Research Project

For years, our in-house research team has been probing into the art and technology industries, including the realms of artists, galleries, museums, art media, art prizes and art fairs; as well as blockchain technology and how it will change the world radically.

 Image: MCA Denver,  Cleon Peterson

Image: MCA Denver, Cleon Peterson

Street art & millennial culture

From the street art that transforms local communities and inspires free spirits, to the fashion crossovers that marry luxurious handcrafts to bold manifestoes, the chemistry between street art and millennial culture is becoming a reflexive mirror of our society. Street artists are leading us to coil the complicated daily happenings into an active inquisition towards our inner selves.

The Baudelairian flaneurs can be surprised by how the creative individuals today interact with the urban landscape and cast their influence massively. The Street Art and Millennial Culture project will bring together a group of thinkers to this devoted and ongoing research. The research will come in a series of publications, symposiums, and social events. 


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Street Art
Research Committee


Teresa Lousa

Teresa Lousa is currently Fine Arts faculty in the University of Lisbon. Lousa gained her Ph.D. in Art and Heritage Sciences and M.A. in Theories of Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. Her scientific interests are Aesthetics, Theories of Art / Art Sciences, Portuguese and Ibero-American Philosophy and Culture, History of Contemporary Portuguese Art, Street Art, Art Critics, Philosophy of Art. Various articles published in Revista da FBAUL Arte Teoria, na Revista espanhola A Parte Rei e na Online Magazine Casal das Letras.

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Ulrich Blanché

Ulrich Blanché is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Heidelberg after he completed his Ph.D. degree of Art History in the Friedrich Alexander University. Blanché received a master degree of Professional Communication in the Western University, and a master degree in Art History, Theatre and Film Sciences in the University Erlangen. His dissertation was on the topic of “The Street Artivist Banksy.” He published three books on Banksy and Street Art. His research focuses on street art, and he believed that street Art consists of self-authorized signs created in the urban space that intentionally seek communication with a larger circle of people.

Ágata Sequeira

Ágata SequeiraIs is a senior researcher fellow of Trans_Urb_Arts project, on urban arts – graffiti, street art, and new muralism. Specifically, how urban art has been developing into a specific artworld, and all the implications that derive from that: in terms of urban planning and politics, tourism, the contemporary art world, and its markets, artistic careers. Sequeira earned Ph.D. in sociology from University Institute of Lisbon with the thesis "'The City is the Habitat of Art': Street art and the construction of public space in Lisbon.” She held M.A. and B.A. in Sociology in the same institution, with the thesis on the reception of public art. The main areas of research are sociology and urban ethnography as well as the sociology of art, which is created and displayed in it, the construction of public space and city images, and associative movements and the right to the city.

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Lachlan MacDowall

Lachlan MacDowall is an artist and cultural researcher in the Centre for Cultural Partnerships in the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. His areas of research include the history and aesthetics of graffiti, the creative city, and community-based art-making. He has published widely on graffiti, street art, and urban creativity, including as a contributor to the two book-length studies of Australian graffiti. He is also the Principal Researcher on a 3-year ARC-funded project examining the effective evaluation of community-based arts projects, in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.


Margarita Kataga

Μargarita Κataga studied art history at the American College, Deree College, Athens, art theory and criticism at City University and approaches to curating at St. Martin's School of Art, London. She held positions as administrator and communications consultant at various cultural institutions such as Tate Gallery, Jerwood Gallery, Barbican Center, the Athens Concert Hall and the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation. In 2017 she was assigned editorial coordinator for documenta 14, Athens and Kassel, Germany. Since 2000 she has been organizing exhibitions in galleries and alternative spaces in Athens. Her area of academic study focuses on urban-aesthetic discourses and on issues regarding new materialism on contemporary art.

Graffiti/Street Art Development 

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