Guest post by Trudy Milburn: Intercultural Visual Communication.
In February 2015 I had the opportunity to travel to Italy with my family and friends. The first day in Milan, my friend Bethany remarked that she was surprised there was so much graffiti in the city. As in many cities, Milan, Bologna and Rome have their share of writing-on-walls. What my friend didn’t see initially was any potentially positive purpose behind the act. She merely thought of it as defacing beautiful old buildings. Rather than simply viewing the writing as criminal, we could think of wall writing as existing in “rhizomatic space” (Nandrea 1999 referencing Deleuze and Guattari), where “inscriptions can begin and end anywhere, can proceed unpredictably in any direction, can form surprising juxtapositions, layerings, and diagonal relations” (p. 111).