Graffiti and urban space in Istanbul

Sarıyıldız, Hatice Özlem
The aim of this study is to uncover and discuss the spaces appropriated by graffiti writers and to reveal out the possible resistances involved in the act throughout the writers’ motivations, characteristics, spaces they produce and all over process they are entering into together with the specifications of graffiti in Turkey. It demands to unfold the possibilities sheltered in everyday practices looking through graffiti and subsequently revealing out possibilities in graffiti looking through everyday life. It sees the urban space as a social product, which is incomplete without the tactics of the inhabitants and redefined as a result of appropriation. It looks through the history of graffiti, graffiti writers, their motivations and descriptions, working mechanism of the act, spaces chosen and their overall relations to power placed upon urban space in regard to its predescribed theoretical framework reaching out an integrated explanation on play/game theory and resistance it describes. It claims graffiti as a game of the juveniles acting in urban space as their playground.


Urban culture and space relations : \ Sakarya Caddesi as an entertainment space in Ankara
Yetkin, Sultan; Rittersberger Tılıç, Helga İda; Department of Sociology (2004)
The purpose of this thesis is to research the relation between spatial structures and social relations including the cultural ones. This study specifically researches the relation between the construction and the representation of urban space and urban culture in Sakarya Caddesi as an instance of society-space interaction. This research focuses on Sakarya Caddesi where various urban cultural practices such as entertainment, has intensified. It deals with the constitution and representation of this entertain...
Urban parasites : re-appropriation of interstitial spaces in architecture through the act of graffiti
Yıldırım, Senem; Balamir, Aydan; Department of Architecture (2013)
This thesis focuses on parasitic spaces as areas of re-appropriation displaying radical stands against sterility of urban environment.The aim is to search for the potential of the formation and spread of urban parasites in the city for a new method in designing architectural environment.Urban parasites are indicated in study as areas of individual intervention formed in interstitial spaces of city.They form alternative zones within the urban fabric that emerge from spatial and symbolic connection of individ...
Modernization and women inTunusia : an analysis through selected films
Coşkun, Çiçek; Akşit, Bahattin; Department of Middle East Studies (2006)
This study analyzes the representation of women and modernization in Tunisian society by looking at Tunisian films produced in Tunisia after 1980. Study aims to develop a new concept to understand modernization process of women in a non-western, Muslim, and North African society through representations in films. Women’s modernization process has been analyzed through the qualitative analyses of five Tunisian films by focusing on conceptualization of women issue as one of the main elements of Tunisian modern...
Autonomy of artistic field : the case study of İstanbul
Aydın, Ceren Can; Mücen, Barış; Department of Sociology (2013)
This thesis critically analyzes the dynamics wherein the artistic field- the art world per se possessing both 'glocal' and 'universal' attributes- has been constructed as an autonomous field within the discourses produced about art. The research focuses on some of the moments during which the field, as becoming an 'institution' inside the framework of modern state paradigm, has been imbricated and freed from social history by designating some of the fundamental arguments about its epistemological, historica...
Urban Negotiations And Art Tactics
O'Kelly, Mick (Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, 2011)
Urban Negotiations and Art Tactics are art strategies that find possibilities for art to engage in real life issues. Nomadic Kitchen is an interstitial transversal artwork that occupies a place between art and urban space. This work engages with issues of self-organization, in the process negotiating the urban environment with the residents of Vila Nova, a favela community in Sao Miguel Brazil. Vila Nova is in a process of regeneration but this does not sanitize the conflict of local conditions, it is withi...
Citation Formats
H. Ö. Sarıyıldız, “Graffiti and urban space in Istanbul,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2007.