Discourse and thoughts

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts – Soren Kierkegaard

Copyright and Art

There’s a big debate around IP and Rights historically and I’m not sure that it always falls the side of the creator. I am curious how far we can push the legal definitions of what is usable for collage Artists or those who reference original work to make new work. The recent lawsuit in Belgium which fell foul of photographs being used as source seems clearer than some. I think all Artists need to look carefully at how they work and not consider it a ‘given right’ to copy or use source without consideration of another’s creative effort. Just because we are Artists does not give us rights over others.

ArtQuest does a good job of pooling articles and discussions on potential risks. Obviously it’s always worth thinking about talking to a legal professional regarding anything potentially contentious but how do you know? Perhaps there’s a case to be made that we need a bit of vital self-education here which will, in the end give us more freedom to pursue our own creative endeavours.

I am thinking that I might explore this visually and ask questions around these areas:

  • How much source material is too much/little to use?
  • Does it matter whether the work being used is ‘owned’ by a large corporation or and individual?
  • Where does global fame matter?

In the one hand copyright protects creative efforts of any substance but the issue of how much of that material is protected is always going to be a case for lawyers dancing on the head of a pin…


I know everyone but me has already discovered this but SoundCloud opens up so many interesting possibilities. This is my first recording of a short bio piece.


Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf

I am embarking on a challenging work this year as we lead up to Mein Kampf falling out of copyright. This book, so repugnant in its words, by Adolf Hitler, and the widely adopted nature of its contents in the 1930s changed the world as we know it. There is nothing to compare to the atrocities committed in the lead up and during World War II. However, if there are opportunities to present (re-present) symbols of this time as reminders and challenges against repetition then it is worth the effort.

To destroy a man is difficult, almost as difficult as to create one:
Primo Levi

To see the Project look here.