Art in the Streets in the Virtual World

A Case Study of the First Graffiti and Street Art VR Exhibition in Serbia

  • Ljiljana Radošević Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and Street Art Belgrade
Keywords: art in the streets, digital archive, heritage protection, virtual reality


Art in the streets, especially if unsanctioned, might be the most liberal art in the art world today. Yet such art is full of controversy because of its status as potential vandalism. For those who do not participate in the art world, it is important to see that there is a choice, and it sometimes comes in the form of street art. The choice. The option. Different perspective. Accessibility.

Starting from this premise, the Urban Heritage Hub project set a goal to make art in the streets of Belgrade, Serbia, more visible and even more accessible by using digital technology. Apparently, we were made to believe that everything was possible using new technologies. However, it became clear at the beginning of the project that while this might be true in some cases, it was not for ours. This paper aims to map the process of creating an exhibition that, firstly, deals with digital preservation and presentation of more than 50-year-old art form that has not yet been acknowledged as cultural heritage, and secondly, with the fact that it is not so easy to transfer unpredictability of the streets into a virtual reality which is imagined for the controlled environments of galleries or museums.

Author Biography

Ljiljana Radošević, Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and Street Art Belgrade

Ljiljana Radošević (°1978) is a freelance art history researcher at the association Street Art Belgrade where she is working on developing Urban Heritage Hub project. She holds MA in art history (2005) from the University of Belgrade (Serbia) and MA in management in culture (2007) from the joint program of the University of Arts in Belgrade and the University of Grenoble (France). At the moment, she is in the final stages of finishing her PhD at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) under the title “Understanding Street Art; Street Art in the European Context”. She has been researching graffiti and street art since 2000 and is a curator of the first virtual reality exhibition about Belgrade graffiti and street art. For further information, visit

How to Cite
Radošević, L. (2023). Art in the Streets in the Virtual World. Document | Archive | Disseminate Graffiti-Scapes, 276 - 288.