The subject of Mariette Papic's essay, included in the first catalog from Pantheon Projects, is the intersection of analog and digital experience in public space art. Charting the culture of graffiti art and the explosion of street art within the frame of an increasingly urban society, Mariette frames the lasting problems and possibilities of censorship and voice. Linking the tagger to the hacker and identifying both as indicators of public health she moves through a "Multi-dimensional here and now" with its roots in basic human expression as seen throughout the ages. Her final call is to recognition of alternative voice as a necessary component to to the healthy development of Cyberspace streets as well as to those existing in the bricks and mortar world.
Mariette gives an overview of the book:
"The ache for self-expression links the tagger to the hacker, not because they are in practice so similar, but because they function within society as an active, oppositional and viral subculture. Depending on how this subculture is dealth with, in part, determines either its virulence or positive potential...A unifying element comes from the very nature of the streets as thoroughfare, exchange and forum."
A writer and photographer and accidental technologist, Mariette's work includes deeply personal poetic stylings to outlier theories on consciousness and technologies. Her focus is on the modern experience of voice via graffiti, the Internet and the politics of culture....