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Disturbances: Illegal graffiti fights against oppression

Food served 4PM, beginning of the lecture 4:30 PM

15-M is the most important protest in the Spanish history since Spain
gained democracy in 1977. 15-M began in 2011 at the square of Puerta del Sol in Madrid and spread rapidly into all cities of Spain.
Madrid’s public spaces are shaped through squatting, protest-camps,
marches, strikes, manifestations and graffiti.

Graffiti has an important role in 15-M protest. Graffiti exploits
public space to communicate and to impact on important issues. It
re-shapes both physical and ideological city space. Graffiti is the
media to communicate without censorship and control and to challenge authorities of the city space and the state. In Spain, painting illegal graffiti is a part of both political participation and
citizenship.

Jonna Tolonen, graffiti researcher (Doctor of Arts, M.Ed.), published
her book: "Visage of Madrid – Illegal Graffiti as a Part of Spanish
15-M Protests" in June 2016. Book focuses on graffiti as communication and as a part of activism. Book is available in Helsinki University libraries. It can be also purchased from record store Keltainen Jäänsärkijä. Book is written in Finnish.

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Children are welcome to any events of A-ryhmä by default! We have now also a separate room in case children get tired of lecture. Prams can be left in the hallway on the 6th or 1st floor.
Kupoli is inaccessible space. There is one small step at the downstairs front door, and an elevator that runs between from floor 1 to 6. Kupoli is on the 7th floor after a staircase. There are two separate, rather spacey but not wheelchair-standardized, unisex toilets. There are stairs between Kupoli and WC.

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