, MSNCB and the Wooster Collective.