Wk 8 / I’m a pirate, argh me hearties.

Copyright, copy copy copy. Were you aware there was a time copyright actually wasn’t there? Hard to believe right?  It’s almost amusing to think about all the arguments that must have been had over who owned what when there were no laws to decide on it. However this could have even been a better time, as Lawrence Lessig once said copyright is, “laws that strangle curiosity.”

When I think about this quote, it becomes more and more truthful. For example, I have linked below a Youtube video I made in my spare time – however I wouldn’t have been able to monetize (earn money) off it if I hadn’t used a standard, copyright free song like I did. My opinion? It’s a food video, so I think the song doesn’t make it suffer to much. However, if it was a travel diary or vlog, other songs could make it more creative though there are simply too many restrictions and copyright laws on many songs.

There is so much copyright, and so many versions of it that it becomes difficult to know what is and what isn’t copyrighted. For example, if you’ve been on piratebay you’ve probably already pirated, duh. Copyright is there to protect artists and creativity, and a lot of people are desensitised to that fact due to the ease in ignorance. So how do you really know if you’re pirating?

Wk 7 / Picass-n0

Homage, plagiarism, appropriation, copying but where is the line drawn? I’m going to refer back to artworks for examples on this one. In my HSC art class, we were taught time and time again to appropriate. “Appropriate, find an idea you like, appropriate it and then talk about how you appropriated in your artist’s statement.”

I thought this

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“Good artists copy, great artists steal” – Pablo Picasso. I did just that, and remixed one of Picasso’s artworks to create new using photoshop. img source

was weird how we were encouraged to take someone’s ideas as a base for our own –  since it was also drilled into us at this stage that plagiarism is bad – especially when we got to uni. We form the line ourselves between what is stealing, what is appropriation and what is borrowing and determine what is right and wrong, allowed or not. Though when it comes to saying what that line is – I can’t think of any example.

Remixing involves using something old and something new and mixing it together to create a new thing. This could also involve using someone else’s works as a basis, or an inspiration with obvious reference to the prior work. Most commonly, remix is found in song and people are familiar with it, but only parts of it. Such as when hearing a song on the radio – you may thing you’ve never heard it before – that it’s new. Upon listening more, it’s familiar and this could cause annoyance. Like you’ve been fooled. Then comes the question at hand of, where is the line? What is too far and how do I make sure I don’t cross it?

Remixing is an art, remixing an art form to create another art is even better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wk 6 / People won’t listen to ‘me’, but they might listen to ‘meme’.

When I think about the election of 2016 – it all just seems like a huge meme to me – a big joke. That’s exactly what the initial meaning of a meme was; a joke. Now a meme is used to sway opinions both unintentionally and intentionally, and there are many arguments that the memes regarding Trump running for president actually swayed a lot of the votes in his favour. Meme’s have a way of sticking in people’s minds, being memorable – kind of of like a political poster however the audience generally does it.

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image source: here 

This is meme warfare, and an easy way to explain this is the memes that came out about Trump vs. Clinton in the pre-election and the bias’ and sides people had behind the memes. Meme’s aren’t always ‘fun’ and they can be used for less light-hearted purposes now such as mocking, bullying, and even more ‘sinister’ ideals such as swaying a presidential election. Can you imagine, a world where a photo with a couple of words on it can sway people’s point of views? It’s a becoming world, that’s for sure. Memes have the power.

Here, I have recorded my boyfriend – an avid meme viewer – responding to pre and post election memes & here and here are the videos he watched.

 

 

MEDA301 Week 6 – proposed project

I don’t have a succinct idea of exactly what I would like to do with this project, however I do have several small ideas in my mind that could be further worked on to come up with something rich in theme and something that is pleasing for the eyes. I have ideas that relate to digitalising the material – so the most predominant challenge is figuring out how to materialise the digital – while still making it interesting. It’s difficult to capture audience’s attentions and this has to be something intriguing.

My idea makes reference to the artworks and art forms of Lawrence Weiner, Robert Montgomery & Jenny Holzer who have all made artworks using typographic sculpture’s to create a vehicle and drive their views through these to an audience – some obvious and some not so obvious – leaving it up to the audience to interpret. The work I would like to create is somewhat similar, though not so three-dimensional as the works they create, as it will be presented in a gallery and space constraints means that I need to narrow my idea down so it fits around everything else. For example, I can’t create huge billboards so a more logical way to present my idea would be through sketching images and text on walls, hand-drawing and use of textures such as vinyl and masking tape to create thought-provoking words and sentences for my audience to interact with.

I would like the theme of my work to be something that makes people think, something small that proposes big ideas such as a singular word made up of several different things. Robert Montgomery uses his own poetry to make comment on issues he is passionate about, however I have done my own research through old family libraries and found poetry books with beautiful quotes that I could manipulate and turn into new words, ones that may make comment on modern society. Namely the lack of attention span in today’s society, and the use of one word is meant to encourage people to speak – to crowd together and stop to look in a way that may be ironic as it’s words that get people together. Much like the Internet, but because people are so consumed by technology nobody stops to look. This is what I would like to make comment on through these sculptural-text works while still making it something that is pleasing to look at – something that makes an audience want to look closer.

MEDA301 week 5 – researching.

 

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Robert Montgomery (source)

I hadn’t done a lot of researching into what I wanted to do for my next media arts project, however I did think back toward other people’s project that had intrigued me. When I say ‘other people,’ I’m referring to popular artists whose works I have come across on Pinterest and Tumblr – sites that are some of the most difficult to find sources and artist names on. Eventually I found wall texts and typographic sculptures, mostly with led lights to form words of poetry in the instance of Robert Montgomery’s work, or more simplistic in the forms of black text on a wall – more two dimensional than 3D – in the forms of Lawrence Weiner’s work. Interestingly enough I found that these two artists relate to Jenny Holzer’s artworks too, an artist who uses provocative phrases to make a political message through her works.

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Lawrence Weiner (source)

She also incorporates the bold mediums Robert Montgomery has inspired from her and the simple, to the point but still-somehow-complex works of Weiner. Weiner uses different manipulation of font to send his message and themes to readers, the vehicle for his thoughts sometimes in shapes and whimsical or sentences regarding actions – other times just monotonous colours and short words. Weiner’s work is intended to provoke an audience to use their imagination, his works are generally not physically complex, thought the meanings of them can be physically interpreted and twisted to how a viewer looks at it.

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Jenny Holzer (source)

While Robert Montgomery does reference Lawrence Weiner’s use of black and white vinyl on gallery walls in some of his artworks, his primary and most popular art form is the use of billboards where advertisements are usually found. This is a smart commentary without him having to say too much, however the poetry that is usually found in these letters is something that makes it’s own social commentary and that is exactly his intention. I would like to do something similar to these ideas and uses of materials for my upcoming project, and hopefully build off the values and ideas buried in these works and come up with my own ideas and themes from them regarding other things.

 

 

REFERENCES:

Tate.org.uk. (n.d.). ARTIST ROOMS: Theme: Language. [online] Available at: http://www.tate.org.uk/artist-rooms/collection/themes/artist-rooms-theme-language 

Pilot, J. (n.d.). Robert Montgomery Was Here. [online] Theaesthete.com. Available at: http://www.theaesthete.com/art/robert-montgomery-was-here 

Raley, R. (n.d.). Literary Art in Digital Performance : Case Studies in New Media Art and Criticism.. [online] http://raley.english.ucsb.edu/. Available at: http://raley.english.ucsb.edu/wp-content/LPost.pdf