Art and Plagiarism

Please see my prezi for this session here

How do we recognize Art when we see it? What defines Art? How do we judge whether a piece of Art is good or not? What is the key function of Art? Why have humans always produced Art?

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A definition of Art – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Everything is a remix

Kirby Ferguson not only believes that the way modern DJs and producers ‘remix’ by copying, transforming and combining is legitimate, he says it is the root of all creativity and that the mission to be original is inane. In his series of four short films called “Everything is a remix” he argues against the idea of the heroic singular artist who strives to create something new. He claims that ideas develop organically and evolve through the interplay of ideas of many individuals. He ponders about the difference between plagiarism and innovation and in the fourth film comes to some startling conclusions. A must see!

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Watch films 2,3 and 4 here

‘Everything thing is a remix’ the TED talk

“Over protecting intellectual property is as harmful as under protecting it… Culture is impossible without a rich public domain. Nothing today, like nothing since we tamed fire, is genuinely new. Culture, like science and technology, grows by accretion, each new creator building on the works of those that came before. Overprotection stifles the very creative forces it is supposed to nurture.”  Judge Alex Kozinski during a copyright infringement law suite in the USA in 2003

Kutiman – Art or Plagiarism

Watch some Kutiman videos. Kutiman is based in Israel and came to fame by scouring youtube for solo performances (usually in bedrooms) of vocalist and musicians. He then combines them into ‘original’ (?) pieces of music. The question is …. is this being creative or is it plagiarism. Can he claim to be making art by cobbling together the amateur footage of unwitting session musicians – who never had any intention to be part of this process?

Kutiman’s youtube channel

Kutiman review with forum discussion about whether his art is justified

The Amen Break – a musical meme

An article about the ‘Amen Break’ with examples of tunes that include samples of it in The Economist !!!!

Another musical meme is the often performed jazz phrase that has become so cliched that it is just known as ‘the lick’ and has its own Facebook Page

A blog with examples of the lick and a discussion here

Is what is beautiful a universally agreed idea?

Erh? ….. this page is a remix


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