international graffiti symposium

* document | archive | disseminate graffiti-scapes *

11-13 May 2022
Vienna, Austria


goINDIGO 2022 is an international, hybrid graffiti symposium organised in the framework of the academic project INDIGO

INDIGO aims to INventory & DIsseminate almost 13 km of uninterrupted Graffiti along Vienna’s dOnaukanal (Eng. Danube Canal) to digitally preserve and analyse this unique socio-cultural heritage

to achieve these aims and learn from others in the process, INDIGO has planned two diverse symposia in Vienna (Austria):

[ goINDIGO 2022 | May 2022 ] focuses on all technical, logistic, legal & ethical aspects of documenting, archivingdisseminating graffiti

[ goINDIGO 2023 | June 2023 ] will discuss how graffiti’s socio-political and cultural impact can be analysed

goINDIGO 2022 wants to connect graffiti creators, heritage professionals and graffiti academics to discuss various topics and achieve three specific goals

INDIGO goals and symposia



photographing graffiti
image and video formats
monitoring tools


graffiti terminology
graffiti classification
thesauri & ontologies


ethical and legal aspects of recording and sharing graffiti records
visualisation tools
VR and AR applications


learn from others

project INDIGO develops many new tools for inventorying graffiti records but wants to avoid pitfalls further down the road

that is why it is essential to connect with international experts in documentating, archiving and disseminating cultural heritage/graffiti

build bridges

goINDIGO 2022 wants to connect graffitists with academics, legal with ethical experts, soft with hard sciences, archivists with web programmers

only through such collaborations can we ensure robust strategies for inventorying and sharing graffiti records

landmark publication

goINDIGO 2022 aims to publish the symposium proceedings as an open-access volume to mark the methodological status quo in this inter-disciplinary research field


abstract submission

acceptance notification


full paper submission

11 April 2022

12 April 2022

11-13 May 2022

29 July 2022

abstracts of 250 to 500 words should be sent as a Word file (or similar) to by 30-03-2022

abstract submissions must display the list of authors plus their affiliations

upon acceptance, authors will be notified by latest 31-03-2022

at least one author of the accepted abstract must register for in-person attendance

since goINDIGO 2022 aims to create a publication that reflects the current state in the fields of graffiti documentation-archiving-dissemination, authors of accepted abstracts are expected to provide a full paper by the end of July 2022 (length and details of this full paper will be provided at a later stage)

if you would like your work to be included in this collective volume but you cannot attend the symposium, please get in contact with us via



keynote speakers
Alex Hale portrait

Alex Hale

Historic Environment Scotland
Sven Niemann portrait

Sven Niemann

Paderborn University
discussion moderators

Enrico Bonadio

City, University of London

Samuel Merrill

Umeå University


Wednesday 11 May


8:00 – 8:45


8:45 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:45

keynote 1 + Q&A

9:45 – 10:45

session A

Discovering & recording new graffiti
within project INDIGO

10:45 – 11:15

coffee break

11:15 – 12:45

session B

12:45 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

session C

From New York to Europe –
40 Years Graffiti

15:00 – 15:30

coffee break

15:30 – 17:30

guided tour

17:30 – …


Thursday 12 May


8:00 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:45

keynote 2 + Q&A

9:45 – 10:45

session D

Towards a graffiti thesaurus in SKOS

10:45 – 11:15

coffee break

11:15 – 12:45

session E

Towards the automatic production
of graffiti orthophotos

12:45 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

session F

15:00 – 15:30

coffee break

15:30 – 17:30

discussion round I

moderator: Samuel Merrill

17:30 – …

drinks + dinner

Friday 13 May


8:00 – 9:00


9:00 – 10:45

discussion round II

moderator: Enrico Bonadio

10:45 – 11:15

coffee break

11:15 – 12:45

session G

TakeOver – transforming the museum with street art

12:45 – 14:00

farewell & lunch

15:00 – 17:00

graffiti spraying initiation



Krakauer Strasse 19/45
1020 Vienna | Austria
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  • the FLEXroom is located in the Vienna Housing Project, a hub of sustainable and communal living with a focus on cultural activities – all in the middle of Vienna
  • the FLEXroom lies underground to guarantee undisturbed events
  • the FLEXroom faces an inner courtyard that provides ample natural light
  • with its 185 m², there is plenty of space for all participants

covid-19 rules

There are no COVID-related restrictions for the symposium, meaning that a Green Pass is NOT required to participate physically. Tests or FFP2 masks are not necessary but still encouraged. Please remember that FFP2 masks are still mandatory in Austrian supermarkets or on public transport and that the situation can still change. The complete list of COVID rules can be found here. In case of drastic changes, we will inform you directly and accordingly.

To enter the country of Austria, a valid 3G proof (vaccinated, recovered or tested negative) is required. If there is no proof of 3G at the time of entry, a registration via the pre-travel clearance has to be made and home quarantine must be started immediately until a negative test result is available. for more info, see here.


please note that this is a hybrid symposium and for practical reasons limited to 50 in-person participants

presenters are expected to physically attend the conference (i.e. in-person), while non-presenters have the possibility to join solely online (although we encourage everybody to physically join us in Vienna)

digital attendees do not pay any registration fee, but registration for in-person participants is € 50 (this fee includes three lunches and drinks during coffee breaks)

even if you only want to join the symposium’s online live stream, we would like you to register so we can email you the live stream link later

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no symposium dinner is planned, but if you would like to join us on Thursday evening for a social gathering, please indicate this here so we can organise a place that is big enough to dine in group

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on Friday afternoon, participants can learn the basics of graffiti spraying with Stefan Wogrin from

since this event will only take place from 5 registrations, the € 50 fee (which covers spray paint and protective clothing) should be paid in cash directly to Stefan on Friday

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your registration for in-person participation is complete once we receive your € 50 contribution

to keep things simple, we only support classic wire transfer using the following input

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IBAN: AT68 3200 0000 1027 0965
Bank: Raiffeisen