To what do we sign our names if we don’t create concrete art? Graffiti, by its nature, is impermanent and usually painted over. By signing their temporary artworks, graffiti artists claim their work. Tagging is considered an art form of its own, and tags are frequently found without graffiti art. This led me to consider: do our signatures make us immortal?
Tag started out as test footage to verify that a super 8mm Beaulieu camera had been properly repaired. While shooting the test footage, I found myself seeing graffiti tags everywhere – where I had been blind to them before, the act of filming them brought them to my visual forefront. Tag grew out of that initial footage, with additional footage shot on digital video. Music by drumming maestro Joseph Getz, who incorporates a spray paint can rattle into the mix.