23 Nov '11, 7am

Graffiti as performance art in order-conscious Singapore

Graffiti art adorns the walls of dblOdance club at Queen Street. The perception in Singapore that graffiti is nothing more than vandalism by wayward youth is changing, thanks in part to art festivals. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER (REUTERS) - In an industrial park near Singapore's harbour, a group of people spray-paint a wall with the bright colours and rebellious swirls of graffiti. Under other circumstances, their action would lead to prompt arrest. But the 'taggers' are artists taking part in a performance highlighting the urban art form. Graffiti is seriously frowned upon in Singapore. Last year, a Swiss man was jailed and caned for vandalism after he spray-painted a subway train. But the perception in the city-state that graffiti is nothing more than vandalism by wayward youth is changing, thanks in part to art festivals like the one at the industrial estate, part of the Vo...

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